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Northern Governors Accused Of Turning Kidnapping To Money-Spinner
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Northern Governors Accused Of Turning Kidnapping To Money-Spinner

Coalition of 15 Civil Society Organisations based in the north has accused some Northern governors of turning the rising cases of kidnapping and banditry in the region into a money-spinning venture. The groups, under the umbrella of Non-State Actors Consultative Forum (NOSACOF), also kicked against Governors of Zamfara and Katsina states as well as the northern elite fronting for negotiations with terrorists as an alternative to military intervention to end insecurity in the country. Addressing journalists in Kano yesterday on insecurity in northern Nigeria, co-convener of NOSACOF, Ibrahim Waiya, alleged that political actors in the North had devised a new strategy to grab public resources through negotiation with bandits. Waiya stressed that the new trend being orchestrated t...
PDP Kicks Against Plan To Declare State Of Emergency In Zamfara
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PDP Kicks Against Plan To Declare State Of Emergency In Zamfara

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has kicked against an alleged plan by the federal government to impose a state of emergency on Zamfara State. The federal government had declared Zamfara State a ‘no-fly zone’ on Tuesday to halt the swap of gold for arms by armed bandits, other criminals and illegal gold miners in the state, according to the Presidency and security sources. The PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, who briefed newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, noted that there’s escalated crisis in APC-controlled states yet no attempt had been made by the federal government to intimidate the governors, seek to impose a state of emergency or declare such states as a “no-fly zone”. He said if mining was the reason for declaring Zamfara State as a “no-fly zone”, th...
Zamfara No-fly Zone: We Suspect Helicopters Are Used To Take Arms To Bandits — Garba Shehu
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Zamfara No-fly Zone: We Suspect Helicopters Are Used To Take Arms To Bandits — Garba Shehu

The Presidency has said there is a strong suspicion that choppers are being used to transport arms to bandits, while defending the Zamfara State no-fly zone order given by the Nigerian government. The Senior Special Assistant to The President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu told Daily Trust on Wednesday that the move was taken to boost security in the state. Also speaking on the ban on mining activities in the state, the presidential aide noted that there were strong suspicions that gold was being swapped for arms by criminal elements operating in the state. He said, “Even in Zamfara, there is a strong suspicion that some of those choppers are being used to ferry arms for bandits and also to evacuate gold and illegally smuggled out of the country, so the country lose...
ACF Asks Buhari To Extend Flight Ban To Benue, Taraba, Borno
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ACF Asks Buhari To Extend Flight Ban To Benue, Taraba, Borno

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the recent flight ban on Zamfara to other states affected by banditry. Buhari had on Tuesday declared Zamfara “a no-fly zone” and also and banned all mining activities in the state. The directive, disclosed by the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, followed the release of 279 students of the Government Secondary School, Jangebe in Talata-Mafara Local Government Area earlier abducted by bandits. In a statement on Wednesday, ACF’s National Chairman, Audu Ogbeh, commended the directive and hailed the release of abducted girls. He, however, said there was need to replicate similar directive in other states such as Benue, Taraba and Borno where there are rumours that helicopters frequentl...
I Will Arrest Politicians Sponsoring Banditry In Zamfara – Governor Matawalle
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I Will Arrest Politicians Sponsoring Banditry In Zamfara – Governor Matawalle

Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle of Zamfara State has vowed to arrest any politician who enters the state with the intention to use thugs to forment trouble. According to him, there is nobody that can claim to be above the law of the land, vowing that he had drawn a battle line with the enemies of peace in the State. Governor Matawalle disclosed this at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital when the Nigeria Governors’ Forum’s delegation led by Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State visited him over the release of 279 school girls in Zamfara State kidnapped last Friday. “These power drunk politicians cannot stay in Abuja, Kaduna or anywhere in Nigeria and be instigating crisis and be sponsoring terrorism in the state, killing thousands of innocent citizens of the sta...
Bello Matawalle Rejects FG’s No-Fly Zone In Zamfara
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Bello Matawalle Rejects FG’s No-Fly Zone In Zamfara

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has reacted to the National Security Council’s decision to declare Zamfara State as a no-fly zone. The National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd), disclosed this at the end of National Security Council meeting on Tuesday. Monguno also announced that the federal government had banned mining activities in the state. He said the actions were taken as a result of the high level of insecurity in the state. But reacting to the development when Kayode Fayemi, chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), visited him on Tuesday, Matawalle said he is not sure the federal government understands the situation. “It seems the security council doesn’t understand where the nature of the security problems in Zamfara state...
Buhari Declares Zamfara No Fly-zone, Bans Mining Activities
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Buhari Declares Zamfara No Fly-zone, Bans Mining Activities

