Gunmen Kidnap Former Lawmaker In Bauchi

Chief Imam’s Son, Two Others Kidnapped In Ogun Community
File photo of a gunman wearing bullets

 

 

A former lawmaker of Bauchi State House of Assembly Abdulmumuni Hassan Ningi has been kidnapped.

The former lawmaker was kidnapped on Thursday around 8 pm at his residence in Bauchi metropolis located behind BSADP along Isa Yuguda Guest House.

A family member narrated to Channels Television that the incident occurred when the lawmaker returned home from work and his son opened the gate for him at which he was immediately pointed a gun at by gunmen and whisked away while his son watched.

The kidnappers were also said to have left with the key to his car and the family believed that they did that to prevent being followed.

The Bauchi State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Ahmed Wakili confirmed the incident and said the abductors are believed to be four in number and came in a red golf car.

The Police command PRO suspected that the lawmaker was being trailed right from his shop to his house.

He urged members of the public to vigilant and security conscious.

As of 4 pm Friday, the kidnappers are yet to make contact with the family.

20 Die In Bauchi Road Crash

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At least 20 people have been reported killed in a road accident along Bauchi – Maiduguri expressway near Tirwun village a suburb of Bauchi capital city.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi Command Ahmed Wakili confirmed the accident to Channels Television, adding that the corpses have been deposited in the ATBU Teaching Hospital Mortuary.

According to Wakili the accident occurred on Sunday afternoon when two commercial vehicles; a Volkswagen Golf heading from Misau to Bauchi and a Hummer Bus heading to Maiduguri from Jos collided.

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One of the vehicles was reported to have gone up in flames and its occupants got burnt beyond recognition.

Out of 22 passengers involved in the accident only two survived and are said to be receiving treatment at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital Bauchi.

Police Arrest 22-Year-Old Suspect For Murder

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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.

 

The police authorities in Bauchi State have arrested a 22-year-old suspect, Musa Hamza for murder.

In a statement issued on Monday by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, the suspect allegedly beheaded one Adamu Ibrahim, “where he forcefully gouge-out the two eyes, burnt the body/head, and buried them separately in a shallow grave located in the nearby bush.”

According to the police spokesman, both the suspect and victim were of Unguwar Wake village, Alkaleri Local Government Area of the state.

He said the suspect was arrested by the detectives of Alkaleri Divisional Police Headquarters on December 21, 2020.

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During the investigation, all the buried human parts were said to have been exhumed and taken to General Hospital Alkaleri for medical examination where the medical doctor certified the victim dead.

It was gathered that “upon interrogation, the two eyes were recovered from the principal suspect, who voluntarily confessed to have committed the crime and was asked by a ritualist to bring the eyes for ritual to enable him to be rich.”

Items recovered by the police included one knife, one mp3 player, one pair of rubber shoe and one lighter.

The police spokesman added that investigation is ongoing, adding that the suspects will be charged to court for prosecution.

APC’s Bala Ali Wins Bye-Election For Dass Constituency In Bauchi

A voter casts his ballot in the bye-election for the Dass Constituency seat in the Bauchi State House of Assembly on December 5, 2020.

 

Mr Bala Ali of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has won the bye-election for Dass Constituency in the Bauchi State House of Assembly.

His victory followed the conclusion of voting and counting of ballots in the election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the seat which had been declared vacant.

INEC’s Returning Officer for the election, Professor Ahmed Mohammed of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University announced Ali as the winner of the poll on Saturday at the collation centre in the state.

According to him, the APC candidate polled a total of 12,299 votes to defeat Lawal Umar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 11,062 votes.

The result was announced in a rowdy and tensed atmosphere after the agent of the PDP raised an objection to the results announced.

While the PDP agent claimed that the exercise was disrupted and people left the premises, the agent of the APC insisted that nobody left the area.

In his response, the returning officer insisted on reading the results and asked the agents to put their complaints in writing.

Channels Television monitored the election during which an incident of an alleged attempt to buy votes was reported.

The incident involved a former Head of Service in Bauchi State who was arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Although the suspect’s name was not revealed, the government official was said to be making an attempt to commit the crime and not caught in the act.

He was, however, released on bail after fulfilling the conditions of the EFCC and asked to report to the zonal office of the anti-graft agency in Gombe State at a later date.

In his reaction, the counsel to the government official, Barrister Muktar, stressed that his client was arrested based on a suspicion that he had money in his car on the day of an election.

