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Zamfara Govt demolishes suspected cultists hideout 

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The Zamfara Government on Monday demolished a four-bedroom apartment suspected to be housing cultists near the new motor park in Gusau.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the demolition, which was carried out at about 7 p.m, was done by the Zamfara Urban and Regional Planning Board (ZUREP) and supervised by the police and some state government officials.

The spokesman of the police command, SP Shehu Mohammed, is yet to respond to several phone calls when NAN tried to reach him.

However, the command had sent out an invitation for a press conference by the Commissioner of Police, Mr Usman Nagogo, to be held on Tuesday, to brief the public on the development.

Some policemen involved in the demolition, however, told NAN that the house was raided earlier in the day following a tip off.

The raid led to the arrest of some of the suspected cultists, along with some fetish items, including a calabash filled with blood.

“We seriously suspect the blood in the calabash to be of human beings and we also discovered a long list of high ranking politicians and some government officials that may have been targeted to be killed.

“Those arrested have not confessed to anything yet, but we are sure to get to the root of the matter soonest,” the police source said.

Similarly, some eye witnesses in the neighbourhood said they have noticed, for months, strange movements in and out of the house.

“Many times, we perceived the smell of strong perfume at very odd hours of the night, which seemed to be coming from the house.

“All the vehicles that entered the house used very dark tinted glasses all over and no one ever saw anybody coming through the permanently locked gates in the day time,” an eye witness said.

by Kamal Tayo Oropo/Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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Defence HQ says airstrikes kill 400 bandits in Katsina, Zamfara

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The Defence Headquarters says the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji has neutralised no fewer than 400 armed bandits in multiple air strikes in Katsina and Zamfara.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, in a statement released on Sunday in Abuja said the operations were in continuation of the offensive to rid the country of bandits and other criminal elements.

Enenche said that close to 200 bandits were killed in multiple air strikes conducted at Ibrahim Mai’Bai’s Camp in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina and Kurmin Kura in Zurmi in Zamfara on May 22 and May 23.

He said the air strikes were executed, following confirmation that the two locations were being used as hideouts for some bandit leaders while also serving as collection points for rustled cattle.

According to him, the air component, employing Nigerian Air Force ground attack aircraft and helicopter gunships, engaged the two locations in multiple passes, destroying makeshift structures in the camps as well as killing the bandit leaders and their fighters.

“Human Intelligence sources later confirmed that close to 200 armed bandits were killed in the air strikes at the target locations.

“The Chief of Air Staff (CAS) commends the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji for their professionalism and directs them to remain resolute toward eradicating all armed bandits.

“The CAS has also directed that additional assets be deployed to cover Kaduna, Niger, Nasarawa and Kogi States to frustrate any attempt of the bandits to relocate to adjoining states,” he said.

Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Silas Nwoha (NAN)

 

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Zamfara to engage 700 youths in community policing

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Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara, on Sunday, announced his administration’s readiness to train and engage about 700 youths in community policing across the state.
Matawalle made the disclosure while addressing people at his Maradun country home, as part of activities lined up for this year’s Eid-El Fitr celebrations.
The governor, who said that 50 youths would be selected from each of the 14 local government areas of the state, added that the beneficiaries would be trained on the handling of security issues.
“Those to be recruited under this programme will have their traditional and community leaders as guarantors and they must be of proven characters.
“The state government will fully fund the organization, with all the necessary equipment, offices and other logistics, as endorsed by the authorities,” he said.
Matawalle also said that the security outfit would assist the state in addressing security challenges, adding that the initiative was to complement the current policy of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP).
He renewed his call on bandits to embrace his administration’s peace and reconciliation initiative, surrender their arms and embrace peace or face the consequences of their actions.

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COVID – 19: Only 8 patients out of 73 still active in Zamfara – Matawalle

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Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara says only eight patients out of the 73 confirmed coronavirus cases recorded in the state are still at the isolation center.

Matawalle made this known on Sunday at a gathering in Maradun where he went to celebrate the Sallah break.

The governor congratulated health workers in the  state for successfully tracking and treating those infected with the virus, and expressed happiness that there were no new case in the state.

“We lost five persons to the pandemic but others survived at the isolation and were later discharged to reunite with their families in good health.

