Kerang Ruling Class Wants Appointment Of Traditional Ruler Nullified

The Oasis Reporters

February 28, 2018

By Moses Gbande
Attractive Kerang land

The Kerang Traditional Ruling Houses in Mangu local government area of Plateau State has moved to challenge the appointment of the district head of Kerang, “MISHKAHAM” of Kerang for not passing through due process.

In an open accusation  the community has filed a writ of summon challenging Da Philemon Mutang, HRH Da Nelson Andak Bakfur, the Mangu Traditional Council, the Attorney General of Plateau State and the Local Government Council of Plateau state over the chieftaincy title of the ruling house of Kohopang.

The Plaintiff, Mr Ezra Chirang in suit No.PLD/J20 CV/2014, said the the selection of the 1st defendant as the district head of “MISHKAHAM” of Kerang is null, void and of no effect whatsoever.

According to the plantiff, the selecion was not done in compliance with the native law and custom relating to the selection of the district head, mishkaham of Kenang .

In his suit dated 15th April, 2015 filed same day, Chirang said an order of injunction restraining the 1st defendant from presenting himself for installation/coronation as the district head of Mishkaham of Kerang .

In the suit standing before a High Court of Justice of Plateau Holden at Jos, Mr Ezra Chirang disclosed that he warned the 1st defendant, Da Philemon Mutang, 2nd respondent, HRH, Da Nelson Andak Bakfur, 3rd Mangu Traditional Council, 4th defendant Attorney General of Plateau state and 5th defendant, Local Government Council.
Also an order of injunction restraining the 1st defendant from parading himself as the district head of Kerang or by whatsoever other name in relation to the district head of Kerang, he added.

Mr Ezra Chirang for himself and the ruling house of Kohopang, an order of injunction restraining the 2nd and 3rd defendants from recognizing the 1st defendant as the district head, Mishkaham of Kerang respectively.

According to him, an order of injunction restraining the 2nd and 3rd defendants from installing the 1st defendant as the district head Mishkaham of Kerang .

The writ was issued by Barr. E. O. Akhayere Esq, of no. 16, New Zaria Terrace, off Tafawa Balewa street, Jos. However, the case has been adjourned to March 8, 2018 for the continuation of hearing .

The plaintiff is a farmer, resident in Kerang in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau state within the jurisdiction of the honourable court .

The 1st defendant is a Farmer resident in Kerang in Mangu local government area of Plateau state within the jurisdiction of this honourable court .

The 2nd defendant is the Mishkaham Mwaghavul and president of Mangu traditional council who resides in Kerang in Mangu local government area of Plateau State.

The 3rd defendant, the Mishkaham of Mwaghavul Development Association, Kerang branch and resident in Panyam in Kerang, also known as Mishkaham Kerang, all the adult male of the family of Kohopang relating to the selection of the district head of Kerang also known as Mishkaham Kerang all the adult male of the family of Kohopang including himself are eligible to be selected as the district head Mishkaham of Kerang.

The plaintiff avers that the 2nd defendant was the immediate past district head Mishkaham of Kerang before he was elevated to Mishkaham mwaghavul and Chairman of Mangu Traditional Council.

The plaintiff avers that in Kerang there are three ruling houses namely; Kohopang, Kohogwen and Pulukum from which the district head of Kerang is selected.

And that by the native law and custom relating to the selection of the district head Mishkaham of Kerang, the district head is usually selected by Chief priest Sarki Tsafi from any of the three ruling houses who then presents the person so selected to the people for installation.

The plaintiff further avers that the 2nd defendant was the district head of Kerang prior to his elevation to the position of the Mishkaham of mwaghavul and chairman of the chairman of the Mangu traditional council.

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