I Am Ready To Resign If That Will Bring Peace To Zamfara – Gov Matawalle

 

Bello Matawalle says he is ready to resign as governor of Zamfara if that will bring peace to the state.

Matawalle who was a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today stated this when asked if he is intimidated by the Federal Government’s declaration of a ‘No-Fly Zone’ in Zamfara.

He said: “I am ready to accept any solution that will bring security to my state.

“I am not intimidated. If I know that my resigning as a governor will make the people sleep with their two eyes closed, I can resign. I am ready to do what will bring security. I am not power-hungry. I have been having a sleepless night to protect the people of Zamfara State.”


I Agree With Declaration Of ‘No-Fly Zone’ If It Will Bring Peace In Zamfara – Matawalle

How Repentant Bandits Handed Over Abducted Schoolgirls To Security Agents – Matawalle


The National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno, had on Tuesday said President Buhari approved the declaration “No-Fly Zone” in Zamfara, as part of efforts to tackle the security challenges in the state.

Matawalle noted that while he has no grievance regarding the order, he was however disappointed that the National Security Council did not consult him before making the declaration.

The governor also stated that the ‘No-Fly Zone’ order is not the same as declaring a state of emergency.

He argued that the flight ban was supposed to have been extended to some other states seeing that the security challenges faced in Zamfara were also affecting many states in the northern part of the country.

‘No-Fly Zone’: PDP Alleges Plot By APC To Forcefully Take Over Zamfara

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says there is a sinister plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Federal Government to forcefully take over the governance of Zamfara state through the imposition of an orchestrated state of emergency.

PDP in a communique on Wednesday rejected what it calls an attempt by power-mongers in the APC administration to undermine and subvert the democratic order in Zamfara state by creating the impression that the state government, under Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle, is to blame for the failures of the APC-led federal government to contain insecurity in the state.

“It is instructive to recall that the plot by the APC to derail the Matawalle administration and forcefully take over the control of the state started immediately after the Supreme Court handed him victory in the Zamfara state governorship election; a plot which heightened after Governor Matawalle refused the pressure to decamp to the APC.

“Nigerians can recall that our party had on December 19, 2020, issued a statement to alert of plots by the National Caretaker Committee of the APC, using an impostor, as a spokesperson, to heighten insecurity in the Northwest part of our country.

“The PDP had in that statement, further alerted of conspiracies by the APC to use the said impostor to destabilize Northwest states, particularly Zamfara, by creating the space for acts of violence and blame it on Governor Matawalle.

“Our party had also expressed concerns on series of devious statements against Governor Matawalle by the APC, a party that has been exposed to be encouraging acts of terrorism, banditry, and kidnapping in our country.

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“We invite Nigerians to further note how the APC has been quiet over disturbing videos, which had gone viral, showing self-confessed bandits admitting their fury of being abandoned by the APC after the party uses them to muscle the 2015 and 2019 elections.

“Equally disturbing is the attempt by some APC leaders, who are masquerading under extraneous organizations, to seek political capital out of the situation in Zamfara state, which escalated due to the failures and compromises of the APC-led administration.

“We demand that the APC should leave Governor Matawalle alone and take up their responsibility of confronting bandits, terrorists, kidnappers, and vandals, particularly those they brought from other countries.

“Our party insists that the statutory onus, under our democracy, is on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government to secure life and property in all parts of Nigeria, including Zamfara state.

“It is further instructive to state that the Matawalle administration adopted an intervention approach as a distressed measure following the manifest failures of the Buhari Presidency to guarantee the security of lives and property in the state.

“It is on record that Governor Matawalle is not the first Governor, particularly in the North West, to adopt such approach in the face of the huge incapacity of the Buhari administration to save lives.

“More so, there is escalated banditry, terrorism, kidnapping and other forms of violent acts in APC controlled states of the North West, like Kaduna and Katsina; in the North East of Borno and Yobe as well as the North Central states of Niger, Nasarawa, Plateau and Kogi, yet no attempt has been made by the Buhari Presidency to intimidate the governors of the various states, seek to impose a state of emergency or declare such states as “no fly zone”.

