Five Arrested In Bauchi Over N21.5m Pension Scam

Police patrol

 

The Bauchi State Police Command has arrested five suspects over an N21.5 million pension scam in the state.

The suspects are said to be employees of the Local Government Pension Board in the state.

They were apprehended for alleged criminal conspiracy, breach of trust, misappropriation, forgery and fraud amounting to N21,580,000.

This was disclosed by the police spokesman in the state, Ahmed Wakil, via a statement issued on Saturday.

According to him, the arrest followed a petition to the state Commissioner of Police by the state governor, Bala Mohammed, through his Principal Private Secretary.

Those arrested, he said, included the auditor, computer operator and three other workers with the board.

Wakil explained that the suspects inserted seven illegal names of pensioners and fraudulently siphoned various sums of money for a period ranging from six to 36 months.

The statement partly read, “On the 12th of September 2020, at about 1300hrs a letter of complaint from the office of Executive Governor Bauchi State signed by Musa Mohammed Kirfi PPS to the Governor of Bauchi State against the following suspects: Mohammed B. Mohammed, Editor of the board; Musa Bappayo, computer operator of the board and Samaila Musa all staff of Local Government Pension Board.

“The complaint was received through the office of the commissioner of police for discrete investigation.

“When interrogated the above-mentioned persons confessed to have inserted about seven illegal beneficiaries’ names into the pensions records fraudulently as Mohammed Namamu and Abubakar Muazu.

“These Two were the candidates/Beneficiaries introduced by Samaila Musa ‘m’ aged 38yrs of Federal Low-cost who inserted above-mentioned none of them is a civil servant of the state. They were found to have been receiving N65, 000 and N85, 000 per month for the period of 18 months which accumulated to N2,700,000.”

The police spokesman added, “Yasir Sulaiman (37) of Bayan airport has Two candidates, whom he received N320,000 per month for the period of 23 months which accumulated to N7,360,000.

“Garba Bala (39) of Tirwun Bauchi who introduced two candidates and receiving N300,000 per month for 36 months which accumulated to N10,800,000.

“Umar Mohammed Madara (49) of Ibrahim Bako Bauchi has one candidate, whom he receives N120,000 per month for the period of six months which accumulated N720,000.”

The police spokesman explained that efforts were ongoing to arrest other fleeing suspects in connection with the fraud.

Petrol-Laden Tanker Explodes In Front Of Bauchi Polytechnic

A petrol-laden tanker exploded in front of a Bauchi polytechnic on August 26, 2020.
A petrol-laden tanker exploded in front of a Bauchi polytechnic on August 26, 2020.

 

A tanker load of petrol has exploded in front of Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi.

Two people sustained severe injuries and are said to be receiving treatment at the emergency centre of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, Bauchi.

An eyewitness, Bashir Yakubu, said the incident happened around 9 pm on Wednesday.

According to one account, the tanker was heading to Mararaba Liman Katagum along Dass road from Bauchi to offload its content when it hit a speed bump and lost control.

“I think it happened as a result of brake failure,” Yakubu said. “The tanker fell and split out its content but the driver escaped unhurt.

“The explosion did not happen immediately; it was some minutes later after the spilled content started a fire that the explosion happened.”

A spokesman for the Fire Service in Bauchi, Abubakar Bala, said his men moved to the scene as soon as they were informed about the incident.

He added that they succeeded in putting the fire under control and the destruction of lives and property was mitigated.

Bauchi Commissioner For Commerce Sadiq Resigns

File photo of Mohammed Alhassan Sadiq. Source: Facebook: Mohammed Alhassan Sadiq

 

 

 

The Bauchi State Commissioner for Commerce and Industries, Alhassan Sadiq has resigned his appointment. 

Sadiq said this in a statement he released on his Facebook page on Wednesday and thanked the Governor of Bauchi State, Senator Mohammed Bala for giving him the opportunity to serve.

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“It was a rare privileged and opportunity to have served my state in such an exalted position,” he said.

“I thank H.E the Executive Governor – Sen. Bala A. Mohammed (Kauran Bauchi)for the wonderful opportunity accorded to me.”

He also thanked a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara for his support and the role he played “in influencing same.”

“I sincerely thank all my colleagues in the EXCO and the Ministry, whom we have worked with as a formidable team,” he added.