“This remarkable feat have been possible due to the effort of our medical team, our efforts in meeting all the required preventive standards and the cooperation of the good people of the state in adhering to preventive guidelines.

“I want to reiterate that COVID-19 is real, still on the rampage and dangerous  to human lives,  so we must all join hands to sustain the measures that are truncating fast spread of the disease in our communities, so that together we can defeat the pandemic.”

He appealed to the people to always check their COVID-19 status at centres located across the 14 local government areas of the state.

“My administration has recently set up a zero contact sample collection and testing center of the virus at the Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital, Gusau, which is one of its type in the whole country in our effort to quickly know any carrier of the disease and save many lives in good time.

“The center will offer services to even our neighbouring state so that we can contain the inter-state  spread of this virus,” he added.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Zamfara: Gov. Matawalle restates commitment to good governance

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Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has promised his home community of Maradun that he will be a good ambassador by providing quality governance and being fair to all.

The governor made the promise on Sunday when he paid Sallah homage on the Emir of Maradun, Alhaji Garba Tambari at the emir’s palace in Maradun after performing the Eid-El-Fitr prayer.

“I am here today to commemorate the Sallah in my home town and to share with you as your ambassador. I want to assure you that I will strive to make you and the whole state proud.

“No doubt, my emergence as the governor of Zamfara is one of Allah’s miracles to the people of our dear state and as good Muslims, we will ensure that we are very fair to all manner of people in the state,” he said.

Matawalle stated that, it was in demonstration of fairness that his administration expanded the free Ramadan feeding centres from the existing 150 to 888.

“We have also insisted on giving contracts to our indigent contractors, patronise our traders, marketers and suppliers as well as our locally sourced labourers in the execution of projects while ensuring the maintenance of standards.

“Our civil servants, serving and retired  are not left out because we have so far not derailed in the payment of salaries, pensions and other entitlements even before the month runs out, this, we will maintain till the end of our administration.

“Our farmers have continued to enjoy a relatively secured farming environment despite challenges posed by bandits.

“we have also provided food and clothes to a total of 40,000 orphans during this festive season and we hope to expand this gesture in coming years if the need arises,” he assured.

He said, despite dwindling resources in the state, his administration would continue to create a conducive environment to attract investors to the State in order to open more opportunities for the citizens.

Responding, the Emir of Maradun, Alhaji Garba Tambari,  thanked the governor for the visit and  promised to provide useful advises to the governor in order to move the state forward.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that although this year’s Eid prayer was not performed at the Eid praying grounds, the government allowed Muslims to congregate at some selected Juma’at mosques across the state to pray while observing the COVID-19 guidelines of physical distancing, use of face mask among others.

Edited By: Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)

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Military kills 135 bandits in air raids in Katsina, Zamfara

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The Defence Headquarters says the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji, has decimated several camps and killed 135 armed bandits in massive air raids at several locations in Katsina and Zamfara States between May 20 and May 22.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, in a statement on Saturday, said the air raid was part of the renewed offensive to rid the North-West of armed bandits and other criminal elements.

Enenche explained that the air strikes were undertaken sequel to credible intelligence reports as well as series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions that led to the identification of the camps.

The camps, according to him, include Abu Radde Camps 1 and 2, and Dunya in Jibia and DanMusa Local Government Areas of Katsina State as well as Hassan Tagwaye’s Camp; Alhaji Auta’s Camp and Maikomi in Birnin Magaji and Zurmi Local Government Areas of Zamfara.

He said the air interdiction missions were undertaken by the attack aircraft to the locations in multiple bombing runs, adding that some were executed simultaneously.

“At the Abu Radde Camps on 20 May 2020, a set of huts housing one of the notorious bandit leaders was taken out by air strikes with scores of the bandits killed and few seen fleeing with gunshot wounds towards the Dumburum Forest.

“Similar air raids were executed at Hassan Tagwaye’s and Alhaji Auta’s Camps as well as at Maikomi with equally devastating effects.

HUMINT reports later confirmed that no fewer than 135 bandits were neutralised by the series of air strikes at the various locations.

“The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) commends the team for their professionalism and directs them to remain resolute, in order to achieve the directives of the Chief of Defence Staff to restore normalcy to all parts of Nigeria,” he said.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Gov.Matawalle approves construction, renovation of 571 classrooms, others in Zamfara

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Gov.  Bello Matawalle of Zamfara, has approved contracts for the construction and renovation  of 571 classrooms across the state to enhance basic education.