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that Zamfara State be declared a no fly-zone. The National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Major General Babagana Monguno, disclosed. President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that Zamfara State be declared a no fly-zone. The National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Major General Babagana Monguno, disclosed this on Tuesday while briefing State House correspondents after a meeting of National Security Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Monguno said the President had also approved a ban on mining activities in Zamfara state to stop the rising insecurity. The NSA, who also revealed that all non state actors had been placed under surveillance, said the federal government would not hesitate to use kinetic means to restore normalcy in ...
Any State Where Children Are Kidnapped Should Shut Down In Protest – Soyinka
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Any State Where Children Are Kidnapped Should Shut Down In Protest – Soyinka

Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on Saturday said henceforth, any state where the kidnapping of children takes place should shut down in protest against the act. Soyinka also advised that other neighbouring states, as a matter of solidarity, should join the affected states to shut down. The playwright spoke shortly after an award lecture and public presentation of his new book, ‘Chronicles of the happiest people on Earth,’ in Abeokuta, Ogun State. The programme was organised by the Association of Nigerian Authors, Ogun State chapter, in collaboration with the Abeokuta Club. More than 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped on Friday in Zamfara, the latest of such attacks, while 27 students were also abducted in Kangara, Niger State, but released after over a week later. The octogena...
‘I Will Update The Media’: Sheikh Gumi Speaks On Zamfara Schoolgirls’ Abduction
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‘I Will Update The Media’: Sheikh Gumi Speaks On Zamfara Schoolgirls’ Abduction

Popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Gumi has said, he will update the media, once he gets any update on the girls kidnapped from the Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, in Talata Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Friday morning. Speaking with BBC pigin on Friday, the cleric, who has been the news in recent time following his role in negotiating with bandits, also his efforts in trying to restore peace in some troubled Northern states has been sabotage by some people (bandits). He went further to state, that he is currently gathering information on the abduction and promised to make his finds public.
Zamfara Bandits Leader, Halilu Speaks On Ravaging Insecurity Make Demands
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Zamfara Bandits Leader, Halilu Speaks On Ravaging Insecurity Make Demands

“Write it down,” he said. “Leader of the terrorists operating on the northern flank,” Halilu, middle-aged, fair-skinned commander of some 1,000 bandits located in Zamfara State told Daily Trust reporter. He wanted to be properly introduced, in what was his first encounter with journalists. “Kachalla Halilu Sububu Seno, leader of all terrorists. He is the leader,” a lieutenant slinging an AK-47 rifle emphasised in smattering English. Halilu had detailed him to dictate to the reporter. It was in the middle of nowhere, in the afternoon of Monday, February 22. In what is the first media access, Daily Trust had an on-the-spot interview with some of the most vicious bandits operating in the country’s far northern corner, close to the border with Niger Republic. The trip was an...
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Zamfara School Abduction: ‘Close To 550 Girls Are Missing’

Out of 600 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, in Talata Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State, about 50 were left behind, a teacher who pleaded for anonymity told Daily Trust. Gunmen had stormed the school in the early hours of Friday, abducting many students. The teacher said parents of the students, who escaped the abduction, came as early as 5: am to take away their daughters, adding that some mothers of kidnapped girls were slumping on the school premises. “Initially, the school authorities prevented them from going with the remaining students but they grew angrier and began to pull down doors and windows of the buildings in the school and the school authority had to yield to their demands. “When the gunmen laid siege, they attacked the sold...
How Angry Parents Vandalised School After The Kidnap Of Zamfara Schoolgirls
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How Angry Parents Vandalised School After The Kidnap Of Zamfara Schoolgirls

One of the teachers of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, Zamfara State, has narrated how some angry parents pulled down doors and windows of the school after Friday’s kidnap incident. Gunmen had stormed the school in the early hours of Friday, abducting many students. Speaking with Daily Trust, the teacher said many parents trooped to the school after the incident. He said some of those whose children were abducted slumped in the school while those who found their children unharmed, made efforts to take them away but the school authorities initially stopped them for safety concerns. However, the parents were said to have reacted negatively, forcing the authorities to allow them have their way. “Initially, the school authorities prevented them from going with th...
Repentant Bandits Surrender Anti-Aircraft Guns, Rocket Launchers In Zamfara
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Repentant Bandits Surrender Anti-Aircraft Guns, Rocket Launchers In Zamfara

