A man and his wife, Ayuba Kure and Sarah Kure were reportedly killed by unidentified gunmen in Rikarwan village of Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, at the weekend.
In a related development, two people were also killed during a violence that erupted at Fadan- Chawai in Kauru Local Government Area of the state, following government appointment of a new Chief for the Chawai people.
It was gathered that rampaging youths in the chiefdom destroyed properties worth millions of naira during the crisis.
Augustine Audi, the National President of Chawai Development Association (CDA) told newsmen that the governor asked the Chawai Council of King Makers to nominate and send the name of the son of the late Res Tsam for appointment.
“As a result of the appointment and announcement of the new Res Tsam by Governor Ramalan Yero, violence erupted in the chiefdom leading to the killing of two people. We do not see the need for the urgency in appointing the next Res Tsam when the customs and tradition of the Chawai people do not support the hurry.
“There are traditional rites that were to be performed before the appointment which is why unlike the Hausa or Emirate system, it takes time before a new Res Tsam is appointed.
“Moreover, there has been a distortion and mutilation of the history, culture and laws of the Chawai people by the government which published in its official gazette appointing two hitherto unknown houses as the Chawai Ruling Houses: Kingwai and Kuka instead of the originally known six ruling houses: Zambina, Maizanko, Pari, Kizakoro, Baduru and Kidundun .
“Ascension to the throne, according to Chawai history, native law and customs is not hereditary. We wish to inform the world that so long as the governor took the decision at the pendency of our action in court and so long as the court had ordered him to stay action, pending the hearing of our motion on notice which he is aware, we wish to put it on record that no Res Tsam has yet been appointed until the determination of the case in court” Audi said.
The CDA president, however, urged the youths to patiently wait for the court’s decision.
When the state Police Public Relations Officer PPRO, Aminu Lawan was contacted for official confirmation, he said he was not aware of the crisis while the media aide to the governor, Ahmed Maiyaki denied the report, saying . no one was killed as everything has returned to normal.
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