Enugu: Our quarrel with Chime over Ugwuanyi — Ezegwu

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The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA Senate candidate for Enugu North Senatorial Constituency, Chief Willy Ezugwu, in this interview, speaks on the struggle between his party and Governor Sullivan Chime over the adoption of Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as the next governor of the state among other issues. Excerpts:

What inspired your bid for the Senate?

My people have been short changed by their representatives for the past 16 years of PDP rule in the zone. Our representatives have proven that they were not elected but appointed by the powers that be. That is why they keep denying the zone the basic amenities entitled to it.

The House of Representatives member representing my own constituency was sitting on the mandate without the peoples consent and that is why he owes no one any apology for whatever he does with the mandate.

Like my opponent in PDP who has been in government for years and has nothing to show for it. The comparison is clear, look at Enugu North senatorial zone in its entirety, all our representatives at the National Assembly have failed.

Ezegwu

They cannot point at any projects as their achievements and this is why I asked for a change of credibility, integrity and accountability for positive representation.

Presently, there is confusion and change has come to us because of the failure on the party that has ruled us for 16 years to have a harmonious primary election. PDP in Enugu state in now in disarray, they conducted three different primaries for the governorship position.

I cannot remember attending any town hall meeting organized by any of our NASS members. No one has organized any such in the past years of PDP rule in the zone.

The overall assessment of our NASS members is zero, they cannot point at any project they executed in any part in of  zone.

What is your relationship with the senator representing your zone?

My relationship with Senator Ayogu Eze is cordial but would have been better if he had given the zone qualitative representation by way of bringing development to our area. Presently, he is contesting the governorship primary election in which he allegedely lost. He is not my opponent in the March28, 2015 general election but were he to be, I would have easily coasted home with landslide victory.

What are your chances of winning?

Remember that I have never held any political office before now but as a grassroots politician my chances of winning the senatorial zone are high and with APGA as my party, and judging with performances of incumbent Governor Willy Obiano of Anambra State and former Peter Obi my people can’t wait to cast their votes for me.

My experience in politics and in charity work is what this senatorial zone needs to advance in terms of infrastructural development which the zone presently lacks. I will sponsor bills which will help alleviate the sufferings of the entire citizens of this country and turn around our standard of living.

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We sell Indian hemp to sustain our families—dealers

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Two suspected Indian hemp dealers, arrested during routine raids by operatives of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, in Lagos, have attributed their activities to their inability to fend for their families.

The suspects, Raji Kabir (22) and Yusuf Bako (19), alleged to be importing dried weeds which tested positive for cannabis sativa, otherwise known as Indian hemp, from Ghana, were arrested at Agege area of Lagos, where 151.3 kilogrammes of the substance were recovered.

Also recovered during the raid, according to the NDLEA Lagos State commander, Mr. Aliyu Sule, was a consignment of the drug weighing 658.8 kilogrammes at Alaba Rago area of the state.

He said: “Acting on intelligence report, we raided the water front at Alaba Rago area where we found compressed dried weeds that tested positive for cannabis. The team also raided Kasamu Street in Agege where 151.3 kilogrammes of cannabis was found hidden in the ceiling.

“Both seizures weighed 810.1 kilogrammes. The two suspected cannabis dealers, Raji Kabir,22, and Yusuf Bako, 19, arrested during the operation are cooperating with our team of investigators.”

Following the intelligence report that the compressed cannabis originated from Ghana, NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Ahmadu Giade, has directed all commanders to intensify surveillance along the water ways.

He said: “I have directed commanders to intensify maritime surveillance.”

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We lack weapons to secure seaports, Police Commissioner tells AIG

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The Commissioner of Police Eastern Port Command, James Caulcrick, has disclosed that his command lacks adequate arms and ammunitions to effectively police the port.

Caulcrick lodged this complaint to the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Maritime Command, Kalafite Adeyemi, when she visited the zone in Port Harcourt during an on an official visit.

The Commissioner told the AIG that the greater challenges facing the command are inadequate arms and ammunition for effective patrol and guard duties within the ports and its environs, lack of gunboats and patrol boats, as well as lack of personalized radio transmission network within the barracks. He also mentioned shortage of operational vehicles, barracks accommodation for Port Police personnel and inadequate staffing of the Command.

