Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has alerted the International Criminal Court, United States, United Kindom and the European Union governments on a plot by the Federal Government of Nigeria, Security Agencies and Bauchi State Government to unleash violence on innocent citizens of Bauchi State.
In a letter written to the Ambassadors of US, UK, EU and the Prosecutor of the ICC dated March 22, 2019, Hon Dogara said verifiable information gathered revealed that a directive has been issued to security personnel on March 21, 2019 to unleash violence, rig the supplementary election in the state at all cost, even if they have to kill to achieve their nefarious intentions.
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 in consequence of this fraud called supplementary elections, the responsibility must rest squarely on the shoulders of the following individuals and institution; namely:
1. Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar of Bauchi state whose desperation knows no bounds
2. Bauchi State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Ibrahim Abdullahi
3. Commissioner of Police Bauchi State
4. Director, Department of State Services Bauchi State
5. 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 Internatiinal Criminal Court, titled “Plot to Precipitate Violence, incite political killings in Bauchi State”, Hon 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.
He explained, “The supplementary elections follows 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.”
Special Adviser (Media & Public Affairs)
March 22, 2019.