Friday, May 16, 2014

Angry Gunmen Attack Bauchi, Burn 2 Schools, Kill One

Unknown gunmen on Wednesday burnt down two primary schools and an MTN telecommunication mast in Shadarki village in Darazo Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

The attack is coming barely 25 days after unknown gunmen attacked the Government Girl’s Secondary School Yana in Shira Local Government Area of the state in which a five-year old girl was burnt to death and staff quaters, the school bus and an eight-man block rank and file quarters were all burnt down.

Other facilities attacked were the Yana branch of First Bank and large sums of money carted away, MTN, Glo and Etisalat Telecommunication masts were also destroyed.

The spokesperson for the Bauchi State Police Command, DSP Haruna Mohammed, in a statement in Bauchi, said no death was recorded during the over one hour attack.

“On May 14, 2014 between 10 and 11pm, unknown gunmen went on the rampage and burnt down Shadarki and Yelwan Darazo Primary Schools in Shadarki village in Darazo Local Government Area of Bauchi State,” Mohammed said.

The PPRO added that the gunmen also burnt down one MTN Mast Site T.1137 and the surveillance monitoring site located adjacent to the mast.

He said the entire surroundings had been cordoned off by the combined security forces and efforts were being intensified to arrest the suspects.

Also, the Bauchi State Police Command has confirmed that suspected Fulani ambushed and attacked a car in Bogoro Local Government Area of the state killing one person and injuring five passengers including the driver.

The PPRO confirmed this in a statement on Thursday.

“On May 14, 2014 at about 7.45pm, hoodlums attacked a Peugeot 806 vehicle with registration Number XA.06.BGR while returning from Bogoro Market along Kurum Dodo and Gobiya.

“As a result, a motor-cycle rider identified as Bogoro Tafiya Mwari, ‘M’ was hacked to death while the driver, one Isaiah Andrawus and four others, sustained various degrees of   injuries,” Mohammed stated.

He said some of the victims were rushed to Bogoro General Hospital and Jos University Teaching Hospital for treatment.

He said three expended ammunition of 7.62mm were recovered at the scene.

The police spokesperson said that investigation into the incidence had commenced and efforts were on to arrest the fleeing suspects.

It was also gathered that but for the quick intervention of the Sayawa elders and Special Task Force (STF) in the area, angry youths would have lynched the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Local Government, Mr. Simon Bukata, during the burial of the deceased.

The youths upon seeing Bukata, at the venue of the burial, were said to have quickly mobilised and rushed to attack him but were immediately stopped by the STF and the elders. 

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