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Petrol tanker explodes in front of Bauchi Poly; two injured.

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A tanker load of petrol has exploded in front of Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi.

Two people sustained severe injuries and are said to be receiving treatment at the emergency centre of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, Bauchi.

An eyewitness, Bashir Yakubu, said the incident happened around 9 pm on Wednesday.

According to one account, the tanker was heading to Mararaba Liman Katagum along Dass road from Bauchi to offload its content when it hit a speed bump and lost control.

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“I think it happened as a result of brake failure,” Yakubu said. “The tanker fell and split out its content but the driver escaped unhurt.

“The explosion did not happen immediately; it was some minutes later after the spilled content started a fire that the explosion happened.”

A petrol-laden tanker exploded in front of a Bauchi polytechnic on August 26, 2020. (Noble Reporters Media / Fred)

A spokesman for the Fire Service in Bauchi, Abubakar Bala, said his men moved to the scene as soon as they were informed about the incident.

He added that they succeeded in putting the fire under control and the destruction of lives and property was mitigated.


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Bauchi police arrest four over kidnap of 6-year-old.

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The police in Bauchi State have arrested four teenagers for allegedly kidnapping a six year-old-boy and demanding N2.6m ransom in order to start a tailoring outfit.

The teenagers were among 32 suspects paraded on Friday for various offences bordering on armed robbery, rape among others at the Police Headquarters in Bauchi.

Speaking to journalists, one of the suspects, Muhammad Isa, confessed that he was lured into the crime by his friend, Abdulgafar Adamu.

Isa, an 18-year-old student of Legal Studies, Misau, claimed that the 6-year-old victim is their victim’s son.

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“I met my school friend and told him about the kidnapping plan because we need money to start a business, sitting without doing anything was the reason we did it,” he said.

While blaming the cause of the action on the COVID-19 lockdown, Isa said: “that’s what made us decide we want to start a business because we don’t know the day of resuming of school. We asked his father to come with one million to collect his boy.”

According to the police authorities, the kidnappers had earlier demanded N2.5 million and after much negotiation, they agreed to receive 1 million naira.

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The victim was said to have been kept in one of the suspect’s parent’s house for two days.

Reacting to the incident, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Lawal Jimeta, said the case is still under investigation.

“You saw the nature of the suspects of the kidnappers. What is frightening is that you saw their ages, they are very small, and none of them has reached 20 years.

“They did the kidnapping right close to where they stay, that is very frightening. Some of them have just finished secondary school, only one of them is in the first year of university. As I said it is very frightening, they are the ones that kidnapped the 6 years,” he said.


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Breaking: Gunmen kills Bauchi State lawmaker.

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…abduct wives and child.


A member representing Dass constituency in the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Honourable Musa Mante has been killed.

The lawmaker was murdered around 2 am by gunmen in his residence at Baraza, Dass Local Government Area of the state.

The gunmen also abducted his two wives and a year-old-daughter.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Wakili confirmed the incident to Media (known to Noble Reporters Media).

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He explained that the police has intensified efforts to rescue the victims and arrest perpetrators.

Meanwhile, the corpse of the member has been deposited at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi.

The member representing Dass constituency in the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Honourable Musa Mante, said to have been killed by gunmen on August 14, 2020. (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

The deceased lawmaker will be buried later today according to Islamic rites.


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Corruption: ‘Dogara, Fabricator of lies’ – Gov Bala accuses

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Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed has debunked all allegations leveled against him by the former Speaker House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, describing them as fabricated lies.

The Governor made his remarks on Tuesday while receiving members of Dass/Tafawa Balewa/Bogoro Constituency on a solidarity visit to him in Bauchi.

Dogara represents the constituency at the Federal House of Representatives.

The former Speaker had accused Governor Mohammed of diverting a N4.6billion loan, inflating contracts sums, and mismanagement of local government funds, among other claims, as grounds for his defection to the APC from the PDP.

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“It is a very regrettable development, it is unfortunate, because he is a young man that we so much love and appreciate, including me. Even now I don’t harbour any malice against him,” Mohammed said.

“But he came to show his true colours as a pretender, as a fabricator of lies against my person, who has helped him to reconnect and recapture his mandate as a member of the House of Reps. after being expelled by my adversary, the former Governor.”

The Governor also assured leaders of the PDP in Nigeria that Bauchi remains “intact” for the party.


