Police Arraigns 7 Terror Suspects

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday adjourned until April 10 the trial of seven terror suspects.

Usman Sani, Abdulrahman Musa, Mahmud Mohammed, Kabir Mohammed, Umar Danjuma, Ibrahim Musa Abba and Abdullahi Lawan are facing 13 charges of various offences under the Terrorism Prevention Act of 2011.

According to a press statement by police spokesman Frank Mba, the suspects were responsible for the bombing and robbery of the Alkalari, Bauchi State branch of Union Bank of Nigeria July 8, 2011, during which they stole nearly N18 million.

They are also accused of attacking and bombing the Alkaleri Divisional Police Headquarters, as well as attacking and robbing two banks: Intercontinental Bank and Guarantee Trust Bank in Azare, stealing a total of N36, 446, 750.

The police further allege that the suspects killed four persons, including three police officers, and were in possession of assorted types of dangerous arms and IED materials.

At their arraignment, the court could not take the plea of the suspects, as none of them had a lawyer. The court therefore adjourned proceedings in order to enable them secure legal representation. They will remain in prison custody until then.

Meanwhile, the seven suspects have been remanded in prison custody to enable them secure the services of legal practitioners of their choice, in exercise of their fundamental human rights.

“The Force hereby reassures the public that everything within its ability will be done, to ensure that the suspects are diligently and conclusively prosecuted; as this will serve as a deterrent to all criminally minded persons in the country,” the police said, appealing to well-meaning Nigerians to assist security agencies by volunteering useful information about the activities of criminal groups or individuals.

Bomb destroys church building in Bauchi

Another bomb blast occurred in two different parts within Bauchi metropolis on Wednesday night damaging part of the building of Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN), in Zango area and another building at Tudun Hausawa without any casualty recorded.

The Bauchi state chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Lewi Pokti, who confirmed the incident, said the explosion at COCIN and Zango damaged the entire pulpit and parts of the church building which will require an entire reconstruction.

The clergy while condemning the incident, said that the attacks on churches in the state is becoming too frequent and call on security agencies to be more proactive in tackling the attacks on worship centers.

An eye witness in the area said two persons on a motorcycle were seen shortly before the explosion as they were assumed to be church members coming for a routine night vigil, only to discovered that they succeeded in planting the improvised explosive device and thereafter zoom off.

In the other explosion at Zango area a building was damaged and another rooftop blown off by the planted explosive which occurred simultaneously with the explosion at the COCIN church.

Commissioner of police Bauchi command,  Mohammed Ladan also confirm the explosions which recorded no injury or casualty and assured that the area is calm and peaceful as normal activities have resumed with security presence to forestall any breakdown of law and order.

Police chief visits Damaturu, commends JTF and police officers

The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 12 comprising; Bauchi, Borno and Yobe state, Ibrahim Abdu, today, paid a visit to the Yobe State Police Command to boost the morale of officers in the state to stand firm in the face of  security challenges bedeviling the Zone.

In a chat with news men after addressing the officers and men of the command, the AIG applauded the efforts of the Joint Task Force (JTF), comprising all security agencies, for their efforts in repelling attacks in Damaturu and other areas of the state and implored them to be resolute.

He said the security men on ground have worked hard towards the restoration of peace in the state saying “this is glaring with the recovery of arms and ammunitions in the various operations carried out by the JTF in the recent past”.

The visit, he stressed, is to further encourage the officers and men of the command who have done well in checkmating the hoodlums to continue in that regard for the restoration of peace across the state.

Abdu also said he is in the state to restore the confidence of the Nigeria Police in the minds of residents in the wake of the rising security challenges,

He commended the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar on the reforms initiated, saying it will restore the lost glory of the Nigeria Police Force.

He calls on Nigerians to assist the security agents with useful information towards overcoming the security challenges the nation is passing through presently.

Gunmen kill three, injure 11 in Bauchi

Three persons were killed by unknown gunmen Monday night at Tafawa Balewa local government area of Bauchi State, North East Nigeria.

