Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State on Tuesday relaxed the 24-hour curfew imposed on Yelwa-Tsakani, Yelwa-Lushi, Kagadama and Birshi communities in the outskirts of Bauchi metropolis.
This is contained in a statement by Mr Aminu Gamawa, Chief of Staff, Government House, Bauchi.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state government on May 28, imposed a 24-hour curfew on the affected communities following a communal clash where three persons lost their lives, four others wounded and five houses razed.
However, Gamawa said the curfew was reviewed as normalcy returned, adding that the state government was on top of the situation.
“Following the civil unrest of Friday May 27 May, 2022 that was ignited by miscreants in Kagadama, Tsakani and Lushi in Bauchi Local Government Area, the state government swiftly responded by deploying security personnel to the scene, who restored law and order, and made some arrests.
“Accordingly, a full scale investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the incident has commenced while a 24-hour curfew imposed.
“Given the fact that the government is on top of the situation, normalcy has been restored to the affected areas, thus, it is deemed necessary that the imposed curfew be reviewed.
“Consequently, Gov. Bala Mohammed has approved the review of the 24 hour curfew imposed on Yelwa and environs to a 12-hour curfew, 6:00pm to 6:00 am,” he said.
This, he said, would allow law abiding citizens to go about their normal businesses, adding that the government would continue to monitor the situation to ensure peaceful coexistence in the state.
The statement also commended security agencies, community and religious leaders for their roles in promoting peace and hamonious coexistence in the state. (
Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State on Saturday imposed a 24-hour curfew on Yelwa-Tsakani, Yelwa-Lushi, Kagadama, and Birshi communities in the outskirts of Bauchi metropolis.
This is contained in a statement by Mr Aminu Gamawa, Chief of Staff, Government House, Bauchi.
According to him, the move is sequel to a community clash where three persons lost their lives, many injured and some houses razed.
He said the decision to impose the curfew was to forestall attempt by some miscreants to thwart peace and tranquility in the area.
“It would be recalled that in the evening hours of Friday the 27th May, 2022, some miscreants in Yelwa and its environs in Bauchi LGA took laws into their hands and embarked on looting properties, burning houses, cars, and attacking innocent citizens for reasons currently under investigation by the authority.
“Government will not fold its arms and allow some criminal elements and their sponsors to disturb the hard-earned peace, security and harmony being enjoyed in Bauchi State.
“Following an emergency security meeting held today, 28th May, 2022, there has been a massive deployment of security personnel to restore and maintain peace in the affected areas.
“Free medical care is being provided to the injured and the government has ordered a full scale investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the disturbances.
“In view of the foregoing, a 24-hour curfew is hereby imposed in Yelwa and its environs, especially Lushi, Tsakani, Kagadama and Birshi Areas of Bauchi LGA,” he said.
He said the measure was not intended to cause hardship to the people rather to restore peace and order, adding that the timings for the curfew will be reviewed from time to time as peace returns.
He added that those found culpable would be dealt with according to the law, saying the security agencies had made some arrests.
Gamawa said the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) had been directed to conduct damage assessment exercise and provide relief materials to the affected victims with immediate effect.
“The government wishes to appreciate and thank the security agencies, traditional institutions, religious bodies and law abiding citizens of Bauchi State for their various roles in containing these crises and ensuring peace across the state.” (
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Thursday visited Gombe to seek delegates’ support ahead of the presidential primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Abubakar, who is one of the presidential aspirants on PDP platform, expressed confidence that Gombe delegates would vote for him.
“I am optimistic that your votes are mine. Even if I did not come to Gombe, I will sleep with my two eyes closed.
“ This is because Gombe is my home and I am your son because of the personal relationship I have with the people of Gombe .
“And what I did for Gombe I have not done in Adamawa my state,” he said.
He further expressed appreciation to Gombe delegates for the support given to him during the party’s last presidential primary election in Port Hacourt, Rivers State.
In his response,retired Maj. -Gen. Abnon Kwaskebe, Chairman, PDP Gombe ,said even if Atiku didn’t come to Gombe they would definitely vote for him.
“ You are from the North East and all the development brought by a PDP Government in Gombe was your hand work” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeriareports that since Monday different aspirants have visited PDP delegates in Gombe State to seek support ahead of the May 28 primary
Those who have visited include Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, Gov Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Gov Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom and former Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his support which led to his election into the Senate in 2007.
Mohammed stated this during the inauguration of the Upgraded Bauchi Urban Water Scheme, on Thursday in Bauchi.
Mohammed said the gesture led to his political glory which he is enjoying now.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mohammed was elected senator representing Bauchi-Central on the platform of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) 2007.
Mohammed was also elected governor of the state in 2019 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
“I wish to state that no state out of the 36 states of Nigeria including the Federal Capital Territory, loves you more than Bauchi State.
“Your precedence and pedigree as a man of high moral standing, incorruptibility and compassionate disposition towards the common man stand you out as a colossus and phenomenon.
