Zamfara Govt Orders Closure Of Schools After Students’ Abduction

File photo of Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle at the Government House in Guasau


Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, on Wednesday ordered the immediate closure of primary and secondary schools in the state following the abduction of a yet-to-be ascertained the number of students in the state.

The Zamfara State Commissioner of Police, Ayuba Elkana, conveyed the governor’s directive while addressing journalists on the new security measures in the state.

“I wish to inform the general public that His Excellency the executive governor of Zamfara State has ordered the closure of all schools within the state, both primary and secondary schools that are existing here are now closed with immediate effect,” the Commissioner said.

The Zamfara State Government’s decision is indefinite, the commissioner added during the briefing in Gusau.

“It’s a threat, you know the bandits will like to go back to kidnap these students, so for their safety the schools have to be closed until peace is restored in the state.”

When asked how many students were abducted, the commissioner of police said, “I don’t know.”

READ ALSO: Bandits Attack Zamfara School, Abduct Students

The government also restricted movement – from 6pm to 6am- in 13 local government areas. But for Gusau, the capital, movement restriction will be from 8pm to 6am.

Gunmen had stormed the Kaya Day Secondary School in Maradun Local Government Area of the state and whisked away several students.

The latest kidnap is happening five days after the students of the College Of Agriculture and Animal Science Bakura earlier abducted in the state regained their freedom

Zamfara, just like other states in the northwest and north-central have been facing serious security challenges by bandits – believed to hole up in Rugu forest, which straddles Katsina, Kaduna, Zamfara and Niger states – to increasingly attacking schools, seizing students to extort ransom from parents.

Kidnappings are just one of the challenges facing Nigeria’s security forces, who are battling a grinding Islamist insurgency in the northeast and separatist tensions in parts of the south.

According to the UN, some 950 students have been kidnapped across Nigeria since December.

While most of the hostages have been released after negotiations, some are still being held.


Zamfara Govt Orders Closure Of All Markets, Fuel Stations

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle (File Photo)


Governor of Zamfara State Bello Matawalle has declared the closure of all major markets in the state.

The governor has also ordered the closure of some filling stations in local areas, adding that there should be no selling of fuel even in jerry cans.

This is coming shortly after some abducted students of the College Of Agriculture and Animal Science Bakura, regained their freedom.

The students were released on Friday with the help of some repentant bandits.

According to the governor, no ransom was paid for their release.

In a bid to tackle the growing activities of bandits in the state, the state government announced a set of new measures.

They are contained in the statement below:


Governor Bello Mohammed (Matawallen Marafun, Shattiman Sakkwato) has announced a set of new measures aimed at curtailing the growing activities of bandits in the state.

Henceforth, all filling stations in the state are banned from selling fuel except in Gusau and the 14 local Government headquarters. In addition, no eligible filling station is allowed to sell fuel of more that N10,000 to a single customer.

Similarly, the sale of fuel in jerry cans is disallowed in all filling stations while roadside purchase (popularly known as black market) are entirely banned.

Governor Matawalle further announced that all weekly markets across the state are suspended but normal market activities of buying and selling for local consumptions are exempted from the ban.

The Government further ordered that the transportation of livestock to and from the State is henceforth suspended while the transportation of food across the state and outside the state must be verified to authenticate its destination otherwise will be seized and taken to the orphanage.

The new rules further include the banning of riding on motorcycles and tricycles from 6pm to 6am in the state except the state capital which starts by 8pm to 6am everyday. Furthermore, any tricycle that is covered will be stopped to verify its passengers, otherwise will be apprehended.

Governor Matawalle reiterated the ban on more than two persons riding a motorcycle and warned that those who break the law stand the risk of being shot at by security operatives.

The Governor called on all citizens in the state to observe these rules to avoid unfortunate incidents as the security operatives will be empowered to treat offenders as suspected bandits.He said a committee will be constituted to ensure compliance to ensure added sanity in our communities.

Zailani Bappa
Special Adviser
Public Enlightenment, Media and Communications.

Matawalle Calls For State Of Emergency On Security In Northern Nigeria

A file photo of Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle.


Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has called for a state of emergency in the northern part of the country over the security challenges in the region.