“It is even more worrisome that the Buhari Presidency will gloss over Kaduna, Niger and Mr. President’s home state of Katsina, where killings, kidnapping and abduction have become a daily routine, only to be contemplating an emergency situation in Zamfara.

“The PDP counsels that rather than this selective approach to fighting banditry, terrorism, and kidnapping, the Buhari Presidency should go back to the drawing board and adopt a holistic approach to quell the prevailing insecurity in our nation.

“Our party will therefore not allow the Buhari Presidency to tag and intimidate Governor Matawalle for seeking to find solutions to a very depressing situation.
Consequently, the PDP hereby directs Governor Matawalle to stop his intervention approach as our party charges Nigerians to hold President Buhari and his administration directly responsible for any further assault or killing of innocent citizens in Zamfara state.

“In doing this, the PDP charges President Buhari to be mindful of the type of advice he receives from his officials in the security circle on this Zamfara security concerns, especially as there are allegations of hidden interest among his officials.

“President Buhari may wish to recall the allegations in the public space of alleged complicity by his National Security Adviser (NSA), Gen. Babagana Monguno, in the unfortunate situation in Zamfara state, upon which our party had called for an investigation.

“Already, Governor Matawalle had declared that Mr. President was misinformed on the decision of imposing a “no fly zone’ on Zamfara, as recommended to him by Gen. Monguno,” the opposition party’s communique partly read.

The PDP stressed that it rejects any attempt to impose a state of emergency and derail democratic order in Zamfara state by the APC as a means to forcefully take over the state.

According to the party, the move is capable of triggering a national crisis, worsening the already tensed situation, derailing the nation’s democracy, and threatening the corporate existence as a country.

PDP called on Governor Matawalle to remain strong and focused at this critical time.

The party also urged the people of Zamfara state to remain calm and continue to cooperate with the security forces, under the democratic order, as they intensify efforts to rid the state and our nation of these vicious outlaws.

I Agree With Declaration Of ‘No-Fly Zone’ If It Will Bring Peace In Zamfara – Matawalle

 

Governor Bello Matawalle says he is not at variance with the Federal Government regarding the declaration of ‘No-Fly Zone’ in Zamfara.

“This decision that was taken is very very good and what all Nigerians are looking for is how the bad elements can be flushed out from all corners of the country,” Matawalle stated on Channels Television Politics Today.

The governor said contrary to claims making the rounds, he is not intimidated by anyone; adding that the order is not something to be worried about.

The National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno, had on Tuesday said President Buhari approved the declaration “No-Fly Zone” in Zamfara, as part of efforts to tackle the security challenges in the state.

While stressing that he has no issue with the order, Matawalle however, expressed disappointment that the National Security Council did not consult him before making the declaration.

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When asked how he felt about the release of the schoolgirls, the governor said he was extremely happy with the release of the students.

He explained that his administration received the students after engaging the bandits, noting that he lost sleep within the period.

“I am very happy with the situation; I can’t measure how happy I was at that moment. On that very day, I did not sleep because they left Gusau around 11 am in the morning to the area where the children were kept.

“They did not come back to the state capital till after 4 am in the morning which we were all waiting for them in the Government House,” he added.

The governor insisted that no ransom was paid to secure the release of the over 300 abducted students of the Government Secondary School in the Jangebe.

“There is nothing in exchange for the release; we use those (bandits) that are repented. When we use them, they engage them and I said they should ask them why they did that”.

Produce Relevant Workforce, Jonathan Tasks Universities

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Former President Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has urged Nigerian universities to aspire to produce the kind of workforce that would advance the nation’s economy on a sustainable basis.

He also emphasised that the universities should serve as hubs for technological innovation, adding that for the country to remain competitive, it must make reasonable contributions to the global body of knowledge, as it pertains to science and technology.

Dr. Jonathan stated this on Wednesday in his speech at a special convocation ceremony of the Gregory University Uturu, Abia State where an honorary doctorate degree in public administration was conferred on him.

The former President noted that he made education one of the cardinal points of his administration, in line with his philosophy of development which is rooted in education. According to him, some of the initiatives of his administration geared towards revamping the nation’s education included establishing twelve new conventional universities and three specialized as well as implementing the Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme for Innovations and Development (PRESSID) established.

