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Zamfara killings unacceptable, says JNI





By Mohammad Tijjani

Kaduna Jan. 1, 2019 (NNN) The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), on Tuesday expressed dissatisfaction with the efforts being made to stamp out banditry in Zamfara, saying government must move beyond mere condemnation to action.

The Secretary General of JNI ,Dr Khalid Aliyu said in a press statement issued on Tuesday in Kaduna that the body was also worried over the resurgence of Boko Haram attacks in Yobe and Borno.

It noted that parts of Zamfara have been allowed to turn into a theater of dehumanisation and desecration of the sanctity of life, properties, personal liberty and communal integrity.

“This is utterly reprehensible and unacceptable, for hooligans and way wards to hold a whole state to ransom.”

It added: “Equally painful is the return of insurgency in some parts of Borno and Yobe states, with wanton destruction of lives and properties.

“Why must all these bloodletting be allowed to resurface. All these re-occurring acts of terrorism, dehumanisation, sacrilege of sanctity of life and all forms of wickedness are utterly and unreservedly condemned in their entirety and government must go beyond mere condemnations.”

The JNI called for realistic investigation on the killings in Zamfara, adding “it is hardly imaginable that such pusillanimous and evil acts could still occur in Zamfara state despite frequent assurances by government.”

“Nonetheless, JNI will continue to ask questions:

“Who are the blood thirsty fellows, why have they been allowed for years, why have they not been arrested and interrogated, what has been the motive behind such repeated scandalous acts?”

The Muslims’ umbrella body “therefore call on governments at all levels to do everything possible as a matter of urgency to stop these evil acts of terror repeatedly being unleashed on innocent souls and restore peace and security, which is their first constitutional role, as silence is no longer golden.

” We commiserate with the families of the victims of these inhuman attacks and particularly condole with the families of gallant security men that died at battle fronts, husbands and wives, parents and guardians who have lost their wards/children in these orgies of misfortunes.

“We pray to the Almighty Allah, to grant the deceased forgiveness and mercy, while those that sustained injuries quick recovery.”

On the forthcoming general election, the JNI urged political gladiators to play according to the rules, and conduct political campaigns with decorum and in a peaceful manner.

” JNI call on Imams to return to special prayers offered in calamitous situations and trying times, seeking Allah, the Most High, to deal with the situation and evil perpetrators with what they deserve, and to restore peace and security to all affected areas, and the country at large.” (NNN)


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Anniversary: Zamfara Govt constructs 14 hospitals for women/children 



The Zamfara State Government on Tuesday said that it had built modern hospitals  for women and children at the headquarters of each of its 14 local government areas of the state within its one year in office.


The State Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Yahaya Kanoma, disclosed this to newsmen in Gusau.


Kanoma said that the facilities were part of the state government’s commitments under Gov. Bello Matawalle-led  administration.


He said Matawalle immediately after his inauguration came up with policies that would  improve the healthcare of the citizens of the state.


“Part of the policies is the establishment of modern hospitals for women and children at  the headquarters of each of the 14 local government areas of the state.


“We have completed all the hospitals, we have bought  medical equipment, and we were only delayed in the distribution of the equipment to the hospitals due to the  COVID-19 pandemic challenges.


According to him, part of the achievements recorded during the one year in office of the governor’s administration is the re-awarding of the contract for the renovation of Shinkafi Referral Hospital that had been abandoned several years ago  by the previous administrations.


“Other achievements recorded by the state government by  the Ministry of Health from May 29, 2019 to date include the revival of  the various MDAs and programmes to promote healthcare delivery.


“We secured  the release of N400 million from the state government for MDAs under the state Ministry of Health to run their affairs.


“The following amounts were received by each of the  beneficiaries:  N100 million for State Drugs Management Agency, N100 million for Health Contributory Agency, N100 million for Primary Health Care Development Agency and N100 million for Hospital Service Management Board,” he said.


He also said  that the state government bought ambulances and utility vehicles for hospitals and health offices and programmes.


After discovering 84 ghost medical doctors and 64 nurses from the state government’s payroll, Gov. Bello Matawalle gave approval for the recruitment of more medical doctors and nurses for secondary and tertiary health institutions in the state.


The commissioner, however, lauded the efforts of the state government in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in the state.


He also appreciated the support and cooperation from traditional and religious leaders in the fight against COVID-19 in the state.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Peter Dada (NAN)


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Military bombards bandits’ logistics warehouse in Zamfara – DHQ



The Defence Headquarters says the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji  on Saturday destroyed a bandits’ logistics warehouse in an air bombardment along North of Birnin Kogo in Zamfara.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, in a statement on Sunday, said the air bombardment was in continuation of the renewed onslaught against armed bandits in parts of the Northwest and North Central states.