However, the AIG had warned policemen on duty at various seaports in the country to ensure that no illegal weapons are shipped into the country as she declared her officers’ readiness to provide security along waterways during the forthcoming general elections scheduled for March 28th  and April 11th  2015.

The police boss appealed to security operatives to ensure adequate security to avoid any loophole that could make importation of illegal firearms through the ports possible ahead of the general elections.

“The importance of this visit cannot be complete without giving notice that no election can take place in the absence of viable service.

“The success of the 2015 general election rests on our shoulders in being vigilant. Therefore, all efforts should be geared towards avoiding criminal elements from using our ports to bring in weapons and dangerous materials for use to cause violence during the elections.

“We have been lecturing our men to be of good behaviour. They are going to perform well .We are ready for the elections. We are out to do our jobs and to be on steady patrol of the waterways.”

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21-yr-old student in EFCC custody over N20m internet love scam

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A 21-year-old student, Obiechina Chikeluba, has been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for allegedly defrauding a Briton of N20 million in an internet romance scam.

Chikeluba, a student of Federal Science and Technical College, Yaba, Lagos, was said to have met his victim, Kieran Oakes, on Facebook.

Vanguard gathered that the suspect, assuming the profile of an American, Lisa Jackson, entered into a relationship with Oakes, with the pair agreeing to get married.

EFCC disclosed that in the course of their relationship, ‘Jackson,’ at various times, collected money to the tune of £54,000, which current value is N20 million, from Oakes, to enable him travel to the UK to meet her.

Spokesman of EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said the victim, after endless wait for her supposed fiancé, discovered that he had been duped and reportedly sent a petition to EFCC.

Wilson added that operatives of the commission, in a sting operation on February 24, in Lagos, arrested the suspect while he was attempting to collect a parcel sent to him.

“He will appear in court as soon as investigation is concluded,” he stated.

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South West youths endorse Jonathan

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Akure—OVER 5000 youths from the South West, yesterday, converged on Akure, the Ondo State capital to endorse the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Their endorsement came at the Post National Confab Summit, facilitated by the Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko.

The summit was entitled Youths: Our Hope for the Future.

Two other summits had been held in Akure, the Ondo state capital and Ibadan, Oyo state.

Speakers who include student union leaders, Kayode Ogunkuade and Rufai Adeyemi hinged their support and endorsement on the achievement of the President in all sectors and sections of the country.

They specifically said they were impressed with the achievements in the education sector

The youths said that the present administration increased the nine Federal Universities to 21 and also established 123 Almajiri schools in the North.

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Igbo in Lagos deny endorsing APC, Buhari

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The Lagos State chapter of apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has denied endorsing All Progressives Congress, APC, or its presidential candidate, General Muhammad Buhari (retd).

The group’s President, Chief Fabian Onwughalu said the reported endorsement of APC by Ohanaeze was never by the original body, but by a faction which broke away to pursue selfish interests, whose members shall be sanctioned in due course.

He said the Lagos chapter of Ohanaeze never endorsed either APC or its candidates, and that the national body had officially endorsed the candidacy of President Goodluck Jonathan.

He said other state chapters had also endorsed Jonathan and that the Lagos chapter had aligned itself with the President’s endorsement.

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Now Buhari’s brain is bracing up

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In his fourth pursuit for the presidency, Muhammadu Buhari is in his old age adopting new patterns of political behaviour. How the rebranding will help him is another matter.

DEMENTIA is an ailment of the old and it was not surprising when First Lady Patience Jonathan, at a campaign rally in Lokoja last Tuesday, warned Nigerians about the prospects for Nigeria if an old man like Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd) of the All Progressives Congress, APC, is elected president.

Wetin him dey find again? Him dey drag with him pikin mate. Old man wey no get brain, him brain don die pata pata,” Mrs. Jonathan was quoted as telling enthusiastic supporters of her husband before doling out rice, meat and brocades in thankful appreciation of the women.

