Court Dismisses APC, Ex-Bauchi Gov’s Appeal, Affirms Bala Mohammed’s Election

Bauchi Governor Congratulates PDP’s Bala Mohammed
Mohammed Abubakar                                                                                                    Mohammed Bala

 

 

The Court of Appeal sitting in Jos has affirmed the election of Bala Mohammed as the governor of Bauchi State.

A five-man panel of justices of the court gave the judgement during a sitting on Friday in the Plateau State capital.

Justice Adumein Otisi delivered the lead judgement and the other four justices concurred with the verdict that Governor Mohammed won the March 9 governorship poll in the state.

He held that there was no merit in the appeal filed by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar, and his party.

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However, all issues raised by the appellants were resolved in favour of Governor Mohammed and his party – the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The appellate court also affirmed the decision of the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal and awarded a cost of N200,000 in favour of the governor and his party.

Reacting to the judgement, Governor Mohammed said he has forfeited the fine awarded by the court against the appellants – the former governor and the APC.

He extended the olive branch to the opposition and appealed to them to join him in providing good governance for the people of Bauchi State.

The governor noted that he waited for the judgement in apprehension, saying the news of his triumph was a huge relief.

Police Arrest Two Wanted Suspects, 70 Others In Bauchi

 

The Bauchi State Police Command has arrested a total of 72 suspects for committing various crimes in the state.

Police Public Relations Officer, Kamal Abubakar, disclosed this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Saturday.

He explained that the suspects were arrested in connection with armed robbery and kidnapping among other crimes in October under the special operation code-named “Operation Puff Adder”.

Among those arrested were two high profile and notorious suspects on the police wanted list – Nazifi Yakubu (23) and Ibrahim Yusuf (26), as well as five members of their gang.

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They are Nura Mohd (20), Umar Yusuf (21), Usman Ahmadu (22), Umar Ismail (20), and Yusuf Adamu (19).

 

“The suspects confessed to have been involved in the armed robbery attacks on residents of the following areas of Bauchi: Gida Dubu, Fadaman Mada, GRA, Waterboard Quarters, Turum, Madina Quarters and Bakaro among others all within Bauchi metropolis.

“The suspects also confessed to have killed one Usman Mohammed in the month of April 2019 along Zaranda Hotel,” Abubakar said.

According to him, some of the victims have identified the suspects as responsible for the attacks and robbery against them.

 

The command’s spokesman explained that two gangs of kidnappers and others involved in criminal conspiracy, theft, receiving stolen property, thuggery, and possession of dangerous weapons, were part of the suspects arrested.

Of those arrested, a total of 57 suspects have been charged to court while 15 others were being investigated.

The police recovered from the suspects 10 assorted firearms, five cartridges, 20 machetes, two vehicles, and two motorcycles among other items.

Abubakar said the Command remains committed to sustaining peace in Bauchi and urged residents to go about their lawful business without fear.

He also called for more cooperation and support by providing useful information and reporting incidents promptly to the police and other security agencies.

Tribunal Upholds Bala Mohammed’s Election As Bauchi Governor

 

The Bauchi State election Tribunal has affirmed Bala Mohammed as governor of the state.

The tribunal judge, Justice Salihu Salisu, on Monday dismissed the petition of the Mohammed Abubakar and the All Progressives Congress (APC) for lacking in merit.

Justice Salisu ruled that the allegations by the petitions against respondents remain unsubstantiated and 2nd respondent (Bala Mohammed) is duly elected with a majority of lawful votes.

He said the elections held on March 9 and 23, 2019 are valid.

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The immediate past governor Mohammed Abubakar and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are challenging the declaration of Bala Mohammed of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the 2019 governorship election held on April 9th and 23rd by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

They filed a petition on the 12th of April 2019.

Governor Abubakar and the APC are alleging over voting and non-compliance in some polling units in Bogoro Tafawa Balewa and Bauchi local government areas of the state.

 

Yellow Fever: Death Toll Increases To Seven, Govt Commences Vaccination

The death toll from the Yellow Fever outbreak in Bauch State has increased to seven, a situation which has prompted the state government to commence vaccination across the state.

Bauchi State government on Thursday announced the commencement of aerial spraying for aedes mosquito – the vector that transmits the yellow fever disease.

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The state governor, Bala Mohammed explaining the purpose of the vaccination said that over N30 million is being expended to contain the virus in 20 local government areas of the state.

“The vaccination will allow us to stop this virus from spreading. I implore all citizens of Kano State to key into this exercise and not panic,” he said.

Governor Mohammed also warned against negative rumours that will undermine the “vaccination drive.”

The state government suspects the disease was transported by a foreign national during a tourist visit to the Yankari Games Reserve and more persons are being infected.