Enenche said the air strikes were executed sequel to intelligence reports that indicated that the large structure was being used by the bandits to store their ammunition, raw rations and other logistics items in the area.

According to him, a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) attack aircraft was scrambled to engage the target, scoring accurate hits on the warehouse, which went up in flames as a result of its volatile contents, leading to its complete destruction.

“Four armed bandits guarding the facility were also neutralised as a result of the attack.

The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commends the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji for their professionalism.

“He directed them to remain resolute in the conduct of air strikes whilst continuing to provide close air support for ongoing ground operations in order to eradicate all armed bandits,” he said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)


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Jekada member of Zamfara Assembly dies



Alhaji Tukur Jekada, a lawmaker representing Bakura Constituency at the Zamfara House of Assembly is dead.
Mr Shamsudeen Hassan, the Chairman of the House Committee on Information,  disclosed this while speaking with News Agency of Nigeria in Gusau on Sunday.
Hassan said that the lawmaker died after a brief illness on Sunday.
Jakada was the Chairman of the House committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs before his death.

Edited By: Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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Anniversary: APGA applauds Zamfara Govt for tackling insecurity



The All Progressives Grant Alliance (APGA) in Zamfara has commended the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led government for restoring peace in the state.

The APGA governorship candidate at the 2019 general elections, Dr Sani Shinkafi, made the commendation at a news conference in Gusau on Saturday.

Shinkafi noted that the PDP-led government deserve commendation in its one-year of administration considering the way it tackled the terrible security challenge that bedevilled the state.

Gov. Bello Matawalle embarked on confronting the menace with great valour using his versatile experience as former Chairman, House Committee on Security and Intelligence.

The State Government also embarked on partnership with the Federal  Government under President Muhammadu Buhari and various key security stakeholders such as security outfits, former defence ministers, traditional leaders, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) leaders and Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF).

“After various consultation, a fact stands out that the crisis has taken ethnic dimensions, most especially after the creation of Hausa Yan Sakai vigilante groups by the immediate past administration.

“Establishment of committee headed by the former Inspector-General of Police, Muhammad Abubakar, for finding solutions to end banditry in the state by the state government can be identified as a leading factor for the success recorded,” Shinkafi said.

He recalled that before PDP took over the affairs of the state, rural areas and nomadic settlements were relegated educationally and economically, and this situation created an avenue for high crime rate.

“This informs government’s decision to provide schools, clinics and earth dams for the people and idea of Rural Grazing Areas (RUGA) came up as one of the solutions to the problem.

“The dialogue resulted in the release of thousands of captives abducted by kidnappers across the state, including the neighbouring ones.

“With this development, socio-economic education activities across the 14 local government areas of the state have been revived.

“Our rural markets closed down earlier due to insecurity have also been reopened, inter-ethnic relationship improved and over 80 per cent peace restored across the state,” he said.

The former APGA national secretary and governorship candidate explained that the opposition party was partnering with the PDP-led administration for the progress of the state.

He therefore urged people to continue to cooperate with the present administration irrespective of political differences for the state to move forward.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Police arrest 251 illegal miners in Zamfara 



The Police Command in Zamfara says it has arrested 251 alleged illegal miners, among them a Burkinabe, during a Sallah eve raid at the mining sites in the state.

The Police Commissioner, Usman Nagogo, paraded the arrested persons at the command headquarters on Friday in Gusau.

Nagogo recalled the arrest of some Chinese nationals and their Nigerian collaborator on April 20.

The arrests followed a matching order by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Chief of Army Staff to security agents to go after the culprits.

He said that on  May 21, Brig.- Gen. Bello Musliyu, the Brigade Commander, 1 Brigade, Nigeria Army, Gusau, led a team of security operatives to raid the mining sites in Kawaye, Zugu, Dan Kamfani and Bagega.

The police commissioner said that the security operatives were drawn from the army, the police and the Directorate of Security Services (DSS).

He said that the operatives also raided Dareta and Daki-Takwas mining sites in Anka, Bukkuyum and Gummi Local Government Areas of the state.

Nagogo said 12 water pumping machines, 29 motorcycles, chemical for gold and unrefined gold sifting materials were recovered at the raided illegal mining sites.

He warned those engaged in the mining to desist from the unwholesome act as the raid of mining sites would be a continual exercise until illegal mining activities in the state were brought to a halt.

“Anybody who goes against the norms will be arrested and severely dealt with according to the law of the land,” he warned.

