By Milcah Tanimu
In a tragic incident in Bauchi State, a 43-year-old man named Muhammadu Ali, residing in Damaiwa village via Bursali ward, Zaki Local Government Area, was shot and killed while participating in a test of a protective charm against gunshots. Ali and four others had ventured into the Damaiwa bush to evaluate the effectiveness of the charm when a locally-made gun was discharged, causing the charm to fail, resulting in his death.
The Bauchi State Police Command, through its Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Wakil, confirmed the incident. Upon receiving information about the tragedy, the police promptly responded, transporting Ali to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The authorities arrested two of the four suspects, while efforts to apprehend the remaining accomplices were underway. The investigation is ongoing, and once completed, the defendants will face charges in court.
The Bauchi State Police Command also expressed concern over the act, reminding the public that every human life is precious and should not be used recklessly or for unlawful purposes. The Commissioner of Police, CP Auwal Musa Muhammad, promised a neutral approach and justice for all parties involved.
In a separate incident, an armed robber involved in a robbery at the Bishop Moore Memorial School Staff Quarters, owned by the Bauchi Catholic Diocese, was killed by a mob. The police, along with local vigilantes, responded swiftly to the armed robbery incident, arresting the suspects. The actions of the mob that led to the suspect’s death were condemned by the Commissioner of Police, who emphasized that suspects should be properly handed over to law enforcement agencies for investigation and prosecution.
The arrested suspects were identified as Suleiman Adamu (19) and Umar Abubakar (19). They were known for breaking into students’ compounds during the night, armed with dangerous weapons. Detectives seized two machetes, 18 mobile phones, two laptops, and three MP3 players from them. The investigation is ongoing to locate and apprehend their accomplices for prosecution.