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Police Reveal Identity Of Woman Killed On Her Farm In Bauchi


Police reveal identity of woman killed on her farm in Bauchi, four suspects arrested

The Bauchi State Police Command has revealed the identity of the woman killed in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of the state, saying she’s Mrs. Rifkatu Yohanna, 35 years old.

The Secretary to the Bauchi State Government, Ibrahim Kashim, in a statement made available to journalists Tuesday evening, condemned “an incident” in Tafawa Balewa LGA of the state which claimed the life of one woman.

Kashim, in his statement, did not reveal the identity of the woman and he did not give details of what the “incident” was and how many people were arrested.

He only said that, “the state government is in receipt of security report from Tafawa Balewa Local Government of an incident that claimed the life of an innocent woman.

“Security agents have begun investigations into the matter and have successfully arrested some suspects in connection with the incident,” describing the incident as a “dastardly and infamous act.”

Continuing, he said, “It is disheartening that the incident being orchestrated by forces of darkness who are hell-bent on unleashing mayhem on unsuspecting members of the public, is coming at a time when government was working hard to secure lives and properties of citizens of the state.”

But the Public Relations Officer, Bauchi State Police Command, Ahmed Wakil, said the deceased went to the farm on Monday and did not return home and this raised suspicion by her family who put a distress call to the Divisional Police Officer of Tafawa Balewa Division.

Wakil, a Superintendent of Police, said: “A distress call was made to the DPO, Tafawa Balewa, at about 8.45pm, of a case of culpable homicide that happened on Monday, 20th September, 2021.

“It was in relation to one Rifkatu Yohanna, 35 years old woman of Tafawa Balewa town. She went to the farm on the same date at 8.00am and did not return home.

“When a distress call was received by the DPO, a combined search team was organised by the DPO as well as the DPO of Bununu, during which her corpse was recovered in the bush near a hamlet.”

He added that: “Violence then erupted in Tafawa Balewa town when some people came out protesting. Youths stoned and damaged the patrol vehicle of Bununu Police Division as a result of which some of them were injured.”

The Police spokesman said that when the Commissioner of Police, Sylvester Alabi, received the information of the “dastardly act by the hoodlums,” he directed that the DPO of Tafawa Balewa and that of Bununu should engage the youths so that peace will be restored.

“As I speak with you now, normalcy has returned to Tafawa Balewa town,” he informed.

He said that four suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident, vowing that “the Command will not leave any stone unturned to apprehend the culprits and bring them to justice.

“The Commissioner of Police has directed for a discreet investigation into the matter. Further information will be communicated.”

Wakil assured residents of the state of the Command’s readiness to ensure adequate security protection of their lives and properties as personnels have been deployed across the state to fight the criminals and get them arrested.

He appealed to the people not to take the laws into their hands no matter what happened but urged them to report any crime to the nearest Police station for prompt action.

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2023: NBC Tasks Broadcasters On Professionalism

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has tasked broadcasters to handle political campaigns with professionalism.

The director-general of NBC, Balarabe Ilelah said this on Monday at a multi-stakeholders dialogue held in Abuja.

As campaigns for the 2023 elections are set to begin on September 28, Ilelah asked broadcasters to ensure not to allow hate speech or fake news on their platforms.

“This is in addition to ensuring equity in airtime allocation and coverage of political parties’ activities, particularly during prime times,” he said.

“It is also the time for you to make money from political adverts and campaigns, but ensure that this is done within the ambit of law.

“Broadcasters are also required to handle live political rallies with care and due professionalism. This is in addition to studio-based live political interviews/broadcasts. Because of the sensitivities of such programmes, broadcasters are advised to install delay mechanisms.

“Remember that broadcast stations are held responsible for any breach. The stations shall, therefore, assume and accept editorial responsibility”, he added.

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IPOB Accuses Police Of Blackmail

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has reacted to a statement credited to the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, linking ESN and IPOB to a planned attack on political campaigns and the forthcoming 2023 elections.

Director of Media and Public Relations of the group, Comrade Emma Powerful, in a statement on Monday, said the IG of Police should “leave IPOB volunteers and ESN Operatives alone to focus on things that matter instead of trying to get them involved in Nigeria Government and its fraudulent political processes.”

He also added that Nigeria’s security agencies were fond of blackmailing the organization with allegations of sundry crimes.

The statement read: “If Nigeria Police have concluded their plans to commit crimes during political campaigns and tag it on IPOB and ESN they will fail as usual.

“Any time Nigeria Security Agencies raise a false alarm, know that they have planned attacks to blackmail IPOB and ESN Operatives but we cannot allow them to continue their business of blackmail.

“These Security agencies have allegedly killed innocent people in an effort to blackmail IPOB but Chukwu Okike Abiama (God) has always vindicated us,” they said.

“We have always maintained that we are not interested in anything that has to do with Nigeria let alone taking any side in their fraudulent political process. IPOB are not Zoo politicians. The only political process that IPOB will participate in is an UN-supervised Biafra Referendum that will usher in Biafra Sovereignty and Independence”, he added.


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ASUU: F.G Makes U-turn, Withdraws Circular Ordering Resumption

The Federal Government on Monday withdrew its earlier circular which directed vice chancellors, pro-chancellors and governing councils to re-open federal universities.

This is coming hours after the government, through the National Universities Commission (NUC), directed the opening of varsities in compliance with National Industrial Court order.

A circular tagged NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135 was addressed to all vice chancellors, pro-chancellors and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities ordering them to re-open universities.

Hours after, in another circular tagged NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/136, which was also signed by the Director, Finance and Account of the NUC, Sam Onazi, the commission withdrew the order.

The letter tagged, “withdrawal of circular NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135 dated September 23, 2022” partly read, “I have been directed to withdraw the NUC Circular Ref: NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135, and dated September 23, 2022 on the above subject.

“Consequently, the said circular stands withdrawn. All pro-chancellors and chairmen of governing councils, as well as vice-chancellors of federal universities are to please note. Further development and information would be communicated to all relevant stakeholders.

“Please accept the assurances of the Executive Secretary’s warmest regards.”

The university teachers began a one-month warning strike on February 14, 2022, and extended it thrice after the Federal Government failed to meet up with its demands.


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