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Update: Baba Tela recovers from COVID-19

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The Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, Baba Tela, who previously tested positive for the deadly coronavirus has now fully recovered, according to reports.

Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Rilwan Mohammed, made this known on Wednesday during a press conference at the Government House.

Mohammed said the deputy governor has been discharged after testing negative for the disease.

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“Today, the deputy governor of the state tested negative for coronavirus and has been discharged,” he said.

Tela, who is the Chairman of the Bauchi State Task Force on COVID-19 and Lassa Fever, was confirmed positive for coronavirus on June 3 and had gone into self-isolation.


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COVID-19: Bauchi deputy test positive.


The Deputy Governor of Bauchi, Baba Tela, has tested positive to coronavirus.

A statement issued by Mukhtar Gidado, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State confirmed it.

The statement said Tela contracted the virus while discharging his duties.

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Prior to the sad announcement, Tela was the Chairman, State Task Force on COVID-19.

However, the samples of all his primary contacts have now been taken by the NCDC.

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His primary contacts have also been advised to remain in isolation until their result is released.

“This is to inform the General public that His Excellency Sen. Baba Tela, deputy governor of Bauchi State, who is also the Chairman, State Task Force on COVID-19, was confirmed positive of Coronavirus.

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“Consequently, His Excellency Sen. Baba Tela has gone into self-isolation in Bauchi and health professionals are properly managing his situation,” he said.

Reacting on the development, Governor Bala solicited prayers for Tela’s speedy recovery.

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He, therefore, urged residents to adhere strictly to the protocols against the spread of the disease in the state.

Meanwhile, Bauchi State has 241 confirmed cases of the deadly coronavirus.


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Young Housewife in Bauchi State, Nigeria Stab Husband to Death. (Photos)


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A young house wife stabbed her husband to death in Bauchi State.

According to Facebook user, Datti Assalafiy, who shared photos of the deceased and the suspect on Saturday April 25, the incident happened in Itas-Gadau Local Government Area of the state.

The reason for the alleged murder is yet unknown.


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[Nigeria] Fresh COVID-19 case in bauchi state.


A fresh case of the novel coronavirus has been confirmed in Bauchi state after 2 weeks without any new case.

The latest patient is a staff of the World Health Organisation who has a travel history to Kano.

This was made known in a press statement released from the office of the Bauchi State Commissioner of health Aliyu Maigoro who says the building housing the World Health Organisation and UNICEF has been decontaminated and sealed for two weeks.

Also, all persons who came in contact with the new COVID-19 patient both in Kano and Bauchi are being traced.

In the meantime, five cornavirus patients have been discharged in Bauchi state after testing negative twice.

So far, there are only two active cases in the state.


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COVID-19: Bauchi Governor attend crowded Jumma’at prayers hours after his recovery. [Nigeria]


Some hours after he was discharged following his recovery from Covid-19, Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, on Friday, attended Jumma’at prayers at Bauchi Central Mosque in the midst of thousands of faithfuls.

The prayer is the first public outing since the governor contracted the disease.


Moments after the prayers, the governor, in a message, thanked the entire citizens of the state for their support, prayers and sympathy throughout the period of his isolation.

Mohammed, who was wearing hand gloves and face masks was in the company of the Deputy Governor, Baba Tela, Commissioners and other dignitaries.

Governor Mohammed was discharged on Thursday evening after he tested negative for coronavirus twice consecutively, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Aliyu Muhammed Maigoro confirmed.


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Bauchi state govt. in Nigeria disagrees with NCDC over report of 2 new cases.


Bauchi State Government has disagreed with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) over two new cases it recorded for it on the health agency’s portal.

On Wednesday, NCDC has confirmed that Bauchi has recorded another two new cases in addition to existing six index cases who are currently receiving treatment.


The state’s deputy governor Baba Tela claimed that there was “an error from the state and NCDC,” noting that there was no new case of Covid-19 in Bauchi.

“From the samples that were sent to Abuja for testing as part of the evaluation of the existing cases, two came out remain positive and were recorded as new ones for us,” Tela said.


“The mistake was that it wasn’t tagged as follow up sample of those who are under treatment. And they didn’t tell us how to tag them. It was later they said we should have included the details of the hospitals and where the samples are coming from.”

He said that the government has written formally to NCDC to correct the mistake they jointly made.

