16-Year-Old Almajiri Whose Eyes Were Removed Receives Scholarship

In June 2022, 16-year-old Almajiri, Uzairu Salisu’s eyes were plucked out.

 

 

16-year-old Almajiri, Uzairu Salisu, whose eyeballs were plucked out by ritualists has received a scholarship from the Bauchi state government to advance both western and Islamic education.

Recall, in June this year, Uzairu was lured to work at a farm in Dutsen Jira, Yelwa Area of Bauchi State, unknown to him his employer had other plans to remove his eyes. Salisu has since been left blind and 3 suspects were arrested in connection to the crime.

Receiving Salisu and his parents at the government house Bauchi, Governor Mohammed condemned the act insisting that those who perpetrated it must be punished.

“We should stop this diabolic practice because it will not take us anywhere.”

On his part, Salisu wants the government to help him get justice.

“What he did to me should be done to him.”

 

Governor Bala Mohammed received 16-year-old almajiri, Uzairu Salisu’s whose eyes were plucked out earlier in 2022.

 

The Governor promised to get justice for him and take full responsibility for his upkeep.

“We have taken over the responsibility of the education of this young man from Katsina because the calamity that befell him here in Bauchi and because of our culture as a family. Even if we leave the government, my wife and I will take care of all his needs. We assure you that we are going to do everything to make sure that the culprits are punished because he has said that he has not forgiven them, and we have also not forgiven them as a state and as parents so definitely they are going to face the full wrath of the law.”

 

 

Governor Mohammed laments that there must be a bold and concerted effort to embrace the almajiri system of education into the conventional system of learning in order to reduce child molestation.

“… even the practice of almajiri system we have to ask governors to as much as we can to make sure we bring it within the mainstream of education where we will be able to take away the responsibility from the parents. In our country, our southern counterparts are able to educate all their children and their wards, i know they don’t have almajiri but they have children, they are all given free education at the primary level and that is why we in Bauchi we are going to declare emergency in education and we will take responsibility of the education of our children and our wards both in almajiri and in western education so that we will be at par with our counterparts and we will be do away with this without going into the controversy. “

Dogara Alleges Threat To Life, Petitions IGP

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A file photo of Mr Yakubu Dogara

 

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has alleged a threat to his life, saying two police officers are conspiring with one Barau Joel Amos to kill him.

As a result, Dogara petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba on August 18, claiming Amos allegedly confessed to buying the rifles from the police officers with the intention of killing him.

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According to him, two persons – a lawyer, Istifanus Bala Gambar,  and the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State, Markus Musa – are also targeted in the purported assassination plot.

“I am sure you are apprised of the matter since it involves looting of your armoury in Bauchi by the very officers who are entrusted with the safe custody of your arms and a constituent of mine, Barau Joel Amos, who sought to buy or has been buying assault rifles from the officers,” Dogara said.

“I find it worrisome that there has been no official advice from the police relating to this credible threat to our lives to enable us to beef up security around us or just to be careful about our movements. More so, there is a spike in cases of kidnappings and killings by unknown gunmen, especially in the Lere District of T/Balewa.

“A case in point was the attack at Boto town where some relations of a former Governor of the State were killed while some were abducted. With all due respect, this is a matter that must not be handled with kid gloves.

“His confession relates to those who gave him or contributed the money for him to be used to procure weapons. His bank statements and phone call logs will definitely collaborate with his confessions.

“Granted his meager salary as a storekeeper in a secondary school, it will have taken him a lifetime saving to be able to raise the N1.2m cash which he wanted to use to buy the two rifles.”

The lawmaker however did not say why there is a threat to his life.

 

 

Four Suspects Arrested Over Murder Of Lawmaker, Retired DPO

The suspects have confessed to killing a Bauchi lawmaker, Musa Mante and a retired Divisional Police Officer.

 

Four suspects have been arrested over the murder of a Bauchi State lawmaker, Musa Mante and a retired Divisional Police Officer.

The suspects were nabbed by operatives of the Intelligence Response Team of the Inspector General of Police.

In a statement, the IRT said the kidnappers confessed to have killed the retired police DPO, identified as a Chief Superintendent of Police Garkuwa for making life tough and miserable for them by always searching for them while he was in acting service.

Also confessing, the suspects said they murdered a serving lawmaker, of the Bauchi State House of Assembly and kidnapped his wives and children for failing to assist them with money after seeking his assistance several times.

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IRT Commander Tunji Disu spearheaded the coordinated operation that led to the arrest of the suspects following complaints by indigenes of Dass Local Government Area of Bauchi State on their activities and intelligence reports gathered.