He made the call on Wednesday at a meeting with the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 10, Ali Janga, at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The governor who is seriously concerned about the series of attacks in many states in the region believes a declaration of a state of emergency will address the problem of insecurity in the North.

Nigeria’s northern region comprises three geopolitical zones – North East, North West, and North-Central – and 19 states, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Over the years, parts of the region have been grappling with a series of criminal activities such as kidnapping, bombings, and attacks on communities as a result of insurgency and banditry.

Before now, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the region while millions were forced to flee their ancestral homes.

Boko Haram and Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) are largely responsible for the incidents in the North East, while bandits have continued to engage in kidnapping for ransom in the North West and parts of the North Central.


Schools and security formations have been targets for the criminals, and the latest is the attack on the Nigeria Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna State.

For some persons of concern, including Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, there is a strong connection between the terrorists and the bandits.

Following the meeting with the senior police officer on Wednesday, Governor Matawalle briefed the people of the state on the present security situation in Zamfara.

Read the full text of the briefing below:

My dear people of Zamfara State.

Following the recent upsurge in banditry attacks in some parts of our dear State, I feel compelled to address you on the new steps being taken by my administration to contain the situation.

As we all know, the primary objective of the state is to provide security for the lives of the people and their property. My primary motivation for running for the office of governor in 2019 is to devote myself to addressing the enormous and protracted security challenges faced by our dear state for over a decade.

I wish to express my profound sympathies to all those who have lost their loved ones, property, and those who have been displaced and separated from their family. My heart goes to the women and children who have been forced to live in deplorable conditions of being widows, orphans and displaced as a result of the bandits’ constant onslaught.

One can only imagine the constant state of misery and sleeplessness that our people are frequently experiencing. We must remain resolute in our efforts to contain this situation.

Even though we were all aware of the bleak situation of Zamfara State before I took over as Governor in May 2019, it would not be inappropriate for me to take a trip down memory lane to remind us of it.

Many parts of the state were literally governed by the bandits, who were having a field day in virtually all the rural areas of the state. Villages were being raided in the most inhumane manner possible-massacres carried out, and those who survived the attacks were subjected to all forms of indignities, including rape and torture.

Virtually all markets were closed as traders could not risk their lives to attend the markets. There was a general sense of despondency everywhere, as the entire rural economy, which is largely agrarian, had collapsed, posing the threat of starvation. The rural Zamfara was a huge centre of humanitarian catastrophe with people left to their own devices.

From day one, my administration took a close look at the situation and weighed the choices. Following extensive consultations with all relevant stakeholders, including traditional and religious leaders and security services, it was overwhelmingly agreed that the best way to address such a huge security challenge, which has the appearance of ethnic and inter-communal disharmony, is through dialogue and reconciliation with feuding parties. For example:

We have seen a remarkable precedent in the act of Prophet Muhammad, may the peace of Allah be upon him, where he brokered peace with Banu Aws and Banu Khazraj through the process of dialogue and reconciliation.

In our contemporary time, we have seen how the dialogue mechanism was used to end the Nigerian civil war, which raged between 1967 and 1970; the Lebanese civil war of 1975 to 1990; we have seen how peace mechanism worked between Tivs and Jukun and many other conflicts that are directly or indirectly linked to ethnicity in Nigeria.

It is evident from our experience in history that social eruptions and conflicts that border on ethnic or religious fault lines are better addressed through the instrument of dialogue instead of military or police action. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to such issues. In reality, experience has shown that they are better addressed via dialogue and reconciliation, as violence frequently leads to further violence.

As a fallout of our dialogue and reconciliation policy, hostilities between the bandits and Yansakai were immediately ceased. The state witnessed about nine months of peace; hundreds of kidnapped people were unconditionally released by their captives; hundreds of assorted arms and ammunition were surrendered by both the bandits and the Yansakai.

The state witnessed the rebirth of the glorious era of brotherhood, love and mutual coexistence between members of the Fulani ethnic group and the Hausas. For the first time, in more than a decade, the annual Sharu festival was held in Gusau in 2019.

The amazing successes of our peace efforts made our initiative appealing to some of the states sharing similar experiences as our state. Some of them opted for dialogue but eventually abandoned the programme after running into some issues.

