Gunmen Kill FedPoly, Bauchi Chief Engineer, Injure One Person


BY ADEYEMI AKANJI, BAUCHI – The Bauchi State Police Command on Saturday confirmed that a senior staff of the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, Engineer Abubakar Garba Muhammad has been shot dead by some unknown gunmen

According to the Command, Abubakar was murdered in cold blood in the early hours of Saturday when the criminals stormed Burshin Fulani settlement and forced themselves into his residence.

The Police reports indicated that Engineer Abubakar Garba, the Polytechnic’s Chief Engineer, was gruesomely murdered in his house at Burshin Fulani, along Bauchi-Dass road at about 2.30am.

In announcing the incident on its verified and official Facebook page, the Federal Polytechnic authorities said; “Innalillahi wa Inna ilahir rajiun. Unknown Gunmen killed one of our staff, Chief Engineer, Engr. Abubakar Garba Muhammad (Babangida Birshi) of Directorate of Physical Planning around 2:30am at his resident in Burshin Fulani”.

The statement further said; “His Funeral (Jana’iza) prayer as announced by the family will hold by 9:00am in Burshin Fulani Mosque, behind his house. May Allah forgive his shortcomings and grant his soul Jannatil Firdausi” .

However, another resident of the area inflicted with gunshot injuries during the attack is currently receiving treatment at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH).

An eyewitness’ account said this ugly development has thrown residents into confusion given that such criminal incident has never occurred before in the area many have described as a peaceful and serene environment.

Speaking through its Public Relations Officer, SP Ahmed Wakili, the Bauchi State Police Command said the gunmen stormed the area in their numbers to carry out the attack.

“Yes, I can confirm to you that unknown gunmen attacked Burshin Fulani and killed one man, Abubakar Garba Muhammad of FedPoly, he was shot on the neck and died on the spot.

“Our men who rushed to the scene evacuated him to the Teaching Hospital where the medical team on duty certified him dead”.

The Police Spokesman further said; “Our patrol team stationed at the main gate of the Polytechnic on hearing gunshots from the direction at about 4am, quickly mobilized and rushed to the area and on sighting the light of the patrol van, the gunmen fled”.

According to him, the late Abubakar Garba Muhammad came out of his on a rescue mission after hearing noise of struggling of one of his sons with some people at the gate of the house and immediately he came out, the gunmen shot and killed him.

“The Commissioner of Police, Sylvester Abiodun Alabi has directed that the Police should go after the gunmen, apprehend and bring them to justice. Our men are after them now and very soon, they will get to them”, the PPRO said.

On its part, the Polytechnic management, which confirmed the incident through the Public Relations Unit, described it as most unfortunate.

The management however assured that everything humanly possible will be done to arrest the unknown gunmen.

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