Teenager loses ear, others critically injured as celebration of Buhari’s victory turns bloody in Bauchi
A-19-year-old teenager, Muhammad Harisu, of Nassawa area in the Bauchi metropolis has lost his left ear as a result of attack by suspected political thugs during a rally organized by supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state capital to celebrate President Buhari’s victory in the last presidential election.
Narrating his ordeals in an interview with DAILY POST on Friday, Harisu said he was outside home to witness the rally when the suspected thugs went on rampage and stabbed people who came their way without ‘any provocation’.
“Four of them came to me and macheted me on several parts of my body including my left ear, back and hand. I tried to run but they already wounded me. So I rushed to a nearby chemist where the wounds were covered with bandage to stop me bleeding”
“I was then taken to Tashan Babiye hospital by police where the wounded ear was further treated. Though, I can hear with that ear but it was not very clear and I feel severe pain “. He decried.
Also speaking, the State Assembly candidate of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) for Bauchi central constituency Honourable Abubakar Sadiq Idris who alleged that the rally was led by his opponent of the ruling APC, said the thugs stormed his residential area along Nassarawa road in the Bauchi metropolis where they allegedly attacked innocent people including his pregnant sister and destroyed his posters.
He claimed that the attack was aimed at intimidating people ahead of the upcoming governorship and State Assembly elections in the state.
“She was attacked inside house because they penetrated into the whole area and did not spare anyone they could set eyes on and smashed cars. In fact, they attacked even a mad man who doesn’t know anything and is now receiving treatment at hospital”.
“The obnoxious event might not be unconnected with the victory recorded by our party in the last election where PRP candidate won the House of Representatives seat for Bauchi local government federal constituency,” he alleged.
But the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Bauchi State Command DSP Kamal Datti Abubakar who confirmed the incident said at about 4pm on that day, the Command received a report that, while some members of the public are celebrating the victory of their political parties in the just concluded Presidential and National Assembly election in Bauchi metropolis, some group of youths suspected to be Sara Suka thugs went on rampage attacking them with machetes and sticks.
“On receipt of the report, the Command mobilized its operatives to those areas and curtailed the situation”.
“However, during the unfortunate incident three innocent people were confirmed injured, they were then taken to the hospital by the police treated and discharged,” he explained.
The case is under investigation and so far four suspects were arrested in connection with case.