Alleged Corruption: Bauchi Governor Accuses Dogara Of Lying

 

Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed has debunked all allegations leveled against him by the former Speaker House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, describing them as fabricated lies.

The Governor made his remarks on Tuesday while receiving members of Dass/Tafawa Balewa/Bogoro Constituency on a solidarity visit to him in Bauchi.

Dogara represents the constituency at the Federal House of Representatives.

The former Speaker had accused Governor Mohammed of diverting a N4.6billion loan, inflating contracts sums, and mismanagement of local government funds, among other claims, as grounds for his defection to the APC from the PDP.

“It is a very regrettable development, it is unfortunate, because he is a young man that we so much love and appreciate, including me. Even now I don’t harbour any malice against him,” Mohammed said.

“But he came to show his true colours as a pretender, as a fabricator of lies against my person, who has helped him to reconnect and recapture his mandate as a member of the House of Reps. after being expelled by my adversary, the former Governor.”

The Governor also assured leaders of the PDP in Nigeria that Bauchi remains “intact” for the party.

Bauchi Govt. Suspends Traditional Rulers Over Involvement In Farmers-Herders Clash

A photo of Bauchi state Governor, Bala Mohammed, published by his media team on July 4, 2020.
A photo of Bauchi state Governor, Bala Mohammed, published by his media team on July 4, 2020.

 

Bauchi state Governor, Bala Mohammed, has suspended at least three traditional rulers over their involvement in the farmer-herder crisis in the Misau Local Government Area of the state.

The Governor, in a series of tweets via his official handle on Saturday, said the suspension came after his administration inaugurated an investigative committee of inquiry into the clashes in Zadawa village in Misau LGA.

” . . . we received further reports from various sources on the involvement of traditional rulers and local government officials in the crisis,” Mohammed said.

“As a result, we have decided to suspend the relevant traditional institutions in the area so that they will not interfere in the work of the committee.”

According to the Governor, the suspended traditional rulers “include His Royal Highness, the Emir of Misau, the District Head of Chiroma (the Chiroma Misau), and the Village Head of Zadawa or his representative.

“These officers or traditional rulers are now suspended, and they will remain in Misau. They will also be required to subject themselves to the Administrative Inquiry Committee pending the time it is over.”

Bauchi Governor Chairs PDP Edo Governorship Primary Election Committee

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, addressing reporters in Bauchi on May 6, 2020.

 

Ahead of the September 19 governorship election in Edo State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has picked Bauchi Governor, Bala Mohammed to chair its primary election committee.

This was confirmed in a statement issued on Sunday by the Senior Special Assistant (Media) to Bauchi Governor, Muktar Gidado.

According to Gidado, PDP National Working Committee also appointed Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, his Zamfara State counterpart, Bello Matawallen as members respectively.

READ ALSO: APC Members Storm Edo Wards For Governorship Primary

While the Senator representing Anambra Central in the National Assembly, Lilian Uche will assist the governors as a member, her colleague in the House of Representatives, Solomon Bulus will serve as secretary.

The main opposition party had slated Thursday, June 25 for the conduct of its primaries in which the incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki is seeking re-election for a second term in office having dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) two weeks ago.

ICPC Lying, Persecuting Me Unjustly, Bauchi Governor Cries Out

(FILE) Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed.

 

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has cried out over what he describes as an unjust treated meted on him by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC).

In a statement issued by Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mukhtar Gidado, Governor Mohammed alleged that the anti-graft agency is persecuting him unjustly by accusing him of abusing office during his tenue as FCT Minister.

The governor noted that the corruption allegations levelled against him by the commission were “false and mischievous.”

“We refute the Commission’s story in its entirety and state that Senator Bala Mohammed did not flout any policy or break any law, known to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria nor did he, in any way, breach his oath of office to warrant perniciously scandalizing his name or subjecting members of his family to mindless persecution as the ICPC is wilfully pushing.

“Zinaria International School was established and had been long operational, offering quality education, in a cost-effective manner, to all and sundry, long before Senator Bala Mohammed became Minister of the FCT.

“Like any other corporate entity, due to planned expansion, the School applied for land, a legitimate right it would have exercised, irrespective of whomsoever was the Minister of the FCT, at the time,” the statement partly read.

READ ALSO: Three Confirmed Dead As Farmers And Herders Clash In Jigawa

The governor’s reaction come five days after the ICPC announced it had seized a multi-million-naira property belonging to the Bauchi leader.

The commission on its website alleged that the governor, in his capacity as FCT Minister, “allocated the said property to a school that had himself and family members as directors and shareholders, despite an existing right of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture over the land.”

But the governor’s spokesman said: “The shareholders and directors of the School are Nigerians who, by their respective ages, were qualified to apply for and be allocated land if they met the conditions precedent.

