“There was a riot, not sporadic gunshot traced by inmates. It was the inmates that instigated the riots, maybe wanting to break the prison and get out,” he said.
“It was as a result of what happened in Imo State where some gunmen broke the prison and got away with some inmates from there. We have some conspires from the south and they are serving their sentences here.
“Hearing what happened down south, they wanted to experience the same thing here in Bauchi. We thank God the issue has been quenched.”
Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has lamented how people deserted him soon after his election loss to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.
Speaking during the commissioning of a 6.2km road project in Bauchi, Jonathan said people who were always by his side gave the impression that they couldn’t even eat without seeing him were quick to abandon him.
“At least I have been in government for a reasonable time and I have served at quite a number of levels starting from deputy governor and most of my experience is that after leaving office some of the people you think that when they don’t see u they will not eat will just forget that you even exist. But Senator Bala, the governor of Bauchi State is a good brother,” he said.
The ex-President also commended some few people for remembering and staying in touch, including Governor Mohammed.
He added, “I am very pleased that he invited me to commission the first major project he has completed, that’s a big honour. And not only inviting me, he immortalised me by naming the road after me as Goodluck Jonathan road.”
The former President also thanked the people of Bauchi for the warm reception.
Jonathan was also was conferred a traditional title of the ‘Jigon Bauchi’, which means “The Backbone of Bauchi” by the Bauchi Emirate Council.
It is his first visit to Bauchi since he lost election in 2019.
A Federal High Court sitting in Bauchi has delivered a landmark judgement in favour of three victims of police brutality and extrajudicial killing in the state.
The court was convinced that two of the victims – Ibrahim Babangida and Ibrahim Sama’Ila – were tortured to death by the police after being accused of stealing 24 chickens belonging to a retired police officer.
In his ruling on Friday, the presiding judge, Justice Hassan Dikko, awarded the sum of N100 million each to the families of the deceased as compensation.
The only surviving victim, 30-year-old Abdulwahab Bello, was also awarded N10 million compensation for the brutality, senseless arrest, and torture he suffered.
The events that led to the judgement began with an allegation of chicken theft against the victims on July 21, 2020.
Bello and his late friends were indicted in the crime, after which they were arrested and detained at the Township Division “A” Police Station in Bauchi.
He recalled how one Superintendent Baba Ali, who was the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) at the time, used a pestle to torture him and his two friends who died as a result of the brutality.
“He hit Ibrahim continuously until his last breath,” the visibly moody survivour, who now limps, said.
The action of the police was condemned by Bello and the families of his late friends who filed a suit at the Federal High Court in Bauchi.
Joined as respondents were Ali, one Sergeant Jibrin Mohammed, the Commissioner of Police in Bauchi, the Inspector General of Police, and the Police Service Commission.
Five months after the suit was filed, Justice Dikko delivered the final judgement and ruled that there was a clear case of extrajudicial killing.
According to the judge, the action of the police amounts to the infringement of the victims’ fundamental human right to dignity.
“Justice has been served and I am happy but for the children who lost their lives, I pray for the repose of their souls,” said Babangida Ibrahim, the father of one of the late victims.
The mother of the other victim, Hajara Ismai’l, also said she had lost hope of getting justice and thanked the court for the judgement.
The Bauchi State Government has shut down Government Day Secondary School Rimin Zayem in Toro Local Government Area of the state following the arrest of the school’s Principal.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, Commissioner of Education, Dr. Aliyu Tilde announced: “the indefinite closure of that school until the community and the police assure the Ministry that its teachers are safe to discharge of their duties.”
A District Police Officer of Toro was said to have apprehended the principal for a disciplinary action taken by a teacher on a disobedient girl-child.
This did not go down well with the state government who said under the doctrine of the duty of care, teachers and parents are allowed by law to take disciplinary measures on their subjects.
“It is their duty of care to punish where necessary for the good upbringing of the child. What form that punishment takes depends on the society. In Nigeria we know that it includes spanking the child, among many others,” the Commissioner said.
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BAUCHI MINISTRY OF EDUCATION SHUTS SCHOOL OVER PRINCIPAL’S ARREST
Following the arrest of the Principal of Government Day Secondary School Rimin Zayem, Toro LGA, by the District Police Officer of Toro for a disciplinary action taken by a teacher on a disobedient girl-child, the Ministry of Education hereby announces the indefinite closure of that school until the community and the police assure the Ministry that its teachers are safe to discharge of their duties.
The public in general must know that, under the doctrine of duty of care, teachers and parents are allowed by law to take disciplinary measures on their subjects. It is their duty of care to punish where necessary for the good upbringing of the child. What form that punishment takes depends on the society. In Nigeria we know that it includes spanking the child, among many others.
The Ministry of Education thus supports the punishment of any student in forms practiced in this country and will walk every distance to defend its staff in the discharge of their duty. Education by definition is not about imparting knowledge only; it is equally about building good character in children and students alike. Any parent—no matter how powerful—who is not civilised enough to know this can keep his child at home or take him to where he will be rewarded with chocolates for misbehaviour!
This is the second time such parents are threatening our teachers in the school. That a senior police officer will support them to the extent of arresting a principal, in spite of earlier intervention by the Ministry and the State Government, is not only shocking but also gives a wrong signal that such barbaric behaviour is tolerable. It puts the lives of our teachers at risk.
GDSS Rimin Zayem will remain closed until further notice. No child will be readmitted into the school until his or her parent signs a form consenting that his ward can be reprimanded by teachers whenever desirable. This was the promise that the Ministry made to the elders of the community who came last Monday pleading against the possible closure.
State-wide also, all parents in the State will be required to sign such an undertaking when schools reopen for the 2021/2022 session this October.
Gunmen have attacked the Safer Highways base of the Nigerian Police in Nabordo, Toro Local Government Area, killing two persons.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Wakili, confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Sunday via a telephone interview.
He said the attack was carried out on Saturday night on men of the safer highways who patrol Bauchi-Jos road.
Following the attack, a policeman identified as Inspector Muktar Ibrahim was shot dead and a civilian also identified as the son of the Ward Head of Nabordo, Uba Sama’ila, who had gone to visit the inspector was also killed in the attack.
A late-night fire has razed over 90 shops in the largest plaza at Wunti market in Bauchi city.
The cause of the fire was unknown as of the time of filing this report, but Channels Television gathered that it started in a section of the plaza where salon, computer, and tailoring shops were located.
No life was lost in the fire incident but shop owners lost valuables as it was impossible to evacuate property due to the inferno’s intensity.
Business activities in the plaza have been halted as traders count their losses.
Wakili said the auditor-general’s vehicle appeared to have been trailed while on his way to his village in Tafawa Balewa local government area by gunmen who opened fire on the vehicle and shot the auditor-general at close range after he resisted kidnap.
He was rushed to the general hospital in tafawa balewa by passers-by and later transferred to the trauma center in Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital.
The police said efforts are underway to rescue the victims and arrest perpetrators.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.