The assertion remarkably did not go down well with the Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation which in response urged President Goodluck Jonathan to warn his wife for taking the campaign away from the issues of concern to Nigerians.

Alleged degradation

If President Jonathan cautioned his wife on the matter, no one can for now say. Buhari has himself not personally responded, neither had his wife, Mrs. Aisha Buhari spoken out on the alleged degradation of her husband’s mental faculties.

Irrespective of Mrs. Jonathan’s delivery, the issue of Buhari’s age and mental alertness is a matter for any one wishing to lead a country of more than 170 million people.

It is thus not surprising that Buhari’s handlers and associates are prompt to assure the citizenry of the mental alertness of the candidate.

“If you watched or listened to the Chatham House lecture, you will not condone anything of that sort that the PDP people are saying of him. Especially the question and answer session where he interspersed his answers with humour,” an associate of the general told Vanguard.

“He is someone that listens a lot and would wait until the end of a discussion before giving a response. He is very diplomatic and tactful, and when he speaks, he is very deliberate in his choice of words as you saw with him at Chatham House,” the associate, a member of the APC’s Presidential Campaign Council said.

General Buhari has also sought to reach out to voters in other ways, moving out from his closest as a taciturn, conservative that only associates with fellow Fulanis.

Remarkably, the general has been almost reticent on responding to insinuations of him being a religious fanatic, only saying that he had more Christian associates than Muslim in the army.

Gen. Sam Momah (retd.), a Christian who worked as Principal Staff Officer when Buhari was General Officer Commanding, GOC, of one of the army’s divisions said: “if anybody is trying to input that Buhari is a religious bigot, just know that the person is playing naked politics, far from the truth.”

The Chatham House lecture was only one opportunity for Buhari to show the world that he is not the kind of person that his political adversaries have sought to project.

In a number of other ways, the candidate has also rebranded including in his dressing and political strategies.

Several dimensions of the new look Buhari, it was gathered were worked out by Governor Chibuke Amaechi, the Director-General of his campaign organisation. Indeed, the appointment of Amaechi was the first indication of Buhari’s determination to branch out from the stereotype he had been used to.

Northern eggheads

In the past, his campaign had been managed by a few northern eggheads within The Buhari Organisation, TBO, who were seen at that time as being narrow minded and only preoccupied with projecting Buhari as a champion of the north.

Unlike in past campaigns, when he only donned the Hausa-Fulani attire in his campaign outreaches to some other parts of the country and when he did not even visit many areas, this time, Buhari has worn different attires to reflect the custom and attire of everywhere he went.

That, coupled with the challenges of the incumbent president, have helped to blossom support for Buhari in distant places.

From the South-East through the South-South and to the South-West, support for Buhari has skyrocketed to the point that he has become a potent threat to the PDP’s Jonathan in a number of southern states.

In the Southeast, a number of dissidents within the PDP are believed to be covertly or openly working for Buhari including a son of a foremost crusader of Nigeria’s independence.

Aisha Buhari

Buhari’s associates say he is also not that dry and humourless person. A member of his campaign team disclosed how one occasion as the campaign bus travelled through the night bushes in Delta State, some campaign officials decided to loosen up and framed a song: “we no go tire…we no go tire. Until we win, we no go tire..”

As they sang, Buhari who all the while kept mum, received a phone call and all of a sudden everyone kept quiet. Once he was finished with his call, he now bellowed unto the singers, “Now you can continue with your noise,” the official said and everyone burst out into laughter.

“He has a sense of humour which you will not get until you come close to him,” the campaign official told Vanguard.

Mr. Uche Ofearoh, who served as Anambra State Coordinator for the Buhari Campaign Organisation, BCO, prior to the presidential primaries spoke in the same manner.

According to him, the general had been widely misconceived, but he expressed satisfaction that a number of the misconceptions have been widely seen to be ill-founded.

But even as he crusades for change of the Jonathan administration, Buhari campaign insiders say he remains stuck in his old conservative ways of handling relations especially exposing his family to campaign. Though his daughters, Halima Sherrif and Safina Buhari, represented him at a Valentine Night outing themed for his political campaign, the candidate remains stuck in the culture of keeping one’s wife and family out of the limelight.