According to the Bauchi State Police Command’s public relations officer, Hassan Mohammed Auyo, the attackers shot at two commercial vehicles on Zwall Bridge and escaped before the security agents could come to the aid of the victims.

One of those injured during the attack, who was receiving treatments died on Tuesday morning while about eleven others are still receiving treatment at the Tafawa Balewa general hospital with five persons missing.

The police officer says the motive of the attackers is yet to be verified as investigations into the incident has commenced with the police commissioner directing that perpetrators of the attack must be fished out.

Last Thursday, head of Gongo Sabon Layi village, Saki Iliya Marafa Molle was attacked in front of his place and stabbed by marauders that fled when the villagers came to the rescue of their chief, he is receiving treatment for stab wounds on his chest at the hospital.

Ministry of Environment warns 14 states of impending flood disaster

Fourteen states have been pinpointed as states to be ravaged by floods between now and the 19th of August 2012. This was contained in a statement issued by the Deputy Director, Erosion, Flood and Coastal Zone Management Department of the Ministry of Environment, Dr. Morohunkeji Oyeleke.

The states are Adamawa, Plateau, Sokoto, Jigawa, Borno and Gombe states. Others include Kebbi, Yobe, Taraba, Oyo, Zamfara and Kano states.

Bauchi and Katsina were also listed amongst the forewarned flood prone states.

The Ministry listed Demsa, Numan, Jimeta, Mayo Belwa, Mubi and Song, all in Adamawa state; and Langtang, Shelleng, Shandam and Wase in Plateau state.

Others are Gada, Goronyo and Shinkafi in Sokoto State; Gumel, Hadeija, Miga and Mallam Fatori in Jigawa state; as well as Bama, Briyel, Damasak, Dikwa, Geidam, Ngala, and Kukawa in Borno State.

She also listed Nafada in Gombe State; Anka, Bagudo, Birnin-Kebbi, Bungudu, Bunza, Gwandu, Jega and Kamba, all in Kebbi State.

Also listed among the flood prone areas were Gashua, Potiskum, Dapchi, Kanama and Machina in Yobe State; and Bali, Gembu, Ibi, Lau, Wukari and Mutum Biyu in Taraba State.

Also to be affected are Apata, Bodija, Challenge, Moniya, Ojoo, Eruwa, Odo Ora, Ibadan and Oyo town, all in Oyo State and Kaura, Maru, Gusau; and Namoda in Zamfara State.

Others are Gezawa, Gwarzo, Karaye, Wudil and Kano, all in Kano State; and Azare, Bajoga, Jamaare, Kari and Tafawa Balewa in Bauchi State; and Bakori, Bindawa, Daura, Jibiya and Katsina and Funtua, all in Kastina State.

Oyeleke therefore called on governments of the affected states to take precautionary measures to avoid loss of lives and property.

The North Eastern part of the country is the most affected as all the states-Adamawa, Yobe, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Bauchi- were all listed. Kaduna state is the only state spared from the North West and Oyo state is the sole representative of the South West while Plateau that of the North Central.

Missing from the list is Lagos, a state that has suffered from flooding in recent years during the raining season.


Gunmen kill three policemen in Bauchi

Three policemen on Thursday met their untimely death as unknown gunmen opened fire on them at a patrol post in Bauchi.

It was reported that there were four policemen on duty at the time of the attack, one of them managed to escape into the bush.

The gunmen who were said to have attacked the policemen around 8:49 am also carted away the three guns belonging to them.

The victims were two inspectors and a corporal who were just deployed to the patrol center.

The Police Public Relations Officer [PPRO] of the Bauchi state command, ASP Muhammad Auyo, said that investigation into the incident has commenced.

He also said a team of well-armed policemen had already been dispatched to the scene of the attack to search for the hoodlums and expressed optimism that the gunmen would be fished out, apprehended and brought to justice.