“We have been having three cases in Bauchi, later they (NCDC) added three, that made it six. We didn’t accept the three cases because there were discrepancies in the result, though we have had underground communication with them,” Aliyu Maigoro, who is the commissioner for health in the state said.

“After clarification from them, they realised that only one case was positive (out of the last three cases)–who is on admission now. The remaining two are negative. And if you look at the previous data, we have only four cases on admission, we have been saying that we only have four patients in our hospital who are on admission,” he explained.


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COVID-19: DG, NGF on self-isolation after contact with Gov. Bala of Bauchi.


Director General of Nigerian Governors Forum, Asishana Okauru, is currently in self-isolation following exposure to Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed, who has tested positive for Coronavirus.

Okauru in a statement disclosed that he, his wife, Ifueko, and entire household will be proceeding on self-isolation following his attendance of the Nigerian Governors Forum and Nigerian Economic Council both of which were attended by Governor Mohammed of Bauchi.


He said, “I wish to inform the general public that my wife together with my entire household will be proceeding on self-isolation.

“We are taking this action following my exposure to Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, who announced the positive outcome of his test for COVID-19. “I attended different meetings of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and the Nigerian Economic Council last week, which were also attended by the Bauchi State governor.


“Consequently, my wife and I would be undergoing COVID-19 testing this week. “All members of NGF Secretariat that were exposed will be observing self-isolation.

“We encourage all those invited to the NGF meetings for presentations to also do same.”

Nigeria presently has 44 confirmed cases of Coronavirus and one recorded death.

Apart from Bauchi State governor, Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu President, is another prominent Nigerian that had tested positive for the virus.


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COVID-19: Bauchi Governor on self-isolation.


The Bauchi state government have released a statement confirming that the state governor, Bala Mohammed and his aides have gone into self-isolation after he came in contact with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s son who recently tested positive to Coronavirus.

The statement revealed that the governor and Atiku’s son met on an Aero Contractor flight.


Read the statement below.


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Two teenagers contest in election, one win to marry girl in bauchi. (Details)


Two boys identified as Inusa and Ibrahim contested in an election in Bauchi state to know who will be with a girl who had fallen in love with both of them.

It was gathered that Khadijah had requested for the election which was conducted by elders of Giade town in Bauchi State. Inusa reportedly scored highest number of votes to defeat his rival, Ibrahim.


@Mubarack_Umar tweeted;

Khadija has fallen in love with 2 boys but couldn’t chose 1 between them; none of the boys also ready to accept defeat. The elders of Giade town, Bauchi State (with Khadija’s request) conducted an election and Inusa scored highest number of votes, against his rival, Ibrahim.


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I have been having sleepless night – Bauchi governor..

…over poor security


Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed has said that security is one area that has given him sleepless nights since he assumed office. In this interview with a select group of journalists, he also spoke on his recent victory at the Supreme Court among other issues.

After the Supreme Court verdict, you invited ex-governor Mohammed Abubakar to come and move Bauchi State forward. But has he congratulated you after the Supreme Court judgment? If no, it means he may turn down your invitation.


You saw what happened even during the court process, we greeted each other. We always have respect for each other and because I am younger, the onus is on me to go and greet him. I greeted him when we were seated in the Supreme Court and after the verdict, I went and greeted him and said well this is over, and he said yes. So, to me, we are still good compatriots. We are still good friends and there is nothing to show that he will not welcome the opportunity of working together unless he chooses because sometimes we politicians, our own lieutenants are the ones putting things into our ears because if there is peaceful co-existence, they won’t be able to get what they are getting. But I will advise him to take the olive leaf so that we can be our own brothers’ keepers and we can be co-compatriots.

How would you describe the outcome of the Supreme Court judgment in Imo State that sacked Emeka Ihedioha of your party?


The Supreme Court judgment is a manifestation of the judicial process. I know it was a very painful outcome for me as a PDP member and for me as a friend of the former governor who was affected; also for me who knows what Emeka stands for democracy and the roadmap he has established in terms of trying to rescue Imo from the vagaries of that state. So, it was very painful and it was something very unexpected and definitely my state of mind was such that I was even out of the country and I felt very bad because I knew what happened to him could happen to anybody. The Hausa say the outcome of any judgment is normally diametrically opposed to rational thinking. So, it is not about rationality. It is about the outcome that affected us which was diametrically opposed to what we expected or what we want. When the Supreme Court gave us Zamfara, we were very happy but when it went against us, we were very unhappy and that’s why you saw us demonstrating. That is democracy. But certainly, it has given me some hiccups, some fears for the first time thinking that the confidence expressed by my competitor has something to do with some assurance in some quarters and somewhere but I still had faith in God. The court processes are definitely big distractions. To me, they were uncalled for because I was coming from the opposition and nobody gave me a chance of winning and Mohammed Abubakar knew that I didn’t rig that election and I know he knew I won the election. I would not have manufactured any resources to come and dislodge him if not because of the will of God and the mandate given to me by the people.