“I for one will never forget the support you gave me which saw my election as a senator in 2007. This marked the beginning of my political ascension, prominence and glory.
“For this reason, I hold you and former President Goodluck Jonathan in the highest esteem, and I will never aspire to any political position in which any of you has interest.
“While I remain eternally grateful to you, I want to assure you that I will always remember you and protect your integrity and your family in whatever I may find myself in life,” he said.
He also lauded the federal government’s effort towards uplifting the living standard of the people of the state.
The governor said that the water project would not have been possible without the sovereign guarantee and selection of Bauchi state as a beneficiary by the federal government.
Mohammed further commended President Buhari for his concern on matters affecting the state, adding that the state government had accessed N12 billion housing facility initiated by the federal government.
“I want to assure you that on completion of construction work, the houses will be allocated to beneficiaries across political party lines. We will continue to be supportive and loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari,” he said.
Buhari, who was represented by Mr Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said he was glad to be in Bauchi state, which he described as his second home.
He said his experience and association with the people and rich culture of Bauchi has been cherished one.
According to him, the federal government will continue to support the government through execution of viable projects for sustainable social and economic development of the state. ()
Secretary to the Federal Government, Mr Boss Mustapha, inaugurated a N23.5 billion township water supply scheme in Bauchi on Thursday on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The scheme was executed by the Federal Government under the World Bank Third National Urban Sector Reform Project (NUWSRP3).
Mustapha said at the inauguration that the Federal Government accorded priority to projects that would accelerate economic development through the harnessing of natural resources such as water.
He explained that the project aimed at addressing water scarcity in the urban area of the Bauchi State capital.
Mustapha also commended the Bauchi State government for providing the counterpart funding of 10 per cent on the project in which the World Bank gave 90 per cent of the contract sum.
“Bauchi is home to me as I always enjoy your popular support,
“I urge the good people of this state to reciprocate the gesture by helping in the maintenance of the scheme,’’ Mustapha said in a message sent by the president.
In his remarks, Gov. Bala Mohammed appreciated the Federal Government for its concern for the state and appealed for more federal presence through the provision of additional infrastructure.
Also speaking at the inauguration, Mr Shubham Chaudhuri, the Country Director of the World Bank in Nigeria, assured that it would continue to support states and nations desirous to promote water and sanitation.
He noted that the Bauchi State and the bank succeeded in executing the project in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The upgraded water scheme is expected to supply 75 million litres of water to the more than one million residents of Bauchi metropolis and its environs daily. (www.nanews.ng)
Mr Nuhu Tafida, Village Head of Bogoro, Bauchi State, has urged politicians to preach love, peaceful co-existence and eschew bigotry, ethnic rivalry during political campaigns.
Tafida made the call when the lawmaker representing Bogoro constituency at the Bauchi state House of Assembly, Mr Musa Nakwada, paid him a visit on Sunday in Bauchi.
The village head stressed the need for politicians to always show love to one another.
He called on politicians from all political divides to close rank and work together to further elevate the state to enviable heights.
“All politicians should work towards building a prosperous, safe and secure state where people will continue to rise and claim the faith of their greatness.
“Let us show that politics can, and must be more enabling than how certain people may make it appear.
“It is apparent lack of love is what has bred religious intolerance, which in turn has led to violence and insurgency,” he said.
Tafida said leaders should lead with the fear of God to make them do the right things for the benefits of the citizens.
He further urged citizens to be supportive of the activities of the government towards the growth and development of the state.
The community leader commended Gov. Bala Mohammed for providing his communities with the dividend of democracy and appointment of their sons and daughters in his cabinet.
Earlier, the lawmaker, Mr Nakwada, said he came to seek blessings from the community as well as carry out an oversight function.
He also appreciated Gov. Mohammed for the infrastructure development of the communities in Bogoro Local Government area.
Nakwada advised citizens to elect credible candidates who would be fair to all, regardless of race, religion, status and tribe.
Nasarawa State Assemblyman, Danladi Jatau, has promised to initiate more projects, if re-elected in 2023.
Jatau, who represents Kokona West Constituency at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, made the pledge on Saturday while addressing youths in Yelwa electoral ward of Kokona Local Government Area of the state.
He promised to provide more dividends of democracy to improve the standard of living of the people in the constituency.
Jatau, who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Public Complaints, Petition and Security, said the meeting was aimed at informing the youths of his re-election bid as well as seeking for their support.
“You can testify of what I have done and still doing towards changing on your lives positively.
“I want to re-assure you that I will continue to improve on your standard of living positively through initiating projects and policies that will have direct bearing on our lives.
“I will initiate more projects, if re-elected come 2023,” he said.
Jatau pledged continued good governance and quality representation at the state legislature.
He urged the youths to continue to engage in meaningful ventures that would make them self reliant and for the overall development of the constituency.
He also advised the youths and other people to be law abiding, be their brother’s keepers, embrace peace and tolerate one another, irrespective of their affiliations.