Yellow Fever Kills Three In Bauchi

 

Three people have been killed following the outbreak of yellow fever disease in Bauchi State.

The Executive Chairman of the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, confirmed this to Channels Television in an exclusive interview on Saturday.

He noted that there were 23 other suspected cases while a few persons were receiving treatment at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi.

Mohammed said, “In Bauchi State, we have been trying to follow up with the case of yellow fever which started two weeks ago and we have only three confirmed deaths.

“And then, we have 23 cases of yellow fever and even today (Saturday), seven samples were taken to the laboratory in Abuja.”

The executive chairman, who spoke during a hospital visit to the affected patients, explained that most of them were seen unconscious.

According to him, one of the patients is a ranger at the Yankari Games Reserve, as the disease outbreak cuts across three local government areas – Bauchi, Tafawa Balewa, and Alkaleri.

Mohammed said all confirmed cases of the disease were from Alkaleri, where the Yankari Games Reserve is located.

He, however, stated that the state government has begun to put measures in place to contain the spread of the disease but lacked enough vaccines for the people.

Some of the steps taken so far, according to him, include the distribution of mosquito nets, environmental fumigation, and training of staff on control measures.

“We are trying to see what we can do. We’ve made arrangements on how to contain the virus and one of the arrangements is that we started reactive vaccination over three or four days ago around the communities,” said the executive chairman.

NCDC Confirms Yellow Fever Outbreak, Deaths In Bauchi

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed that some persons have died following an outbreak of Yellow Fever in Bauchi State.

In a statement on Friday said the Commission said it was first notified of the outbreak on August 29 when the agency received the report of a confirmed case of yellow fever in Kano State from a laboratory in its network.

According to the statement, three of the confirmed cases are residents of Alkaleri Local Government Area (LGA), with a fourth case linked to a tourist who was visiting Kano State and also visited the Yankari Games Reserve in the same LGA within Bauchi.

The commission further stated that subsequent investigations led by the Kano State Epidemiology Team established that the confirmed case of yellow fever “was from a patient who visited the Yankari Game Reserve in Bauchi, in August with his father.

“The father died with similar symptoms before a sample could be collected and tested,” the statement partly read.

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In a similar vein, the Borno State Epidemiology Team on Tuesday had reported deaths among students of Waka College of Education in Biu LGA Borno State.

The students are said to have visited the Yankari Games Reserves in August 2019.

The NCDC said that “of the 95 Students that visited the resort (Yankari Game Reserve), eight of them developed symptoms and six had died as at the time of the report. The others are in a stable condition. Samples from these cases are being tested.”

According to the health agency, intensification of surveillance activities have led to the confirmation of three more cases in Bauchi, all residents of Alkaleri Local Government Area of Bauchi.

Since it was notified, the NCDC said it has been collaborating with the state epidemiologists and the World Health Organisation country office to investigate these events.

“We have deployed a rapid response team to support Bauchi State to carry out further in-depth investigations, including case finding, risk communications, and support the management of cases.

“Samples of the other suspected cases from Bauchi and Borno states are currently being transported to the NCDC National Reference Laboratory in Abuja for further testing,” it said.

NCDC said it has also activated the Emergency Operations Centre to coordinate the response to the outbreak.

 

Flood: One Killed, Over 100 Houses Destroyed In Bauchi Village

 

Tragedy again struck in Bauchi on Tuesday when at least one person was killed and several persons displaced, following the flood that ravaged Dindima village in Alkaleri Local Government Area of the state.

According to the village head of Dindima, Sale Ubandoma, over 100 houses were affected and several farmlands destroyed as a result of the heavy downpour.

A similar occurrence was recorded at Liman Katagum community where heavy flooding was also recorded with a bridge linking over twenty communities cut off.

The state government has sent a delegation led by the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Abubakar Suleman to the affected communities.

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A part of the delegation is the state emergency management agency which has been directed to expedite action in providing relief materials to the victims of the disaster.

Earlier a pedestrian bridge collapsed at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Gubi Campus killing at least four students and eight others injured.

The bridge which links one of the hostels and another building containing lecture rooms collapsed on Monday midnight, following a heavy downpour.

Following the tragic incident, ATBU management was forced to issue a notice for students to vacate the campus.

Four Students Killed, Eight Others Injured After Bridge Collapse In Bauchi

Four students have been confirmed killed with eight others injured after a pedestrian bridge collapsed at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Gubi Campus.

This was disclosed to Channels Television by the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Abdulazeez Ahmed.

The bridge which links one of the hostels and another building containing lecture rooms collapsed at midnight, following a heavy downpour.

The Student Union President, Naziru Mohammed had earlier told Channels TV that two students were confirmed dead and two others injured.

Students of the university are however currently protesting, blaming the bridge collapse on negligence by the institution’s authorities.