I didn’t even have the wherewithal to do that. That is why I considered it very painful. But painful as it was, I am ready to forgive because that is the expression of democracy. He has the right to go further and make sure he exercises his universal suffrage, his right as a human being to go to court and we have gone the whole hog.


We wasted so much time and we were not able to plan very well. We would not be able to plan like Emeka planned in Imo and at the end of the day, all this has come to naught. Definitely, it was a big distraction.

You started with former Governor Isa Yuguda against all odds and became a success; you defeated a sitting governor to become a senator, moved the doctrine of necessity and became FCT minister for six years. What makes you thick?


We started with Yuguda during the ANPP and we did so much for Bauchi and no sooner the same kind of political situation emerged. I was a senator so I decided to do my senatorial work and that was what brought us to the Doctrine of Necessity before I became a minister. I didn’t go to Abuja to become a minister and that is why I am telling people that they should believe in God. They should have the courage to say things that are difficult to say when it is their responsibility to say it. It doesn’t matter who that person is. I have never had anything in common with Jonathan. We were not even in the same party and he gave me a state and structure, that is the Federal capital city to run. That is why today, I am completely detribalised. I don’t have any feeling of differences in terms of human relations because to me, it depends on what anybody can do for you. Even at the moment, I have some SAs that are from the South because they can do a lot to add value. What I believe in is opening new frontiers in doing things that are difficult to do, in making sure that we bring to active thinking, inventing, creativity. That is why I invoked the Doctrine of Necessity; that is why I got the Land Swap where we were to do things to centralise the private sector to bring in one point two trillion and at the end of the day, the EFCC said that one trillion was in my account. It’s because they didn’t understand the scientifically based template that we came up with in terms of doing it with the Dangotes and the rest. So, we will do it but we will be careful with the GDP and the economic level of Bauchi so that we don’t exercise our discretion and put the common man in jeopardy. Bauchi is a place where there is no development control. You will see so many developments on the road corridor but we are exercising patience.

Somebody like me from Abuja, we don’t tolerate that but today I have to tolerate it because I must provide alternative before I remove those shanties on the road. If you just do it, you will make so many people jobless and already, there is joblessness. Already all the Suya spots, they are all on the road corridors but if you remove them, many people will lose their jobs so you have to do something to make sure you don’t cause pain and loss to the people in trying to make the city neat. So, I am a person who believes in doing things and a person who takes everybody along. I want to give everybody opportunity especially those brilliant people, more brilliant than me to be able to work and do things for the people, and leave legacies and landmarks the way we built the Airport road, the Outer Express way Kubwa; people were thinking it was done by the Federal Ministry of Works. It was I who did it. We built the World Trade Centre, so we want to do something in Bauchi. One thing I must say, out of our former leaders, my former boss Yuguda has left legacies and landmarks. He built an airport, a hospital and he built a university. Nobody has done that. So, whatever you call him, he has done something and that is what leadership is all about and I will leave legacies and landmarks.


Considering the mammoth crowd of supporters that welcomed you to Bauchi after the Supreme Court verdict, how will you manage the high expectations of the people against the backdrop of the lean resources of the state and the promises made to them?

You can only manage expectations by being transparent and telling people the truth. I know people have highest expectations especially my mammoth supporters Everybody is looking up to me. I know almost everybody. I grew up in the neighborhood where everybody knows me.