The lawmaker further drummed support for Gov. Abdullahi Sule to succeed beyond 2023.
Responding on behalf of his colleagues, Mr Bala Mohammed, appreciated Jatau over his quality leadership and called for its sustenance.
Mohammed also assured Sule of their support at all times and wished Jatau well on his ambition.
Bauchi State Governor, Sen. Bala Mohammed says Nigeria has the potential to become the world’s biggest economy if properly developed.
Mohammed who has made his intention to contest for president on the platform of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), said this in Jos on Saturday while soliciting for the votes of Plateau delegates.
According to the governor, Nigeria is blessed with rich natural and human resources that are yet to be fully tapped.
The presidential hopeful said that Nigeria need someone that could take it on the challenging journey to restore its status among the comity of nations.
“You are in charge of your destiny as delegates because you know all of us and our capacities.
“Nigeria has surrendered its sovereignty to foreign countries in the name of borrowing, we need someone that can rescue our sovereignty.
“We use almost all that we generate in NNPC to settle foreign debts,” he said.
The former FCT minister, said that he had defeated incumbent governors more than once, adding that he had the capacity to win if given the mandate as PDP flag bearer.
The presidential aspirant said that he would secure and boost the country’s image in the comity of nations.
According to him, his experience as an administrator, senator and minister has exposed him to different nationalities from whom he has benefitted a lot and intends to use it to the nation’s advantage.
The former senator said that he had trustworthy friends all across the country and would work with intelligent people who would assist him in transforming Nigeria.
Mohammed who described himself as a detribalised Nigerian, said that PDP had qualified aspirants and that he would support whoever emerges as the party’s candidate if in case he did not clinch the ticket.
“Don’t give your mandate to someone that will be lamenting instead of winning the election for PDP,” he said.
The Chairman of PDP in the state, Mr Chris Hassan described Mohammed as a good neighbour.
Hassan said that as delegates, they would assess all the aspirants with a view to picking one that was most suitable for the country.
Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has said that the South-East and North-East have the most legitimate claim to the presidency in 2023.Mohammed, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, said this on Friday in Awka during his consultation with the party faithful in Anambra.He contended that the two geo-political zones had yet to produce the nation’s president in a democratic dispensation.He said: “The Igbo nation is critical in the Nigerian project.“Their entrepreneurial ingenuity and apprenticeship should be imbibed by other parts of the country as a model for addressing poverty and unemployment.’’Mohammed appealed to the prospective party delegates to the upcoming national convention to elect him to fly the party’s flag.He, however, said he would support whosoever emerged as candidate from the primary in order to ensure that PDP wrestled power from the ruling-All Progressives Congress.He said, “I am presenting myself for election and I seek your support.“But if I do not win, I will support the eventual candidate because we have to rescue Nigeria.The presidential hopeful said he was duty bound to accept the outcome of the primary election as a true party man.He said that he joined the presidential race to address the nation’s multiple challenges, if elected.He expressed concern over the nation’s high level of indebtedness and how the loans had been utilised.He said, “If elected, I will end the era of borrowing and increase the country’s capacity to create wealth.”Responding, a chieftain of the party in the state, Chief Okey Muo-Aroh, spoke on PDP’s decision to jettison the zoning of the presidential position to any section of the country.Muo-Aroh said that as an opposition, the party would not want to go into the election with the luggage of excluding a section of the country.He urged the party’s national leadership to address the issues that led to the botched congresses in the state and avert a potential electoral disaster for PDP in Anambra in 2023. (
Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State and presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says he will ensure inclusive governance and provide quality leadership if elected president in 2023.
Mohammed said this on Tuesday in Lafia when he met with PDP delegates in Nasarawa State.
According to him, Nigeria needs a bridge builder like himself who has earned trust from across the country, to bring goodwill to the people and victory to the PDP.
The governor said he was not contesting for president for any personal achievement but to entrench good governance in Nigeria.
“In my life I have gone through all the stages of life, a village man, a town man, a city man, a journalist, civil servant, minister, senator and now a governor.
“Today, I’m somebody that is trusted to bring goodwill to Nigeria and victory to PDP, I am loved by southerners and easterners for what I have done.
“I believe that I am equally very good, I have so much knowledge of the economy, security, and as governor of Bauchi state I have done a lot for my people, Nigeria needs me,” he said.
The presidential hopeful, however, said he believed in the supremacy of the party, adding that at any time, the party asked him to stop because of zoning he would not hesitate to do so.
“All we need is unity, justice and equity, we are ready and we have all it takes to come together. We should create a level playing field for everybody,
“If you don’t give me and decide to give any other I will work with them to salvage this country,” he added.
Mr Francis Orogu, Chairman Nasarawa State PDP, while responding, said the delegates from the state were yet to adopt any candidate.
“Sometime ago, your team came to inform us that you would contest for president, we told them to inform you that when the time comes, and you are one of the aspirants, you will be given high consideration.“We will take time to assess all the aspirants and adopt the one we believe is the best for Nigeria,” he said. (