15 Feared Dead After Boat Capsizes In Bauchi

Governor of Bauchi State during his visit to families of the deceased.

 

At least 15 people are feared dead after a boat carrying 30 farmers capsized on Kirfi River in Kirfi Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

The passengers were said to be on their way to their farms when the accident happened on Monday.

While 15 persons have been rescued and four bodies have been recovered, the others are still missing.

Meanwhile, Governor Bala Mohammed has visited families of the deceased to commiserate with them over the unfortunate incident.

During the visit, he donated N10 million to the families.

Over 500 Suspected Sara-Suka Criminals Repent In Bauchi

 

Over 500 suspected thugs popularly known as Sara-Suka have renounced all forms of criminality in Bauchi state.

The Police Commissioner in the state, Habu Sani, who received them at the Command headquarters, said that a large number of arms and ammunition and other dangerous weapons were recovered from them.

He explained that the Police adopted a carrot approach to woo members and mandated them to sign an undertaking to stop all forms of civil disturbances.

“We are here to formally receive over 500 repentant Sara Suka youths who met the conditions set by the command.

“The door is still open to those who are yet to repent, to see reasons why they should tow the same line as the command will not rest its oars to sustain the fight against crime and criminality in Bauchi state.”

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Meanwhile, Governor Bala Mohammed who was represented by the Chief of Staff, Abubakar Kari, stated that the Government will integrate the youths into the society and engage them with their preferred skills for employment.

“We will collect the data from the police, we have our own data, but we will harmonise and differentiate what sector each of them is trying to move into; some are carpenters, welders, plumbers, and many other things.”

Court Restrains Two Bauchi Lawmakers From Parading As State Assembly Leaders

Court Jails Woman Who ‘Killed’ Brother For Stealing Meat

 

A Bauchi State High Court has granted an ex parte order restraining Kawuwa Damina and Tukur Ibrahim from parading themselves as Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively.

Both lawmakers emerged Speaker and Deputy after 18 members conducted a parallel election at the State Assembly Complex in front of a symbol of the Mace.

The ex parte order by the court was granted after 13 members of the State Assembly went to seek a constitutional interpretation regarding the actions of the 18 members.

They were granted an interim injunction pending the hearing of the motion which has been adjourned to July 2, 2019.

RELATED: Confusion In Bauchi Assembly As Two Speakers Emerge

The state Assembly was in disarray on Thursday, as members elected two Speakers in separate elections.

11 out of the 31 elected members sat as early as 7:00 am and elected Abubakar Suleiman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the Speaker of the House.

The situation took a twist as 18 members of the house held a parallel election in front of the statue of the Mace symbol at the Assembly complex around 11:00 am.

The members decided to hold the parallel election because they could not gain access into the chamber.

Collation Of Results In Bauchi Elections To Resume March 19, Says INEC

Collation Of Results In Bauchi Elections To Resume March 19, Says INEC
A file photo of an electorate getting accredited before voting in Bauchi State on February 24, 2019.

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission says it will on March 19, resume the collation of results of the Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State which had been declared inconclusive.

It also said it had approved the appointment of a new Collation/Returning Officer for the LGA to continue and conclude the collation process.

The new RO would replace the Head of Department of Estate Management at Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, Mrs Dominion Anosike, who withdrew from the exercise over alleged threats to her life and that of her family members.

The Commission disclosed this in a statement by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, dated March 15.

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NYSC Member Dies In Bauchi Canoe Accident

 

A member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Thursday drowned in a boat accident in Gubi Dam in Bauchi State.

The corps member, 26-year-old Joseph Adebayo, who was attached to the state board of Internal Revenue, is said to have boarded the canoe along with two other corps members on their way to a picnic to celebrate the end of their service year.

The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Kamal Abubakar in a statement, said the other corps members were rescued by villagers who were fishing in the dam while the body of the deceased was later recovered on Friday morning.

The body of the victim has been deposited at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa teaching hospital mortuary for medical examination while the police commences an investigation into the incident.

