Bauchi Crisis: group accuses Gov of N30m bribe for anti-Dogara protests

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By; JOSHUA I. EGBODO, Abuja.
Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar has been accused of being behind recent protests by some Civil Society Organisations against Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the Nigeria Civil Society Desk has alleged.
The Coalition, led by the Coordinator, Friday Eleojo said information available to them indicates that Governor Abubakar has paid millions of naira to some CSOs to organise rallies across the country againts leadership of the House.
It will be recalled that some CSOs under the banner of “Concience Nigeria” organised in Lagos and Abuja where they petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), urging it to investigate the budget padding allegation against Speaker Dogara and others, former chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin.
“The protests in Lagos, Abuja and other places were organised by Mr. Tosin Kakaki Adeyanju who is the link man between the CSOs and the Bauchi State Governor Mohammed Abubakar.
“We have it on good authority that the Bauchi State Governor was behind the two protests. He paid millions of naira to Tosin Kakaki Adeyanju to organise it,” the group said in Abuja.
It claimed that it had picture evidences of the Bauchi governor with Mr. Adeyanju as a proof of their allegation. It said they are in possesion of what they called “hard evidence” of connivance between the two.
“Infact, as a mark of appreciation, governor Abubakar has now given Tosin N30 million ostensibly as Sallah gift but in reality, a payment to organize another such protest ahead of the resumption of the House from recess, stressing that it had established beyond reasonable doubt that the Bauchi governor is sponsoring another protest to be held on Tuesday when the National Assembly will resume from its annual recess.

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