Over 100 firearms are allegedly missing in the Bauchi State Police Command and the officers suspected to be guilty of this are being detained on the order of the Commissioner of Police, Umar Mamman Sanda, WikkiTimes can exclusively report.
The officers, WikkiTimes gathered, are detained pending an internal investigation in six local government areas of the state where they serve.
An inside source told WikkiTimes that the commissioner of police advised that the command not release a press statement about the issue.
This comes amidst claims by Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed who pointed fingers at traditional chiefs and security operatives for being complicit in the increasing attacks on the state. According to the governor, the attacks would not have happened without the collaboration of those he mentioned.
Governor Bala said this when he visited Duguri hometown in Alkaleri local council to sympathise with the victims of banditry and their families.
“I am from here,” the governor attested. “I am having sleepless nights because my people are having problems. This is where I was born and bred to become what I am today. It is unacceptable to me to be governor and my people are being killed.”
On July 31, marauding bandits killed Alh Katu Mai Dukkuna, a 75-year-old cattle breeder in Shaffa village of Duguri District in Alkaleri LGA and kidnapped his three grandchildren. This was after several people were killed and some abducted in Toro, Alkaleri, Tafawa Balewa and several other communities across the state.
An enquiry sent to the commissioner of police yesterday was not responded to. When contacted for the second time, he told WikkiTimes reporter not to bother him by the weekend. He advised him to contact Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, the Bauchi State police spokesman.
This was after the spokesman was contacted for over 12 hours without responding.
When contacted for the second time, Wakil, claimed he did not receive WikkiTimes’ enquiry sent to him yesterday. At press time, he has not responded to another message sent to him.