Jalingo - Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba on
Friday condemned the invasion of the palace of the Chief of Zing by some
The invasion is in protest against the government's recent
appointment of Mr. Linus Ibrahim as the Acting Kpanti Zing, following the death
of the late Chief, Alhaji Abbas Sambo.
Ishaku made the condemnation in Jalingo while addressing
22 kingmakers of Zing Traditional Council, who visited him to complain
about the activities of the masquerades in the chiefdom.
He directed that the kingmakers and the masquerades must
follow the laid down procedure for the selection of the new Kpanti Zing for
peace and stability in the area.
"Government will approve any person that the kingmakers
select; but while doing so, laid down procedures for the selection of Kpanti
Zing must be followed," the governor warned.
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He said he had always known Zing to be a peaceful community,
urging the stakeholders to avoid actions capable denting their good reputation.
Earlier, Ibrahim, who was the Wazirin Zing, said the
delegation visited the governor to brief him on recent developments in the
He noted that before now, masquerades had never invaded the
palace of the chief to molest innocent people.
"We were mourning the death of Sambo, when the
masquerades invaded the palace and sacked everyone, including the wives and
children of the late chief."
He said schools and markets had to close down because of the
violent behaviour of the masquerades in the town.
"I am 68 years old and I have witnessed the succession
of four chiefs in our chiefdom. I have never seen a disturbing situation like
"The only role of the masquerades, we know, is to take
a newly installed Kpanti to the shrine and perform some cultural rituals",
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the late
Sambo, who was the 2015 Amirul Hajj of the state, died in the recent stampede
in which more than 2,000 pilgrims died in Saudi Arabia.
Masquerades and traditionalists had demanded the immediate
installation of Alhaji Bala Sambo to the throne, stressing that he is a true
adherent of their customs and traditions.
NAN also reports that Sambo is one of the four contenders
for the throne.