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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Zamfara: Police partner ex bandits, rescue 12 kidnap victims -PPRO



The  Police Command in Zamfara has rescued 12 kidnap victims through the collaboration of repentant  bandits in the state.

This was contained in a statement signed by Shehu Mohammed, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO)  in the state and made available to newsmen in Gusau on Thursday.

Mohammed said that  the victims who were kidnapped from Farar Kasa and Sabon Birni villages, were rescued two weeks after with the assistance of the repentant bandits.

According to him, the repentant bandits assisted the police in trailing the abductors to their hideouts.

He said that the Commissioner of Police, Mr Usman Nagogo while handing over the victims to the Zamfara state Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Alhaji Abubakar Dauran, commended the repentant bandits for keeping to their promise in supporting governor Gov Bello Matawalle’s peace and reconciliation initiative.

Nagogo urged them to sustain the support, noting that the initiative had remained one of the best ways of achieving peace in the state.

He said, while receiving the victims on behalf of the state government, the Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, gave assurances that  the state government would continue to engage bandits in peace dialogue.

He, however, warned that recalcitrant bandits would be severely dealt with.

Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)

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COVID -19: Zamfara assembly resumes plenary after 2 months recess 



As the Zamfara State House of Assembly resumes plenary on Thursday after two months’ recess due to the coronavirus, members have been urged to adhere to safety measures in the house.

Malam Mustafa Jafaru-Kaura, the Public Relations Officer of the house made the call in a statement in Gusau.

According to him, preventive measures against COVID-19, especially social distancing will be observed during the plenary as enshrined by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

“After due considerations, the leadership of the house has no alternative than to reopen the chamber to embark on full legislative activities for the benefit of the people of the state.

“The legislative activities of the house will commence today, Thursday with the usual house plenary in the red chamber of the house.’’

Jafaru-Kaura said the leadership urged all members of the assembly and other legislative staff to be at the assembly complex for the plenary.

He said the general public would not be allowed to witness the sittings, adding that the changes were meant to safeguard the people and check spread of the virus.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Grace Yussuf (NAN)

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COVID-19: Zamfara governor’s wife donates preventive items to women



The wife of Zamfara Governor, Hajiya Aisha Bello-Matawalle, has donated 40,000 preventive items to vulnerable women groups in the state as part of efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

Aisha, while presenting the items to the women groups in Gusau on Thursday, said the gesture was aimed at complementing the state government’s efforts to prevent spread of Coronavirus.

According to her, the materials comprised 10,000 face masks, 10,000 hand gloves, 10,000 soaps and 10, 000 hand sanitiser.

“We also provided printed flyers for sensitising members of the public in Hausa and English languages.

“Apart from preventive materials, we are giving out 10,000 sets of clothing materials across the 14 LGAs of the state as Sallah gifts.

“This came at a crucial time when many vulnerable groups are in serious need of support,” she said.

The governor’s wife applauded the support of her husband, Governor Bello  Matawalle, to women in the state.

She called on the public to continue to stay safe and protect their families inline with the government’s measures and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines against the virus.

She urged residents of the state to continue with prayers for Allah’s  intervention to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic all over the world

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Felix Ajide (NAN)

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Gov. Matawalle lauds executive/legislature relationship in Zamfara



Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has commended the cordial working relationship between the State Executive Council and the legislature.

He described the relationship as encouraging, saying it would ease the provision of dividends of democracy to the people of the state.

This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Jamilu Iliyasu, the Press Secretary to the governor.

It was made available to journalists in Gusau shortly after the lawmakers paid Sallah homage to the governor at his Maradun home on Wednesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 24 members of the State legislature were led on the visit by the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Alhaji Nasiru Magarya.

Gov. Matawalle said it was disheartening to misgivings, quarrels and misunderstanding within the assembly and between the legislature and the executive in other places.

He said the reverse was the case in Zamfara, as the relationship had remained very cordial with mutual respect existing between the two parties.

“I want to specially commend the leadership of the Zamfara State House of Assembly under the leadership of the Speaker, Nasiru Muazu Magarya, as well as the whole members of the state legislature for behaving maturely in the first year of our administration.

“We pray that this partnership continues unhindered,” Matawalle said.

The governor also commended the Speaker for leading the state committee in the fight and prevention of the spread COVID-19 in the state.

He applauded the appreciable performance of the committee.

Matawalle said that this had contributed to the state recording zero case of COVID – 19 in over a week, while all the remaining patients in isolation had been discharged.

Earlier, the Speaker commended the performance of the state government under Matawalle in the last one year. especially leading to the attainment of peace in Zamfara.

Magarya assured the governor that the legislative arm would continue to support the policies and programmes of his administration.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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