Everybody knows my parent. I am from a very large family, a royal family. I have so many constituencies, a politician who knows almost all the political operators, a journalist who knew almost all the reporters, a civil servant who knows almost all the civil servants in the federal civil service. So, you can see even the expectations of my three constituencies is enough to coerce me and most especially as somebody who has gone to the nook and crannies, calling people to vote for him without giving them money; they sweated, they cried, they delivered and so their expectations are high. But I believe in my fidelity, in my sincerity and fear of God. Don’t live anything anymore. I have achieved so much. There is nothing people have not done to bring me down; they have not brought me down. What I need to do is to leave legacies and landmarks and to do something that will benefit people collectively, not necessarily individuals. Where they will benefit individually, I will be very happy to do it. You have seen what we are doing on water. We took a World Bank loan for four years but they only started when I came on board. Six months ago and we are exiting in June this year. We are fighting with WB because their resources must be freed and taken to another state. We’re doing it. We will make sure we finish all the connections, the reticulation and the metering by the grace of God. If we are not able to do it, then we look for resources because WB will not wait for us.

Are you going to investigate your predecessor?


It is not what I have come to do. I have always drawn a line but in the course of governance if I find out that there is anywhere the= government of the people of Bauchi State are shortchanged, I am not going to let it go because nobody spared me when I left FCT. I was the most investigated person in Nigeria and I dare anybody to tell me any account where I kept money which warranted that investigation. But I took it as an expression of accountability. I don’t think MA should be afraid of being investigated if he has no skeleton in his cupboard. It is not a priority to investigate him only that if in the course of what my ministries and departments are doing, you have cause to do that, then definitely we are not going to spare him because doing that will shortchanged the people of Bauchi and will make them unhappy.

You expressed a hand of fellowship to the former governor to join your administration to move the state forward. How do you intend to do this collaboration?


It is about the issue of continuity. I am continuing with his programmes which he might have taken over from others. Dynamism in governance is what is called collaboration. I am not going to set aside my own and give him to operate as a governor but definitely, if he gives me opinion, because he has been there as a governor, we are going to take it and use it . The only thing is that I have expressed that I am ready to work with him. It is now left to him to accept.

Definitely, we are not dependent on him but certainly we recognise his position as a former governor and because, me too one day I hope I live long, one day I will become a former governor and somebody will look for my opinion.


In your quest to take Bauchi to the New Level, how do you plan to involve indigenes of the state residing outside the state?

I have always told journalists that my success or failure is your own because you don’t have many journalists as governors and I own whatever I become to your constituency because I was a reporter for many years. Journalists have helped me and I have the burden of making sure I reciprocate what you did to me. I am the most vilified person, most misunderstood person. Maybe because of my background and attitude because I can make some leaders hate me by virtue of my pronouncement or what have you. My astronomical rise is a source of discomfort to so many people and so I am someone that is put on the spot. I must confess that since I left office in 2015 and I faced challenges you have been with me. They wanted me in prison but you stood by me.


You have frequently talked about saboteurs in your government… when are you planning to tackle the issues?

It is not about the beggar. It is a double edge sword. Yes we are peaceful, we are tolerant, we are accommodating, we are forgiving butn we should not be dared. Nobody should dare us. If you see our accommodating attitude as an expression of weakness, then you are mistaken. We are just doing it because that is leadership. Leadership is about accommodating all the differences. Not all the things will be palatable to you but you must accommodate them. At the same time, if somebody is going to throw the carpet under your feet, you will not just look and look until you fall and at the end of the day, you take the blame. There are areas that you can be sabotaged in governance. I have been an administrative officer from Grade Level 8 to 17 at the federal level and I know administration that you don’t want to be sincere on your opinions on this and that. That even goes to the bureaucracy. If you think your loyalty is to the last administration we are not going to tolerate it. Or you are leaking our secrets and so on and so forth, we are not going to tolerate it. We will punish you. If you sabotage us or do things that are inimical to the progress and peace of the state, we are not going to tolerate that.

What is your take on youth restiveness which has become a hydra-headed monster in the state? Because most of these restive youth are your supporters.

Youth restiveness was not caused by me. We inherited it from the administrations of the past and we will tackle it. We will open so many windows, show many ways and means. As you said, they are our supporters and we are not doing it on party lines. We will do it as a government. Whether they are APC youth, they are PDP youth, we are going to make sure that we give them something to do and definitely by the next two or three months, you will see us visiting all the 20 local governments, doing things that will provide some palliatives before we do something on a permanent basis.


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Bauchi re-run experience great amount of voters


The supplementary/re-run elections in two Local Government Areas of Bauchi state recorded large turnout of voters, NobleReporters report

Whereas supplementary election is being conducted in Zaki Local Government Area, INEC is also conducting re-run election in Gamawa Local Government Area.