This was contained in a statement signed by Yusuf Idris,  Director-General of Public Enlightenment, Media and Communications to the governor and made available to journalists in Gusau on Friday.

Idris said, the governor had already issued certificates to the benefiting contractors who were selected from within the state as part of the administration’s policy of encouraging home based contractors.

He said the project would comprise the construction of 423 new classrooms and the renovation of  148 existing ones across primary and junior secondary schools in the state.

He also said that the Matawalle-led administration had declared a state of emergency on education  in the state from inception and would not relent in its effort to revamp the sector.

According to the director, the governor had cautioned the contractors against sourcing either labourers or building materials from outside as such resources abound  in the state.

Earlier, Chairman of the state’s Universal Basic Education Board, Alhaji Abubakar Danmadami said the 423 classrooms project was  under the 2019 matching grant of N3.1 billion.

He explained that apart from the construction of the classrooms, 148 existing structures  would also be renovated as well as sinking of  19 boreholes with overhead water tanks, fencing of 20 schools, construction of 57 cells VIP toilets and three units of VIP latrines.

Danmadami  also disclosed that all the contracts awarded by his board under the 2018 intervention grants  amounting to N5.5 billion had all been completed.

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Zamfara Gov. earmarks N60m annually for Islamic quiz competition

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Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has announced an annual provision of N60 million as prizes to be won by participants of an Islamic quiz competition in the state.

The announcement is contained in a statement issued by Zailani Bappa, Special Adviser to the governor on Public Enlightenment, Media and Communications in Gusau on Thursday.

According to the statement, the quiz competition is to be organised by the state radio station.

The governor was quoted as making the announcement when he presented prizes to those won the annual Ramadan quiz competition at the premises of Zamfara Radio Station.

Matawalle of expressed happiness over the performance of the winners, who took part in the quiz conducted via telephone in a live programme transmission.

He directed that the annual competition should now hold monthly.

The governor pledged to release N5 million monthly for the programme, which would be competed for by the phone callers under his personal supervision.

Matawalle gave a standing order that the programme should hold unfailingly every month.

He said that if he happened to be out of the state, the competition should be supervised by either his deputy or the secretary to the state government.

The governor, who chaired one of the sessions at the radio station last week, gave out cash and material prizes, including cars, tricycles, sewing machines and cash between N150,000 and N300,000.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the programmes, which started about eight years ago, was first organised jointly by the state’s branches of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), the Radio Television and Theatre Arts Workers Union (RATTAWU) and the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).

Participation is by phone calls where callers within the station’s area of coverage would call, pick a number which is attached to a question and attempt to answer the question in order to win different prizes.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Eid-el-Fitr: Police to deploy 3,000 personnel in Zamfara

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The Police Command in Zamfara is set to deploy about 3,000 personnel  to ensure a peaceful Eid-El-Fitr celebration, Commissioner of Police, Mr. Usman Nagogo has said.

Nagogo disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Gusau while speaking on preparation for the Sallah festivity.

“We have about 3,000 personnel as our manpower in this command and all of us, I mean, including myself will be involved to ensure that all orders and instructions by the federal and state governments are complied with.

“Even though the state governor, Alhaji Bello Matawalle is yet to announce whether or not there will be Sallah congregational prayers at the Eid grounds spread across the state, I have detailed all the officers and men of the command to be ready for either way,” he said.

He, however, said that the police would ensure compliance with all coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention  guidelines, stressing that all public gatherings relating to the Sallah celebrations would not be allowed.

Nagogo, while shedding light on the level of compliance on physical distancing, commended residents  on the use of face mask which he rated 80 per cent.

He told NAN that the use of face mask was also addressing the physical distancing measure in the state.

Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)

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COVID-19: Gov. Matawalle inaugurates sample collection booths in Zamfara

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Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara on Wednesday inaugurated  zero-contact sample collection booths to increase the testing capacity for Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in the state.

 

This was contained in a statement signed by Yusuf Idris, the Director-General, Media, Public Enlightenment and Communications to the governor, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Gusau.

 

He said the booths at the testing  centre would also be used in the protection of health workers whom he described as “the frontline soldiers in the Coronavirus raging war.”

