Immediately former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has stated that there is a threat of murder for his life and that of three others in his Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa federal constituency in Bauchi state.
He therefore appealed for a thorough investigation into alleged arms trafficking involving Inspector Dakat Samuel, Inspector Auwalu Mohammed and Barau Joel Amos (Sarkin Yaki), as it relates to Barau Joel Amos’ admission that he wanted to buy the guns. to kill him and three others.
In a petition he wrote to the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali, dated August 19, 2022, Dogara stated: “I would like to draw your attention to the above matter which is currently under the attention of DCP, Criminal Investigation Department of the Nigeria Police Force, Bauchi State Command.”
He wrote: “I am sure you are aware of the matter by now, as it involves the looting of your arsenal in Bauchi by the same officers in charge of the safekeeping of your weapons and a constituent of mine, Barau Joel Amos, who tried to buy or has bought assault rifles from the officers.”
According to the former chairman: “I have been informed authoritatively that said Barau Joel Amos has confessed that the reason he wanted to buy the guns was to get me and three of my constituents, Bar Istifanus Bala Gambar, Rev Markus Musa (CAN Chairman , Tafawa Balewa) and Emmanuel (Chairman NL, Tafawa Balewa).”
Dogara, who currently represents the Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa federal constituency in the House of Representatives, further stated: “I am concerned that there has been no official advice from the police regarding this credible threat to our lives to to increase security around us or simply to be careful of our movements.”
“Moreover, there is a spike in the number of kidnappings and murders by gunmen, especially in the Lere district of Tafawa Balewa. An example of this was the attack in the city of Boto, in which some associates of a former state governor were killed while some were kidnapped,” he added.
He also added: “Given the deteriorating security situation in Tafawa Balewa LGA, where the suspect comes from, I would like to appeal to you to use your good offices to ensure that a thorough and comprehensive investigation is carried out so that all those in the loop are being detained and brought before us to restore lasting peace in the Lere district of Tafawa Balewa LGA.”
Dogara claimed: “With all due respect, this is a matter that should not be dealt with with velvet gloves. I would suggest that the investigation covers the following areas: His confession to those who gave him or contributed the money that he would use to buy weapons.”
Also needs to be addressed: “His bank statements and phone calls will certainly co-operate with his confessions. Given his meager salary as a high school shopkeeper, it will have taken him a lifetime of savings to raise the N1.2m money that he wanted to use it to buy the two guns.
However, he stated: “It should be noted that he does not make an extra cent with a known legit company that is known to operate. So the said Barau Joel Amos could not have acted alone, it is clear that he is fully funded by his ilk some evil and criminally minded people.”
Dogara added: “Is it in vain that when he learned that Barau Joel Amos has been arrested and detained, his closest associates all fled the town of Tafawa Balewa? It will be important to arrest them no matter where they are hiding in the country so they can tell the authorities what they know that scared them so much that they leave their families at home while living as fugitives elsewhere.”
According to him, in the city of Tafawa Balewa there are witnesses to the criminal activities of the said Barau Joel Amos and his close associates, most of whom have now fled the city to avoid arrest, as it is said, the culprit runs even if no one finds him Chase. I am sure that so many patriotic residents of the city of T/Balewa will be more than willing to provide the necessary assistance to the investigators.”
He went on to write: “I urge you to ensure that this case is thoroughly investigated at the highest level and to ensure the prosecution of these types of people who kill others, live off and profit from crimes.
I also urge you to help expose this criminal enterprise to protect us who have been named as those to be killed and the public. Let me quickly add that it is in the public interest for you to do so.”
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