Large turnout of voters in units the exercise is being conducted in Sakwa , Murmur North and Mainako in Zaki. N.Rs learnt

Mohammed Hassan, Presiding Officer (PO) in-charge of Daladagum unit in Dugunmi town, told media that voting commenced at 8.20 a.m.


Alhaji Awal Jatau of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Tata Umar of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and 19 other candidates are contesting in the supplementary polls to occupy the seat of Federal House of Representatives for Zaki Constituency.

In a similar development, voting commenced early in most of the 287 voting units visited in Gamawa.


Madaki Gololo of the PDP and 20 other candidates are contesting for the Gamawa House of Representatives seat, while Mohammed Garba of the APC had earlier been excluded from the race by an election tribunal.

N.Rs recalls that the Court of Appeal, Jos Division, on November 14, 2019, had sacked All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker, Rep. Umar Tata, representing Zaki Federal Constituency.

The same court had nullified the election of Garba Gololo of APC representing Gamawa Federal Constituency of Bauchi State, and disqualified him for presenting forged certificates to contest in the election.

The court also, in a consensus judgment, ordered INEC to conduct re-run election in the area within 90 days, excluding APC or its candidate from participating.


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Update: 3 Lassa Fever Cases Recorded in Bauchi


The Bauchi State government has confirmed three new cases of Lassa fever in the state.

The Executive Chairman of Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, confirmed the cases during a press briefing in Bauchi on Friday.

According to him, the state is on high surveillance and medical personnel are frightened due to the recent development in Kano that claimed the lives of some health workers.


Mohammed said, “This year, we have 15 suspected cases of Lassa fever – three confirmed cases out of the suspected … One thing that is giving us concern is no vaccine for it, we have only treatment of the contact and prophylaxis for the contact and then treatment of cases.

“So, doctors are afraid, and the nurses are also afraid but there is what we call universal safety precaution.


“Unless you touch this patient, unless you touch the secretion; so you have to wear your gloves, you have to make sure that you protect yourself from contact with the secretion,” he added.

The agency boss explained that the secretion was infectious and urged health workers to be careful when treating infected patients.

He disclosed that the disease was prevalent in three local government areas of Bauchi, Toro, and Tafawa Balewa.

“So far, no death has been recorded this year,” Mohammed stated.


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In: Politicians turn prayer warriors in Bauchi


Some politicians and other stakeholders in Bauchi are having ‘sleepless nights’, with some holding nightly prayer sessions in mosques, as they await Monday’s Supreme Court verdict on the governorship election held in the state on 9 March.

In the past one week, both supporters and members of Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC), are hoping for victory.


The level of anxiety and optimism by both sides are being reflected daily in political programmes aired by radio stations across the state and in prayer sessions in the mosques.

Alhaji Uba Nana, Chairman of the APC in the state, said that his party had embarked on a prayer session ahead of the Supreme Court verdict.


Nana, who reserved all comments till after the judgement, said the party was hoping for a successful outcome at the apex court.

“We are reserving our comments until after the verdict on Monday; we have nothing much to say but I can tell you that we are very prayerful now.


“We are in prayers and hoping for a successful outcome at the Supreme Court on Monday,” Nana said.

Alhaji Yayanuwa Zainabari, Publicity Secretary of PDP in the state, also said that his party has absolute trust in the Supreme Court and believed that justice would not only be done, but would be seen to have been done.


“As it is now, the judiciary is the only hope of upholding the mandate given to Gov. Bala Mohammad by the people of Bauchi State.

“We have trust that the court would do justice in delivering its judgement; we have no fear at all and just as we won the election without rigging, by God’s grace, we will have cause to celebrate,” he said.


A member of one of the parties who pleaded for anonymous, told NAN that in an event of their losing at the apex court, he and others had decided to leave Bauchi.

“The tension is so palpable and expectations for success, very high; we cannot withstand losing out because the embarrassment will be enormous; we will rather leave in an event of failure at the Supreme Court,” he vowed.


Media checks revealed that some politicians in the state had resorted to spending their nights in the mosque, praying to God to grant their parties, victory at the apex court.

A prominent politician in Bauchi, who confirmed this development on condition of anonymity, said because of the dicey situation at hand, himself and others were not willing to take chances.


“Some of us resolved to leave the comfort of our bedrooms and turn to God for salvation.

“We stay overnight in the mosque praying because, as Muslims, we know that the Almighty often grants requests pleaded for during late night,” he revealed.