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He said that PRESSID was of special interest to him because of its potential to train and produce young Nigerians that would advance Nigeria’s technological drive.

For a country like ours which is in dire need of a technological base for its growth, especially in this age of fast-paced knowledge economy, we were convinced that a programme like PRESSID was the way to go”, the former president said:

Dr Jonathan noted that a beneficiary of the PRESSID programme, Dr Joel Eleojo Adams had gone on to become the first non-British to be commissioned as an Aero-Systems Specialist engineer and first Nigerian to get to the rank of a Flying Officer in the British Royal Airforce.

Speaking further, the former President said: “We must strive to make our universities, solution camps, and ideation grounds. Grounds for the formation of creative minds. Places that produce people pondering on solving the next mankind’s greatest challenges.

“Our universities must function as citadels for purpose-driven human development and hubs for technological innovation.

“For us to make sustainable progress, they must serve as institutions for research, discovery and development of transformative solutions that will reduce hunger, poverty, and unemployment.

“Nations that stand out today as very peaceful, prosperous, and stable are those with well-established educational systems.

“For this reason, every progress-minded society must make conscious and pragmatic efforts to build a proper education system that develops the capacities of its people because education serves as not just the gateway to prosperity but a peacebuilding mechanism.”

The former President further charged the students of the university and all others across the country to work hard to make their years on campus count.

“You must justify the investments made by your parents and guardians by making yourself relevant in the search for solutions to society’s challenges.”

 

Alleged N650m Money Laundering Court strikes Out Charge Against Akinjide, Two Others

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The Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos has struck out the charge against a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Jumoke Akinjide and two others on allegations of fraud and money laundering to the tune of N650m.

Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke struck out the charge for being incompetent.

The former minister was standing trial alongside a former Senator who represented Oyo Central Senatorial District between 2011 and 2015, Senator Ayo Adeseun and a PDP Chieftain, Mrs Olanrewaju Otiti.

They were alleged to have received monies from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, in the build-up to the 2015 general elections.

The money was said to be part of the $115 million allegedly disbursed by Alison-Madueke, to influence the outcome of the 2015 presidential election.

They had all pleaded not guilty to the charge after which trial commenced in the matter.

The defendants chalk Ed the trial and asked that the case be struck out. They also insisted that they could only be tried in the division where the offences allegedly took place.

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In his ruling on the application, Justice Aneke held that pursuant to Section 45 of the Federal High Court Act, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court has the overriding powers to transfer any matter from one judge to another, within the jurisdiction of the court.

The judge also held that the charge was vague and defective as it did not specifically mention where the offences were allegedly committed.


The defendants were first arraigned on Jan. 16, 2018, before Muslim Hassan on a 24-count charge to which they pleaded not guilty.

They were granted bail and trial began before Justice Hassan with witnesses testifying, but midway into the case, the defendants alleged bias against the judge and the case was then transferred to Justice Aneke.

One of the counts reads, “That you, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke (still at large), Oloye Jumoke Akinjide, Senator Ayo Ademola Adeseun and Chief Olanrewaju Otiti, on or about the 26th day of March 2015, in Nigeria, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, conspired amongst yourselves to directly take possession of an N650,000,000, which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of proceeds of an unlawful act and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) and 4 of the same Act.”

Police Promotion: PSC Insists NO Zone Has Been Marginalized

 

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has reiterated that no part of this country has been deliberately short-changed in the promotion of officers of the Nigeria Police Force. The Commission notes that promotion in the Police Force is guided by defined rules and regulations that have nothing to do with ethnic or religious considerations.

The Commission on Wednesday stated that it has since sanitized the processes of recruitment, promotion, and discipline in the Force and has ensured that these processes are also governed by established rules and regulations.

“It is on record that the Commission has contributed to ensuring sanity in the recruitment of qualified Nigerians into the Nigeria Police Force where the principle of federal character is now considered alongside merit.

“The Commission is a product of the 1999 Constitution as amended and further consolidated by the Police Service Commission (Establishment) Act, 2001. It met at inception in 2001, a recruitment process that needed to be made more transparent and inclusive through respect for the federal character principles such as advertisement of the recruitment exercise, observance of equality of states, and merit,” a communique from the PSC read.