 

“The provision of the new state-of- the-art facilities is in furtherance of my administration’s firm resolve to rid the state of the global scourge with an initiative that is guaranteed to improve the testing capacity of the virus in line with the World Health Organization’s recommendations to regularly test and isolate COVID-19 patients in the state and its neighbours.

 

“The intervention is also part of the broader strategy put in place by the Zamfara State Government, in expeditious response to the pandemic that unsettled our world through the disruption of our social and economic activities, spike in mortality rate and general exacerbation of global health challenges,” he said.

 

Matawalle noted that with the sample collection booths, the state government would be cutting costs by achieving more with less as it had become difficult and economically unsustainable to justify using new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to test each patient, especially with the global scarcity of the vital equipment.

 

According to him, the facility will equally ensure timely delivery of collected samples because the booth can be deployed to border towns and remote areas.

 

He explained that in post COVID – 19, the sample collection booths can be converted into telemedicine booths, an innovation that is poised to boost the people’s access to healthcare and their overall wellbeing, especially in the rural areas of the state.

 

He said Zamfara remained “one of the states with the best approach to containing COVID-19, having built an ultramodern isolation centre from start to finish within two weeks; procured more PPEs; acquired six PCR machines, disinfectants/decontaminations machines, disinfection tunnels, sample collection Booths among others.

“The effort has made it fit for the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)  to comfortably set-up multiple molecular laboratories, a situation which accords the state to boast of having one of the best COVID-19 recovery statistics in the country,” he said.

 

He further stated that his administration made concerted effort to revamp the health sector through the provision and upgrading of the health institutions; procurement of ambulances in all the 17 General Hospitals in the state.

 

He said the state government had also constructed comprehensive healthcare facilities across all the 147 Wards; procured tricycles for  all 147 comprehensive healthcare centres and revived the state drug revolving programmes among others.

 

Conducting the governor round the sample collection booths, the Managing Director of Flying Doctors Health Care Group Investment Limited, Dr Ola Browns, said the Sample collection booths have the capacity of collecting 70 samples in an hour and is the largest Non- Contact testing Centre in Nigeria.

 

She stated that the facility guaranteed 100 per cent protection from direct contact with all suspected cases.

 

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)

 

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COVID-19: 8 doctors test positive in Zamfara — NMA

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No fewer than eight doctors are confirmed to have tested positive to corona virus disease in Zamfara, the state’s branch of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has said.

The NMA Vice-Chairman in the state, Dr Mannir Bature, made the disclosure during a chat with journalists in  Gusau on Wednesday.

He said: “Out of about 80 confirmed cases recorded so far in the state, 10 per cent are doctors who came into contact with the virus in the line of duty while trying to save lives especially at emergencies.

“We are however happy to note that out of the number, sixty per cent have been discharged from hospital while the remaining are fast responding to treatment,” he said.

Dr Bature also said 30 other doctors who came into contact with their infected colleagues went into self isolation in order to curb further spread of the virus in the state.

“This situation has seriously caused negative impact on the performance of doctors in the state, especially in this period of the pandemic because we only have a total of about 300 doctors in the state, including those at the Federal Medical Center, Gusau, those at state government health facilities and those in private practice.

“This is partly why as an association we proposed to the state government under the leadership of Governor Bello Matawalle to engage more doctors and other health personnel as well as sponsor the training of indigent students in medicine so as to boost the number of doctors and improve the healthcare indices of the state,” he stated.

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Zamfara agency trains communities on COVID-19 prevention

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The Zamfara Agency for Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) on Wednesday commenced training for participants drawn from 26 communities in the state on measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the participants were drawn from the Community Projects Management Committees (CPMCs) of the agency across the communities.

In a remark, the Permanent Secretary in charge of CSDP, Alhaji Garba Muhammad, said that it was aimed at enlightening the communities on how to control and prevent the spread virus in the state.

He said COVID-19 pandemic had become a global challenge, adding that the training was to complement efforts of  government and other health institutions  in combating the menace in the state.

He stated that his agency invited CPMSs members in 26 communities from nine Local Government Areas of the state and therefore urged the participants to  step down the knowledgeable garnered  to other members of their communities.

Also speaking, the Project Officer, Information, Education, Communication and Training of the agency, Malam Umar Nakwada, urged members of the public to ensure they used face masks, hand sanitisers and observed social distancing.