Bye-Election: Ex-Bauchi Head Of Service Arrested Over Vote-Buying Claim

EFCC Arraigns 'Fake Football Agent' For Alleged N3.2m Fraud
A file photo of an EFCC operative backing the camera.

 

A former Head of Service in Bauchi State has been arrested over an alleged attempt to buy votes at one of the polling units of the bye-election for Dass Constituency in the State House of Assembly.

The Commissioner of Police in Bauchi, Lawal Jimeta, confirmed the arrest during an interview with Channels Television on Saturday, saying the suspect was arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Although the suspect’s name was not revealed, the government official was said to be making an attempt to commit the crime and not caught in the act.

“What they (the EFCC) told me is that it is an attempt to buy votes; they have not caught him buying the votes but after searching him, they saw money,” the police commissioner said.

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He added, “I am not privy to the statement he has written but in order to make sure that the voting process continues, especially at the voting centre where he was arrested, he was released on bail after fulfilling the conditions of the EFCC.”

Jimeta stated that the EFCC operatives did not hand over the government official to the police, explaining that it was their duty to prosecute the case since they made the arrest.

He disclosed that the suspect was asked to report to the zonal office of the anti-graft agency in Gombe State for further action.

The police commissioner said besides the incident, no other case was reported and nobody was arrested for vote-buying, causing trouble at the polling centres, or preventing the electorate from voting.

The counsel to the government official, Barrister Muktar, also confirmed the arrest of his client by the EFCC with support from operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).

He stressed that the government official was arrested based on a suspicion that he has money in his car on the day of an election.

Asked if his client has violated any law, Muktar said, “To us as lawyers who know the law, it is not.

“Let me tell you, vote-buying is a situation where somebody gives money to another; this is a situation … that they stopped him while he was driving his car and they found money in his boot.”

“He is the former Head of Service of Bauchi State, so he is a high-profile personality in the state and he is capable of having such amount of money … the money is just around 500 and something thousand naira,” he added.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducted the legislative bye-elections in Bauchi, Lagos, Bayelsa, Cross River, Borno, and six other states.

22 Yellow Fever Cases Confirmed In Bauchi

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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.

 

22 fresh cases of yellow fever have been confirmed in Bauchi state and two more people have died from the virus.

The Executive Chairman of Primary Healthcare Development Agency Bauchi dr. Rilwanu Mohammed has confirmed the cases to journalists.

He said that outbreak is in three wards of Ganjuwa Local Government Area of the state.

In a similar development, Lassa The virus has also claimed two more lives in Toro Local Government Area while six people are currently receiving treatment for the disease.

In another vein, the Senate has asked the Federal Government to provide enough funds to procure COVID-19 vaccines for Nigerians.

The request follows a point of order raised by the Chairman Senate committee on health, Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe.

The Senate on Thursday also resolved that its committee on health should meet with the Ministers of Health and Finance, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 as well as the NCDC and NAFDAC to discuss modalities to procure the vaccine.

The upper chamber declared as urgent, the need to deal with the outbreak of a strange ailment said to be Yellow Fever, ravaging Epeilo-Otukpa and Itabono-Owukpa communities in Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue State.

FG Begins Disbursement Of N20,000 Conditional Cash Transfer To Bauchi Rural Women

Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Paulen Tallen, distributing the funds to rural women in Bauchi State.

 

The Federal government has commenced the disbursement of N20,000 conditional cash transfer to poor women resident in rural communities in Bauchi State.

The conditional cash transfer is designed to provide succour for the poorest and most vulnerable women in rural communities.

Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Paulen Tallen, during the first phase of the disbursement of the funds to beneficiaries in Bauchi State, said over 1,000 women are expected to receive the grant.

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She explained the criteria for identifying the beneficiaries and added that women numbering 200 have so far enjoyed the funds in Bauchi Local Government.

“We identified those into petty trading, widows, and the vulnerable. We identified those with small businesses. It is based on these factors that the beneficiaries are identified,” the Women Affairs Minister told Channels Television.

Wife of Bauchi Governor, Aishat Mohammed commended the decision of the Federal Government noting that empowering women is significant to empowering a nation.

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) recently released report reveals that 40 per cent of Nigeria’ss population, or almost 83 million people, live below the poverty line and 52% of these live in rural areas.