President Buhari Sends Delegation To Bauchi Over Windstorm, Market Fire

Windstorm and fire incident wreak havoc in Bauchi on June 16 and 17, 2018

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a Federal Government delegation, to be headed by the  Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, to Bauchi State following a windstorm and fire incident that occurred in the state last weekend.

This was made known in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu on Tuesday.

The statement also noted that eight persons have now been confirmed dead while 120 others had sustained various degrees of injury following the windstorm which lasted for over an hour on Saturday.

Also, an estimated 1,505 houses were destroyed mainly in the state capital.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, a fire disaster struck in another town, Azare, destroying a large portion of the market in the town.

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The delegation which also includes the Director General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Engineer Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja is to undertake an assessment of the extent of damage occasioned by the natural disaster.

Also according to the statement, NEMA has started mobilising relief items from its warehouses located in Damaturu and Yola for onward distribution to those displaced by the windstorm.

The aid materials are expected to reach Bauchi today, Tuesday evening while the assessment is being conducted on the fire incident in Azare.

In an earlier message on Monday, President Buhari extended his deepest sympathies to the victims and families of devastating windstorm and the fire incidents.

Fire Guts Bauchi Market, Destroys Goods Worth Millions

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Traders at the Azare Central Market in Katagum Local Government Area of Bauchi State have been counting their losses as a large portion of the market was gutted by fire on Sunday.

The inferno which started around midnight was said to have lasted till around 8:00 am on Monday.

Although no lives were lost, the traders say goods worth millions of naira were destroyed.

Narrating the incident to Channels Television, some of the traders said it was difficult putting out the fire because the fire station in the community has only one vehicle.

However, according to them, water tankers from the palace of the emir of Katagum and the College of Education in Azare were eventually deployed to quench the flames.

Officials of the state emergency management agency who later arrived at the scene, say they are yet to ascertain the cause of the outbreak but have been busy with rescue efforts.

Azare market is the oldest and only big market in the town.

Kidnappers’ll Be Sentenced To Life Imprisonment Henceforth – Bauchi Govt.

The Bauchi State Government has declared that anyone arrested for kidnapping in Bauchi State will be sentenced to life imprisonment.

This announcement was contained in the newly amended law of the state, enacted by the Bauchi State House of Assembly.

Signed in March 2017 by the Governor, Muhammed Abubakar, the new law provides stiffer penalties for anyone convicted of kidnapping in the court of law.

According to the governor, the crime surge necessitated the new law.

Statistics from the state government showed that from 2016 till date, over 100 suspected kidnappers have been arrested in Bauchi state alone.

The Bauchi State Commissioner Of Justice, Ibrahim Umar, who explained further on the amended Penal Code, said: “The penalty generally speaking, is that anybody who abducts or kidnaps another individual and is found guilty, will be sentenced to life imprisonment; but if as a result of the kidnapping a life is lost, then death penalty will follow.”

Meanwhile, experts have advised the government to also address the problems that force these criminals into the act in the first place.

Seventeen New Cases Of Leprosy Detected In Bauchi

Courtesy: www.leprosymission.org.uk

Seventeen new cases of leprosy, have been detected in a small community in Bauchi state, consisting of not more than 2,000 people, in the month of March alone.

The alarm was raised by an agency in charge of the disease in the state, which also noted that one household alone, recorded about seven of the total number of cases.

Meanwhile, there are concerns over the possibility of eradicating the disease in Nigeria, despite the launch of a five -year National Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer Strategic Plan in 2016 by the Federal Government, seeking to eliminate the disease in endemic states.

The new outbreak is coming at a time when some donor agencies have completely withdrawn their support in the fight against the disease in Nigeria.

According to The Leprosy Mission, an effective cure for leprosy has been available since 1982 in the form of multi-drug therapy – a combination of three drugs taken daily between a period of six to 12 months.

However, while treatment halts the progression of the cruel disease, it cannot turn the clock back in terms of disability.