Director of Public Relations of the University, Andee Iheme also confirmed the death of two students following the incident.

See more photos of the collapsed pedestrian bridge below…

 

Bauchi Assembly Crisis: Court Orders Parties To Maintain Status Quo

Bauchi Assembly Crisis: Court Orders Parties To Maintain Status Quo

 

The High Court of Justice, Bauchi Division has granted an order of interim injunction that status quo ante belium be maintained in any matter that concerns the Bauchi State House of Assembly.

Justice Mu’Azu Abubakar gave the order on Monday while ruling on a motion ex-parte filed by 13 members of the Assembly and two others.

Joined as respondents include the National Assembly, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the House of Representatives.

Also listed are the Bauchi State Governor, Inspector General of Police, Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), and 15 others.

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Justice Abubakar had heard and considered the submissions made through the written addresses by the applicants’ counsel.

He, thereafter, granted an order of interim injunction that the parties in the case maintained status quo, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

The judge also fixed October 3, 2019, as the return date for the motion on notice.

Meanwhile, the order of the court takes effect from July 18.

This implies that members of the House of Representatives Committee investigating the crisis in the State Assembly should not proceed with the report of their fact-finding mission, pending the hearing of motion of the substantive suit.

Earlier, the committee told reporters in Bauchi that its report would be ready latest on Tuesday, July 23.

See the court papers below:

APC Backs NASS On Edo, Bauchi Assembly Crises, Blames Governors

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) is in support of the decision taken by the National Assembly to resolve the crisis in Edo and Bauchi State Houses of Assembly.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Lanre Issa-Onilu, stated this while addressing a news conference on Sunday in Abuja.

According to him, the real issue at stake is the alleged deliberate violation of the rule of law by the governors of the affected states.

Issa-Onilu said, ”There was supposed to be a proper proclamation of the House of Assembly in Bauchi and Edo and in both cases, what happened has fallen short of the expectation.”

“So, do the right thing. You can deal with whoever you think is your problem; that is a different issue.

“Our only concern here is wherever – Edo, Bauchi, anywhere else, rule of law must guide whatever we do. Enough of impunity in the country, and we will not take it,” he added.


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APC spokesman, Lanre Issa-Onilu, addressing a press conference in Abuja on July 21, 2019.

 

 

The APC spokesman said the party has demanded that the governors of Edo and Bauchi states obey the rule of law by ensuring that their State Houses of Assembly were properly inaugurated.

He insisted that the National Assembly was constitutionally empowered to take over the functions of any State House of Assembly found not capable of performing its functions.

Issa-Onilu explained that the APC aligned itself with the position of the federal lawmakers, stressing that their intervention in the crisis was in line with the Constitution.

He said, “What should happen is the National Assembly is clearly empowered in a situation where it is clear that a particular House of Assembly is incapable of conducting its business.

“The law is clear on what should be done and we are glad to know that the respective chambers are already doing what they need to do.”

Bauchi Governor Appoints Senator Misau, Others To Recover Govt Properties

Bauchi Governor Appoints Senator Misau, Others To Recover Govt Properties

 

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Muhammad, has approved the constitution of a committee to recover government properties and funds in the state.

The governor’s spokesperson, Dr Ladan Salihu, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, a copy of which was sent to Channels Television on Wednesday.

Governor Muhammad appointed Senator Isa Misau as the chairman of the committee which has 16 others as members.

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He asked the team to recover funds found to have been overcharged and paid to companies handling contracts awarded by the state government, through all legally acceptable means.

The committee was also asked to consider and review all land allocations carried out by the previous administrations from May 2007 to May 2019, ‘without following the due process”.

Governor Muhammad gave the team three months from the date of inauguration to submit its report.

Read the statement below:

One Dead, 14 Injured As Bauchi Durbar Festival Turns Violent

A procession of hunters at Bauchi durbar festival on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. PHOTO: Channels TV
A procession of hunters at Bauchi durbar festival on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. PHOTO: Channels TV

 

The Eid-el-Fitr celebration in Bauchi State turned violent on Wednesday with one person confirmed killed and 14 others injured.

Violence erupted after a clash occurred between two groups of hunters during the durbar procession in Bauchi, the state capital.

The hunters during the clash attacked with dangerous weapons and also shot into the air.

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Governor Bala Mohammed in reaction to the clash immediately visited the victims at the trauma and emergency center of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital in the state.

He said based on the preliminary inquiry from the police, the clash was planned.

The governor also promised to go tough on miscreants attempting to truncate the peace of the state.

Commissioner of police in the state, Habu Sani said at least 55 persons have been arrested and an investigation is still ongoing.

The durbar festival is an annual event which is usually celebrated at the end of Ramadan and during Eid-el-Fitri celebration.

Governor Bala Mohammed victims of the clash at the trauma and emergency center of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital in the state.