The courtesy call by the Northern Governors Wives Forum (NGWF) on the Emir of Bauchi Dr. Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu on Tuesday was almost marred following a fight between a top police officer and an official of the Department of State Security (DSS) at the emir’s palace.
Our correspondent gathered that a fierce fight broke out between an Assistant Commissioner of Police ACP (names withheld) with the Bauchi State command and an official of the DSS attached to the wife of the Governor of Nasarawa State, Hajiya Mairo Almakura.
It was learnt that the ugly fight took place inside the compound of the Emir’s palace when the Emir was already seated and receiving his August guests in his expansive chamber.
An eyewitness who pleaded anonymity said the fight started when the DSS man attached to Al-makura’s wife allegedly demanded that the vehicle of the Bauchi State Governor’s wife be parked properly away from Al-makura’s wife vehicle that was already parked.
The AC who was in khaki uniform was reported to have been infuriated by the command coming from the plain clothed security official and allegedly shouted at the SSS man. The SSS man was said to have been provoked with the outburst of the AC and in turn rained abuse on the Policeman and also slapped him twice.
“The AC didn’t take it kindly to the insult and gave the SSS man a dirty Slap that was the genesis fighting each other, “the witness said.
According to the witness, some policemen believed to be the AC subordinates joined the scuffle, beating the SSS man almost to a Pulp saying he is an illiterate because he was supposed to notice that their boss is a high ranking police officer.
A senior police officer who played smart was reported to have immediately taken away the pistol belonging to the AC in order to prevent any accidental gunshot.
“The fight was getting out of hand and there was confusion everywhere said the witnessed “ Luckily, the men of the NSCDC intervened and separated the fighting policeman and the DSS before causing further breakdown of law and order in the Emits palace.
Efforts to get the reaction of the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP Kamal Mohammed Datti did not succeed several calls made to his mobile phone were not returned while he also did not reply to a text sent to his phone number.
Hadiza Abubakar told the monarch that the north is left behind in education, health, and other economic activities and called for support from traditional rulers and the government to continue their quota to address the backwardness of the region.
The governors’ wives who were at the palace for the courtesy call on the monarch included that of Kogi, Borno, Gombe, Sokoto, Nassarawa, Niger, Zamfara, Bauchi, and Kebbi.
The governors’ wives were led on the visit to the traditional ruler by the newly elected Chairperson of the NGWF and wife of the Bauchi State Governor, Hajia Hadiza Mohammed in company with nine northern governors’ wives.
Hajia Abubakar who was elected at the Yankari Games Reserves and Resort on Monday during the forum’s meeting took over the rein of the leadership of the NGWF from wife of the Zamfara State Governor Asma’u Abdul’aziz Yari Abubakar.
She lamented that drug abuse was ravaging youth of the region saying that spouses of governors on their own have initiated programmes aimed at tackling the menace of drug abuse.
The NGWF Chairperson then appealed to traditional institutions to support the forum in their efforts to assist women and children.
She said: “We discussed yesterday (Monday, October 16) on the way forward particular for the girl child education among other issues of women, children, youth and how to support our husbands to achieve their mandate to the people”.
In his response, Dr. Rilwanu Adamu appreciated the wives of the governor for their supportive role in uniting northern Nigeria.