Bauchi Governor Congratulates PDP’s Bala Mohammed

Bauchi Governor Congratulates PDP’s Bala Mohammed

 

The Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, has congratulated the Governor-elect of the state, Senator Bala Mohammed, on his victory in the governorship election in the state.

Governor Abubakar extended his goodwill message to Senator Mohammed in a statement on Monday by his Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Mr Ali Ali.

The statement was issued shortly after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the winner of the election.

The former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) defeated the incumbent governor after polling a total of 515,113 votes ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate who got 500,625 votes.

READ ALSOPDP’s Bala Mohammed Wins Bauchi Governorship Election

The governor said he was delighted to note that in spite of the intensity of the campaigns, the election took place without bloodshed.

He thanked the people of the state for their support and urged them to extend the same support to the incoming chief executive of the state.

Governor Abubakar also extended an invitation to the governor-elect to join him in working out the process of a smooth transition.

He, however, urged Senator Mohammed to caution his supporters to be law-abiding while celebrating his victory.

Read the full statement below:

Congratulatory Message To Bauchi Governor-Elect Sen Bala Mohammed

Gov Abubakar wishes to congratulate Governor-elect of Bauchi state Senator  Bala Mohammed.

“I congratulate my brother, Sen Bala on this victory at the polls.

“I am delighted to note that in spite of the intensity of the campaigns in our dear state, a peaceful election took place without bloodshed.

“Let me, therefore, invite the Governor-elect to join me in working out the process of a smooth transition.

“I sincerely thank the entire people of Bauchi state for their support to my administration and urge them to extend the same to the incoming administration.

“I also urge governor-elect to caution his supporters to be law abiding while celebrating since the period of campaigns is now over.

Bauchi Governor Describes Dogara’s Claims As ‘Ridiculous’

Bauchi Governor Describes Dogara’s Claims As 'Ridiculous'
A file photo of Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar.

 

Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, has faulted the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, for accusing him of fraud.

The Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Strategy, Ali Ali, condemned the allegations in a statement on Sunday.

“This is absolute balderdash, especially coming from a supposedly enlightened leader,” he said.

“The total receipt from FAAC in the preceding three years is nowhere close to that outrageous figure.”

Speaker Dogara had raised an alarm of alleged fraud and theft by Governor Abubakar, to the tune of N400 billion since he assumed office in May 2015.

READ ALSO: Dogara Accuses Bauchi Governor Of Diverting N400bn

Addressing a crowd of supporters on Friday at a campaign rally in Dass Local Government Area of the state, the lawmaker alleged that the money was diverted using ghost workers.

He had presented some documents which purportedly showed how thousands of non-existent people were said to have been employed in 2015 shortly after the governor came into office.

Dogara also challenged the governor to take him to court and promised that he would prove the allegations.

Ali, however, described the allegations levelled against the governor by the lawmaker as ridiculous.

He said Speaker Dogara was merely reacting to his purported defeat ahead of the general elections.

“Making such fantastic claims will not save him from the fury of voters in the coming polls,” the governor’s aide said.

He added, “For a lawyer, this ridiculous allegation underscores the quality of his thoughts and actions as number four citizen. His leadership is defined by primordial segmentation and sentiments.”

Dogara Accuses Bauchi Governor Of Diverting N400bn

Dogara Accuses Bauchi Governor Of Diverting N400bn
A file photo of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

 

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has raised an alarm of alleged fraud and theft by Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, to the tune of N400 billion since he assumed office in May 2015.

He made the allegation in a statement on Saturday by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan.

According to Hassan, Speaker Dogara spoke while addressing his supporters on Friday at a campaign rally in Dass Local Government area.

The lawmaker presented some documents which purportedly showed how thousands of non-existent people were said to have been employed in 2015 shortly after the governor came into office.

READ ALSOBauchi Governor Describes Dogara’s Claims As ‘Ridiculous’

He also challenged Governor Abubakar to take him to court and promised that he would defend the allegations.

Dogara added that as a lawyer, he knows the law and would not level false allegations against anyone if he does not have evidence.

“A perusal of one of the documents indicates that no fewer than 1,200 people were said to have been employed and added into the state’s payroll beginning from July 2015,” a statement by Dogora’s media adviser, Turaki Hassan, alleged.

“However, one of the ghost employees by name, Bappale Adamu, was said to have been born in 1899, which is 120 years ago and started work with the Bauchi State government on July 24, 2015, and will retire from the service in 2023.”

The Speaker also alleged that the workers, though have different names and dates of birth, have the same Bank Verification Number (BVN).

