By Suzan Edeh
Youths in Bauchi on Monday defied the 24-hour curfew imposed By the Bauchi State Governor, Isa Yuguda.
Many youths in hundreds had refuse to stay at home but trooped to the Headquaters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), where collation of results is ongoing.
Vanguard reports that hundreds of youths with sticks in their hands moving freely along parts of Ahmadu Bello Way in Bauchi, close to where the INEC Headquarters is situated.
Combined team of security agents had barricaded about 700 meters on both sides away from the junction leading to the INEC Headquarters.
Most of the youths who were obviously supporters of the All Progressive Congress carried placards and posters of the opposition party. Some of them were overheard saying “sai Baba Buhari!”
The State Government had, on Sunday evening, announced the imposition of a 24hour curfew in Alkaleri, Kirfi and Bauchi LGAs following an attack launched on voters in many polling units in Alkaleri and Kirfi LGAs by gunmen.
The curfew, According to a statement signed by Abdu Illela, on behalf of the Secretary to the Bauchi Government, was to protect lives and properties of the People of the affected LGAs.
But in a swift reaction, the APC gubernatorial candidate in the State, Barrister Muhammed Abubakar, vowed to reject the curfew saying it was just an attempted by the Isa Yuguda-led Government of the PDP to rig Saturday’s elections.
According to him, “the elections took place peacefully within Bauchi metropolis except in Kirfi and Alkaleri local government areas where there are incidents of attacks.
“Thank God INEC said we can cast our votes and protect the votes and that we are going to come out and protect our votes peacefully.”
Bar. Abubakar added that “anybody in the state can attest to the fact that the elections were conducted peacefully within the Bauchi metropolis and therefore, we don’t see any reason why curfew should be imposed on a peaceful environment as the Bauchi metropolis. The only time curfew can be imposed is when there is an impending danger but here we are without any impending danger.”
Meanwhile, combined team of security agents stationed at the junction leading to the INEC Headquaters prevented some Journalists from going into the INEC office where collation was ongoing.
The Journalists who are Correspondents of various National Dailies, ( and members of the Correspondent Chapel )of the Bauchi State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, all of whom were accredited by the INEC to cover the elections, were told by the security, after checking their names from a printed list of Journalists, that they were not allowed to go into the INEC Headquarters.
The Journalists, who put on the reflective vests and also the tags hung on their necks, with INEC logo which were All given to them by the INEC Spokesman, Aliyu Abubakar, were still not allowed.