31 December 2009

Nigeria: Bauchi Crisis Death Toll Rises

Bauchi — The death toll from the Bauchi religious crisis of 28 Monday has continued to rise following the reported death of some of those injured during the shootout with security operatives.

Vanguard gathered from some of the aid workers that rescued most of the injured people that more deaths were recorded among those taken to the Specialist Hospital for medical attention saying that most of those who had serious gunshots and cutlass wounds later died.

One of the aid workers, who refused to disclose his identity, also said that between Monday night and Tuesday morning a few more corpses of those who ran away with various degrees of injuries were discovered around Zango.

He added that it was discovered that some people took away their injured relatives who later died.

Police Commissioner denies death reports

In his reaction, the Bauchi State Police Commissioner, Atiku Yusuf Kafur denied the report saying that no fresh report of more deaths has reached his office.

He assured that as soon as he has such report he will make it public as the Police have nothing to hide, disclosing that investigations so far carried out by his men have revealed a lot of things that led to the crisis.

On those arrested, Kafur assured that as soon as investigations were completed, all those found implicated in one way or the other will be prosecuted.

He stated that no one implicated will be spared, no matter his or her status in the society and urged the people to stop spreading rumour as such can lead to the escalation of the already calm situation.

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