By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Bauchi State Government has dragged a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Barrister Yakubu Dogara and 28 others before a Bauchi High Court on eleven count criminal charges.
The charges against the defendants followed the alleged killings and destruction of property in the wake of celebration of freedom fighter and crusader of Sayawa community held at Bogoro, headquarters of a local government areas in Bauchi State.
The charge sheet signed by the Chief Registrar of Bauchi High Court on January 5, 2022 had eleven count charges made public Friday 7th January, 2022 against Yakubu Dogara as leading defendant alongside 28 others accused of conspiring to cause bodily harm on people in the area in order to frustrate the progress of the memorial anniversary scheduled for 30th and 31st, December, 2021 in Bogoro.
The eleven counts suit reads in part: “Pursuant to Sections 98 (1) & (2), 100 (b) and 103 (b) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Bauchi State, 2018. Count One: That you, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, male of Maitama, Abuja-FCT, Air Commodore Ishaku Komo (Rtd), male of Kaduna-Abuja Road, Kaduna, Kaduna State, Rev. Markus Musa, male of Tafawa Balewa Town, Peter Emmanuel, male of Tafawa Balewa Town, Ga’Allah Daniel, male of Tafawa Balewa Town, Iliya Emmanuel, male of Tafawa Balewa town on or about the 29th, 30 and/or 31st day of December, 2021 agreed to do or cause to be done an illegal act to wit: you conspired amongst yourselves and others at large to incite the Youths of Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro Towns to disturb public peace by burning people’s houses, blocking access roads, physically attacking invited guests and other participants attending the 21″Year Memorial Anniversary and Book Launch of Late Baba Peter Gonto at Bogoro town and destroy and burn all facilities provided for the occasion, thereby committed offence contrary to Section 96 and punishable under Section 97 of the Penal Code Law of Bauchi State”.
“On or about the 29th, 30th and/or 31st day of December, 2021 agreed to do or cause to be done an illegal act to wit: you conspired amongst yourselves and others at large to commit the offence mischief by fire by burning people’s houses in Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro To during the 21″Year Memorial Anniversary and Book Launch of Late Baba Pe Gonto at Bogoro Town and to destroy and burn all facilities provided for the occasion, thereby committed an offence contrary to section 96 and punishable under section 97 of the penal code law of Bauchi state”.
“On or about the 29,30th and/or 31st day of December, 2021 agreed to do or cause to be done an illegal act to wit: you conspired amongst yourselves and others at large to commit the offence of culpable homicide during the year memorial anniversary and book launch of Late Baba Peter Gonto at Bogoro town and that you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 96 punishable under Section 97 of the Penal Code Law of Bauchi State”.
The charges did not however contain the number of people who were killed in the violent attack, nor number of houses razed, but unconfirmed reports have it that no fewer than 6 people were killed while many houses, cars and other properties were set ablaze by hoodlums.
The Emirs of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu and Dass, Alh Usman Bilyaminu Othman were attacked on their way to Bogoro leading to the damage of cars in the two convoys including the official vehicle of the Emir of Dass.
No date has been fixed for mention of the case
It will be recalled that the former Speaker, Yakubu Dogara had allegedly written a letter to the Inspector General of Police, the Director-General of State Security Services, warning that there was impending security threat if the 21st remembrance anniversary of Baba Gonto was allowed to hold, a development that led to accusation and counter accusations among prominent Sayawa people.