“And we make bold to say that all the names listed in the MEMAT of the School are eminently qualified to be allocated land.”

Bauchi Deputy Governor Recovers From COVID-19 As Health Worker Dies

INEC Resumes Collation Exercise For Bauchi Governorship Election Today
Bauchi state is bordered by seven states, Kano and Jigawa to the north, Taraba and Plateau to the south, Gombe and Yobe to the east, and Kaduna to the west.

 

Bauchi state’s Deputy Governor, Baba Tela, has recovered from COVID-19 even as the state recorded its first health worker casualty.

Tela’s recovery was revealed during the state’s media briefing on COVID-19 on Wednesday.

The death of a renowned medical doctor, Bello Katagum as a result of the novel coronavirus, was also announced at the briefing.

Katagum is the first health worker in Bauchi to die from the viral infection, the state government said.

Meanwhile, Governor Bala Mohammed is concerned about the spike in the number of COVID-19 cases reported in the state.

Bauchi reported a daily record high of 69 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.

Mohammed said he is concerned about the importation of the virus from other states and also the rise of worship centres as hot spots.

At least seven worshippers, including four Imams, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Bauchi.

Mohammed, a COVID-19 survivor himself, said the government will be forced to shut down Bauchi city if cases continue to increase.

“I am telling you, in the next three to four days, if I find any reason that this matter is worsening we are going to lock up Bauchi town,” he said. “And we will do it with all responsibility and humility.

“We cannot allow this to continue.”

Fifteen COVID-19 Cases In Bauchi Came From Infection-Free Calabar – Gov. Mohammed

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed addressed the press on June 10, 2020
Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed addressed the press on June 10, 2020


Bauchi state Governor, Bala Mohammed, has cast aspersions on Cross River state’s COVID-19-free status.

In a press briefing on Wednesday, Mr. Mohammed said 15 COVID-19 cases in Bauchi were people travelling from Calabar, Cross River’s capital city.

He also threatened to lock down Bauchi city if the number of infections continues to rise.

READ ALSO: Bauchi Records 69 New COVID-19 Cases

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Cross River state is the only region in the country without any confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

“I don’t want to join issues with anybody,” Mohammed said. “But I want to tell Nigerians that they are going to be accountable to God.

“There is no need pretending that this thing is not there. We as leaders, we must come out and face the challenges.

“We in Bauchi, we are not pretending.”

Bauchi reported a daily record high of 69 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.

The Governor blamed the rising cases of infections on people’s lax attitude towards health guidelines such as handwashing, use of sanitisers and face masks.

“Some of our places of worship, especially the mosques, they are the epicentre of infections, and nobody is doing anything,” he said.

“I am pleading with the people of Bauchi, if this thing continues to happen – we are bordered by seven states, some of them are worse – in order to secure the common people of Bauchi, I might have to lock up Bauchi.”

‘I Have No Apology’: Bauchi Governor Defends Directive On Chloroquine Use

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, addressing reporters in Bauchi on May 6, 2020.

 

 

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has defended his position on the use of chloroquine and Zithromax to treat coronavirus (COVID-19) patients in the state.

He insisted that he has no regret for his comments, despite the objection by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) that it has approved the use of any drug for the treatment of the disease.

“I have no apology for saying that I used chloroquine, Zithromax, zinc, and vitamin c to get cured, but Allah cured me,” the governor told reporters on Wednesday in Bauchi.

He added, “I was a COVID-19 patient. I told the world and I have been asked how did I get cured?

“And I told you how I got cured and I recommended that should be done, it is not the recommendation of the committee (on COVID-19).”

 

Mohammed, a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), is the first governor to test positive for COVID-19 and recovered two weeks later.

He insisted that the drugs have worked for him, stressing that there was no harm if they were used to treat other patients.

Although he believes the combination is working in Bauchi since no casualty has been recorded, the governor advises the residents not to get involved in self-medication.

He said, “To me, it is better you take something rather than sit down and die – we have not recorded any death in Bauchi and I still maintain that.

“That one that died came after the test and you can see that we have 80 patients and by the grace of God, Allah will heal our patients.”

As of 12:01am on May 7, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said Bauchi has 83 cases of COVID-19 with 77 active and six patients discharged.

COVID-19: Bauchi Governor Signs Order On Infectious Disease Prevention, Regulations

(FILE) Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed.

 

The Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed has signed Executive Order 001 on the Infectious Disease Prevention and Regulations 2020.

The order clearly spells out penalties for those who violate the partial lockdown regulations imposed on the state and it involves the payment of fines ranging between 5000 to 30,000 naira.

Governor Mohammed also directed the state chief judge to set up a mobile court for the trial of offenders who violate stipulated guidelines.

Bauch recorded a fresh case of the virus on April 19 after two weeks without any new case.