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26 Zamfara communities receive N207 for projects 

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A total of 26 Zamfara communities have executed  various development projects worth N207 million, with funding support from the World Bank.

The projects were executed in 2019 under the supervision of the state Agency for Community and Social Development Project (CSDP).

The Permanent Secretary of the agency, Alhaji Garba Muhammad stated this in Gusau on Wednesday during a capacity building training on maintenance of the community projects.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the participants were members of the Projects Management Committees from the benefitting communities.

Garba said that the benefiting communities were located in Anka, Bungudu, Birnin Magaji, Bakura, Bukkuyum, Maradun, Shinkafi, Tsafe and Talata Mafara local government areas.

He said 70 projects were executed by the communities in the areas of healthcare, education, drainage system, electrification and skills acquisition, among others

“We selected these communities for this training in recognition of their performance in executing quality projects and maintenance in 2019,” he said.

In his remark, the Project Manager of the agency, Alhaji Sani Buhari, commended the communities for complying with the guidelines given on projects execution by the agency and World Bank.

Buhari cautioned project management committees against compromising standards.

In his presentation, the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager of the agency, Alhaji Samaila Yusuf, also cautioned communities against dumping of refuse in drainage and other waterways.

Yusuf attributed the flooding, erosion and other water challenges to improper dumping of refuse and blockage of waterways.

The Project Officer, Information, Education, Communication and Training of the agency, Malam Umar Nakwada tasked participants on proper use of electrical appliances.

Nakwada added that the committees should always engage licence companies while executing electrification and other projects approved by the agency.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Sallah: Zamfara APC distributes 200 cows to members 

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The Zamfara State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has distributed 200 cows to its members ahead of  the Eid-El-Fitr celebration.

The state APC Chairman, Alhaji Lawal Liman, disclosed this at a stakeholders meeting of the party in Gusau on Wednesday.

Liman said that the cows were donated to the party for distribution by a former governor of the state, Alhaji Abdul’aziz Yari.

He said that the gesture was aimed at reducing the hardship of members of the party, especially those at the grassroots, resulting from COVID-19 lockdown.

According  to him, the gesture is  inline with the party’s commitment to assist various categories of the needy to celebrate Eid-El-Fitr in a happy mood.

“In addition to food items donated to people of the state at the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.

“We also distributed 200 cows to party members and other needy in the state donated by the state APC leader, Alhaji Abdul’aziz Yari.

“The animals have been distributed under the supervision of central coordinating committee headed by myself.

“In each of the 147 wards of the state, we gave one cow,” Liman said.

He said other beneficiaries comprised the executives and elders of the party across the 14 local government areas of the state.

“Youths and women wings of the party and staff of state APC headquarters among others, also benefited from the gesture,” he explained.

Liman, who thanked the former governor for the gesture, described it as timely.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Zamfara Govt denies recording 10 new COVID-19 cases

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Zamfara Government on Tuesday said the figure of 10 new COVID-19 cases in the state announced on Monday by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) was wrong, as the state had only recorded two new cases.

Alhaji Yahaya Kanoma, the state Commissioner of Health told the News Agency of Nigeria in Gusau that the state government had alerted the NCDC of the error and demanded that it be rectified.

“We were shocked and bewildered by this latest figure from the NCDC which said 10 new cases were confirmed when we know it was only two.

“Our records have shown that when results from the center returned, we had a total of 76 cases made up of 45 discharged persons, 26 in isolation and five dead, so we didn’t know where NCDC got the additional eight.

“We approached the center which could not give a convincing explanation, and so we demanded for a written apology which they promised to send as well as withdraw the media publicity that we had 10 new cases,” the commissioner said.

He said the state government had recently procured all the necessary tools and equipment to set up a COVID – 19 sample testing center and was waiting for facility visit by officials of the NCDC so that the center can take off.

“This will save us from unnecessary delays, the risks of traveling to Sokoto daily as well as provide such services to our neighbouring states that require such services,” Kanoma said.

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Zamfara gov’s wife donates food items, clothings to 500 orphans 

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Hajiya Balkisu Bello-Matawalle, wife of the Zamfara State governor, has donated clothing and food items to 500 orphans in Magami Town, Gusau Local Government Area of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the items were distributed to orphans at
Darul A’itam Orphans School, on Tuesday.