He identified the suspects as 48-year-old Hamishu Galadima also known as ‘kan wuka’ (meaning knife’s head in the Hausa language), Abdulwahab Alhassan, Andulwahab Ahmed and Hamidu Saleh.

They were said to have been involved in several other crimes including armed robbery operations and kidnappings in Plateau, Bauchi and Kaduna villages and market roads.

“We entered the house of the honourable member House of Assembly Hon. Musa Mante and killed him inside his room and took physical cash of two million naira (N2,000000),” the leader of the gang, Galadima, said.

“And we kidnapped his two wives and took them to Dutsin Miagoshi Igala and the victims spent almost four days in captivity and we demanded a ransom of N35 million.”

On how they killed the lawmaker, he said that he was the one guarding the deceased man’s gate while other gang members entered through the roof of the house and took away his money before killing him.

Reacting to the arrest, Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, assured that all the suspects are going to be prosecuted in accordance with the provisions of the laws of the nation.

22 Bauchi Lawmakers Pass No-Confidence Vote On House Assembly Leadership

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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.

 

A crisis seems to be brewing in the Bauchi State House of Assembly as 22 members passed a vote of no confidence on the principal officers of the House citing ineptitude and dereliction of duty as reasons.

The 22 members are also asking the leadership to tender their resignations or face impeachment.

Deputy Majority Leader of the House and member representing Dambam/Dagauda/Jalam constituency, Baballe Mohammed made their positions known while addressing journalists at the end of a meeting of the aggrieved members held on Friday at the Assembly complex.

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“After our meeting held today, Friday, 1st July 2022, 22 members of the Bauchi State House of Assembly resolved to pass a vote of no confidence on the leadership of the house from today,” he said.

“We consider that as it is today, there is no leadership in the state house of assembly. I am among the leaders but we feel that it is the right time and we must do it. We have therefore passed a vote of no confidence on all the leaders of the Bauchi State House of Assembly.

“We are calling on the leaders of the Bauchi State House of Assembly to honourably tender their resignation letters to the clerk of the assembly. That will allow the honourable house the opportunity to elect its leaders in order to forge ahead.”

Reacting to the development, Special Adviser on Assembly Liaison to the Governor, Sani Burra said the crisis is an internal affair and he believes that the matter will be resolved amicably among members.

Burra said, “I just want to assure that the cordial relationship between the executive and the legislature will continue.”

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Abubakar Suleiman is in Saudi Arabia for the hajj pilgrimage.

Bauchi Govt Declares June 27 Public Holiday For PVC Registration

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed speaks at the Government House in Bauchi State.

 

The Bauchi State Government has declared Monday, June 27 as a public holiday to enable eligible voters who are yet to register for their Permanent Voters Card to participate in the ongoing registration exercise.

This is contained in a press statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Governor, Mukhtar Gidado.

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According to Gidado, the state-wide public holiday is to “enable citizens of the state who attained the age of 18 years after the 2019 general elections or lost their permanent voters card or even changed their location to take advantage of the ongoing INEC continuous voters registration exercise and obtain their Permanent Voters Card (PVCs).”

Governor Mohammed is also worried about the low participation of eligible voters for the exercise and he is directing all political appointees and other public office holders to mobilize registrants in their respective electoral wards for the exercise.

“Governor Bala Mohammed equally expressed serious concern on the low turn-out of eligible voters and therefore directed all hon. commissioners, special advisers, senior special assistants, board chairmen, directors-general, executive secretaries, permanent secretaries, and other public office holders, to proceed to their respective electoral wards to mobilize eligible registrants to come out en-mass and register.”

Abducted Village Head, Son Regain Freedom 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.

 

Village Head of Zira in Toro Local Government Area, Yahaya Saleh Abubakar and his son, Habibu Saleh have regained their freedom.

The Bauchi State Police Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Wakili, confirmed that the two have returned home to their families in good condition.

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“Today, the village head of Zirya and his son regain freedom, and both of them are in good health condition,” Wakili said on Tuesday.

It is unclear if the abductors received a ransom or if they were rescued as the police did not give further details.

Similarly, the ex-Secretary General of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Sani Toro, and a former assistant coach of the Super Eagles, Garba Yila have regained freedom from their abductors.

The ex-NFF staff members were kidnapped on Saturday while returning to Bauchi from Abuja after attending a wedding ceremony of the son of the former NFF President, Aminu Maigari.

