Force Headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force, on Tuesday, declared wanted the incumbent member of the House of Representatives representing Bauchi Federal Constituency, Hon Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi.
The police declared Abdullahi wanted for alleged criminal conspiracy, causing grievous hurt, disturbance of public peace and culpable homicide.
The Force also announced N1 million reward for anyone with useful information that could lead to the arrest of the 45-year-old lawmaker.
The declaration is contained in the Special Police Gazette Bulletin with reference number: CB: 2685/Bsx/VOL.T/4s with the caption: Wanted.
The bulletin which has the picture and address of the lawmaker on it, was from the State Criminal Investigation Department of the Bauchi State Police Command issued by the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba.
The Bauchi State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Ahmed Wakil, made available the bulletin to journalists on Tuesday.
It read, “Hon. Yakubu Abdullahi Shehu (Wakilin Birni), ‘m’ 45 years old. Last known address: Off Danjuma Goje street, Makama new extension, Jahun ward, Bauchi Local Government, Bauchi State.
“The above person is hereby declared wanted by the Nigeria Police on CRO Form 5, issued by the Inspector General of Police. He is wanted in connection with a case of criminal conspiracy, causing grievous hurt, inciting disturbance of public peace and culpable homicide.
“The State Criminal Investigation Department (S.C.I.D) No.1 refers to this bulletin and gives details of rewards of one million (1,000,000) naira for the arrest of this person issued by the authority of the Inspector General of Police.
“Anyone with information that could assist in his arrest should please contact: 08151849417 or report at any nearest police station,”
Abdullahi was elected in 2019 on the platform of Peoples Redemption Party (PRP). He later defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and recently joined the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) under which he contested the Bauchi North Senatorial ticket but lost to Senator Lawal Yahaya Gumau.
Recall that on May 16, 2021, Bauchi Emirate Council suspended Abdullahi as the traditional title holder of Wakilin Birnin Bauchi indefinitely.
In a swift reaction then, Abdullahi alleged that Govenor Bala Mohammed was behind his suspension over his refusal to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after he dumped PRP but choose to return to his former party, APC.
Similarly, on October 4, 2021, Bauchi State Government demolished Abdullahi’s house over alleged violation of the government policy on land administration and on the allegation that the house was being used as a hideout by criminal elements terrorising residents of the neighboring houses.
The police declaration has stirred insinuations in some quarters that it may not be unconnected to the March 18 governorship election in the state considering the face-off between Abdullahi and the governor.
Also, the lawmaker has been linked with the recent clash between supporters of PDP and APC in Duguri, the hometown of the governor during the APC rally in the area.
The clash led to the killing of one person while 15 others sustained injuries.
The lawmaker is now a member of the APC gubernatorial campaign council of Air Marshal Saddique Baba Abubakar, the APC governorship cabdidate in the March 18 elections.
Efforts to get Abdullahi’s comment on being declared wanted proved abortive as calls to his two lines indicated they were switched off.