READ ALSO: NCDC To Commission Second Laboratory In Kano

The patient who is a staff of the World Health Organisation has a local travel history to Kano.

Meanwhile, five coronavirus patients have been discharged in the state after testing negative twice.

So far, there are only two active cases in the state.

Bauchi Governor Bala Mohammed Recovers, Tests Negative For COVID-19

(FILE) Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed.

 

The Governor of Bauchi State, Senator Bala Mohammed, has tested negative for coronavirus (COVID-19).

He confirmed his health status in tweets posted via his verified Twitter handle on Thursday.

Governor Mohammed announced his recovery from the disease about two weeks after he tested positive for COVID-19.

He thanked the people of the state, as well as religious leaders in Bauchi and elsewhere for their support and prayers while he was in isolation.

The governor also thanked the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the team of health experts in Bauchi tackling coronavirus.

READ ALSO: Bauchi Governor, Bala Mohammed, Tests Positive For Coronavirus

 

 

On March 23, the state government said the governor had gone into self-isolation after he had contact with the son of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who had tested positive for COVID-19.

According to his media aide, Mukhtar Gidado, Governor Mohammed met with Atiku’s son – on his way to Bauchi from Lagos – on the plane where both men shook hands and exchanged pleasantries.

Although he did not show any symptoms of the disease as of the time, the governor’s blood samples were taken and sent to the NCDC for a test.

The result of the test was positive while that of others who took the test with him, including his family and aides, came out negative.

Bauchi Governor’s Friend Tests Positive For COVID-19

INEC Resumes Collation Exercise For Bauchi Governorship Election Today

 

The Bauchi State government has confirmed a second case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

The Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr Aliyu Maigoro, announced this during a press briefing on Thursday in Bauchi.

According to him, the second case is a 62-year-old male and a close friend of the state governor, Bala Mohammed.

READ ALSO: Bauchi Governor, Bala Mohammed, Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Maigoro explained that 48 samples were taken for test and two have been confirmed positive.

He added that 37 others returned negative while the results of nine samples were still pending.

The commissioner noted that the State Ministry of Health has since begun the contact tracing of the second case.

This comes two days after the government confirmed that Governor Mohammed tested positive for the disease.

In a statement on Tuesday, the governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mukhtar Gidado, explained that Governor Mohammed took the test after he had contact with the son of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who had been infected with the virus.

He said the governor had returned to Bauchi from an official trip to Lagos after he met with Atiku’s son on the plane where both men shook hands and exchanged pleasantries.

Governor Mohammed has since gone into self-isolation to prevent any possible spread of the virus.

Bauchi Governor, Bala Mohammed, Tests Positive For Coronavirus

(FILE) Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed.

 

 

The Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, has tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mukhtar Gidado, announced this in a statement on Tuesday.

This comes a day after the governor took the test after he had contact with the son of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, confirmed to have been infected with the virus.

READ ALSO: Bauchi Governor Takes Coronavirus Test After Contact With Atiku’s Infected Son

Governor Mohammed had returned to Bauchi from an official trip to Lagos after he met with Atiku’s son on the plane where both men shook hands and exchanged pleasantries.

 

Although he has yet to show any symptoms of the disease, he has since gone into self-isolation to prevent any possible spread of the virus.

On Tuesday, Gidado revealed that the results of the tests carried out by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) were out.

According to him, six initial tests were administered on the governor, as well as his family and aides who accompanied him to Lagos.

“Of the six initial tests carried out, one sample was confirmed positive of COVID-19. The positive result happened to be that of His Excellency, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, the Executive of Bauchi State,” the statement said.

Read the statement from the state government below:

Bauchi Governor Takes Coronavirus Test After Contact With Atiku’s Infected Son

(FILE) Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed.

 

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has gone into self-isolation after he had contact with a man who tested positive to coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

The governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mukhtar Gidado, announced this in a statement on Monday.

According to him, Governor Mohammed took the decision after the contact, the son of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, was confirmed to have been infected by the virus.

READ ALSO: Atiku Abubakar’s Son Tests Positive For Coronavirus

“This development is sequel to the report from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) that the son of the former Vice President of Nigeria, Mohammed Atiku Abubakar was tested positive to coronavirus upon his return from an international trip through Lagos,” Gidado revealed.

He added that the governor, who returned from an official trip to Lagos, met with Atiku’s son on the plane where both men shook hands and exchanged pleasantries.

Gidado, however, noted that the governor has not shown any symptom of the disease but would remain in isolation to prevent any possible spread of the virus.

“Currently, the blood sample of the governor has been taken and is undergoing a clinical test.

“For the period of the clinical testing, the governor and his entourage will remain in isolation pending the outcome of the clinical result,” the governor’s aide said.

Read the full statement below: