Bauchi State governor, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, has forgiven the 20 suspected youths detained at Bauchi Prisons for allegedly eking him with stones at the Eid praying ground in Bauchi, during the last Eid-el-Fitri.Abubakar announced their forgiveness when a team of Amnesty International visited him at Government House, Bauchi,yesterday saying he never wished to punish them for what they did to him.
The Governor said”It was not my wish to arrest them but I had to do that, to make them realize that it is not a good behavior adding that there is the need for people to respect their leaders at all levels.
In his view “the Holy Quran teaches us to respect our leaders. So I don’t see any reason wh I will be stoned by my eoole just because I am conducting verification in my state,”
He assured the visitors that , he will communicate his decision to the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice for him to go to the prison and release the suspects to their families.
And appealed to Bauchi people to be patience with his government in the face of the current hardship being experienced as a result of the current recession nationwide.
Assuring that the current hardship will soon be over and the federal and state government is doing everything possible to make life better for Nigerians.
Earlier,leader of the Amnesty International delegation, who is also head of 19 Northern states, Dr Suleiman Shuaibu Sokoto, had urged with the governor to pardon those who stoned him.
He explained that Amnesty got to know about their detention while pursuing a case, and “we are calling on the governor to please pardon them and forgive them because of Allah.”
Dr Sokoto informed that they were in Bauchi to mediate between a member of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Hon Yakubu Abdullahi Shehu and his late younger brother’s wife, Malama Firdaushi Sulaiman, who had alleged that the lawmaker mysterious killed her first daughter for ritual purpose.
According to him, the mediation between the family members was facilitated by the state Commissioner of Justice, Barrister Ibrahim Umar in collaboration with Amnesty International, human rights activist and the state Council of Ulamas.
Dr Sokoto informed that the intervention of the mediators led to the withdrawal of suit filed against the widow and two others by the lawmaker, who is representing Bauchi Central state constituency.
Hon Yakubu had dragged the three before magistrate court in Bauchi for defamation of character through the media and malicious lies capable of tarnishing his personality and political career.
The Amnesty International delegation leader informed that with the mediation, the matter has been amicably resolved.
He however informed the governor that the team while on the lawmaker’s case stumbled on the case of one Malam Mahmud Tanimu arrested by the police for allegedly attempting to break Bauchi prisons with his accomplices.
“It is on this case that we came across another case of one Malam Mahmud Tanimu, who was arrested by the Nigeria Police Bauchi State Command, that he had concluded plans with his accomplices to break the Bauchi Central Prison in order to free his brother,” Dr Sokoto informed.
He added that, “when we investigated the case, we found out that it is not true.
“What happened was that the suspect went to the prison to visit his brother who was standing trial in a case of terrorism and said to his brother that by the grace of God the brother would be out of prison before the last Sallah celebration.
“It is that statement that Tanimu made that led him to stay in prison for about 53 days but we thank God he his free today through the intervention of Amnesty International.