One person killed, 15 others injured as APC, PDP armed thugs clash
One person was killed and no fewer than 15 others were injured when some political thugs clashed in Duguri, Alkaleri LGA of Bauchi State recently.
This was disclosed by the Director-General of the Bala Mohammed PDP Gubernatorial Campaign Council, Farouk Mustapha, while briefing Journalists at the Government House on Thursday.
Mustapha alleged that the thugs were members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
He claimed that trouble started when the gubernatorial candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Ambassador Saddique Baba Abubakar went to Duguri Town in Alkaleri LGA for last rush campaign accompanied by many notable politicians from across the country.
According to Mustapha, “Today is one of the saddest days in the political history of Bauchi State, all of the gubernatorial candidate of the various parties signed the peace accord at the State Police Command headquarters with all security agencies as it has been the practice in every election year.”
He added that,”However, the candidate of the APC, Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar rtd was conspicuously absent, only his Deputy candidate was in attendance showing no respect for peace and harmony to reign in Bauchi state.”
He further alleged that, “The APC gang leaders who led today’s thuggery unleashed terror, intimidation on the people of Duguri Town, they were chanting abusive words and breaking all PDP billboards carrying His Excellency’s pictures, buses, PDP offices and Keke NAPEP were all burnt down by the thugs.”
While reacting to the development, Bauchi State Police Command through its PPRO, SP Ahmed Wakili stated that, “Today, APC gubernatorial candidate went out on a rally at about 17.4500hrs, while in Duguri Village, under Yuli-Yin Ward, Alkaleri Local Government Area, violence ensued during the rally in which 14 people were injured. Among the 14 injured, six were taken to Primary Health Care Center in Duguri, they were treated and discharged.”
According to the PPRO, “Among the eight that were treated and discharged, was Suleiman Adamu, Danlami Musa, Kabiru Sani, Rabi, Abdulrasheed Bala and Tanko Wakilin Pawa, all residents of Duguri Village. These are the six that were taken to the Health Care Center in Duguri.”
He further stated that Eight others were seriously injured, they were referred to the General Hospital, Alkaleri stressing that,”Because of the severity of the injuries, the Doctor could only attend to one Mohammed Abdullahi, who is also a resident of that Duguri. The remaining seven were transferred from the General Hospital Alkaleri to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, Bauchi for medical treatment.”
The PPRO assured that the Command is calling on members of the public to be calm as the situation is under control. However, the Command will not leave any stone unturned to deal with any recalcitrant that will want to disrupt the peace that Bauchi State is enjoying presently.
Asked to react to allegations that two people were killed in the incident, he said: “I have mentioned all that were here, I mentioned six first that were injured and I have mentioned eight that were transferred out of which one is in Duguri. I don’t have knowledge about anyone of them that is dead. All of them were taken to the hospital by the Police and up to this moment that I am giving you this report, none of them had died.”
But in a reaction titled, ‘Thugs open fire on Air Marshal Sadique’s convoy in Gov Bala’s Village’ the APC alleged that, “Suspected hired thugs, using dane guns, opened fire on the convoy of the Bauchi state gubernatorial candidate of APC, Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubukar, in Duguri, the birth place of the incumbent Bauchi state Governor, Sen. Bala Mohammed.”
The APC stated that, “According to eyewitnesses, sounds of sporadic shootings were heard around the premises where campaign lecture was being held, which made the security operatives at the venue to rush to the scene of the shootings.”
Salisu A. Barau, Director, Media and Publicity of the APC Campaign Council stated that, “Where, in an attempt to disarm the thugs and retrieve the guns from them, three people were shot: one Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps; one from a vigilance group and one from the hunters union.”
“However, the NSCDC operatives succeeded in recovering two dane guns from the thugs while others escaped with their own guns.The victims who sustained gunshot injuries are currently receiving medical attention at ATBU Teaching Hospital, Bauchi,” he said.
Salisu Barau concluded alleging that,”It will be recalled that the same pattern of attacks, suspected to be sponsored, were carried out on Air Marshal Sadique’s convoy last month in Akuyam, the home village of the state chairman of PDP.”
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