He claimed that the salaries were being paid into one and same bank account under different names, varying from “N39,000 to N86,000 and above”.

Speaker Dogara questioned how the monthly salary of workers in the state rose from N2.6 billion in May 2015 to N7 billion “without recruitment of additional workers”.

He claimed that the governor had fired thousands of political appointees engaged by his predecessor, noting that this should have reduced the state’s wage bill drastically.

The lawmaker accused the governor of diverting billions of local government funds in the last three and a half years.

He alleged that the governor chased away contractors renovating Dass Central Mosque but failed to renovate it, saying he personally paid for the renovation of the mosque.

In his reaction, Governor Abubakar, through his Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Ali Ali, denied the allegations.

He described the claims by the Speaker as “ridiculous”, stressing that the figure he gave was outrageous.

The governor said the lawmaker was making the allegations because of what he described as Dogara’s “imminent electoral loss” in the coming polls.

PDP Deputy Chairman Defects To APC

 

The Deputy National Chairman (North) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Babayo Gamawa, has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Led by the Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, Gamawa visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House to pledge his allegiance to him.

His defection comes barely 24 hours after he was suspended by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party over allegations of neglect of duty and anti-party activities.

More to follow.

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Repentant Boko Haram Terrorist Narrates How Colleagues Cut Off His Limbs

Repentant Boko Haram Terrorist Narrates How Colleagues Cut His LimbsA 31-year-old repentant Boko Haram fighter claims he was amputated by his colleagues to whom he revealed his intention to surrender to federal troops.

The man who simply identified himself as Mohammed Abubakar told journalists in Maiduguri that he joined the militant group late 2014.

The man also claimed that he was a member of the ISIS recognized Mamman Nur faction of the Boko Haram until his surrender.

He was brought before journalists for questioning during a live press conference convened by the Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor.

Abubakar claimed that he was forcefully recruited alongside his childhood friend at the Gamboru Ngala axis of Borno state in the wake of insurgency operations in that area.

After realising the futility of the militancy, Abubakar claimed he confided in his childhood friend and persuaded him to join him in planning an escape to surrender.

According to him, “I was betrayed by my supposed friend who leaked my plans to other fighters and on the day we planned to take off together, they found us and amputed my right hand and left leg as punishment, and left me to die.”

He survived the brutality and continued with his mission until soldiers found him and turned him over to the “Safe Corridor” officials.

While advising others to take advantage of the initiative and surrender, he confessed that many of the fighters were misled into becoming militants and also described the hardship they were going through in the trenches.

During the conference, General Irabor also revealed that a total of 3,332 civilians were arrested as BHT suspects while five BHT members surrendered to troops during operations conducted between January 11 and February 1, 2017.

Also, a total of 26 foreigners were arrested comprising 17 Chadians and nine Nigeriens.

Police Arrest Runaway Mastermind Of CBN Governor’s Wife’s Kidnap

Police Arrest Runaway Mastermind Of CBN Governor's Wife's KidnapThe Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) has arrested one Umar Abubakar identified as the 10th gang member in the kidnap saga of the CBN Governor’s wife, Mrs Margaret Emefiele in September 2016.

According to a Police statement, Umar Abubakar aka Kiriwa was trailed and arrested in Minna, Niger State on December 9, 2016 “consequent upon several weeks of monitoring and actionable intelligence gathering coupled with collaborative efforts of public spirited members of the community”.

“Umar Abubakar, one of the arrow heads of the dare devil kidnapping gang led detectives to two (2) houses and three plots of empty land he purchased with the proceeds of his share of the ransom.

“The arrested kingpin confessed that he used three million naira (N3m), part of the ransom, to open a provision shop in Minna, Niger State which he was running with his wife.

“The original papers of the houses and plots of land have been recovered and registered as exhibits and the shop also sealed,” the Police stated.

The Police promised that with the assistance and the support of the people, it would ensure that no crime committed will go undetected and perpetrators apprehended for justice and closure to prevail in the court of law.

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, reassured members of the public of the readiness of the Police under his leadership to deliver dedicated and quality policing services.

He further urged all citizens to be vigilant, provide useful information and report suspicious movements and activities to the Police for prompt response.

Nine suspects linked to the kidnap of the wife of the Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Mrs Margaret Emefiele, were paraded in the nation’s capital Abuja in October.

Those paraded were two serving and one dismissed soldier, Lance Corporal Musa Maidabra, Lance Corporal Edwin George, and Anthony Uduefe.

The others are Mohammed Abubakar, who was said to be the gang leader, Mohammed Musa, Mohammed Sule, Ibrahim Abdullahi, Aliyu Musa and Mohammed Yusuf.