Represented by Hajiya Amina Iliyasu, Special Adviser to Gov. Bello Matawalle on Skills Acquisition,  the governor’s wife said the gesture was aimed at assisting the needy, especially in the holy month of Ramadan.

”This gesture is aimed at supporting the needy; you know since the beginning of the lockdown as a result of COVID-19, the state government has embarked on providing palliatives to vulnerable groups and individuals across the state.

“I am presenting you these items today as my contribution to complement government’s efforts to cushion the effects of COVID-19 lockdown, especially during the holy month of Ramadan”, she said.

The governor’s wife urged the people to use the Ramadan period to offer special prayers to Allah to overcome COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges all over the world.

In his remark, the district head of Magami, Alhaji Abubakar Adamu, thanked the governor’s wife for the gesture, describing it as timely.

“You know, orphans deserve support from us, considering the fact that they have lost their parents,” he said.

Adamu commended the state government for the establishment of additional Ramadan feeding centres in Magami Town.

Earlier, the headmaster of the school, Malam Lukman Muhammad, commended the governor’s wife for providing assistance to the needy.

“We have a total of 535 students comprising 313 male and 242 female in this school and majority of them are orphans. We teach them both qur’anic and western education.

“This school is run by individuals, not government; we are appealing for support from government and individuals to improve the school,” Muhammad said.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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COVID-19: Zamfara Govt. receives 45 “Almajari” deported from Kaduna State

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The Zamfara Government on Monday received 45 Islamic education pupils (Almajirai) comprising 28 females and 17 males, deported from Zaria, Kaduna State.

The state Commissioner for Women, Children and Social Development, Hajiya Zainab Lawal, received the Almajirai from Kaduna State Government officials on behalf of Zamfara government at Gusau Hajj Camp on Monday.

Lawal said the measure was in line with the state government’s efforts to partner with neighbouring states to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“You know, Gov. Bello Matawalle has established a Committee for Protection, Repatriation and Resettlement of all Almajirai in the state,” she said.

Lawal, who is the Chairperson, Data Collection Sub-committee on Protection, Repatriation and Resettlement Committee, cautioned parents against sending their children for begging in the name of seeking knowledge.

Meanwhile, Alhaji Sulaiman Tunau, the Commissioner of Information and Chairman, Medical and Screening sub-committee, has said that all the 45 Almajirai have tested negative to COVID-19.

Tunau told the News Agency of Nigeria that one of the Almajirai was from Bakura Local Government Area while 44 were from Falale village in Gummi Local Government Area of the state.

“We have handed them over to the Emir of Gummi, Justice Lawal Hassan, to reunite them with their parents,” the commissioner said.

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COVID-19 lockdown: Task Force allows 130 food trucks into Zamfara

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A total of 130 trucks conveying foodstuffs were allowed into Zamfara in the last one week by the Presidential Task Team on movement of food and agricultural products in the state.

The state Chairman of the team, who is also the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Usman Nagogo, disclosed this on Sunday in Gusau.

Nagogo told the News Agency of Nigeria that the team had also facilitated the passage of several trucks of food and agricultural products from Zamfara to other parts of the country.

“We are trying to make sure that the presidential directive to allow foodstuff and all agricultural products, equipment and variety seedlings have complete free movement into or out of Zamfara throughout the COVID – 19 period.

“This Task Team, which comprises all relevant bodies including security, farmers, transporters and the media, swung into action immediately after our inauguration.

“So far, we have facilitated the smooth movement of the food and agric inputs carrying trucks in their hundreds,” Nagogo said.

He stated that while the team had maintained that only three persons would be allowed on such trucks, such persons would have to pass through all available COVID – 19 checks at the entry points before they are cleared to pass.

“We restricted the number to three, comprising the driver, his assistant and a conductor in order to guard against abuse of the lockdown in which some drivers will carry other passengers.

“We have so far turned back several passengers who had no business being in such trucks and we have also warned that we will sanction such drivers that carry passengers through our borders,” he explained.

Nagogo said the team has been visiting the state borders at regular intervals to create awareness among security personnel stationed there to ensure compliance.

NAN reports that while at the Shinkafi border last week, the chairman, on noticing the absence of medical personnel, immediately requested for the posting of health workers along with testing kits and sanitation facilities.

