What PDP Governors Discussed In Bauchi (Full Text)

A file photo of some PDP governors at an event in Ibadan, Oyo State on May 16, 2021.

 

Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday met in Bauchi State.

At the meeting, the PDP governors deliberated on the state of the nation and reviewed the state of the nation’s democracy, economy, and security.

Read the full text of the communique issued at the end of the meeting below:

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE 11TH MEETING OF THE PDP GOVERNORS’ FORUM HELD ON MONDAY, 26TH JULY, 2021 AT BAUCHI.

Governors elected on the platform of the PDP met in Bauchi, Bauchi State on 26th July 2021. The meeting deliberated once again on the state of the nation, reviewed the deteriorating state of our democracy, the economic and security situation in the country, the state of the PDP as the main opposition platform in Nigeria, and arrived at the following decisions.

o) On the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, the Governors identified with the need for free, fair and credible elections in the country and called on the National Assembly to entrench electronic transmission of results of elections in the nation’s electoral jurisprudence.

o) The meeting requested the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the only body empowered by the Constitution to conduct elections, to deploy appropriate technologies necessary to ensure that the vote of every Nigerian is counted and made to count.

The meeting further called on the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), especially, the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF), Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd (NIGCOMSAT), Telephone Companies (Telcos) and all relevant stakeholders to ensure that universal access and service of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are provided especially in rural, un-served and under-served areas of the country before the 2023 General elections.

o) The meeting condemned the attempt to foist on all political parties, one method of conducting primaries, that is, by DIRECT METHOD ONLY, through the Electoral Act Amendment Bill. The Governors noted that the method is prone to massive rigging, as evidenced by a situation where President Buhari scored about 15 million votes in the 2018 APC Direct Primaries only 1 score 15 million votes from the entire country in the 2019 General Election.

The Governors advised that political parties should be allowed to decide whether to use the direct or indirect methods of conducting primaries as part of internal democracy in political parties.

o) The Governors reiterated, once again, the need for the NNPC and other revenue-generating agencies of Government to strictly abide by the Constitution by remitting all their Revenue less cost of Production into the Federation Account as provided for by 5.162 of the Constitution.

o) The meeting condemned, once again, the use of underhand tactics to arm-twist some PDP Governors and other stakeholders to join the APC, a political party that has wrecked Nigeria’s economy, turned Nigeria into a killing field, and has nothing to offer Nigerians but misery and bad governance.

o) The Governors condemned Mr President and APC for turning the Presidential Villa, which belongs to all Nigerians, into the new APC headquarters, where coerced PDP members are being paraded at intervals.

o) On the economy, the meeting admonished the APC Federal Government to collaborate more with State Governments to stem the unemployment scourge affecting the youths of Nigeria, through technology and increased production in all fields of endeavour, reiterating that Government should stop paying lip service on the Ease of Doing Business, as foreign direct investments have continued to fall partly due to obstacles placed on foreign companies wishing to invest in Nigeria.

A glaring example is that of FACEBOOK who insisted on investing in Nigeria rather than Ghana and is being frustrated by regulatory authorities.

o) On the security of lives and properties, in addition to our earlier recommendations, it is time to bring the activities of bandits, kidnappers, and terrorists to an end, through increased use of military equipment.

Traditional means of conflict resolution and technology for surveillance and the development of the political will to flush them out. Kidnapping, banditry, and terrorism ARE NOT BUSINESS VENTURES as claimed by APC but heinous STATE CRIMES, that is destroying the Nigerian economy, the educational and social future of our children and causing significant social upheavals in society, the PDP Governors admonished.

o) The PDP Governors enjoined all Nigerians of goodwill to take advantage of the ongoing registration of Voters by INEC to register to vote, thereby arming themselves with the necessary tools in the struggle to RESCUE NIGERIA from the APC maladministration.

Furthermore, the general public, especially our Youths and Women are implored to use the opportunity of the PDP E-REGISTRATION exercise which will kick off soon, to register as PDP members, while PDP members should update their membership electronically.

o) The Governors thanked the Chief Host, His Excellency, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohamed, CON, of Bauchi State for providing a conducive atmosphere for the meeting and for the huge difference he has made in the provision of infrastructure and general welfare of citizens. of Bauchi State, the Pearl of Tourism.

Gunmen Abduct, Kill Businessman In Bauchi

A file photo of a man carrying a gun used to illustrate the story.

 

Gunmen on Tuesday night shot dead a 47-year-old businessman, Alhaji Tasi’u Abdulkarim in Tilden-Fulani town of Toro Local Government Area, Bauchi State.

His younger brother Isah Tilde told Channels Television that the gunmen stormed the deceased’s pharmacy located in Tilden-Fulani market around 10:00 pm and collected money; his phones and then whisked him away.

He was shot dead, metres away from the location he was kidnapped.

Locals also confirmed that they heard sporadic gunshots when the gunmen invaded the community.

The police public relations officer, Ahmed Wakili confirmed the incident noting that the deceased was shot dead while trying to resist a kidnap attempt.

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He said: “at 22:50, we received a distress call from a good Samaritan who reported that gunmen had stormed the medicine store of Alhaji Tasi’u.

“A combined patrol team comprising police, army, and civilian JTF moved to the scene immediately and rushed the victim to the general hospital in Toro where he was certified dead.”

He added that the Commissioner has given marching orders to all DPOs and area commanders to fortify their stations and also intensify search efforts to bring perpetrators to justice.