However, things took a dramatic turn, with the issue given political colouration by a section of politicians. Some people saw our progress as a threat to their political survival and began making disparaging efforts to undermine our achievements. Those acts of sabotage were the beginning of the ugly turn of events.

The primary hurdles to our peace efforts, based on my experience over the last two years, are:

Reluctance on the part of the affected states to engage in peace talks, which would have denied the recalcitrant bandits who are currently making life difficult for our people a safe passage through the region; lack of support from a section of politicians and conflict entrepreneurs that wish to take advantage of the situation to achieve political ends; and the need for the Federal Government to key into the peace initiative so that appropriate resources can be allocated to make it more comprehensive.

My good people of Zamfara state, you are living witnesses to all our unwavering commitments to peace. I have had cause to meet with Mr President on matters relating to the state’s security on several occasions.

I met the national security chiefs on numerous occasions. I have extended an olive branch to our political opponents in view of my conviction that attaining a lasting peace will require unity among all segments of society. Almost all my engagements outside the state are related to issues of security.

In taking my recent decision to move to the APC, my aim is to have an all-inclusive government where people with different political perspectives will put their hands together for the development of our dear state. I reached out to the notable political figures in the State and made known to them my desire to have a united front to confront and address the numerous issues of development affecting our state.

I have made several political offers to the opposition because I have no mission far crucial than that of securing our state. This I have done despite vehement objection by my political associates. My belief has always been no amount of sacrifice is too much for peace.

This is why I took myself to the doorsteps of some political stakeholders with the aim of uniting ourselves to form a formidable team to address the disturbing security challenge bedevilling our dear State in the spirit of forging unity for the benefit of our dear state.

Apart from our peace and reconciliation efforts and the recent political developments, we have equally maintained our obligations to our security forces through the provision of logistical and all other supports they require to discharge their function.

We had an expanded Security Council meeting last Monday in furtherance of our steadfast efforts to confront this persistent challenge. The meeting was attended by all security chiefs, emirs, and the ulamas. I commend all of them for positively and sincerely offering their advice on how best to tackle the problems at hand.

We reviewed the effectiveness or otherwise of the current security measures aimed at containing the security challenge and received reports from members. Some of the observations and resolutions of the meeting that we can share with the public are:

The security agencies have given their assurances to the general public of commitment to protecting lives and property across the State, as well as their readiness for rapid and prompt response to distress calls;

The general public should therefore continue to cooperate and support the security forces to achieve the desired objective. We should appreciate the monumental sacrifices by our security agents and encourage them to work harder;

Security is everyone’s responsibility, People should, therefore, be vigilant and report any suspicious character to the appropriate authorities;

Islamic scholars are called upon to intensify sermons and preaching on issues bordering on security, sanctity and inviolability of human life;

The conventional and new media practitioners should play a positive role in promoting peace and harmony and desist from disseminating unconfirmed and inciting reports that may jeopardise public security;

Politicians should join ranks and work in unison towards combatting the security challenge;

Apart from the measures outlined, the meeting has also agreed to take further tactical measures to effectively contain the challenging situation across the State.

My dear people of Zamfara State, I would like to use this opportunity to call on all of us to remain fervently prayerful for peace to reign in our State and the nation in general. We should ask Allah for forgiveness and His divine intervention.

Once again, I wish to extend my deep sympathy to those who sustained various degrees of injuries those recuperating in hospitals and at home. I wish them speedy recovery and good health. Government will continue to give them all medical and other necessary support.

I reassure you that we are doing everything humanly possible to address this lingering challenge.

I thank you all.

Wassalamu Alaikum

Matawalle Promises To Secure Release Of Abducted Zamfara College Students

A file photo of Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle.


Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has promised to secure the release of the victims of the latest abduction by bandits in the state.

In a statement by his spokesman, Yusuf Gusau, on Monday, he condemned the attack on the College of Agriculture and Animal Science, Bakura.

The government had earlier confirmed that 15 students and four staff of the institution were kidnapped when the assailants invaded the school on Sunday night.

READ ALSO: Gunmen Abduct Students In Zamfara College, Kill Security Personnel

“Governor Matawalle who is seriously saddened with the resurgence of school abduction in the state by recalcitrant bandits is, however, thankful to God for the prompt response of the security agencies to the school to reinforce the already stationed security at the school which also led to the successful rescue of three out of the four abducted staff of the institution,” the statement said.