“I have enjoyed the understanding of my family at such a trying time. I beseech God to forgive all my wrongs and the general public/colleagues to pardon me.

“I urge you to help me, pray God to grant me success, contentment and peace of mind in my new endeavour.”

Sadiq is an ally of Dogara who had rejoined the All Progressives Congress (APC) in late July.

The former House of Representatives Speaker, a founding member of the APC, had joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the leadup to the 2019 general elections – a platform he recontested his re-election.

 

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A file photo of Mr Yakubu Dogara

 

Dogara in his letter of resignation dated July 24, 2020, and addressed to the Bogoro ‘C’ Ward Chairman of the PDP in Bauchi, his home-state, said his exit from the PDP was due to the breakdown of governance in the state.

He decried that such was happening under the administration of Governor Bala Mohammed whom he “helped install” as a governor in the 2019 general elections.

 

Kidnapped Wives, Child Of Murdered Bauchi Lawmaker Regain Freedom

The member representing Dass constituency in the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Honourable Musa Mante, said to have been killed by gunmen on August 14, 2020.

 

The two wives and a child of the lawmaker representing Dass Constituency in the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Musa Mante Barassa, have regained their freedom.

Channels Television learned that the victims regained their freedom after spending four days in captivity.

The Chief of Staff, Bauchi Government House, Dr Ladan Salihu, announced the news of their release on his Twitter handle.

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“Alhamdulillah! The wives of Hon. Musa Baraza, Bauchi House Member murdered 4 days ago in Dass have regained Freedom.

“The one-year-old baby abducted along with them is also released. Gov Bala Mohammed has directed Doctors and security to give them adequate care and attention,” he said.

Gunmen had attacked and killed Barassa at his residence in Dass, abducted his wives and one-year-old daughter last week Thursday.

Police authorities said four empty shells of live ammunition were recovered at the scene of the murder, adding that the incident is being investigated.

Gunmen Kill Bauchi Lawmaker, Abduct Wives And One-Year-Old Daughter

The member representing Dass constituency in the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Honourable Musa Mante, said to have been killed by gunmen on August 14, 2020.

 

 

A member representing Dass constituency in the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Honourable Musa Mante has been killed.

The lawmaker was murdered around 2 am by gunmen in his residence at Baraza, Dass Local Government Area of the state.

The gunmen also abducted his two wives and a year-old-daughter.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Ahmed Wakili confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

He explained that the police has intensified efforts to rescue the victims and arrest perpetrators.

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Meanwhile, the lawmaker’s corpse has been deposited at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi.

The deceased lawmaker will be buried later today according to Islamic rites.

Reacting to the incident, the Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Abubakar Suleiman, described Baraza’s death as a shocking and great loss to the state.

In a condolence message to the family, the Speaker said he is yet to recover from the traumatic grief of the devastating news of the merciless murder of Hon. Mante in his village.

While condemning the attack, Suleiman vowed to work with security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the devilish act.

The Speaker, who represents Dangaladiman Ningi constituency in the house, described the deceased as God-fearing, humble and a dependable ally who served and related with people selflessly and honourably.

“As a member representing the good people of Dass, Hon. Mante dedicated his time and resources to ensure the well-being of his constituents. He was always at the forefront of serving the interest of his people and dear State.

“He lived a simple and exemplary life worthy of emulation. The fact that he had lived in his Village interacting and serving his people, speaks volumes on how faithful and humble Late Hon. Musa Mante Baraza was.

“As Chairman House Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Mante has diligently and effectively discharged his responsibility by being so much dedicated and committed to finding solutions to many problems affecting people across the State.

“He has contributed immensely in the lawmaking business and other functions of Bauchi State House of Assembly.

“He was so much friendly and kind to all of us his colleagues and staff of the Assembly. Indeed we will lose his elderly and statesmanly gestures, joviality and the jokes we always share during plenary, meetings and other engagements,” the Speaker said.

According to Suleiman, Mante died at a time that his family, people of Dass Constituency and Bauchi State needed him the most.

He, therefore, urged the bereaved family, colleagues and constituents to take solace and prayed to Almighty Allah to forgive his shortcomings and give them the fortitude to bear the painful and irreparable loss.

 

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.”

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.

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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.”