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Bauchi CP denies shielding ex-commissioner over sexagenarian’s death

Commissioner of Police Bauchi State Umar Sanda

The Bauchi State Commissioner of Police, Umar Sanda, has refuted the claim that he is shielding a former Commissioner for Information in the state, Mohammed Damina, from facing justice after he allegedly caused the death of his friend, Adamu Babanta.

PUNCH Metro had reported that Damina allegedly perpetrated the crime while trying to woo Adamu’s 18-year-old daughter, Khadija, in the Yelwan Lebra area, a suburb of Bauchi metropolis.

After perpetrating the crime, policemen in the state arrested Damina.

Investigation into the case was said to be ongoing when some media reports alleged that the state CP helped Damina in manipulating the murder case into road offense to pervert justice.

Addressing the press at the police command’s headquarters on Monday, Sanda, said preliminary investigation into the incident indicated that it was an accident and not murder, adding that Damina had been charged to court and remanded in a correctional facility in the state.

He said, “Our findings also established that the accused, Mohammed Damina, is a neighbor to the deceased, Adamu Babanta, who called the daughter on phone and arranged to meet her at a junction near Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University gate, Yelwan Tudu Market, Bauchi.

“The father of Khadija who is now deceased met them at that point, though not together inside the suspect’s vehicle or in any sort of compromised position, rather she was standing with the motorcycle rider that brought her to the location.

“Then her father, now deceased, went straight to the occupant of the vehicle, Mohammed Damina, and both of them started exchanging heated words to the point where the father started calling him a thief. This was confirmed by an eyewitness, the daughter, her senior brother and the suspect.

“The repercussion of which is to attract mob action from bystanders and passers-by. In the process, the accused attempted to start his vehicle with the intention of zooming off and evading a public escalation of the situation including possible mob action, but the deceased suddenly opened the vehicle’s door from the driver’s side.

“Notwithstanding, the accused engaged his vehicle and accelerated while Khadija’s father was still clinging to the car door. As a result, he was dragged to a certain distance, till he fell off and hit his head on the pavement of the road. The victim was rushed to ATBU Teaching Hospital Bauchi for treatment, but was unfortunately confirmed dead by a medical doctor.”

Sanda said after Damina was detained, he ordered an autopsy on Adamu’s corpse to ascertain the cause of death, adding that the result received on November 8, 2022, from the ATBU Teaching Hospital, revealed that Khadija’s father died of traumatic spinal cord injury and multiple skeletal/soft tissues trauma.

“As we speak, the court has remanded the accused at a correctional facility and I directed that the State Criminal Investigation Department to discreetly investigate accordingly to unravel the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident,” the CP said.

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