The Police, in a statement, revealed that over 14-million-naira cash, three vehicles and one AK-47 magazine and two cartridges were recovered from the suspects.

Mrs Emiefele and three of her aides were kidnapped on September 29 at Oquneki hills along Benin-Agbor road, in Delta state, but were all rescued the following day unhurt.

The kidnappers had demanded for the sum of 100 million naira ransom.

Police Parade Suspected Kidnappers Of CBN Governor’s Wife

Police parade, Police ARREST, 419 syndicate, Police Arrest Kidnappers In KanoNine suspects linked to the kidnap of the wife of the Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Mrs Margret Emefiele, have been paraded in the nation’s capital Abuja.

Those paraded in connection with the crime are two serving and one dismissed soldiers, Lance Corporal Musa Maidabra, Lance Corporal Edwin George, and Anthony Uduefe.

The others are Mohammed Abubakar, who is said to be the gang leader, Mohammed Musa, Mohammed Sule, Ibrahim Abdullahi, Aliyu Musa and Mohammed Yusuf.

The Police, in a statement, revealed that over 14-million-naira cash, three vehicles and one AK-47 magazine and two cartridges were recovered from the suspects.

Mrs Emiefele and three of her aides were kidnapped on September 29 at Oquneki hills along Benin-Agbor road, in Delta state, but were all rescued the following day unhurt.

The kidnappers had demanded for the sum of 100 million naira ransom before they were smashed by the Police at 1.30 am by the Police while combing the forest around Agbor.

Buhari To Reaffirm Nigeria’s Right To Use Nuclear Energy For Development

Muhammadu Buhari On Nuclear Energy President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja for Washington DC on Wednesday, to reaffirm Nigeria’s right to use nuclear energy for development.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said in a statement on Tuesday that the Commander-in-Chief would join President Barack Obama and about 60 other world leaders and heads of international organisations at the 4th Nuclear Security Summit which opens at the United States’ capital on Thursday.

At plenary sessions of the summit which is dedicated to reinforcing international commitment to the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, President Buhari would insist that while Nigeria continues to sustain that commitment, world powers must respect the right of other countries to the peaceful use of nuclear energy for development purposes.

The President would also reaffirm Nigeria’s stance that international efforts to ensure greater security of nuclear materials should maintain a balance between nuclear non-proliferation obligations and the indisputable right of Nigeria and other countries to harness nuclear energy and technology for socio-economic development.

“It will be recalled that at a meeting with him in Abuja earlier this month, President Buhari told the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mr Yukiya Amano, that the Federal Government will welcome greater support from the agency for Nigeria’s aspiration to begin the generation of electricity with nuclear energy.

“While in Washington DC for the Nuclear Security Summit, the President and his delegation which includes Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (Rtd.) and the Director-General of Nigeria’s Nuclear Regulatory Agency, Professor Lawrence Anikwe Dim, will also hold bilateral meetings with other participating Heads of Government and high-ranking United States Government officials,” the statement read.

President Buhari would depart Washington DC for Abuja on Sunday.

DSS Detects Boko Haram Cells At FCT

DasukiThe Department of State Services (DSS), says it has detected Boko Haram Cells around the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The DSS, in a statement issued by its spokesman on Saturday said that; “This is to inform the general public that the Boko Haram terrorist group has continued to establish and operate sleeper cells whose (sole) mandates are to conduct surveillance and carry out subsequent attacks in the FCT.

“The disclosure has become necessary following the arrests of the sect’s members who migrated from various conflict theaters in the Northeast to the FCT in order to enable them capitalize on the excitement of the yuletide season to launch attacks in the city”, it read.

The statement further read that on October 29, 2015, the duo of Muhammed Idris and Baba Maina were arrested at Panteka area of Apo, Abuja.

This was followed by the arrest of Sanni Mohammed, Ahmed Umaru, and Hamdi Garne in Lafia, Nasarawa State.

“Sanni, who hails from Potiskum, Yobe State, fled the area following his involvement in coordinated suicide attacks in Yobe, Plateau, Kano and Kaduna States.

“In a related development, on  November 19, Mohammed  Abubakar and Musa Ta’ada were arrested at Shoprite Junction, Apo, Abuja. Abubakar hails from Borno State and operates as a taxi driver in Abuja.

“He is of an unknown address but claimed that he sleeps in his Volkswagen Golf car at the Honda line, Apo mechanic village, Abuja. The Gwoza-born Ta’ada also operates under the cover of a suya seller at Apo Primary School along Kabusa Road, Abuja.

“On November 23, Ahmed Hassan was arrested while carrying out surveillance on a high-profile hotel in the city. He hails from Katagum, Bauchi State.

