Scores of youths in Yelwa community, a surburb of Bauchi state blocked the ever-busy Bauchi – Tafawa Balewa expressway to protest against the death one Adamu Babanta, a 67-year-old retired civil servant resident in Yelwa Labura area of the Bauchi metropolis who was allegedly killed by his friend.

As early as 7 am, the protesting youths caused a gridlock, stopping the free flow of traffic and forcing many road users to turn back and seek an alternate road to and from Yelwa and Bauchi.

Daily Independent gathered that on Sunday, the 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 that Galadiman Dass and his late brother were friends and neighbours.

It was alleged that Galadiman attempted to have a sexual relationship with the 18 years old Khadijat, SS 2 daughter of his late friend. He had been making advances to her by sending recharge cards to her.

the source said, “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”.

“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”

he added that “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 said

The Bauchi State Police Command confirmed the incident but assured that the situation has been brought under control while combined security operatives have been drafted to keep the peace in the area.

While confirming the situation, the Command PPRO, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakili said that on Sunday, the 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”.

He said that one Khadijah Adamu Babanta, was enticed by one man, Mohammed Damina, Galadiman Dass, 68 years old resident of Yelwa, adding that when Galadima enticed her, she told her 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”.

“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”, he 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. 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”

“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 PPRO said

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police has 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.


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