Sunday, 24 April 2011

NIGERIA: 11 Corps members killed in Bauchi, females raped

From PAUL ORUDE, Bauchi
Sunday, April 24, 2011

Bauchi state Police Command has confirmed that eleven Youth Corps members were killed across the state in the violence that followed the April 16th presidential election while an unspecified number of the female Corps members were raped, molested and assaulted by irate youths in Gadau village.

Meanwhile sixty-eight suspects have been arrested for the various crimes committed during the crisis while the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari has been barred from entering Bauchi for any political activities until security situation improves in the state.

Briefing news men on the situation in Bauchi yesterday, the Police Commissioner in charge of the conduct of the
general elections in the state, Amama John Abakasanga disclosed that the youth Corps members were killed at different locations in the state including Giade, Itas\Gadau, Katagum and Alkaleri local government areas while participating in the conduct of the presidential election as electoral officials.

The Police Commissioner added that a number of Churches and residential places were burnt down by the suspects across the state just as business places were also bunt down after they have been looted by the irate mob pointing out that in a few cases they molested the owners of the business places just as INEC offices in some local government areas were also torched and looted by the rioters.
He also said that all those arrested have been investigated and discovered that they actually participated in the crimes based on the confessional statements of some of them saying that as soon as work resumes all of them will be arraigned for the various crimes committed adding that more arrests will be made based on the available information.

On the coming of the CPC presidential candidate to Bauchi state last Friday, the Police Boss declared that, “I personally wrote the Chairman of the party that it was not safe for Muhammadu Buhari to visit the state because we cannot to guarantee his safety while in the state. We thank God that he did not come and whatever breach of peace that would have occurred had he came was averted.”
Asked if the CPC presidential candidate would be allowed to come to Bauchi before Thursday when the elections in the state will hold, John Abakasanga said, “I did not invite him in the first place and if he decides to come he must inform me and i will then advised appropriately based on the situation on the ground that time.”

The suspects who though denied all the offences allegedly committed by them are in Police detention at the CID State Police Command and the offences range from criminal conspiracy, inciting disturbance, mischief by fire, culpable homicide, rape, assault and molestation all offense punishable under relevant criminal laws.

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