Bauchi ex-Commissioner Accuses Governor of Attack, Threat to Lives
A former commissioner in Bauchi state, Shehu Barau Ningi and his supporters were on Monday allegedly attacked by those they described as errand boys of the state government.
Ningi, who resigned his appointment form the cabinet of Governor Abubakar Mohammed as the state Commissioner of Budget and Economic Planning told a press conference in Bauchi that his life and those of his supporters have allegedly come under threat.
He alleged that he was having a meeting with some APC members from Dass who came to pay him a solidarity visit when two people whom he said were known to him entered the venue of the meeting and began to scream.
“So sooner had I finish my speech the errant boys started screaming; "it is lie, it is lie.... Then some thugs entered the meeting room with knives, cutlasses and sticks, and smashed all the glasses and windscreens of the vehicles brought by our visitors.
“They beat up the leaders of my visiting groups including the ‘Sarkin Tike’ of Dass, they injured him and vandalised his vehicle parked outside our meeting room," he further revealed.
Ningi however noted that despite stating the reasons for his resignation as commissioner, the party and the governor are overreacting, stressing that the situation is creating unnecessary acrimony.
“So, gradually, the government will create a culture of hooliganism and political thuggery in the state, and it is unfortunate that it is the government that is advocating, promoting and creating this culture of hooliganism and thuggery.
“So because I resigned which is normal under normal circumstance, except if we have mediocre in government, if you have mediocre in politics, and it is this mediocrity that is causing concern, making the government to overreact.
“My life and the lives of my supporters are in danger, but we have reported this case to the police, they came to the scene of the incident and took pictures and saw clear evidence of attack, of criminal trespass, so the public should know that our lives are in danger,” he said.
Ningi added that if no measure is taken to halt this trend, political thuggery and other dangerous developments may find a place in Bauchi politics, “because one of them has confirmed that they have been sent by the to kill us.
The former commissioner also warned that if measures were not taken by security agencies and other stakeholders, his supporters will have no choice but to defend themselves.
“We will also report the issue to the party so that the government in Bauchi will be tolerant of constructive criticisms. If you cannot accept constructive criticisms, then who are you governing, you cannot achieve anything without constructive criticisms and that is what this government is lacking”, he asserted.
Ningi, who stated categorically that he is still in the APC said: “My resignation tallied with the change mantra. In other countries, ministers, prime ministers and presidents resign from office over issues they don’t agree with in order for a change to happen”.
Debunking the allegations, Special Assistant to the state governor on Media and Communication, Comrade Sabo Mohammed said that the former commissioner is only making unfounded allegations based on mischief.
"We that belong to the opposition especially in the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and CPC know what he did in those parties. It is just nemesis. The people whom he represents and resigned without consulting them revolted against him. So, he now wanted to devise other means to attract attention and blame the government and the APC as a party,” he said.
Comrade Sabo Mohammed explained that Governor Mohammed Abubakar's administration is always working to ensure the protection of lives and properties of people of Bauchi state.
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