Panic, uncertainty in Bauchi as gunmen kill garrison commander

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Military authorities in Bauchi were on Monday thrown into mourning following the killing of the Garrison Commander, 33 Artillery Brigade of Nigerian Army in Shadawanka Barracks , Bauchi, Col . Mohammed Barack by suspected gunmen.

The killing which comes few days after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) rescinded its decision to conduct supplimentary polls in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of the state.

The decision elicited various reactions in the state with some stakeholders applauding the development while other kick against the decision.

The killing which has brought panic to the city, could however not be ascertained if it was a case of armed robbery attack or assassination, although unofficial and unconfirmed sources said it could be by armed robbers.

The incident which took place on Bauchi – Jos Road was said to have taken place on Sunday while the deceased was riding a power bike from Kaduna.

A source said, “ The Garrison Commander of 33 Artillery Brigade of Nigerian Army (Shadawanka Barracks ) Bauchi, Col . Mohammed Barack, has been shot dead. He was shot on Sunday along Jos Road , while on a power bike and was coming back from Kaduna. He is from Kano State.”

As of the time of this report, preparations are in top gear to convey his corpse to Kano for burial, according to Islamic tradition, after the necessary military rites.

When contacted, the spokesperson of 33 Artillery Brigade, Major Yahaya Nasir Kabara, confirmed the incident saying, “Yes , it ’ s true. ”

When asked to give details of what happened, he said “Come to the Brigade because it is a matter that needs investigation; investigation is ongoing, I will get back to you when the finding is out. Let me communicate with my Commander, I will get back to you.”

But as of the time of this report, he had yet to get back.

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