This comes after at least five people were killed in attacks on a police station, a local government office and a factory owned by Indians in the northeast city of Maiduguri on Thursday.

Explosion in Bauchi kills one, injures 10

The Police in Bauchi on Monday said it had launched investigation into Sunday night’s explosion in the state capital.

A six-year-old boy was killed and 10 other people injured when a bomb hidden inside a wheelbarrow exploded near a beer garden.

Eye witnesses said the explosion hit a bar where people gathered to drink.

The Bauchi State Police Commissioner, Mohammed Ladan said the blast killed the boy, who was near the bar.

But some eye witnesses said four people were feared dead.

Adamu Abubakar, a Red Cross official, said security forces had surrounded the area.

Bauchi has been previously struck by sectarian violence sweeping across the north with Islamist sect Boko Haram claiming responsibility for most of the attacks.

However, the sect did not immediately claim responsibility for yesterday’s attack.

Musdapher calls for reforms as he bids farewell to Judiciary

Justice Dahiru Musdapher on Friday bowed out as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) having attained the retirement age of 70 years.

At a valedictory service held in his honor, Justice Musdapher advocated the creation of an Independent body other than the National Judicial Council, for the discipline and removal of Judges.

Justice Musdapher noted that investigation of allegation of impropriety against judicial officers is too cumbersome for the NJC which is saddled with other responsibilities.

He said the system which has been adopted by most Commonwealth countries, is in a better position to deal with issues of discipline and removal as opposed to an institution that is largely managed by those it is supposed to regulate.

Present at the occasion were governors of Kogi, Bauchi, Ekiti and Jigawa also present were retired justices of the Supreme court and the Appellate court ,members of the Nigerian Bar Association, the body of senior Advocates, federal lawmakers, traditional rulers, the mother of the retiring chief justice and other well wishers.

Soon after Justice Musdapher filed into the court to perform his last duty as the head of the nations judiciary, he swore-in two newly appointed justices of the supreme court, Justice Musa Dantijo Muhammed and Justice Clara Ogunbiyi.

Justice Musdapher outlined some of his achievements as the chief justice, one of which is the 47 amendments sought as part of the reform of the judiciary, he urged the National Assembly to be pro-active in passing the laws.

The outgoing chief justice also gave a score card of the Supreme Court at the end of the 2012 legal year.

He also made a case for another body to be responsible for judicial discipline and removal as the role has become too cumbersome for the National Judicial Commission.

His Lordship then bowed out of the court as the Chief Justice of Nigeria, having served thirty-three of his forty-four years career on the bench.

Delays in handling corruption cases

The outgoing Chief Justice of Nigeria explained the reasons why his directive to all courts in the country to dispose of all corruption cases within the last six months were not achieved.

According to him, the major reason is the cumbersome nature of the various charge sheets which contains so many counts charges making it difficult to prosecute.

Justice Musdapher blames the anti-graft agencies who arrest and charge suspected offenders before concluding investigations making them largely unprepared for trial.

He also blames defence lawyers whom he says have perfected strategies for stalling the trial processes via the filing of pointless interlocutory appeals.

This he said has necessitated the need for a speedy amendment of the  relevant  sections of the constitutions to block all loop holes  for unjustified invocation of the right of appeal.


Supreme Court upholds election of Isa Yuguda

The Supreme Court has upheld the election of the governor of Bauchi state, Isa Yuguda, dismissing the appeal of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).

The Chief Justice of Nigeria who delivered the lead judgment said the Apex Court lacks the jurisdiction to hear the appeal afresh since it emanated from a tribunal and not a trial court.

He added that “the court cannot allow the judgment of the Appellate court as it lacks competence since it gave reasons for its judgment outside the 60 days stipulated by the law.” “It has become a nullity and therefore does not exist.

The Court there after held that the tribunal judgment which upheld the victory of the governor as subsisting.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, however urged the National Assembly to amend Section 285 of the Electoral Act to ensure that litigants do not continue to suffer as a result of the law.