It would be recalled the incumbent governor, Bala Mohammed of PDP, had himself told newsmen shortly after his victory at the Appeal Court in Jos, that he could not sleep a day to the Jos verdict.

The governor is now in United Kingdom on medical checkups, according to an earlier statement by his Media Aide, Muktar Gidado.


Also speaking, DSP Kamal Abubakar, the state’s Police Public Relations Officers, assured that the command was has taken adequate measures to ensure that there was no break-down of law and order after the verdict.

He said security men in all strategic locations within the state had been placed on the alert, adding that the command had also invited stakeholders of both parties for a dialogue.

He said that members of the two parties had been barred from any form of celebration after the judgement to prevent breakdown of law and order.

Kamal called on the people of the state to accept whatever the judgement would be as the will of God.


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Bauchi governor and winner, Bala dedicates victory to God.

Bauchi governor Bala Mohammed has dedicated his appellate court victory to God and citizens of the north-eastern state.

The Court of Appeal sitting in Jos on Friday upheld Mohammed’s victory in the March 9 governorship elections, reaffirming the October 9, 2019 judgement delivered by the Bauchi State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal.

After that tribunal verdict, Mohammed’s APC rival, Muhammed Abubakar, approached the appeal court and requested that the verdict be upturned and he be declared the winner.

The court of appeal, in its judgement, upheld the tribunal’s verdict and dismissed Abubakar’s case as lacking in merit.

“I just received very good news from my team of lawyers that the appeal court in Jos has affirmed our victory and endorsed the verdict of the tribunal. This victory is not about Bala Mohammad; it is from God and for the people of Bauchi State.

“We are sincerely humbled by this victory and we dedicate it to the Almighty God and to the good people of Bauchi State,” Mohammed said.

The governor called on the entire people of the state to celebrate in peace, adding that the celebration could only make sense when every Bauchi child of school age is in the classroom.

“Our victory and celebration can only make sense after every Bauchi child of school age are in the classroom; when every school leaver is practically engaged when every pregnant woman has reasonable assurances that she will not die at childbirth.

“It can only make sense when our retired men and women can receive their legitimate entitlement, which is their pension and gratuities, as and when due,” he said.

Mohammed reiterated his promise to offer the state a purposeful leadership, and extended a hand of fellowship to his opponents and their supporters, urging them to join him in the quest to rebuild Bauchi State.

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Bauchi – Court of Appeals confirm Senator Bala Mohammed as the Governor.

The Appeal Court sitting in Jos on Friday upheld the election and return of Senator Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir as the duly elected Governor of Bauchi State as declared by the Inependent National Election Commission, INEC in the last general election.
While delivering its judgement on Friday, the five-man panel dismissed all the four grounds of appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress, APC and its defeated gubernatorial candidate in the election, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar
Reading the judgement, Justice O. A Otisi held that all the grounds of appeal filed before the court by the appellants lacked merit and thereby dismissed them.
Counsel to the Bauchi state Governor, Chris Uche hailed the judgement describing it as a victory for democracy calling on the people of Bauchi State to continue to support the administration.
Immediately after the judgement, there was wild jubilation by supporters of the governor and the Poeple’s Democratic Party, PDP blocking the main Yakubu Gowon highway slowing down traffic along the road in Jos
They were beating drums and other musical instruments praising Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir just as they held placards and posters of the Governor.

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Bauchi ban funeral funding introduced by past administration.

The Bauchi Government has announced the sack of heads of administration of the twenty local government areas in the state alongside a ban on financing of funeral service introduced by the previous administration.

Bauchi state’s Commissioner of Information and Communication, Dr. Ladan Salihu said the heads of administration were sacked to allow the smooth conduct of workers’ BVN verification exercise in the respective local government and also to block all financial leakages.

The state’s government also said it suspended the funding of burial services to stop the looting of public funds in the name of humanitarian services as over two billion naira has already been spent by the immediate past administration on the project.

“The suspension of the funding of burial services by the state government is to stop the looting of public funds in the name of humanitarian services. Over two billion naira was claimed to have been spent on the funding of such services by the immediate past administration.

“Instead of using public funds for such services, the state government has decided to sponsor the monthly provision of woods being used in graveyards across the state capital while members of the state cabinet will take charge of the provision of woods in their respective local government.

“We will designate our little resources and channel them to critical areas of needs such as infrastructure, health, education, and others,” Salihu said.

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