The Federal Government earlier in April disbursed Conditional Cash Transfer to indigent households (poor) at the Kwali Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

This was part of the Federal Government’s efforts to help reduce the effect of lockdown following the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadia Umar-Farouk, said the Federal Government was giving out N20,000 per person for the next four months starting from March 2020.

18 Killed In Bauchi Boat Mishap  

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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.

 

Tragedy struck in Bauchi State when a canoe transporting 23 people to the farm capsized, leading to the death of 18 people.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Friday by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Ahmed Wakili.

Among those who died were children aged between eight and 16 years.

The victims were been ferried from Zango Majiya village in Itas Gadau Local Government Area to their farms when the boat capsized and they were drowned right in the middle of River Buji.

The police spokesman said five persons including the canoe operator were rescued unconscious while corpses have been recovered and taken to the General Hospital in Itas for post-mortem examination.

Bauchi Govt Sets Up Judicial Panel Of Inquiry On Police Brutality

(FILE) Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed.

 

The Bauchi State Government has set up a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to investigate human rights abuses and police brutality in Bauchi State.

This was confirmed in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Senior Special Assistant Media to the Governor, Mukhtar Gidado.

According to the statement, Governor Bala Mohammed who gave the approval will inaugurate the panel on Wednesday at the Government House.

The governor’s spokesman said the decision to create the judicial panel followed the recent protest by youths across the country against police brutality of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force.

See Full Statement Here:

PRESS RELEASE

Following the protest by youth across the country against the recurring highhandedness and Police brutality of the Special Anti-robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force and the resolve of the Government to reform the Nigeria Police Force, His Excellency, Sen. Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, CON, the Executive Governor of Bauchi State has approved the setting up of a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to investigate Human Right abuses in Bauchi State.

The Committee has the following membership:-

  1. Justice Habibu Idris Shall (Rtd. High Court Judge)                               –                              Chairman
  2. CP. Hamisu Makama (Rtd) –                             Member
  3. Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association, Bauchi State Chapter –                              Member
  4. Barr. Jibrin S. Jibrin, Civil Society Groups, Bauchi State –                              Member
  5. Representative of Human Right Commission Bauchi State Office (NHRC) – Member
  6. Representative of FIDA, Bauchi State Office –                              Member
  7. Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Bauchi State –                              Member
  8. Representative of Jama’atul Nasirul Islam (JNI) Bauchi State Chapter. Member
  9. Representative of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Bauchi State – Member
  10. Representative of National Council of Women Society, Bauchi State (NCWS) – Member
  11. Representative of National Youth Council of Nigeria Bauchi State – Member
  12. Representative of NACCIMA, Bauchi State –              Member
  13. Representative of Miyetti Allah Kautel Hore, Bauchi State –              Member
  14. Representative of Miyetti Allah MACBAN, Bauchi State –              Member
  15. Representative of NURTW, Bauchi State –              Member
  16. Comrade Mohammed Nasiru Umar ATBU representing NUBASS – Member
  17. Representative of Attorney-General/Commissioner of Justice     –              Secretary

It is hoped that members of the committee will bring their wealth of knowledge and experience in the discharge of the committee’s assignment.

The Panel will be inaugurated on Wednesday, 28th October 2020, by His Excellency Sen. Bala Mohammed CON, at the Banquet Hall Government House, Bauchi, by 10:00am.

Senior Special Assistant Media to the Governor, Mukhtar M Gidado

27th October 2020.

We Shared COVID-19 Palliatives To Beneficiaries Across Bauchi, Says Governor

(FILE) Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed.

 

The Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has said that his administration shared COVID-19 palliatives to beneficiaries across the state.

The governor disclosed this through his Twitter handle on Monday, following the looting of palliatives across the country.

“Today, residents attempted a raid on the COVID-19 palliatives warehouse in Bauchi State. My Chief of Staff was informed and he ordered the warehouse to be opened.

“They saw it was empty, and they turned back. And that’s because we shared everything to beneficiaries as and when due”.

Governor Mohammed explained that a committee was set up for the COVID-19 palliatives and distribution commenced between May and August.

“For accountability, when we started distribution months ago, I ensured to set up a high powered committee that included myself.

“The core of my mandate remains the crucial drive to give Bauchi State citizens a better prospect and a more excellent opportunity for a prosperous life. We are doing this, and we will continue to do more.

“I am excited to re-emphasise that between May and August this year, my administration launched multiple rounds of distribution of #COVID19 palliatives to beneficiaries across Bauchi State”, he added.

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.