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle on Thursday, received three more repented bandits who surrendered their arms at the Government House, Gusau. Among the repented bandits was one Muhammadu Sani Zakwi, the son of late Buharin Daji, Muhammad Sani Zakwi, a one time notorious bandit leader. Zakwi inherited the leadership of one of the most dangerous camps in the state (Buharin Daji Camp) after his father's death. The gang operated within Maru and Bungudu local Government Areas. Items surrendered by the repentant bandits included 8 AK-47 rifles, two rocket launcher, 1 Map machine, and 1,041 live Ammunitions. Receiving the repentant bandits and the surrendered arms and ammunition, Governor Matawalle noted that in less than two weeks, his administration had received ...
Gombe, Benue, Adamawa, Zamfara Ready To Receive Returning Herdsmen
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Gombe, Benue, Adamawa, Zamfara Ready To Receive Returning Herdsmen

The state governments in Gombe, Benue, Adamawa and Zamfara have signalled their preparedness to receive herdsmen relocating to the North. The Northerner Elders Forum had, in a statement issued on Friday by its Director, Publicity and Advocacy, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, called on northern governors “to prepare to receive law-abiding Fulani herders who may be compelled to relocate to the North.” In a response, the Director General, Press Affairs, Gombe State Government House, Ismaila Misilli, said the state was ready to accommodate its citizens upon their decision to return home. Misilli said, “Anybody that is from our state and has gone anywhere to look for greener pasture and now, for his own reason, decides to come back home, we must receive him. He is our person, son or daughter...
Bandits Kill JF London, JTF Commander In Zamfara (Graphic Photos)
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Bandits Kill JF London, JTF Commander In Zamfara (Graphic Photos)

Reports has just rented the public air that the commander of Joint Task Force (JTF), Zamfara state, JF London has brutally been shot dead by armed bandits.. Circumstances which led to his Killing still remains scanty at the time of this report, the JTF commander who was hit by fore head with bullet, reportedly died instantly. Sources from Zamfara stated that the incident occurred “After Huge donations to Bandits by Zamfara Governor “Hilux and Dollars” Bandits now armed to teeth fully equipped; JTF commander JF London in Zamfara state, killed by bandit just now”, it stated. Recall that the current state government had allegedly donated Hilux vehicles to the bandits and given them some dollars, in a bide to stop their activities in the state.. "After Huge donations to terrorists by Zam...
Zamfara Gives ‘Repentant’ Bandits Hilux Vehicles, Millions Of Naira – SaharaReporters
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Zamfara Gives ‘Repentant’ Bandits Hilux Vehicles, Millions Of Naira – SaharaReporters

About 15 brand new Hilux vehicles were given to leaders of different repentant bandits in Zamfara State by Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle The Governor also approved millions of naira to be given to the 'repentant' bandits as compensation. Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara-state The Zamfara State Government had in 2019 entered a peace agreement with the gunmen. But despite the accord, communities in the state are still being attacked and residents kidnapped and/or killed. A top military officer told SaharaReporters that the bandits now carry out attacks with some of the vehicles given to them by Matawalle. The officer said, “Those bandits have different group, so if they say they repent, the governor will give them a Hilux vehicle but unfortunately they are now usin...
FG Disburses ₦123.348bn Grants To States. Bayelsa, Imo, Rivers, Zamfara Get Zero
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FG Disburses ₦123.348bn Grants To States. Bayelsa, Imo, Rivers, Zamfara Get Zero

The Federal Government has disbursed another round of performance-based grants to States in the sum of N123.348bn ($324.6m) under its States Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Programme for Results. The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, who disclosed this in a statement signed by Mr. Hassan Dodo, the Ministry’s Director of Press and Public Relations on Wednesday in Abuja, explained that the disbursement followed the achievement of results by the States in the just concluded 2019 Annual Performance Assessment (APA). The assessment was carried out by the Office of the Auditor General for the Federation (OAuGF) as the Independent Verification Agent (IVA) and approved by the Programme Coordination Unit (PCU) of t...
Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday
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Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday

It has now been confirmed that the six governors of the South- south region will meet in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Monday, under the umbrella of the Forum of South-South Governors, to discuss issues around the mining of gold in Zamfara State. A source close to one of the governors told THISDAY last night that all arrangements for the meeting had been concluded and that Governor Nyesom Wike is excited hosting the crucial meeting. “The governors are looking towards taking a common decision on the Zamfara gold issue on Monday. This decision will be forwarded to President Buhari. South-south states also want ‘artisanal’ mining of oil,” added the source. Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, had last Wednesday expressed worry at “federal government’s apparent tacit endorse...
Communications Minister, Isa Pantami Shed Tears Over Killings In Northern Nigeria
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Communications Minister, Isa Pantami Shed Tears Over Killings In Northern Nigeria

Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital economy, Shiekh Isa Pantami has shed tears over the incessant killings in Northern Nigeria. Shiekh Pantami, a respected Islamic Scholar, wept seriously while leading a prayer session recently over the killings in Katsina, Sokoto, Zamfara and Borno states. He expressed deep sadness and prayed God’s intervention in the situation. 47-year-old Pantami was born on 20 October 1972 in Gombe and is popular for being a devout Muslim. He was formerly the head of the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA.
We Have Only 8 Active COVID-19 Cases Out Of 73 In Zamfara – Bello Matawalle
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We Have Only 8 Active COVID-19 Cases Out Of 73 In Zamfara – Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle says only eight patients out of the 73 confirmed coronavirus cases recorded in the state were 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. He expressed happiness that there was no new case in the state for now. “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 ...
Military Airstrikes Kill 135 Bandits, Destroy Camps In Katsina, Zamfara
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Military Airstrikes Kill 135 Bandits, Destroy Camps In Katsina, Zamfara

The Nigerian Military on Saturday said it has killed at least 135 armed bandits during air-raids across Katsina and Zamfara states. According to a statement signed by a military spokesman, Major General, John Enenche, the air raids, executed by the air component of Operation Hadarin Daji, took place between May 20 and 22. The military said it also neutralised bandit camps.Nigeria has, in recent years, witnessed a rise in banditry across the country, including in the north-western states of Zamfara and Katsina. The military said its air-raids, which are conducted based on credible intelligence reports, are intended to rid the north-west of the armed bandits. Read the military full’s statement below: AIR COMPONENT DECIMATES ARMED BANDITS CAMPS, KILLS 135 OF THEM IN AIR RAIDS C...
Pantami Blocks Twitter Users Who Questioned Silence On Zamfara, Katsina Killings
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Pantami Blocks Twitter Users Who Questioned Silence On Zamfara, Katsina Killings

Nigerians on social networking platform, Twitter, are recounting how Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, blocked them for questioning him about his silence on the attacks by armed bandits in Zamfara and Katsina states. While in the opposition in 2012, Pantami heavily criticised the handling of insurgency in Nigeria's North-East by former President, Goodluck Jonathan. He also said in an opinion piece published on an online news platform that "leadership in Nigeria has failed" and called on Nigerians to "rise up" and change the situation. An audio where he incited Nigerians against Jonathan over his handling of security in the country has also been making the rounds on Twitter, with many accusing him of hypocrisy now that the party he belongs to, the All P...
245 new Cases of COVID-19 Recorded in Nigeria – 76 in Lagos Alone
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245 new Cases of COVID-19 Recorded in Nigeria – 76 in Lagos Alone

245 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Nigeria on Monday, May 4, 2020. According to Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC, out of the 245 new cases of COVID-19, 76 were recorded in Lagos,  37 in Katsina, 32 in Jigawa, 23 in Kano, 19 in FCT, 18 in Borno, 10 in Edo,  9 in Bauchi, 6 in Adamawa, 5 in Oyo, 5 in Ogun, 1 in Ekiti, 1 in Osun, 1 in Benue, 1 in Niger,  and 1 in Zamfara. Nigeria now has 2802 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 417 patients have been discharged from various Isolation centers across the country, while 93 deaths have been recorded.
We Charge Zamfara Bandits N6000 For Sex Per Night – Sisters
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We Charge Zamfara Bandits N6000 For Sex Per Night – Sisters

Two sisters arrested with a motorcyclist suspected of supplying food items and women to bandits in Zamfara State, have confessed that they charge each member of the group N6,000 for intercouse per night. According to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Zamfara State command, Shafi’u Abdullahi and the sisters; Binta Husaini and Balki, were arrested on their way to Anka Local Government Area, where Abdullahi was taking supplies to the bandits. Aliyu Garban, the corps’ commandant, while briefing journalists on Friday, said luck ran out on the suspect, when he was intercepted by officers of the command after a tip-off. The commandant stated that the motorcyclist was arrested along Bagega-Anka Road with the two sisters, who are from Niger. “During our Investiga...
Two Chinese nationals arrested for illegal mining in Zamfara
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Two Chinese nationals arrested for illegal mining in Zamfara

Two Chinese nationals identified as Wang and Chu, have been arrested by men of the Zamfara state police command for their alleged involvement in illegal mining of Gold at Nasarawa Burkullu village in Kwali, Bukkuyum Local Government Area (LGA).   They have been accused of going against the directive of the Federal government, that all mining activities be stopped in the state. The directive was issued on April 7th.     Confirming their arrest, the spokesperson of the state police command said the arrest followed a tip-off received by the police on April 19, that some persons including foreigners were engaged in illegal mining despite federal government’s ban on all mining activities.   “The information proved to be credible one as hundred of m...
1,500 Almajiris Repatriated to Neighbouring States and Countries by Kano Government
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1,500 Almajiris Repatriated to Neighbouring States and Countries by Kano Government

