By LUKA BINNIYAT, SUSAN EDEH & IFEANYI OKOLI
BAUCHI -BAUCHI State was, weekend, engulfed in bloody violence which has claimed more than 10 lives.
This came as the police authorities have confirmed riots in Adamawa and Katsina as well as another bomb blast in Kaduna at Magajin Gari area in Kaduna metropolis.
A similar blast had occurred at Happy Night Hotel in Kabala West on Saturday killing two people, while eight others escaped with various degrees of injuries.
In Bauchi, several cars, motorcycles, houses and other household valuables were also destroyed in the crisis in different parts of the state.
Eyewitnesses told Vanguard that under-aged and die-hard supporters of the opposition party, the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, unleashed terror on innocent people while protesting what they described as insufficient ballot papers at their polling units during the election.
INEC in Bauchi, however, faulted the youths’s claim describing their action as lack of patience as enough ballot papers were made available for the area.
As the violence lasted, the youths set ablaze residences of Bauchi State PDP Chairman, Ibrahim Yaro-Yaro and the Deputy National Secretary of the party, Dr. Musa Babayo as well as property belonging to PDP members.
At Alkaleri LGA in Bauchi South, the irate youths unleashed violence on innocent people setting residential houses, shops, business centres, and vehicles ablaze.
Also affected were the Chairmen of Kirfi Local Government LGA, Ibrahim Galadima and Bauchi LGA, Sabo Abdullahi Mohammed who were molested while their vehicles were burnt.
In Misau, Bauchi Central Zone, it was gathered that a family house of the Bauchi State Secretary to the Government, Mr. Ibrahim Ahmed Dandija was burnt down by another set of angry youths while a Youth Corps member an INEC ad hoc staff on electoral duty in one of the polling units was beaten to comma at his duty station and he was said to be receiving medical treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Bauchi, the state capital.
Vanguard learnt that the campaign office of Governor Isa Yuguda on Ran Road Bauchi metropolis was also set ablaze and several vehicles which were said to be owned by PDP agents were also burnt by the irate youths who blocked Ahmadu Bello Way leading to the Sa’adu Zungur Model School that was the Collation Centre for the presidential election.
At Wuntin-Dada and Guru, surbubs of Bauchi town, three people were killed by another set of angry youths who questioned the PDP’s victory at some of the polling units.
In addition two persons were killed at Kofar-Dumi behind the Emir’s palace also in Bauchi metropolis while pockets of houses and cars were burnt randomly.
At press time, armed security men and Anti-riot Policemen have been deployed to strategic places in Bauchi town to maintain peace and order.
On the bomb blast in Kaduna, the Kaduna State Police Command, yesterday, paraded four foreigners and a suspected Nigerian accomplice after two bombs exploded last Saturday night at an interval of two hours injuring eight persons and destroying several houses. According to the Kaduna State Police Commissioner, Mr. John Haruna, the second explosion which took place at around 10:30 pm at Magajin Gari Sharia Court uprooted two big trees and damaged some structures within its vicinity.
Speaking at a Press Conference, in which he paraded the youthful suspects, Haruna said: “An explosion occurred on April 16, at around 8pm at Happy Night Hotel, Kabala West, Kaduna.” Immediately after the incident, one Abubakar Adbulazeez, from Niger Republic, a principal suspect was promptly arrested.
“Unfortunately there was another explosion at a spot near Magajin Gari Sharia Court 1, in Kaduna metropolis. No one was hurt. We are investigating whether these two explosions were carried out by separate person (s) or it was by a group.”
One of the suspects, Ja’afaru Abu, 22, from Niger Republic, who had wounds on him which he claimed were from the first detonated bomb, said he was given the bomb in a bag by one Alhaji also from Niger Republic.
According to him, he did not know what was in the bag as he was merely told to take it there.
The Police Commissioner said that Hassan had denied ever knowing Abu and the other four. But on further investigation he later confessed that Abu was his son_in_law.
When Hassan was asked by the Press why he had denied knowing Abu, he said because he was shown Abu in the dark, until he later saw him in the morning did he realise it was his son-in-law.
He denied giving the young man the explosive, claiming he has been a law abiding immigrant since the reign of Gen. Ibrahim Babangida.
The Police said they are carrying further investigation before taking the next action. Penultimate Saturday, a bomb exploded at Mahuta, a suburb of Kaduna, killing one of its handlers and severely injuring another now in Police custody.
The Police said they later discovered about 100 explosive in three sacks at the home of the living suspect, with each “capable of bringing down any building in Kaduna.”
Meanwhile, the police high command in Abuja, yesterday, said they have arrested the policeman who allegedly shot and killed a middle-aged man in Katsina which sparked off a riot.
The riot spread to several parts of the state leading to the destruction of property worth billions of naira. The Force Public Relations Officer, Olushola Amore, who disclosed this to Vanguard, said that normalcy had returned to the areas affected by the riot following the drafting of anti_riot policemen. He said that normalcy had also returned to Adamawa.