Bauchi gov caution politicians against use of thugs

Bauchi state governor, Mohammed Abubakar has warned politicians against using thugs to perpetrate violence in the state, saying that his administration will not condole such acts, especially as the state prepares for Governorship and State House of Assembly elections.

The governor gave the warning Wednesday stated when he paid a sensitive visit to some patients injured by political thugs at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, Bauchi.

He explained that Bauchi has remained the most peaceful state in the North East and wondered why some politicians desperate for power were trying to tarnish the good image of the state.

"Bauchi state is now the safest and peaceful state in the Northeast, but unfortunately some desperate politicians are trying to smear the image of the state. As a government we will not fold our arms and allow some people to create chaos in the state".

"I have directed security agents to fish out the perpetrators of the dastard act and anyone caught will face the full wrath of the law" Governor warned.

He called on the people of the state to come out en-mass to exercise their franchise during the Governorship and State House of Assembly election slated for Saturday, assuring them of their security before, during and after the elections

Meanwhile, the state government has debunked the allegation making the rounds in the state that it is planning to retrench workers if the government is reelected for the second term.

The Acting Head of Civil Service, Alhaji Adamu Umaru Gokaru Wednesday made the clarifications while speaking to newsmen in his office in Bauchi.

He explained that the allegation was the handwork of mischief makers and some desperate politicians who are bent on blackmailing the present administration in the state.

"The Bauchi state government has no intention of retrenching civil servants in the state. The allegation is baseless and unfounded which is perpetrated by desperate politicians who are trying to discredit the government, especially now that the Governorship election is drawing nearer", Gokaru said.

The Head of Service added, “The administration of Governor Mohammed Abubakar is a civil servant friendly government which priority is aimed at improving the welfare of civil servants and has no such negative plans".

Gokaru recalled that when the present administration came on board in 2015, despite the dwindling economy situation in the state, it initiated series of developmental programmes aimed at improving the standard of civil servants.

He therefore called on the people of the state to disregard such allegation, saying that they should always verify the authenticity of information they received before disseminating it to the public for consumption.