1,500 almajiris have been repatriated to neighbouring states and countries by Kano state government, days after it announced a ban on street begging. Spokesperson of Hisbah popularly known as Sharia Police, Lawan Fagge said some of the almajiris were repatraited to their home states which includes Katsina, Zamfara, Kebbi, Borno, Kano and Yobe. Others were repatraited to Chad and Niger Republic. Fagge who revealed that some parents voluntarily withdrew their kids from the streets after the ban, added that Katsina has the highest number of repatriated almajiris while Jigawa State has the least. Premium Times reported that about 70 per cent are children from the ages of seven and twelve. Fagge also disclosed that there are old women who see begging as a business even when their f...
PDP Reacts as Maiduguri Residents Boo Buhari Over killings
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PDP Reacts as Maiduguri Residents Boo Buhari Over killings

The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to viral videos in which Maiduguri residents were seen booing President Buhari after he arrived the state for a sympathy visit over recent Boko Haram attacks. PDP in its statement said that the booing President Buhari got today shows loss of confidence in his administration. The party also stated that it is a clear message to the Nigerian leader that citizens of the country hold him responsible for the escalated insecurity in the country. The statement reads in full; The@OfficialPDPNig charges President @MBuhari  to go beyond his sympathy visit to Borno state and take decisive steps to end the killings in that state and other parts of the country. The booing of President@MBuhari in Borno state is a clear message to him that...
Zamfara Bandits Kill 31 In Fresh Attacks, Steal Food
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Zamfara Bandits Kill 31 In Fresh Attacks, Steal Food

There were concerns in Zamfara State on Thursday about the amnesty the state government granted bandits following the killing of 31 people by hoodlums in two separate attacks on Tuesday. No fewer than 29 people were killed by bandits at the Babban Rafi village in the Gummi Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday. The same day, bandits killed two health workers at Makosa village in the Zurmi Local Government Area of the state. An indigene of Babban Rafi, Mallam Musa Ibrahim, who narrowly escaped, narrated his ordeal in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Thursday. Ibrahim said the bandits, who were carrying AK-47 rifles, arrived at the village in the early hours of Tuesday on motorbikes and started shooting sporadically. The attacks occurred a day before the...
Zamfara Hisbah arrests policeman with three girls in hotel room
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Zamfara Hisbah arrests policeman with three girls in hotel room

The Zamfara Hisba Commission says it arrested a police officer with three girls at a hotel room in Gusau. Dr Atiku Zawuyya, the chairman of the commission, stated this while parading the suspects at the commission’s headquarters on Monday, December 30. According to News Agency of Nigeria, Zawuyya said the police officer and others committed acts contrary to Sharia law. Zawuyya said preliminary investigation conducted by the commission showed that one of the three girls was from Kaduna state while the two others were from the same family in Zamfara. The chairman said the commission had warned the management of the hotel several times against harbouring such people but failed to comply with the rules and regulations guiding the operation of hotel business in the state. The manager of ...
EFCC raids Zamfara INEC office, recovers 4 ‘Ghana-must- go’ bags full of money
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EFCC raids Zamfara INEC office, recovers 4 ‘Ghana-must- go’ bags full of money

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday took away four ‘Ghana-must-go’ bags suspected to contain money from the Zamfara office of INEC. The operatives were at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Gusau in continuation of its investigation over alleged non-payment of adhoc staff who conducted the 2019 general election. The EFCC operatives reportedly arrived at the office around noon with heavily armed personnel and ransacked the facility for close to two hours. All four bags and some documents were allegedly recovered from the office of the accountant. Some INEC officials who were earlier arrested by the EFCC were brought along during the two-hour search and were afterward taken back into custody. A petition to ...
Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila Visits Zamfara Over Insecurity
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Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila Visits Zamfara Over Insecurity

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, on Sunday, met with bandits commanders and the local volunteer vigilance groups, known as ‘Yan Sakai’ the two groups responsible for banditry activities in Zamfara State. The Speaker was speaking at the Government House, in Gusau, while on a one-day working visit to Zamfara State to ascertain the security problems there and meet with stakeholders to seek lasting solutions to the ugly menace in the state. Speaker Gbajabiamila said the national assembly would ensure that the Federal Government would develop the state to end bandits activities in the state.
Buhari’s Aide Contradicts Osinbajo, Says No Difference Between Ruga, Livestock Plan
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Buhari’s Aide Contradicts Osinbajo, Says No Difference Between Ruga, Livestock Plan