Counsel to CPC’s candidate in the April 2011 governorship election, Mr Olawale Akoni had told the court to evoke Section 22 of the Supreme Court Act to hear the suit afresh as it is not satisfied.

With the handling of the suit by the Appellate court, counsel to the governor, Mr. Lateef Fagbemi and that of (INEC) Mr Hassan Liman both opposed the application on the grounds that several judgment of the Supreme Court.

Have indicated that if the appeal court delivers judgment outside the 60 days stipulated by the law it is null and void and since the same scenario is applicable to this suit same should apply.

The Supreme Court also set aside the judgment of the Appellate Court in the appeal brought before it by the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) challenging the victory of governor Dambaba Suntai of Taraba state in the April 2011 governorship election on the grounds that the Appeal Court lacks the competence to deliver judgment and give reasons outside the 60 days stipulated in the electoral act 2010 as amended.

Gunmen kill police officer, injure another in Bauchi attacks

A police officer was killed this morning in Bauchi when unknown gunmen hurled explosives and opened fire at a police station and bank located in the Jama’are local government area of the northern state.

Reports say another policeman sustained serious injuries in the attack and is now receiving treatment at the Jama’are General hospital.

Eye witnesses put the time of the attack at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning, adding that residents ran to safety when they heard the explosions.

Chairman of the local government area, Alhaji Adamu Suleiman, confirmed the incident in an interview with pressmen, adding that more explosives were discovered at the affected bank and safely defused.

“Twelve bombs were detonated in my presence this morning at the bank when I went to ascertain the situation. We are ready to support the security agency to fish out the culprit and prosecute them,” Suleiman said.

Bauchi State: Police arrest 8 suspects over church bombing plot

Eight persons, suspected of allegedly attempting a bomb attack on a rival faction of their own church, have been arrested the Bauchi state police confirmed.

According to the Reuters report, the attempted attack had taken place only hours after the suicide bombing of the Church of Christ in Nigeria in Jos, Plateau state.

Police in Bauchi say the suspects, who are reportedly not members of the radical sect, were caught with explosives in their possession, as well as other weapons, at the Evangelical Church of West Africa.

“Some people attempted to attack the ECWA Church. It was a rival group within the church … this morning,” police Commissioner Ikechukwu Ayo Aduba told Reuters in a phone interview.

“When we got the report we sent our men who arrested about eight of them and seized the explosives.”

Earlier today, a lone suicide bomber driving a black car packed with explosives had rammed the gates of the Church of Christ in Nigeria, only 30 minutes into the morning service.

Nigeria emergency services say three people were killed and at least 38 injured. Witnesses say the gates had been closed for the worship session when suicide bomber had attempted to force his way in.

He detonated the device and brought the service to a premature dreadful end.

Radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram, claimed responsibility for the attacks, which they say were without reason.

They also promised more attacks on the way, which many fear will lead to a wider rift between both religions.

32 die in Bauchi auto crash

At least 32 people twenty three males and nine females were confirmed dead in an automobile accident on Thursday morning at Bulkuri village in Azare local government area of Bauchi state north east Nigeria.

32 Die in Bauchi Auto Crash

The Spokesperson for the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) in Bauchi, Ibrahim Geidam, confirmed the fatal incident saying the accident, involved two Yobe Line buses about 11.45 a.m.

He said that all occupants, including the two drivers, died when the buses coming from opposite directions collided and caught fire.

Mr Geidam said one of the buses was coming from Kano and heading to Potiskum while the other was coming from Damaturu and heading to Kaduna.

“The accident occurred about 10km away from Azare town, near a village, called Kuskure, and it involved two commercial buses owned by Yobe Line Transport Company.

“We learnt that one of the buses was travelling to Potiskum from Azare while the other one was heading for Kaduna from Damaturu in Yobe State,” he said.

He said that from all indications, the vehicles were over-speeding and trying to change their lanes.

He stated that the 32 bodies had been deposited at a mortuary in a hospital in Azare town.