Minister Reportedly Slumps In Bauchi

A file photo of the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Ambassador Mariam Katagum, Photo: Twitter- @TradeInvestNG

 

The Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Ambassador Maryam  Katagum has reportedly slumped during an official engagement in Bauchi State on Monday.

Katagum was attending an empowerment program which is the flag-off and Official Commissioning of Bauchi State Office for the implementation of the Nigeria Agribusiness and Agrobusiness and Agro-industry Development Initiative (NAAADI) at shopping plazas in Bauchi.

Eyewitnesses at the event said she suddenly collapsed while delivering her speech.

“The Minister spoke at length and was about rounding off her speech when she suddenly became unstable and started slouching but her aide was quick to offer support before she finally collapsed,” the eyewitness said.

She was immediately rushed to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) Bauchi for medical attention.

No official statement has been released by the government yet but some government officials told Channels Television that she is now stable as at the time of filing this report.

Sources also confirmed that she complained about feeling unwell before the programme started and there are indicators that she was stressed out.

The event was also attended by the Bauchi State Deputy Governor Baba Tela.

Bauchi Governor Appoints Ex-Commissioner As Chief Of Staff

A file photo of Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed.

 

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has approved the appointment of Dr Aminu Gamawa as the new Chief of Staff.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mukhtar Gidado, announced this in a statement on Monday.

Gidado stated that the appointment of Gamawa, who was appointed as the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning in 2019, was with immediate effect.

He noted that Gamawa hails from Gamawa Local Government Area of Bauchi State, and he is a legal practitioner, teacher, policy expert, and public servant.

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The new Chief of Staff has worked across a wide range of organisations, government agencies, educational institutions, and non– profitable entities.

He also served as the State Focal Person for World Bank Projects, Chairman of Bauchi State COVID-19 Economic Recovery Committee 2020, Vice Chairman of Bauchi State World Bank States Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS), Regional Representative of Technical Working Group on Subnational Ease of Doing Business, among others.

Bauchi Govt Places Four LGAs On High Security Alert

File photo of the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed

 

The Bauchi State Government has placed four Local Government Areas in the state on high-security alert.

Briefing journalists after an emergency Security Council meeting on Monday, the Secretary to the State Government, Sabi’u Baba identified the local councils as Zaki, Dambam, Darazo and Gamawa.

“We have noticed attempts to dismantle MTN facilities and such things are usually done by criminal elements in an attempt to make security impossible in that area so that they may move in to and perpetrate their activities, that is one major threat that has been identified but luckily they have been apprehended and the equipment have been recovered. So our eyes are open to identifying this kind of challenge,” he said.

He said criminal elements have found their way into the state from neighbouring Yobe State.

The invaders were reported to have come in with weapons and five persons have already been arrested by the police after attempting to dismantle telecommunication masts.

Baba said the state government will commence immediate profiling of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) trooping into the state to prevent the resettlement of members of Boko Haram terrorists migrating from other north-eastern states.

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He added, “Security is the responsibility of all of us. We do not expect that the security agencies alone will tackle this problem. So, all hands will be on deck including our traditional institutions, religious groups.

“It will be expected that we will continue to profile whoever is coming into Bauchi state. I can tell you that some people came with weapons and it is profiling that will help us stem that kind of problem.

“Bauchi is sharing a border with Yobe in four local governments of Zaki, Dambam, Darazo and Gamawa. The implication of what has happened in Geidam is that there’s a lot of influx of people moving into Bauchi state from Yobe.

“Of course that will put a lot of strain on our facilities and resources and considering the kind of movement, the outcome of Boko Haram activity, the security implication there is also very high. The meeting today was to examine the implication of that, identify the security threats and plan on how to contain them.”

Five Inmates, Two Officials Injured As Riot Breaks Out In Bauchi Prison

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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.

 

Five prison inmates and two officials of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) in Bauchi State have been injured following a riot that erupted in the facility.

The spokesman of the NCS in the state, Abubakar Adam, confirmed this to Channels Television on Friday via an interview.

He said the State Police Command however sent a reinforcement to prevent a jailbreak in Bauchi metropolis, the state capital.

The spokesman debunked rumours that sporadic gunshots were heard, noting that the inmates instigated the violence as a means to escape following Monday’s jailbreak in Imo State.

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“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.”

People Deserted Me After Election Loss, Says Jonathan

Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan speaks during the commissioning of a 6.2km road project in Bauchi State on April 6.

 

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.

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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.

Court Awards N210m Damages To Victims Of Police Brutality

A file photo of the front view of the Federal High Court in Bauchi State.

 

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.

Principal’s Arrest Forces Bauchi Govt To Shut School

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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.

 

SEE FULL STATEMENT HERE:

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.

Dr. Aliyu U. Tilde

Commissioner

Ministry of Education

Bauchi

Gunmen Attack Police Base In Bauchi, Kill Two Persons

 

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.

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The police spokesman confirmed that another civilian was also hit by a stray bullet and he is currently receiving treatment and recuperating.

Meanwhile, the commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi has deployed more patrol teams to the area while men on stop and search have been put on high alert and investigation into the attack is ongoing.

Fire Guts Over 90 Shops In Bauchi Market

 

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.

Gunmen Shoot Bauchi Auditor-General, Abduct Two

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Gunmen have shot the Bauchi State auditor-general, Alhaji Abdu Aliyu after a failed abduction attempt Saturday evening. 

His 25-year-old son and one fifty-year-old man who were said to be travelling along with him were kidnapped.

The Bauchi State police public relations officer DSP Ahmed Wakili confirmed the incident, which he said happened along Kardam village of Tafawa Balewa local government area.

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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.