According to a report by Punch Metro, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has contradicted Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo’s claim the Ruga programme. Osinbajo had while refuting a statement by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, said the Ruga programme was different from the National Livestock Transformation Plan In a statement, the Vice-President had said, “Contrary to claims reported in sections of the media, Ruga settlements are not being supervised by the Office of the Vice President. Ruga is different from the National Livestock Transformation Plan approved by state governors under the auspices of the National Economic Council.   “On the National Livestock Transformation Plan, 13 states are already in the proce...
FG To Begin Ruga Settlements In 11 States Where The Governors Have Consented
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FG To Begin Ruga Settlements In 11 States Where The Governors Have Consented

Despite the harsh criticism of the planned establishment of Ruga settlements across the country, the Federal Government is set to commence the pilot phase of the project in Taraba, Adamawa, Plateau, Kaduna and seven other states, Saturday PUNCH’s investigations have confirmed. It was learnt in Abuja on Friday that the execution of the project would start in 11 states including Sokoto, Nasarawa, Kogi, Katsina, Kebbi, Zamfara and Niger. Documents seen by one of our correspondents at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development showed that all was set for the implementation of the initiative. According to senior officials of the ministry, the Federal Government is determined to go ahead with the project, notwithstanding the public outcry, particularly in the South. ...
Eid-El-Fitr: Zamfara Approves N83m To Purchase 750 Cows
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Eid-El-Fitr: Zamfara Approves N83m To Purchase 750 Cows

Bello Matawalle, governor of Zamfara, has approved N83 million for the purchase of 750 cows for Eid-el-Fitr celebration. Idris Gusau, the governor’s spokesman, disclosed this in a statement. He said the cows will be distributed to the less-privileged, internally displaced persons (IDPs), orphans and widows in the 147 wards of the 14 local government areas in the state. The spokesman said the measure is part of the present administration’s commitments to improve the welfare of the people. “The cows would be slaughtered and shared to enable them to celebrate Eid- el-Fitr despite the current economic hardship and security challenges confronting the state,” he said. Matawalle urged residents of the state to use the ongoing Ramadan period and the forthcoming celebration to pray f...
At Least 20 People Killed In Katsina Fresh Bandit Attack
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At Least 20 People Killed In Katsina Fresh Bandit Attack

Bandit gunmen have killed at least 20 people in separate attacks in northwestern Nigeria, police said Wednesday, the latest violence in the restive region of Katsina. Armed bandits on motorcycles stormed into a farming village on Tuesday, spraying the people with gunfire, Katsina state police spokesman Gambo Isah said. “They killed 18,” Isah said. That attack happened on at Yargamji village in Batsari district, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the state capital Katsina. A self-defence militia from another village then chased the bandits, ending in a gun battle in the forest. Police said the bodies of two militia members shot dead were brought back and buried from that fight, but residents said more people were killed. “We lost 11 people who went to fight the bandits in ...
Kano, Zamfara, Kwara, Rivers, Kogi, Edo Ready To Pay N30,000 Minimum Wage
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Kano, Zamfara, Kwara, Rivers, Kogi, Edo Ready To Pay N30,000 Minimum Wage

The governments of Kano, Zamfara, Kwara, Rivers, Kogi and Edo States have agreed to pay the new minimum wage of N30,000. Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said in Kano his administration has given priority to the welfare of civil servants in the state, and that is why it is not owning its workers. “We are ready to pay N30,000 monthly salary, because the welfare of our workers is paramount to anything and we will always give it. We will pay the N30,000,” he said. Governor Abdul Aziz Yari Abubakar said in Gusau that Zamfara State under his watch would do everything possible to ensure the welfare of workers in the state does not suffer. Yari who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Publicity and Public Enlightenment, Malam Ibrahim Dosara said that any state government...
Easter: Prices of Foodstuff Soar In Zamfara As Traders Blame Bandits.
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Easter: Prices of Foodstuff Soar In Zamfara As Traders Blame Bandits.

Christians residing in Zamfara State have raised alarm over the rapid increase in the prices of foodstuff in the state especially chicken, goat and other food items in the market due to the Easter season, a development trader blamed on armed banditry rocking the state. A market survey conducted by DAILY POST in Gusau, the state capital and some urban areas in the state shows that a medium-sized chicken that used to be sold for between N1000 and N1200 now goes for between N2000 and N2500 per one. Similarly, a basket of tomatoes that used to sell for between N1500 and N2000 some weeks ago before now goes for between N3500 and N4000 in the markets. Alhaji Mande Tanko, one of the major chicken dealers in Gusau market, blamed the hike on the insecurity situation in the state, saying th...
Channels TV Presenter, Maupe, Debunks Claims That Kadaria Ahmed Is No More A Muslim
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Channels TV Presenter, Maupe, Debunks Claims That Kadaria Ahmed Is No More A Muslim