Gunmen Kidnap Village Head, Son 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.

 

Gunmen have abducted the village head of Zira, Yahaya Saleh, and his son, Habibu Saleh, in Toro Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

The abduction of the village head was confirmed by the Bauchi State Police Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Wakili.

He explained that the gunmen attacked Zira village which shares a border with Plateau State on Saturday night and carried out the act.

Wakili added that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Umar Sanda, has dispatched a team of detectives and other operatives to the area while the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) has since been directed to begin the search and rescue of abductees.


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He said, “presently, our men are combing the bush in search of abductees and residents should be assured that the victims will be rescued alive.”

The command is also appealing to residents to provide the police with useful information and urged the public to remain calm.

Saturday’s attack has further heightened tension in the area. Residents are troubled by the increasing spate of kidnappings in Toro and they are calling on the authorities to take appropriate measures to curb the spread.

The latest abduction is coming five days after bandits killed four people and injured three others in Alkaleri Local Government Area.

Bala Mohammed Reappoints Ex-PDP Governorship Candidate As Bauchi SSG

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed speaks at the Government House in Bauchi State.

 

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has reappointed Ibrahim Muhammad Kashim as the Secretary to the State Government.

This was contained in a statement issued on Thursday by Mukhtar Gidado, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Governor Mohammed.

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“His Excellency Sen. Bala A. Mohammed, the Executive Governor of Bauchi State has approved the re-appointment of Barr. Ibrahim Mohammed Kashim as the Secretary to the Bauchi State Government,” the statement read.

“His re-appointment is informed by his track record of sincerity, loyalty, commitment, and wealth of experience in the discharge of assigned responsibilities.

“Barr. Ibrahim Mohammed Kashim was the immediate past Secretary to the Bauchi State Government. The appointment takes immediate effect.”

Kashim had earlier resigned his position as SSG to contest the governorship primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) where he clinched the party’s ticket.

This is to enable Governor Mohammed to seek the PDP’s presidential ticket. He, however, lost to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar last Saturday.

After clinching the party’s governorship ticket a few days ago in Bauchi, Kashim gave up his ambition to Governor Mohammed who seeks re-election in the North-Eastern state under the PDP.

One Killed As Youths Clash 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.

 

One person has been confirmed dead and several others injured in a clash between youths in Yelwa area of Bauchi State.

The Bauchi State Police Command disclosed this to Channels Television via a statement issued on Saturday, adding that several houses were also razed.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Ahmed Wakil, blamed the development on rivalry amongst youths of Anguwan Taya and Yelwan Tsakani and then extended to other parts of Yelwa which includes Lushi and Anguwan Kusu.

“As a result, five houses were set ablaze, four persons sustained various degrees of injuries and one was certified dead by a medical doctor,” the statement read.

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As part of measures to bring the situation under control, the State Police Command deployed police operatives comprising Tactical teams, Mobile Police Force, Rapid Response Squad (RRS), and Quick intervention Unit(QIU).

This is even as visibility patrols are ongoing to maintain peace and prevent further breakdown of law and order in the affected area as well as the Bauchi metropolis.

“The Commissioner of Police CP. Umar Mamman Sanda has ordered a discreet investigation to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the incident and bring the perpetrators of the dastardly acts to justice.

“The CP further appeals to the general public for calm and to go about their lawful business as normalcy had since been restored in the affected area, please,” the police spokesman added.

Ex-Air Chief Sadique Abubakar Wins Bauchi APC Governorship Primary

File photo of the Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar

 

Former Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar has been declared the winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary in Bauchi State.

He scored 370 votes out of 1021 votes cast to defeat six other aspirants who entered the race with him.

1028 delegates were accredited for the primary and seven votes were invalid.

The runner-up, a senator representing Bauchi Central, Haliru Jika got 278 votes while the first runner-up, an ex-state Commissioner for Finance, polled 269 votes.

Other aspirants are, a former Chairman of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Musa Babayo, who polled 70 votes; a former member of the House of Representatives representing Azase Federal Constituency, Farouq Mustapha, got 26 votes and ex-Secretary to the Bauchi State Government, Mahmud Maijama’a, raked in eight votes while the Global Director for Health, Nutrition and Population, World Bank Group, Ali Pate got 0 votes.

While addressing journalists shortly after the exercise, Abubakar described dedicated his victory to the people of Bauchi State as well as his party.

According to him, he would work towards the unity of the party in order to emerge victorious in the 2023 general elections.

