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.”

Nine Killed, Six Injured In Bauchi Land Dispute

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Nine people have been killed and six injured following a land dispute between farmers and herders in Malunje, Zadawa village area in Hardawa district of Misau Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

The Local Government Authority is also said to be caught up in the dispute resulting to the death of some of the land officers.

Channels Television learnt that the crisis broke out Monday and spilled into Tuesday morning when some aggrieved persons carried out a retaliation attack.

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When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Ahmad Wakili, confirmed the incident.

He said the police has since dispatched a team from the tactical unit to the area and calm has returned.

Meanwhile, some of the injured persons are receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Center in Azare.

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.

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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.”

Jigawa Says It Is Left With One Active COVID-19 Case, Opens Border To Kano, Bauchi

A file photo of Jigawa Governor, Badaru Abubakar giving an update on the alleged rape of a minor during a press conference in Dutse, the State capital on June 3, 2020.

 

The Jigawa state government on Saturday said it now has only one active COVID-19 case in its isolation centres after 316 other patients recovered.

Governor Badaru Abubakar confirmed this in a press briefing at the State House in Dutse, the state capital.

Abubakar also said his government was suspending the border closure with the neigbouring states of Kano, Bauchi, Katsina and Yobe.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Jigawa had reported a total of 317 cases of the novel coronavirus with six casualties, as of Friday evening.

“Fellow citizens of Jigawa state, I am pleased to inform you that our COVID-19 response strategy is continuously yielding results,” the Governor said.

He also announced the temporary closure of the isolation centre at Banuso “pending the time we get new COVID-19 patients above the capacity of our main isolation centre.”

 

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

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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.”

Bauchi Records 69 New COVID-19 Cases

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

 

Bauchi State has recorded 69 fresh cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the highest reported in a day since the outbreak of the virus in the state.

The Executive Chairman of the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed confirmed the new figures to Channels Television on Tuesday.

He explained that out of this number, 24 are personnel of the Nigerian Army newly transferred to Bauchi and nine are prisoners.

Meanwhile, the state has since lifted lockdown restrictions three weeks ago.

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This comes a week after the State Deputy Governor, Baba Tela tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently undergoing treatment at the state isolation centre.

Governor Bala Mohammed noted that his deputy who is also the incident commander of COVID-19 in the state contracted the disease while on duty.

While praying for his speedy recovery, the governor said all primary contacts have immediately been tested by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

He has asked citizens of the state to adhere strictly to the protocols against the virus as it spreads in the state.

Bauchi Deputy Governor Tests Positive For COVID-19

 

The Bauchi State Deputy Governor, Baba Tela has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently undergoing treatment at the state isolation centre.

A statement from the state government says the deputy governor who is also the incident commander of COVID-19 in the state contracted the disease while on duty.

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Meanwhile the state governor, Bala Muhammed has asked citizens of the state to adhere strictly to the protocols against the virus as it spreads in the state.

Bauchi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings, Suspends Lockdown

 

Bauchi State Government has lifted the ban on religious activities and suspended the lockdown imposed on residents in the state.

This according to the state governor, Bala Mohammed takes effect from Thursday, May 21.

The governor made this announcement at stakeholders’ meeting held at the Command Guest House in Bauchi, the state capital.

He explained that the development followed the success achieved so far in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state and enjoined the stakeholders to assist the government in ensuring that the protective tool put in place are adhered to strictly in order to be free from the infection.

(FILE) Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed.

“This decision will be taken by you because the total decision of the lockdown was taken by you. We are just suggesting as a government and on behalf of the government, I am suggesting that as from Thursday, we should lift the lockdown, even the one in Katagum, because it has been 10 days and of course the whole state.

“People will go about their normal businesses, pray on Friday and Eid if we agree on context and character so that people will go to Eid, but we will need the support of our royal fathers so that there will be no such celebrations,” he said.

The governor commended the religious leaders and traditional rulers for their support and cooperation while the lockdown lasted, and added that whatever decision arrived at, will be fully implemented as the World Health Organisation (WHO) has made it clear that the pandemic is here to stay.

Bauchi Discharges 20 Recovered COVID-19 Patients

A health worker helps his colleague with his PPE during a community testing as part of efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

 

The Bauchi State government has discharged 20 coronavirus (COVID-19) patients from its treatment facility in the state.

Governor Bala Mohammed announced this on Monday via his verified Twitter handle.

He noted that the latest recovery has raised the number of COVID-19 patients successfully managed and discharged in the state to 89.

Governor Mohammed thanked the medical personnel in the State for their steadfastness in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

He also commended the State Task Force on COVID-19 and security officials, among other stakeholders for their efforts in curbing the spread of the disease in Bauchi.

As of May 17, Bauchi has 215 COVID-19 infections with 143 active cases, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Read the governor’s tweets below:

Deaths In Azare Town Caused By Seasonal Heatwave Not COVID-19 – Bauchi Govt

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

 

Bauchi State government has explained that the reports of massive deaths recorded in Azare area of the state are caused by the seasonal heatwave and not COVID-19.

The Deputy Governor Baba Tela told journalists on Sunday that an investigation has since been carried out and the number of deaths was inflated.

“On the issue of deaths that have been happening in Azare, we got different reports. Some people said five deaths have been recorded, others said 300 people died in the last two to three days.

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“I personally went and spoke to people who work at mortuary and bury people. I discovered that yes, there have been a number of deaths. This death is seasonal. It happens like that sometimes when it is very hot or cold. The same thing happened in Kano and Jigawa. We are all around the same axis.

“But I can tell you and I am very sure, the number of deaths is nowhere near what people are saying,” Tela said.

The deputy governor who is also the Chairman of the state taskforce on COVID-19, therefore, said social media reports that 300 people died in a week is untrue and urged members of the public not to believe it.

‘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.