By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Bauchi State Police Command has confirmed the killing of one Adamu Babanta, a 67-year-old retired civil servant by a friend and neighbor, Mohammed Damina (68) Galadiman Dass, residents of Yelwan Lebura Area of the Bauchi metropolis.
The killing of Babanta, according to police source, also led to a violent protest by youth of Yelwan Lebura area on Monday, but the police however, assured that the situation has been brought under control while combined security operatives have been drafted to maintain peace in the area.
Confirming the incident, the State Command PPRO, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakili said, “Yesterday (Sunday), 30th October 2022, at about 1930hrs, a case of fatal motor accident was transferred from the Yelwa Division directly to the MTD for a discreet investigation, it was a case of culpable homicide”.
SP Wakil said, “One Khadijah Adamu Babanta, was enticed by one man, Mohammed Damina, Galadiman Dass, 68 years old resident of Yelwa. When Galadima enticed her, she told her father about it, then she told the father that the said man was waiting for her at the Total Filling Station”.
“Then her father followed her behind to the place. On reaching there, the father, now deceased, confronted Galadima through the passenger side of his car, as they were discussing, Galadima zoomed off the vehicle while the deceased was still hanging on to the car door to a point he fell and was rushed to ATBUTH for medical attention but was confirmed dead by a medical doctor”.
The Police Public Relations Officer explained that on receiving the report, the Commissioner of Police, Umar Sanda directed all Tactical Commanders led by the Area Commander, Metro and other DPOs to the scene”.
The police spokesman added, “Today, Monday at about 0700hrs, some miscreants came into the streets protesting, thinking that the suspect has been released from Police detention, of which the suspect was not released, he is still in Police Detention.
He explained that, “In a case of a fatal accident where there is death, as enshrined in the law, that any person engaged in a fatal accident should be detained for 24 hours pending the outcome of the medical report”.
Wakil stated, “The Police acted professionally by detaining the suspect at the GRA Police cell. Presently, the Commissioner of Police has directed that the case should be transferred to the SCIIB for further discreet investigation while a post-moterm examination will be conducted on the deceased and the results will be made public”.
The Commissioner of Police, Umar Mamman Sanda therefore, called on members of the public to go about their lawful business as the blocked road has been opened and traffic is moving and there is no cause for alarm and panic, there should be no intimidation by any person.
It would be recalled that as early as 7am Monday, youth stormed the busy Bauchi – Tafawa Balewa highway in front of the College of Agriculture and blocked the road on both sides, thereby stopping the free flow of traffic and forcing many road users to turn back and seek alternate routes to and from Yelwa and Bauchi.
The mob action, it was gathered that, “On Sunday, 30th of October at about 5.30 pm, a man, 67 years old Adamu Babanta was allegedly killed by his friend and neighbour, 68 years old Mohammed Damina, Galadiman Dass with his car.
“A close relative of the late Adamu Babanta who did not disclose his name narrated, “Galadiman Dass and my late brother were friends and neighbours. It was alleged that Galadima attempted to have a sexual relationship with the 18 years old Khadija, SS 2 daughter of his late friend. He had been making advances to her by sending recharge cards to her”.
He added, “The girl reported to her mother who then told the father but he did not believe the story. Then yesterday (Sunday), he called the girl and sent her a message that she should meet him at the Total Filling Station by 5 pm so that they can go out”.
According to him, “The girl informed her father who then asked her to go as planned and that he will follow behind to ascertain the situation. As expected, Galadima was waiting at the point while the father was watching as the girl arrived”.
“Galadima asked her to enter the car after he had opened the door but at that point, the father came out and confronted his friend expressing anger. Galadima then tried to run away but there was a struggle between them which led to pushing the late Adamu out of the car, he hit his head on the pavement of the road, and the back tyre matched his legs and broke the bones. He died on the way to the hospital”, he added.