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Zamfara governor’s wife distributes clothes, food items to orphans 

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The Wife of Zamfara Governor, Hajiya Balkisu Bello-Matawalle has distributed food and clothing materials to 000 orphans in Damba community in Gusau Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
Speaking at the ceremony, Bello-Matawalle, represented by Hajiya Zuwaira Abdu-Gusau, a female politician in Damba,  said the gesture was aimed at assisting the needy to cushion the effects of COVID-19 lockdown especially during Ramadan.
She said the orphans were the most vulnerable group in the society; considering the fact they had lost their parents.
“This is my own personal assistance to orphans to enable them celebrate the Eid-el-Fitr in a happy mood.
“The gesture is in line with the teaching of the Prophet Muhammad which placed emphasis on assisting the needy especially during Ramadan.
“We hope that this assistance would also go a long way in reducing hardship among the poor in the state,” she said.
She appealed to the residents to use Ramadan period to seek for Allah’s intervention over the COVID-19 pandemic as well as security and economic challenges facing the state.
Alhaji Mustafa Anka, the Chairman of the State Hospital Service Management Board who spoke on behalf of the Damba community, commended the Governor’s wife for the gesture.
Anka said that the gesture was timely, considering the condition of people due to COVID-19 lockdown.
He appealed to well-meaning individuals and other political office holders to emulate the gesture by assisting the needy.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the items distributed included clothing materials, shoes and babies wears as well as assorted grains.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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Eid-El-Fitr: APC chieftain offers 2,755 clothing materials to needy in Zamfara 

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Alhaji Bello Dankande, former Zamfara  State Commissioner for Local Government and  Chieftaincy Affairs, has donated 2,755 sets of clothing materials to various categories of the needy in Bakura Local Government Area of the state.

Speaking at the distribution of the materials in Bakura on Saturday, Dankande, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain,  said the gesture was aimed at supporting people at the grassroots, especially the needy.

“We are distributing a total of 2,755 sets of clothing materials to APC members and other categories of the needy such as widows, orphans and people with special needs in Bakura LGA.

“In Bakura ward, we gave out 200 sets of men and 200 sets of women clothing materials,  while in each  of the nine remaining wards of Bakura LGA, we donated 100 sets for  men  and 100 for  women, bringing  the total number of materials donated to  2,200 sets.

“We donated 240 sets of the materials to six APC Women Groups, 40 sets for each group,” Dankande said,

According to him,  there are 105 selected households who benefited from one set of materials for men and two sets of materials for women, totalling 315 sets.

“This is an annual programme. Every Ramadan, I provide this assistance to various categories.

“But this year, we expanded the number of beneficiaries due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is my own personal assistance to them, to enable them to celebrate the forthcoming Eid-el-Fitr in happy mood,” he added.

According to Dankade, the  gesture is in line with the teaching of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) that lays emphasis on assisting the needy especially during the Holy month of Ramadan.

“I am appealing to our well meaning individuals in the state to embark on assisting the needy to reduce hardship among the poor in the state,” he said.

He urged the people of the state to use the last 10 days of Ramadan to pray and seek Allah’s intervention to overcome  the recent challenge of COVID-19 and return peace and stability to the state in particular and Nigeria at large.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Military eliminates 27 bandits along Katsina/Zamfara border – DHQ

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The Air Component of ‘Operation Hadarin Daji’ has eliminated 27 bandits and destroyed some of their dwellings, along the Nahuta-Doumborou Corridor on the border between Katsina and Zamfara States.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

Enenche said the operation was executed on Thursday, following  credible intelligence reports that revealed that notorious bandits were harboured in a cluster of huts in the area.

He added that the air component dispatched a Nigerian Air Force attack helicopter as well as a ground attack aircraft to engage the location.

According to him, overhead the target area, several of the bandits were seen along with a large number of rustled cattle.

“The attack aircraft took turns in engaging the area, neutralising some of the bandits while few escaped with injuries.

“Human Intelligence (HUMINT) sources later confirmed that no fewer than 27 bandits were neutralised as a result of the attack.

“The armed forces of Nigeria wishes to thank all Nigerians for their support and encourages the general public to continue providing useful information that will  facilitate its operations to restore peace and security to all affected parts of the country,” he said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

 

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