It is one argument that Mrs. Jonathan sees as a threat to her personal crusade to project Nigerian women as she had in the past warned that Buhari could cancel the office of first lady.

After Mrs. Jonathan’s dig on Buhari’s brain, there was pressure from his sympathisers for Aisha to respond. Those who suggested this were motivated by the fact that Aisha is regarded as a better speaker than Mrs. Jonathan and would as such rubbish her. But few dared to personally bring up the matter with the general.

“We know what it took for him to allow his wife come out at campaign rallies, and I am not prepared for that again,” a source within the Buhari circle confided. So even while he may have branched out in terms of political pattern, Buhari remains dogged-in in his cultural upbringing.

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Nigeria, a tale of two cities

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THE tide is beginning toturn: the whole world could not be going one way while Nigeria persists in going the other. Corruption has become the byword for this election as Nigerians begin to realise its very real cost and implication on their everyday lives.

Indeed, Nigerians cannot continue to accept a system of wastefulness and reckless spending in lean times.

So it seems that even the embattled PDP is forced to agree as the party spokesman, Olisa Metuh, recently called on party officials and public office holders to “be ready to make sacrifices” as the party vows to work harder at ensuring prudent management of resources and “less leakages”.

This statement in itself is an indictment of the sorry state of affairs in Nigeria today. By and large, PDP currently suffers from a serious image problem which the APC as the opposition, has been smart to capitalise on, doubled by its choice of a presidential candidate who appears to the electorate as one of the few morally upright and incorruptible politicians left standing.

Proof of this is that the campaigns which attempted to negatively paint General Buhari’s time in office as dubious or corrupt did not trend or hold any real traction with the electorate, if comments on social media are anything to go by.

Which would perhaps explain the efforts to draw negative attention to the General’s person, which in many ways, reminds one of Republican fielded attacks against Obama, a democrat, who was criticised for being born in Hawaii (which, mind you, is still an American state), then for being a Muslim (which as it turns out he isn’t but the idea is still irrelevant as it doesn’t make him any more or less capable), controversies many found either senseless or laughable. So, what is it with Conservatives and “smear tactics”?

Conservatives and image problems

Conservatives around the world generally suffer from image problems; they are seen as being pro-rich, pro-big business rather than pro-people. This was a huge issue after the Thatcher era in Britain where economic crisis bolstered support for Labour which cruised to power on a “proletariat loving” wave.

Even today, David Cameron’s government is seen as “selling out to the super-rich” and aiding corporate criminals and tax-dodgers (it would be interesting to find out how many party donors in Nigeria actually pay taxes).

Despite it all, they, like any other political party (except perhaps in Nigeria) are accountable to their electorate who can vote them in or out (which has been done over the years without politicians threatening war, thunder and brimstone should any one person loose).

Smear tactics in a two party democracy often appear in times of desperation. But even at that, in modern societies, there are government agencies that supervise communications and advertorials, who can sanction brands or individuals who make offensive statements (such as wishing death on a person or candidate). So what makes the Nigerian situation so different you might ask?

Difference between the Conservatives & Progressives

Let us begin with the fact that despite all protests to the contrary, our party system is still not built on much ideology. What are the fundamental ideological differences between PDP and APC? The PDP identifies itself as a conservative party while the APC calls itself progressive.

I would like to briefly discuss what these words mean in the international context before coming to what they mean closer to home. Economic liberalism, a free market approach to public services,are some of the words used to describe conservatives while social democrats favour the welfare state, government intervention and poverty reduction programmes.

You can guess which model historically works best for a fledgling economy and a budding democracy.

However, due to our indebtedness to the IMF and obsession with mindlessly copying Westerners (whose economies and societies mind you, all started out with interventionist and protectionist policies to help them grow to where they are today) we refuse to tailor our initiatives and actions to the realities on ground.

The APC in its manifesto mentions a lot of human capital development initiatives while the “Goodluck Nigeria” campaign focuses mostly on public infrastructure achievements (trains, schools etc.), agricultural reforms and the like.

