Bala Mohammed backtracks, says not hospitalised in London

Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has said that he was not admitted in any London hospital though he travelled for medical reasons.

Mr Mohammed had on Monday informed Bauchi people of his London trip, saying “I am in hospital in London.”

He also expressed optimism that his administration would be victorious at the Supreme Court. But the court did not deliver judgement on the case.

Following fears about the governor’s health, his spokesman, Muhospital Gidado, said in a statement on Tuesday evening that the governor’s UK trip was “a mere routine checkup as prescribed by his doctors.”

The statement said: “The Bauchi State Government has noted with concern, rumours being peddled by some mischief makers suggesting that His Excellency Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed is bed-ridden and cannot be back anytime soon to continue to perform his duties.

“Some members of the opposition have, in the wake of the on-going Supreme Court case, unfortunately, insinuated that His Excellency is in the United Kingdom for the ‘long haul’ because of what they term to be his deteriorating health condition.

“I wish to state that this dubious line of thought exists only in the wicked and diabolical world of the rumour merchants.”

Mr Gidado added: “Our governor was away on a medical appointment with his doctor, had a minor procedure and returned to his temporary abode the same day. He even had a road walk barely 3 hours after the procedure.”