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The Commission advised that Nigerians from all the states of the country should encourage their wards to not only show interest in all levels of recruitment into the force but in being successful in getting in and also striving to remain in the Force so that they don’t create future problems for their geopolitical zone of not having representation at critical levels of the force.

“It is unfair and ungodly for the Commission to therefore be accused of marginalizing any geopolitical zone of our country during the promotion of Officers to the senior ranks of Commissioners and Assistant Inspectors- General of Police since those that will be considered will be Officers that remained in service to rise to ranks qualifying them for selection.

“The Nigeria Police Force is a regimented organization with a tradition and laid down rules and regulations for carrying out its activities and the Commission has never deviated from this tradition except in very rare cases where public interest will be served,” the PSC further stated.

The Commission reiterated that it will at no time consciously marginalize any section of the country in the promotion and deployment of senior police officers, adding that it will continue to be guided by the established rules guiding promotions in the Nigeria Police Force in the larger interest of the Nigerian nation.

Kaduna Security: Troops Arrest 9 Suspected Bandits Connected With Zangon Attack

 

Troops of Operation Safe Haven have arrested nine suspects in connection with the recent attack on Kurmin Gandu village, Zangon Kataf local government area of Kaduna state.

This was revealed in an operational feedback submitted to the State Government by troops of Operation Safe Haven.

Armed bandits had last Sunday carried out an attack on the village, leaving five people dead.

The nine suspects were apprehended after continuous tracking by the troops while assorted types of weapons were also recovered from them.

The Kaduna state Commissioner for internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan says the suspects have been handed over to the police for further investigation.

Meanwhile, six persons have been killed by bandits during fresh village attacks in Igabi and Kauru Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Kaduna State.

This latest killing took place barely 24 hours after attacks by bandits in Zango Kataf and Chikun LGAs left 10 people dead.

Aruwan who confirmed the attacks in a statement on Tuesday explained that the armed bandits barricaded the Birnin Yero-Tami Road in Igabi LGA where one Hussaini Dari was killed and another resident, Dahiru Saidu, was injured.

Aruwan noted that the bandits also attacked Gwada village in the same local government and killed two persons – Yahuza Sale and Garba Sule.

A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria's North-Central region.
A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria’s north-west region.

 

In another incident, he revealed that two residents – Mohammed Suleiman and Yahuza Sale – were killed by bandits during an attack on Ungwan Kure.

The bandits also stormed Amawan Dadi and Rugan Jauru settlements in Kauru LGA where they killed one resident.

However, security agencies in Kaduna said several bandits were killed by troops during an operation in some communities in Giwa LGA.

According to them, security operatives spotted the bandits with herds of cattle at Yadi village and engaged them in a gun battle, a development that led to the killing of a number of the bandits.

Court Convicts Ponzi Scheme Operator In Kano, Orders Return of N110m To Victims

 

Justice Lewis Allagoa of the Federal High Court, Kano on March 2, 2021, convicted one Maryam Abu Shinga on a one-count amended charge of retention of proceeds of crime. She was also ordered to pay the sum of N110, 000,000 in restitution to victims.

The convict was said to have lured her victims into a phony gold mining investment where she represented that the investor stands to earn 300% profit. She claimed that when an investor invests N500, 000, such investor could earn N1, 500,000 (One Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira Only) as returns on investment over a period of 4 weeks.

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The investigation, however, revealed that the convict was never into gold mining or any such investment. It was also discovered that even though Shinga was able to pay some early investors with funds taken from later investors, she allegedly diverted N394,541,910 (Three Hundred and Ninety-four Million, Five Hundred and Forty-one Thousand, Nine Hundred and Ten Naira) belonging to several other investors.

Upon arraignment, Shinga pleaded ‘not guilty’ thereby setting the stage for trial.
During the trial which commenced on January 23, 2020, the prosecution called five witnesses and tendered several documents in evidence. However, before the prosecution could close its case, the convict opted for a plea bargain.

In his judgment on Tuesday, March 2, Justice Allagoa accepted the terms of a plea bargain agreement, convicted, and sentenced the defendant to restitute the complainants in the sum of N110, 000,000.