However, even our policy and communications strategists might just be missing the point entirely. You see, investing in human beings does not make one a progressive: ALL governments (even autocracies) invest in their citizens to survive and building infrastructure is commonplace, that it is touted as an achievement by anyone points to the mediocrity of our system rather than its progress.

Despite all this, APC’s public persona, whether true or false, is one of humanist tendencies and social succour, the missing link today between the PDP and electoral victory. Indeed, the measure of good governance is in the quality of life: how do students fare in public education?

As I often say, it is not about the hospitals, stadiums or classrooms one builds, it is about the individuals who are meant to use them. How difficult is it for them to get a good job? What are a child’s prospects for social mobility? Can citizens easily transport themselves from one region to another? How accessible and affordable is public healthcare to the average man or woman?

These are the questions that can either save or indict the PDP or any incoming administration. In truth, this election is not about policy, which the average voter, unfortunately, has little knowledge of as both parties have failed over the years to prepare them for such lofty but crucial conversations.

It is a referendum on candidates’ public personas and perceptions, which most Nigerians take as a symbol of the battle for this country’s soul and values.
Nigeria today truly is a tale of two cities, of two competing narratives. The Spartan, disciplined soldier vs. what some would call a “shoeless prodigy” who became president against all odds.

“The best government houses and presidential lodges are in PDP states”, said the President at a youth event in Lagos on Sunday. The war is indeed one of perception and many wish the President’s aides would inform him of this.

Former French President Sarkozy was nicknamed the “bling bling president” and lost his re-election bid due to public perception, not just the economic downturn. It is ironic that the President’s humble background has not helped the perception of him, due in part to the people around him and Nigerians feel cheated, taken for granted, especially when so many supported him when the “cabal” as he called it, refused to let him take over from Yar’Adua. In life, it seems, nothing is certain except death and corruption.

Governor Fayose

THE  name makes some cringe in anticipation, others wonder aloud: when will PDP stop waging a war against itself and rectify the mess it has made in the court of public opinion? First, Buhari was the enemy.

When Nigerians didn’t bite—listen to your staff, e.g. cook, driver etc. talk about him and you will understand my point about perception and first impressions, “the man too honest” is a common phrase one hears—the enemy became Bola Tinubu.

So, Fayose asks Nigerians to save Buhari from Tinubu. As I heard someone say, but who needs saving from who?

Uncle Jimi, ‘omoluabi eko’

I ADMIRE him a lot. He’s not a core politician yet he’s slugging it out with the best and worst of them.

But the JK I know and trust is somewhat at odds with the comments making the rounds about his asking who is more handsome between Buhari and Jonathan.

Being a conservative is tricky enough: one must remain current, something the PDP has struggled to do, and so, without embracing social media and best practices in political communications, the PDP is losing the public perception war to the ironically “youth friendly” APC and its 72 year old candidate. Food for thought.

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Let Nigeria be

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THE drumbeats reminiscent of those  heard before the civil war are again threatening, discordant and sometimes frightening.  One sometimes cannot decipher whether we are preparing for an election or a war.

On the day Professor Jega announced this postponement the countdown started.  It is now a matter of a few short weeks and the ‘bring back chibok campaign’ is counting in days.

At amalgamation in 1914, the British colonial government in their wisdom but more importantly for administrative convenience merged the Northern and Southern Protectorate with the name Nigeria.

Unfortunately, this merger did not lead to fusion nor even cohesion among the over 200 ethnic nationalities speaking more than 260 languages that occupy this God-given land space.

Be that as it may, Nigeria is not the only amalgam nation state in existence.  There are many and examples include Great Britain where the English, Scots, Welsh and Irish have worked out a modus vivendi to sustain a rocky four prolonged marriage.

Canada and Sudan are other examples where internal cold war exists among the nationalities, but the ceasefire continues to endure.  Their understanding seems to be that as long as the centre holds, LET THEIR COUNTRIES BE.

All nations, including those that are more than 240 years old like the United States are work in progress.

We had our centenary only last year.  Admittedly, we could have done much better than we have in 100 years but it will be utopian for anyone to expect perfection within that time frame.

Being work in progress is the reason we have from time to time constitutional amendments to take off the bumps and pimples and smoothen other rough edges.  As long as the centre holds, LET NIGERIA BE.

