Yakubu Dogara, a former House of Representatives speaker, has filed a complaint with Alkali Usman, the inspector general of police, regarding an attempt on his life made by one of his constituents.
In addition, he said that Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State residents, including the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, were being targeted.
This was stated in a plea to the IGP that Dogara, the House of Representatives member for the Dass/Tafawa Balewa/Bogoro Federal Constituency, obtained on Saturday night in Bauchi.
The National Security Adviser, the Director General of the Department of State Services, the Commissioner of Police for the State of Bauchi, and the Director of the Department of State Services for the State of Bauchi received copies of the letter as well.
The petition which was dated August 18th, 2022 was titled: “Appeal for a thorough investigation into gun running activities involving Inspector Dakat Samuel, Inspector Auwalu Mohammed and Barau Joel Amos (Sarkin Yaki); as it relates to the confession of Barau Joel Amos that he sought to buy the rifles in order to kill me and three others.
According to him, the cops mentioned above who were detained are being looked into for allegedly trying to sell rifles to one of his constituents.
The congressman claimed that Barau Joel Amos, a constituent who wanted to purchase the firearm, had confessed that he and three other people were going to be killed with it.
He expressed concern over the fact that there has been no formal police advise of the credible threat to their life, allowing them to increase security around them and be more cautious about their activities. He also warned that the matter should not be trifled with.
The petition read in part, “I wish to draw your attention to the above matter, which is currently before the DCP Criminal Investigation Department of the Nigeria Police, Bauchi State Command. I am sure you are seized of the matter by now since it involves looting of your armory in Bauchi by the very officers who are entrusted with the safe custody of your arms and a constituent of mine, Barau Joel Amos who sought to buy or has been buying assault rifles from the officers.
“I have been authoritatively informed that the said Barau Joel Amos has confessed that the reason he sought to buy the rifles is to kill me and three of my constituents, vis: Bar Istifanus Bala Gambar, Rev Markus Musa (CAN Chairman, Tafawa Balewa) and Emmanuel (Chairman NL, Tafawa Balewa).
“I find it worrisome that there has been no official advice from the police relating to this credible threat to our lives to enable us to beef up security around us or just to be careful about our movements.
“More so, there is a spike in cases of kidnappings and killings by unknown gunmen, especially in Lere District of Tafawa Balewa. A case in point was the attack at Boto town where some relations of a former Governor of the State were killed while some were abducted.
“In view of the deteriorating security situation in Tafawa Balewa LGA where the suspect comes from, I wish to appeal to you to use your good offices to ensure that a thorough and all-encompassing investigation is carried out so that all those in the loop are apprehended and brought to book in order to restore lasting peace in the Lere District of Tafawa Balewa LGA.
“With all due respect, this is a matter that must not be handled with kid gloves.”