Thugs attack Commissioner for Rural Development, Alhaji Mahiru Maiwada, in Bauchi State

On 28 April, the Commissioner for Rural Development in Bauchi State, Alhaji Mahiru Maiwada escaped death narrowly, when he was attacked brutally, by suspected political thugs in Zalau, Toro Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

A candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 9 April National Assembly election, Mr. Hussaini Umar, and a former commissioner for commerce and industry, Alhaji Yakubu Abdullahi, were also victims of the attack.

Narrating their ordeal, Maiwada said they had noticed a bus trailing them during the 28 April governorship election in the state. He said at some point, the bus came so menacingly close that it forced their car off the road and into a ditch. Then the thugs jumped out and descended on him and his two colleagues, attacking them with clubs, machetes and other local weapons.

The three men were beaten mercilessly by the thugs, and left with various degrees of injuries. Sources say the attackers drilled nails into Umar’s head, before they left their victims for dead. However, soldiers on patrol in the area came to the rescue of the three men.

Umar was first taken to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) in Bauchi city, but has since been moved to Abuja where he is scheduled to undergo intensive surgery.

The thugs are suspected to have been sent by an opposition party, but police is still investiging the incident.

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Posted on May 3, 2011, in ELECTORAL VIOLENCE and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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