“It is not a victory for me but a victory for all of us. I want to assure you that we will work together in other to change the narrative about Bauchi State out there. So the victory is for everybody,” he said.

“The victory means that we have to work together, mobilise people, transform the state and prepare for the elections in 2023.”

Abubakar, who was appointed as Chief of Air Staff in 2015 was replaced alongside other service chiefs in January 2021 when President Muhammadu Buhari picked other top military commanders.

Although President Buhari later appointed him as Nigeria’s ambassador to Chad, he resigned from that appointment to join the Bauchi governorship race.

Irate Youths Set Houses, Shops Ablaze Over Alleged Blasphemy In Bauchi LG

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Irate youths in Warji Local Government Area of Bauchi State have set houses and shops ablaze, injuring people over what they say is a blasphemous message.

Spokesperson of the Bauchi Police Command, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, said in a statement on Saturday that the youths “set six houses and seven shops ablaze, while some scores of persons were injured as a result of a blasphemous message posted on social media”.

According to him, the message was posted by one Rhoda Jatau a 40-year-old staff of the Medical Department of Warji Local Government.

In reaction to the violence which he said happened at about 5:45 pm on Friday, Mohammed said, “The Police have since deployed all Tactical Teams, Mobile Police Force and Rapid Response Squad (RRS) whose joint efforts brought the situation under control.

“The area is calm for now, while visibility Patrols are ongoing to keep the peace.”

The incident has led to tension in the state, but the police urged people to be calm.

The Police Commissioner in the state appealed to the general public to be calm and go about their lawful business without fear of intimidation as normalcy has been restored to the affected area.

“The Command would like to use this medium to reiterate the need for parents and guardians to maintain strict vigilance over the activities of their wards, particularly youths,” Mohammed said.

“The Commissioner of Police also urged Religious Leaders, Community Leaders, and Elders generally to always speak to youths to desist from anything that could temper with the security of their areas.”

The full extent of the damage and those affected have not fully been ascertained by the authorities.

A source in Warji said three people were shot and injured with Dane guns during the violence.

The violence in Bauchi is coming with the country yet to resolve the case of Deborah Samuel, the 200-level student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education Sokoto, who was killed by a mob after being accused of blasphemy.

Deborah’s case sparked outrage, drew condemnation, led to the arrest and arraignment of two suspects, a violent protest (targeted at the Catholic Church in Sokoto) by youths asking for the release of those arrested and the imposition of a 24-hour curfew on the state by the government.

The curfew was only lifted on Friday, some eight days after the killing. All forms of processions remain banned in Sokoto.

 

Gunmen Invade Two Villages, Kill Three Locals In Bauchi  

Suspected terrorists abducted an unspecified number of traders travelling along the Kaduna- Birnin Gwari Road
A graphical illustration of gunmen.

 

Gunmen on Wednesday attacked Yadagungume and Limi villages in Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi State, killing three locals.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Ahmed Wakili, confirmed the attacks via a statement, saying one other person was injured.

While identifying the dead victims as Shuaibu Salihu, Ruwa Ali Mai Inji Limi, and Sunusi Isah Burra, he said the injured victim has been taken to a hospital for treatment.

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“We received the news of an incident of kidnapping which was reported today, 11th May 2023 at about 5.00am,” he said. “It was reported at our Yadagungume outstation and it was transferred to Burra Divisional Headquarters.

“The incident happened around 02.00hours. Some gunmen invaded Yadagungume village and shot the following two persons: one Shuaibu Sani, 25 years, and one Ruwa Ali, 35 years, all males living in Limi village via Sama Ward, while one Yusuf Sani, 30 years old of Yadagungume sustained bullet wounds on his body and was rushed to General Hospital, Ningi. he is presently on admission receiving treatment.

“One Shuaibu Bala, a 26-year-old of the same Yadagungume was abducted and was whisked out to an unknown destination by the unknown gunmen.

“The command received a distress call and the DPO of Burra Division led a team of policemen and went to the scene of the crime where 13 empty shells of AK-47 were recovered. Presently, the suspects are still at large.

“Two corpses were taken to a hospital in Yadagungume for medical examination where they were certified dead by a medical doctor and their remains were released to their families for proper burial.

“One of the victims I mentioned above that was kidnapped, was later found with a bullet wound on his body. He too, his corpse was taken to the hospital, we are still waiting for his medical report.”

In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Bauchi State, Umar Sanda, directed the Area Commander and the DPO Burra to intensify all efforts to see that the assailants were arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.

He reiterated the command’s commitment to the maintenance of law and order, as well as the safety of the residents of the state.