All the infractions, attrition, bruises and pains we experience in the run up to the 2015 elections can be considered growing up pains.  It is therefore important that we nurse and manage them appropriately.

Against this background, it is incumbent on all Nigerians to rein in that motley crowd of selfish, self-opinionated rascals from across the political divides who threaten, spit fire and brimstone if their candidate does not win.

May they be consumed by their own fire.  Interestingly, what some people fail to realise is that in any contest and more especially elections, there is no second position.  Come March 28 and April 11, there will be one winner per seat.

That is a given.  To those advocates of violence and death, all Christians shout HOLY GHOST FIRE.
Nigeria is much more important than any one of us and to all those pocket apostles of Armageddon, our collective plea is LET NIGERIA BE.

We are so large, diverse and so richly endowed that with proper management, there is enough for all.Everyone must be encouraged to contribute in baking the pie.

In this season of election, there is one malaise we must address after the election, for national stability.  The virus is the WINNER TAKE ALL SYNDROME.  Elections have become a war of survival or extinction because the winner takes all.

In the United States a country we strive to copy and sometimes ape, there is provision FOR ALL TALENTS THAT WILL GROW AMERICA.  Even foreigners with special skills have preferential treatment in scholarships and residence permits.
Many American Presidents and most recently George W. Bush and Barack Obama went across the aisle to pick smart opposition candidates for national assignment.

This is the way to go.

To all those who are architects and who promote, defend and perpetuate the “winner take all syndrome’’, Christians shout HOLY GHOST FIRE.  Our plea once again as patriots is LET NIGERIA BE.

INEC invariably must have an intelligence unit and are no doubt aware that the political parties are not only buying PVCs but have gone a step further to collect the pin numbers on PVCs, return them, leaving the owners N500 richer.  These evil geniuses plan to be one step ahead of INEC.  A majority of Nigerians demand that card readers be properly used.  One hopes INEC does not buckle or waver in its resolve to use card readers.

To all those political jobbers who masquerade as politicians, Christians once more shout HOLY GHOST FIRE.  Our plea as always is LET NIGERIA BE.

As all Nigerians both Christians and Moslems shine their eyes and move into this season of elections let us implant in our subconscious the immortal words of John Wesley by ‘Doing all the good we can by all the means we can, in all the places we can, to all the people we can as long as we can’’, in the overall best interest of Nigeria.

Eddie Mbadiwe wrote from Abuja.

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Police chase, mob on the run as controversy trails Sunday killing of Suspect suicide bomber

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Police in Bauchi , today, Wednesday said they were hunting the mob who beat a woman to death and burnt her body after suspecting that she was a suicide bomber. The woman, identified by her mother as 33-year-old Thabita Haruna, was killed on Sunday in Bauchi after she allegedly refused to undergo a security screening at a city market.

But Bauchi state police spokesman Haruna Mohammed said Sunday’s victim was not a bomber. “All our investigations have proved that this woman was mentally sick and had nothing to do with suicide bombing,” he told newsmen, without specifying her condition. “We as law enforcement agents will not stand by and allow people to take the law into their hands. “We are continuing with (the) investigation and as soon as the perpetrators of this act are arrested we will take legal action (against) them.”

The woman’s mother, Rahab Haruna, said she hoped the authorities would take “appropriate action”. “There is law, therefore her assailants should not have taken the law into their hands. They just killed and burnt my daughter,” she added. She described Thabita as “a normal young woman” who worked as a trader until she became mentally ill, which saw her treated at a psychiatric hospital on and off between 2007 and 2013.

“She would get an occasional bout of the illness and when that happened she would go wild and destroy things. She would gather household articles and burn them. “When she got out of the fit she would calm down and became normal and help with domestic chores. “She left home on Saturday, we didn’t know where she went. We looked for her all over our neighbourhood but we didn’t find her until the next day.

“She ended up in Muda Lawal (market) where she was assaulted, humiliated and burnt to death. Before she was killed they searched her and found on her the identification card of her sister Alheri.” She was traced back to the family home from the ID card, she added.

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