“Suspect admitted using the cover of a beggar to sustain surveillance on his targets. Bulama Ali, had previously been arrested in Karu, Nasarawa State, on November 22”, the statement read.

Similarly, on  December 1, Hassan Abubakar and Mohammed Gwale were arrested at Madalla, in Suleja LGA of Niger State following intelligence that they were planning to commence attacks in the FCT after a successful surveillance of the city.

“Before his arrest, Abubakar was working with other sect members in different parts of the country notably Borno, Yobe, Taraba and Adamawa States. Abubakar was arrested in the house of  Gwale who claimed to be a Federal Civil Servant from Niger State. Gwale had made useful statements which are helping with further investigation”, it read.

So far, preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects and others, still at large, may have adopted their respective trades as plausible covers to infiltrate the city and its environs in their bid to conduct successful surveillance and map out soft targets for the sect’s attacks.

The DSS’ operations are, therefore, aimed at preempting any attacks by the terrorist elements against the backdrop of the upcoming festive period and beyond.

“It is in this regard that the Service wishes to advise residents and all law abiding Nigerians to remain vigilant especially at this yuletide season and promptly report to security agencies any suspicious movements and persons in the FCT and even other parts of the country”, the statement added.

The DSS also assured the general public that it would continue to carry out its responsibility of ensuring peace and security in Abuja and beyond.

Police Arrest 4 Suspected Cattle Rustlers, 340 Cattle Recovered In Niger

Kano- cattle rustlers in Niger-policeNiger State Police Command has announced the arrest of four suspected cattle rustlers. Over 300 heads of cattle were also recovered about  from the suspects.

The arrest was made in the early hours of Sunday at a suspected cattle rustlers’ hideout at Unguwan Kuka Village in Beji, Bosso Local Government Area of the state, following a tip-off from some concerned citizens.

Report named the suspects as Mohammed Abubakar, Mohammed Tanyi, Mohammed Bashir and Mohammed Bello, were caught with 340 cattle in their possession.

A Police source at the Niger State Criminals Investigation Department, revealed that the suspects have since confessed to the crime during investigation by the Police.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Niger State Police Command, ASP Bala Elkana, also confirmed the incident, saying the Command is winning the war against the hoodlums.

Mr Elkana stressed further stressed that the Niger State Police Commissioner has asked owners of the recovered cattle to come and collect them, with the proof of ownership.

“And as soon as the rightful owners of the recovered 340 cattle come forward to claim their animals, with proof of ownership, their animals shall be released to them by the Police on bond, after they must have identified them individually “, Elkana said.

He added that the four suspected cattle rustlers, would be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.

Kogi Police Parade Seven Robbery Suspects

police-on suspectsKogi State Police Command has paraded seven men suspected to be behind the recent armed robbery and kidnapping incidents in Okene and Ankpa axis of the state.

Parading the suspects at the command headquarters in Lokoja, the outgoing Commissioner of Police, Mr Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, said the men were members of three different gangs, who have been on the police wanted list.

Mr Ogunjemilusi, who is performing his last assignment as the Commissioner of Police in the state, recounted some of the evil deeds of the gang, adding that the next action is to take them to court.

Femi Owonibi, and his brother, Kehinde Ibrahim  narrated to journalists how they kidnapped an eight-month old pregnant woman, kept her in the bush for three days before she was released after collecting a N1 million ransom.

Another suspect, Mohammed Abubakar, also explained how they attempted to rob a pastor in Ankpa, but failed as the man of God shot at one of them.

Items recovered from the suspects were money, phones, charms, ak47 riffle, axe, wrist watches, iPad and locally made guns.

Security, Welfare Topmost Priority – Bauchi Governor

Bauchi Gov.The Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar, says his government is paying serious attention to security challenges in the state and the welfare of the security agencies.

Speaking on employment plans of the State, as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, the Governor said that a private cleaning company had been hired to employ youths and women to clean the State.

He said that the State planned to go into agriculture and that the government had set up three farming communities in the three senatorial districts of the state which will also serve as a means of employment for the youths.

The Governor further stated that he planned to mechanise agriculture in an affordable way that will benefit the youths.

In the area of primary health-care, the Governor expressed his dissatisfaction on the areas where the health-cares are located which was built in the last regime.

Mr  Abubakar gave an assurance that the State had trained medical personnel to handle them.

The Governor, who recently visited the Czech Republic to woo investors, said he had gotten experts to check the lands in the state if they were fit for irrigation, stressing that “that irrigation of lands will also help in engaging the youths and prevent unemployment”.