Channels TV presenter, Maupe Ogun has come to the defence of journalist Kadaria Ahmed after a man claimed she has stopped being a Muslim. The man identified as Amb. Abdulrahman Yahaya also made a public threat on Twitter where he described the journalist as a walking corpse for converting from Islam to Christianity. In his words: “Kadaria, you converted to Christianity in London. I was appalled when I heard her describing herself as a passionate citizen of Zamfara. By Islamic tenets, Kadaria is a walking corps, she’s supposed to have been killed as an apostate. She’s a condemned soul”. Reacting to the allegation, Maupe Ogun labeled it as an attempted at shifting attention from the struggle Kadaria Ahmed was pushing against the loss of lives in Zamfara state. She tweeted: I am v...
Kadaria Ahmed Cries Out After Her Life Was Threatened For Converting To Christianity
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Kadaria Ahmed Cries Out After Her Life Was Threatened For Converting To Christianity

There has been chaos on twitter after a man with a Twitter handle - Amb. Abdulrahman Yahaya called out Kadaria Ahmed for converting to Chri*tianity in London before coming back to Nigeria. He described her as a "walking corps" already because he believed people like her are a disgrace to Isl*m and that she's supposed to have been killed as an apostate. In his words, "Kadaria, you converted to Christianity in London. I was appalled when I heard her describing herself as a passionate citizen of Zamfara. By Islamic tenets, Kadaria is a walking corps, she's supposed to have been killed as an apostate. She's a condemned soul". His tweet didn't go down well, and has prompted angry reactions from people. Kadaria had to cry out by saying, " I have reported this account for threatening my ...
Minister Of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali Blames ‘Traditional Leaders’ For Violence In North
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Minister Of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali Blames ‘Traditional Leaders’ For Violence In North

The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali, on Tuesday said fresh intelligence had exposed the complicity of some "highly-placed traditional rulers" in the ongoing killings of Nigerians across the northern parts of the country. Deadly attacks blamed on "bandits" have increased in north west states of Zamfara, Sokoto, and Katsina, with hundreds killed in recent months. In the north east, attacks by the insurgent group Boko Haram have continued, affecting mostly Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. The widespread killings by rampaging armed bandits had prompted a surge in military and police deployment in those states, with President Muhammadu Buhari promising an escalation of security response if required. The government on Sunday ordered the immediate stoppage of artisanal mining in Zamfara s...
Buhari Returns to Abuja from Dubai.
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Buhari Returns to Abuja from Dubai.

  President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Abuja on Tuesday night, a day ahead of schedule. The president was initially scheduled to return to Abuja from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday at about 1.30 a.m. However, the presidential aircraft carrying the president, his aides and some members of his entourage landed at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at about 10.45 p.m. The president’s decision to cut short his official engagements in Dubai might not be unconnected with security developments in Zamfara, Kaduna and some other parts of the country. President Buhari had on April 4 departed Abuja for Amman to honour an invitation by King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of Jordan to participate in the World Economic Forum (WEF...
I Am One Of The Unhappiest Leaders In The World – Buhari
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I Am One Of The Unhappiest Leaders In The World – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says the spike in activities of bandits and kidnappers across the country has made him one of the unhappiest leaders in the world. Several states, including Zamfara and Kaduna, have come under repeated attacks by suspected hoodlums. The attacks have left many dead with many properties destroyed. On Saturday, some protesters marched to the presidential villa in Abuja over the persistent killings in Zamfara. In a statement by Garba Shehu, his spokesman, Buhari said his mind is constantly preoccupied with the insecurity challenges in the country. The president described as “ridiculous”, claims that he is indifferent to the incidents. He explained that as human, he understands the pains of the victims of the attacks. “How can I be happy and i...
Zamfara Killings: Miyetti Allah Profers Solutions
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Zamfara Killings: Miyetti Allah Profers Solutions

Ibrahim Suleman, the Zamfara Chairman ofMiyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, has suggested how the government can put an end to killings in the state. He said that for the state to have lasting peace, children of nomadic Fulani must be educated. He urged the state government to encourage Fulani children to go to school, saying education is the permanent solution to the rising waves of insecurity in the state. Suleman, who made the call at a stakeholder’s meeting held in Gusau on Wednesday, said most of the Fulani children indulging in criminal activities such as banditry, do so due to ignorance and poor parenting. He stressed the need for parents and government to collaborate by ensuring that nomadic children acquire sound education that can make them compete favourably w...
Eight Feared Killed In Fresh Kaduna Attack
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Eight Feared Killed In Fresh Kaduna Attack