How Repentant Bandits Handed Over Abducted Schoolgirls To Security Agents – Matawalle

 

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara says repentant bandits played a vital role in the release of about 300 Jangebe schoolgirls recently abducted by bandits in the state.

The governor said on Wednesday that the repentant bandits joined the military to go rescue the kidnapped girls.

He said the repentant bandits held talks with their unrepentant counterparts and were able to secure the release of the students and returned the girls to the waiting security operatives.

Matawalle spoke while featuring on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

“Zamfara has a very vast area and we have borders with different states like Niger, Kebbi, Kaduna, Sokoto, and Katsina. When it (the abduction) happened, I spoke with the security agents and they went together with the repentant bandits to the place where these guys (abductors) promised to bring the children.

“We provided vehicles with all the security –the Army, the Police, the Air Force, and everyone to go along with those guys (repentant bandits) and they (security agents) remained in one of the areas called Bingi. So, the repentant ones brought them to the security agents to convey them from there to the state capital,” the governor stated when asked to narrate how the schoolgirls were released.

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According to the governor, the peace accord struck with bandits who have chosen to repent is paying off in Zamfara State.

“No matter how people may see the peace, dialogue, and reconciliation efforts as unnecessary, to me it is very important,” Matawalle stated.

He further noted that former bandits in Zamfara State are tired of indulging in criminal activities.

Reacting to claims that the govt paid a ransom to secure the release of the Jangebe Girls, Governor Matawalle said there was no truth to the assertions.

“There is nothing in exchange for the release,” the governor stated.

When asked how he felt about the release of the schoolgirls, the governor said he was extremely happy with the release of the students.

The Zamfara Governor said: “I am very happy with the situation; I can’t measure how happy I was at that moment. On that very day, I did not sleep because they left Gusau around 11 am in the morning to the area where the children were kept.

“They did not come back to the state capital till after 4 am in the morning where we were all waiting for them in the Government House.”

Wike Charges APC, Other Parties To Emulate PDP’s Commitment To Project Delivery

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other political parties should emulate the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the delivery of democratic dividends to the citizens.

He said the PDP has done well in the State by fulfilling the promises it made to people of the State and they now know the difference.

Governor Wike stated this at the inauguration of the Okoro-Nu-Odo Flyover, which was performed by the former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, on Monday.

The Rivers State Governor challenged the APC to come out bold to tell Rivers people what they will do differently or had done already to convince the people to believe in them.

Governor Wike pointed out that like every other project, the Okoro-Nu-Odo Flyover is among the best projects his administration has delivered because Rivers people deserve the best always.

“I want to thank everybody for your support. Our party is not a party of excuses. When we say something, we do it. Let other parties emulate us. They should not be promising Nigerians and be giving excuses.

“We have promised and we have fulfilled. When they (APC) make a promise they should fulfill it. PDP has done all its campaigns in this state. Let the other parties come to tell us what they will do differently or had done while in office. Time is already gone for them.”

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Speaking further, Governor Wike said skeptics thought the three flyover projects he started in 2019 will not be completed within a record time of 16 months. But with Rebisi and Okoro-Nu-Odo flyovers completed and commissioned, he said his administration has further demonstrated commitment to enhancing infrastructure in the State.

The governor warned community leaders who encourage street traders around the area to desist from the act because trading activities will not be tolerated around the Okoro-Nu-Odo Flyover.

“To the paramount rulers of Rumuokoro Community and Rumuodumaya Community, tell your youths and CDCs, who are always collecting money here, I will not tolerate anybody who will covert this flyover as a trading place.

“We cannot spend this money here and you turn this place into a market. I will not accept that. We have built a market and motor park for you. Go and use them for your business activities.

“I have told the GOC of the 6 Division and the Garrison commander to tell all their men to stop what they’re doing on this road. They collect money and allow people to sell on the road. We won’t tolerate it again.

“Leave our road; this is not market, nobody should trade here. Allow the people to enjoy the road.”

Governor Wike described former Governor of Cross River, Donald Duke, as a role model who inspired him to perform in office.

“I invited you because I know when you were governor, you performed very well. I will not bring anybody who did not perform in office to come and commission my projects.

“You’re our role model. We monitored you while you were in office and to see how you took Cross River from nothing to somewhere.

