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Bauchi supplementary polls: Dogara writes ICC, US, EU, UK

Alleges plot by FG, Bauchi govt, security agents to unleash violence on citizenry
Asks int’l community to hold Gov. Abubakar, CP, REC, DG, DSS, others responsible

By Levinus Nwabughiogu

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has alleged a massive conspiracy of the political authorities in the country to unleash mayhem on Bauchi citizens during Saturday’s supplementary polls.

To this end, the Speaker has alerted the International Criminal Court, ICC, the United States of America, USA, United Kingdom, UK and the European Union, EU governments on a plot which he said was being championed by the Federal Government of Nigeria, Security Agencies and Bauchi State Government.

Speaker House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara.

A statement by the Speaker’s media aide, Turaki Hassan on Friday stated that the letter read in part, “I will like to bring  to your attention, the directive given to security personnel on March 21, 2019 to unleash violence, rig the election at all cost even if they have to kill to achieve their nefarious intentions. This can be verified from some patriotic security agents who received the above orders from their bosses yesterday.

“Therefore, I write to draw the attention of the United States authorities to this murderous order given to the security agents in Bauchi state to kill innocent citizens. Should any person in the State lose his life tomorrow (today) in consequence of this fraud called supplementary elections, the responsibility must rest squarely onthe shoulders of the following individuals and institution; namely: Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar of Bauchi state whose desperation knows no bounds; Bauchi State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Ibrahim Abdullahi; Commissioner of Police Bauchi State; Director, Department of State Services Bauchi State and all security personnel who obey the illegal murderous order to kill innocent citizens.”

In the letter, which was also copied to the United Kingdom, European Union and International Criminal Court, titled “Plot to Precipitate Violence, incite political killings in Bauchi State”,  Dogara added that they are already compiling incidences of political killings perpetrated by thugs hired and armed by Bauchi state Government before,  during and after the February 23 Presidential and National Assembly elections and March 9th, Governorship and State Assemblies elections.

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He explained that “The supplementary elections follow the “inconclusive” governorship elections held on March 9, 2019.

“Collation of results for Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area has been stalled by the Nigerian authorities, which presupposes that INEC, suspends the supplementary elections pending the completion of the collation exercise as provided for by the Electoral Act and INEC’s Election Guidelines and Regulations.

“The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Bauchi State, Ibrahim Abdullahi, working in concert with the Governor of Bauchi state, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar and security agencies have perfected a plan to announce rigged results and in the process use security agencies and their paid political thugs to unleash unprecedented violence on the people of the State with reckless abandon.

“Your Excellency, may wish to recall that similar violence was unleashed in Rivers state recently by military personnel, Police and hired political  thugs leading to maiming of scores of people and destruction of lives and property of innocent citizens. “Already, hundreds of security personnel and hired political thugs have been deployed and directed to threaten, intimidate and even kill people in order to rig the election at all cost for the incumbent Governor, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar.

“We are already compiling incidences of killings perpetrated by thugs hired and armed by Bauchi state Government before,  during and after the February 23 Presidential and National Assembly elections and March 9th, Governorship and State Assemblies elections.”

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