Lassa Fever Kills Three In Bauchi State

Dr. Halima MukaddasThe Bauchi State Government says there is no confirmed case of cerebrospinal meningitis in the state, but three persons have been confirmed dead following an outbreak of Lassa fever disease.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Halima Mukaddas, confirmed this latest development to Channels Television in Bauchi.

She said two other patients are currently undergoing treatment at the Isolation Centre of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH), Bauchi.

Dr. Mukaddas admitted that curbing the spread of Lassa fever in the state remains a challenge, owing to the non-availability of diagnostic laboratories in the region and the problem of patients who sometimes refuse to be quarantined.

She, however, said series of public education and enlightenment campaigns are being carried out to prevent further spread of the disease.

The Commissioner called on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency, site at least one laboratory in the North-east region, for better management of Lassa fever.

She said the closest laboratory they can get is in Edo State, with samples being sent through courier services.

Buhari Expresses Regret As Bad Weather Disrupts Trip To Bauchi

Buhari Expresses Regret As Bad Weather Disrupts Trip To BauchiPresident Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Bauchi scheduled to take place December 29 has been postponed arising from the prevailing weather conditions in the country.

Uncooperative weather which has been the bane of air travel in the current harmattan season, leading to the delay and cancellation of flights, reared its head in Abuja Airport on Thursday morning, preventing the take-off of the President’s plane for the trip to Bauchi.

According to Presidential Spokesperson, Mr Garba Shehu, technical information received from the weather station showed that visibility was 600 meters, 200 metres short of the 800 metres minimally required for a safe aircraft take-off.

According to the information available, the visibility was expected to drop to 300 metres before improving to permissible limit later in the day.

The commander of the Presidential Air Fleet, Air Commodore Hassan Abubakar, said that the Presidential Aircraft was in perfect condition, the weather in Bauchi was alright, but that the problem was in Abuja.

In cancelling the visit to the state, President Buhari expressed regret over the disruption caused by the bad weather.

In a recorded audio and video message, he said he looked forward to the visit in the course of which he was to commission an Air Force medical facility and a number of other projects by the state government. He said he also intended to thank the people for their relentless support in all his political undertakings.

“We make our plans, God makes His own plans,” said the President.

President Buhari thanked the Government and people of Bauchi State and the Nigerian Air Force for the studious and elaborate preparations made to receive him, and assured that he is going to visit the state at a more auspicious time.

Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, in his reaction, said the Federal Government is planning to upgrade the Instrument Landing Systems (ILS), at the country’s major airports, to ensure that they are working better.

This is with a view to minimizing the sort of flight disruptions that have featured every harmattan season.

Plateau Security: Military Equip Taskforce With Monitoring Motor Bikes

Nigerian-troops-A special taskforce maintaining law and order in Plateau State and parts of Bauchi State, ‘Operation Safe Haven’, have been equipped with motorcycles to boost their effectiveness.

They troops’ fight against insurgents, gather intelligence and check other crimes in their areas of operation.

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Commander of the taskforce, Major General Rogers Nicholas

At a ceremony held at one of the operational bases to hand over the motorcycles to the troops, commander of the taskforce, Major General Rogers Nicholas, warned troops against indiscriminate use of the motorcycles.

He stressed that it must be used for official purpose, reminding them that it was procured to enhance their access to difficult terrain that are not accessible by vehicles and to make their assignment easier.

The different operational bases of Operation Safe Haven got motorcycles for troops also referred to as Motorcycles Battalion.

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Motorcycle battalions

Part of the ceremony was the parading of some suspects for several offences ranging from armed robbery, illegal possession of firearms and drug peddling among others.

Major General Nicholas said that the troops were already on continuous clearance operation to get rid of all the criminals.

“These are the people that are used by bigger time criminals to commit more havoc. We are trying to make sure that wherever we have information about criminals, concerning arms and ammunition, we will go after them,” he told reporters.

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Criminals paraded by the Operation Safe Haven

With the introduction of the Motorcycle Battalion in fighting crime, troops are now equipped to have easy entrance to places that are difficult to access in carrying out their operations and gathering relevant intelligence on criminal elements within the society.