“Today, people talk of Cross River and carnival, who’s the originator? You’re the one who did everything to put Cross River on the world map. People should not forget history. Today, you are here to see the little thing we are doing, having emulated what you did.”

Inaugurating the Okoro-Nu-Odo Flyover Bridge, former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke said Governor Wike is a trailblazer who has demonstrated leadership and spent state resources prudently for the good of Rivers people.

Duke urged the benefiting communities of the project to cherish and protect the project as their own contribution to ensuring that the resource used to build the bridge does not amount to waste.

“I want to congratulate you the people for being steadfast with your son. You gave him support and he has delivered. Leadership is not about winning an election. Leadership is about taking people to a destination.

You may not always agree with Governor Wike at the onset. Later on, you’ll understand the wisdom of his stance. But you are never in doubt where he stands on any issues and that’s leadership.

“Today, we are celebrating many things he has done; the development of a community, the prosperity that will be brought into the community, leaving the community better than he met it and of course, we are saying thank you that we have a leader which is very rare to find in our country, that is people who say what they mean and mean what they say.”

Providing the description of the project, the Rivers State Commissioner of Works, Elloka Tasie-Amadi said the Okoro-Nu-Odo Flyover is one of three flyover projects sited strategically to ease travel time for commuters in the state.

“The Okoro-Nu-Odo flyover measures 642.75 m from ramp to ramp, 360m of that being the suspended section. The transition area from the 4 lane East-West Road to the 8 lanes of the bridge project measures 236m. 8 lanes because we have 4 lanes on the bridge and 4 lanes on the ground for both service lanes on either side of the bridge, both of which measure 1,760m long and 8.3m wide.

“You are seated in one of the transition zones. This flyover which is a wonderful sight to behold at night is lit with 68 streetlight poles 26 of those are single-arm while 42 are double arm giving you 110 nos of 250w luminares, not forgetting the 2 bulkhead luminares under the bridge. All of these are powered by a dedicated substation complete with a transformer and backup generator.”

The Commissioner said the Flyover will contribute towards ease of travel along the East-West Road, and traffic decongestion around the area.

Former president of the Nigerian Bar Association, Onueze .C. J Okocha (SAN) lauded Governor Wike for his developmental stride and warned the people of the area against converting the flyover to a trading post.

Police Kill Nine Bandits, Arrest 10 Suspected Marauders In Katsina

 

At least nine (9) bandits have been killed in a joint security operation conducted at bandits’ camps located behind Guzurawa and Garin Gambo villages in the Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Police Spokesman, SP Gambo Isah disclosed this on Monday in a press briefing held at the command headquarters, noting that the onslaught against the menace of banditry, armed robbery, kidnapping, and other heinous crimes is fervently ongoing.

He further disclosed that the police have succeeded in arresting ten (10) suspects in connection with various offences.

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According to him, three of the suspects who were said to have been part of a notorious syndicate of bandits and kidnappers had in their possession, the sum of three million and six hundred thousand naira (N3,600,000) when they were arrested.

During the two separate operations conducted on February 26th and 28th, 2021, the police in collaboration with the Nigerian Army recovered nine (9) burnt motorcycles, and one AK-47 rifle with five rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.


 

 

 

Buhari Promised Zamfara Abduction Will Be Last Under His Administration – Sirika

 

The Federal Government has assured Nigerians that episodes like the Zamfara abduction will be the last under the present administration.

Speaking to State House correspondent after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the statehouse, the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika said the government is working to ensure that there is no repeat of abductions in schools in the country.

“The government of President Muhammadu Buhari has done everything possible to ensure safe schools. It has recently rejigged the national security architecture… and everything that is made possible to stop this from happening again has been put in place,” the minister told reporters.

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According to Senator Sirika, there may be possibilities that some people will try to embarrass the government, however, he boasts that the government has the resources to give the best when it comes to securing the country.

The minister who had earlier led a federal government delegation on a commiserative visit to Zamfara said President Buhari is saddened by the abduction of the students from Jangebe, adding that the government will use all the resources at its disposal to tackle the miscreants.

Senator Sirika further stated that the federal government will continue to support the efforts of Zamfara, to ensure that the security issues besetting the state are resolved.