At least eight people including two policemen are feared to have been killed and several others injured following a fresh attack by suspected armed bandits in Katangi district in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna state. The fresh attack comes barely 24 hours after the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu launched a joint security operation to flush out bandits in Kaduna, Niger, Zamfara and Katsina States in recent time. Although the police authorities are yet to confirm the incident, the Chairman of Birnin Gwari Vanguards for Security and Good Governance, Ibrahim Nagwari, said in a statement that the bandits stormed Kakangi around 5.00 pm Saturday evening on motorcycles, shooting sporadically at the police station before proceeding on a house to house attack. He ...
CUPP hails Federal High Court ruling nullifying Zamfara APC primaries
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CUPP hails Federal High Court ruling nullifying Zamfara APC primaries

Similarly, CUPP commended the court for its ruling vacating its earlier order restricting INEC from continuing the collation of governorship election result from Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area, saying the development had open room for official declaration of the winner of Bauchi State Governorship election. In a statement by its spokesman,Ikenga Ugochinyere, CUPP said with the court’s decision,”Gradually the House of political injustice APC built will collapse on their head.” Recall that the Court of Appeal sitting in Sokoto State, led by Justice Tom Yakubu, has set aside the judgement of a Zamfara High Court on the All Progressives Congress primary election that produced the party’s candidates for the governorship, National and State Assembly elections.” Speaking on the Bauc...
Appeal Court Upholds APC Primaries In Zamfara, Asks INEC To Accept Candidates
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Appeal Court Upholds APC Primaries In Zamfara, Asks INEC To Accept Candidates

The Appeal court sitting in Sokoto has dismissed the appeal challenging the judgment of the lower court which upheld the primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara state. Daily Trust had earlier reported on Monday that the three judges of the Appeal Court in Sokoto withdrawn from the case over bribery allegation to the tune of $3million (dollars). One of the respondents, Kabiru Marafa, alleged that there was bribery allegation against the judges which made them lose confidence in them. Counsel to Senator Marafa, Barrister Muhammad Nuhu, alleged that there was a posting on social media platform, alleging that the judges had received three million Dollars from one Kabiru Kamba to compromise. “Because of that my client is not comfortable with them and urge the...
Bandits who kidnapped Senator Marafa’s brother-in-law demand N30million ransom
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Bandits who kidnapped Senator Marafa’s brother-in-law demand N30million ransom

Armed bandits who raided communities in Zamfara recently are said to have made a demand of N30million as ransom to release Alhaji Ibrahim, the husband of late Ade Marafa, an elder sister to Kabiru Marafa, Senator representing Zamfara Central.   The bandits also set Ruwan Bore community in Gusau Local Government Area ablaze.  A resident of the community, who spoke with SaharaReporters, disclosed that the bandits called the family to demand the money before he could be released.   “They have called demanding N30million,” he said adding that the bandits came with the intention of kidnapping Marafa’s sister, but she resisted. When they arrived, they tried to kidnap her, but she resisted. So they killed her, and took away her husband.”   The bandits invaded the ...
Mass Movement Out Of Borno As Boko Haram Takes Over The State – Punch
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Mass Movement Out Of Borno As Boko Haram Takes Over The State – Punch

There has been mass movement of people out of communities in Borno State through Damaturu the Yobe State capital to Bauchi, Gombe, Kebbi, Zamfara, Kebbi and Jigawa states. Residents told our correspondent, the Boko Haram insurgents, who attacked some communities in Borno, were targeting soldiers. Boko Haram had last week overran Baga, Doron-Baga, Kross Kawwa, Bunduran, Kekeno and Kukawa towns of Borno State after three days of intense fighting. Mallam Bukar Kachalla and Mr. Abacha Musa told one of our correspondents on the phone on Monday that since late Saturday there has been a mass movement of people through Dapchi and Damaturu to other neigbouring states like Jigawa, Kebbi, Bauchi, Zamfara and Gombe. Abacha said, “Baga is a big fishing community and people from other st...
Fayose Hopes To See Osinbajo Patronize Barbing Saloons In Ajegunle, Baga, Zamfara
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Fayose Hopes To See Osinbajo Patronize Barbing Saloons In Ajegunle, Baga, Zamfara

Former Governor of Ekiti State Mr. Ayodele Fayose has said that he hope that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will patronise ‘barbing saloons in Ajegunle Lagos, Baga in Borno or those armed bandits controlled towns in Zamfara.’ Fayose reacting to Osinbajo’s visit to Luxor Salon and Spar, Wuse 2, where he had a haircut and one on one interaction with barbers, customers and residents of the area who trooped out to welcome him to their neighbourhood said: ‘It is only election fever that will drive a VP to that high class barbing saloon in Abuja, something he never did in the last three & half years. ‘I hope to see the VP patronising barbing saloons in Ajegunle Lagos, Baga in Borno or those armed bandits controlled towns in Zamfara.’ Professor Osinbajo on Thursday visited New Kush...