“The governor directed the security operatives in the state to intensify efforts and rescue all the abductees, promising to do everything humanly possible to rescue them unhurt.”

A screenshot of the College of Agriculture and Animal Science, Bakura. Inset: the Commissioner of Police in Zamfara, Ayuba Elkana, and others.


According to Governor Matawalle, the state government has continued to strengthen efforts of providing security to all schools across the state since the abduction of the schoolgirls in Jangebe.

He commended the immediate action of the security agencies to launch search and rescue strategies to ensure the safe return of the abducted students and staff still in captivity.

The governor appealed to residents of the state to remain calm, saying the government was taking all the necessary steps to restore normalcy in the area.

He, however, urged inhabitants to cooperate with the security agencies deployed in the area by providing them with useful information that could lead to the rescue of the victims.

Governor Matawalle also called on the people to intensify prayers for an end to all criminal activities in the state and the nation at large.

He extended his condolences to families of those killed by the bandits, including a policeman and two civilian security guards, during the attack.

The governor assured the parents of the abducted students that his government would intensify efforts to rescue them and prayed for the repose of those killed by the bandits.

Matawalle Seeks Tougher Punishment For Human Traffickers, Others

A file photo of Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle.


Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has called for more stringent measures against all those involved in any form of human trafficking and gender-based violence in the country.

He made the call on Thursday while delivering a message at an event held at the residence of the British High Commissioner in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

At the event organised to commemorate this year’s ‘World Day against Trafficking in People’, the governor proposed that such measures should also handle all those colluding with others to commit the act.

He stressed the importance to ensure that such persons or groups were made to face the full wrath of the law.

Governor Matawalle, who was represented at the event by the Permanent Secretary of the state’s Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs, Bala Umar Tsafe, described this year’s topic – Victims’ Voices Lead the Way – as apt, saying it would certainly put the victims of human trafficking at the centre of the campaign.

According to him, it will also highlight the importance of listening to and learning from survivors of human trafficking and provide a better approach and response against the menace which is like the return of slavery in the age that has recorded the highest pinnacle of development in all spheres of human existence

The governor hinted that his administration has noticed an upsurge in gender-based violence-related issues in Zamfara State.

He explained that the state government set up a high-powered committee led by the first lady in Zamfara with a view to ensuring all policies and programmes would involve women and children, in order to achieve an equal society that would provide a veritable platform for development.

Governor Matawalle commended the organisers and stakeholders at the event for packaging the programme with the hope that all participants would genuinely engage one another towards coming up with a roadmap that would finally nip the act of trafficking in persons and other related issues in the bud.

Eid-El-Kabir: Governor Matawalle Vows To Restore Peace In Zamfara

Governor Bello Matawalle on Eid ground for prayers on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.


Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle has vowed to restore peace in all parts of the state.

The governor disclosed this while delivering his Eid-El-Kabir festival message on Tuesday.

According to him, his administration inherited a state of insecurity two years ago but it has employed one of the best option, which is dialogue with bandits terrorizing the state.

The governor said the result of the dialogue has earned the state relative peace.

Matawalle said further that he is aware of the existence of pockets of unrepentant bandits in the state and he has made several trips to the nation’s capital to meet President Muhammadu Buhari on the security issues.

He said President Buhari has since ordered for the deployment of more security personnel who are currently putting their lives in the line to ensure that the peace for which Zamfara is known returns.

The governor appreciated the efforts of the security agencies working in the state and commended and appreciated the support, prayers, and cooperation being extended to his administration.

Matawalle pointed out that his government has kept fate with the people in meeting its campaign promises despite dwindling resources and the threats posed by insecurity by providing dividends of democracy to the electorates.

While wishing the Muslim fateful in the state a memorable Sallah, the governor urged them to reminisce on the virtues the Eid-El-Kabir and continue to be their brothers’ keepers.

Defection: PDP Urges Court To Sack Zamfara Governor


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday, asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to sack the Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle from office over defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

PDP, in a suit filed by two of its members in Zamfara State, Alhaji Sani Kaura Ahmed and Abubakar Muhammed, argued that Matawalle having abandoned the party through which he came to become governor, have lost his right to remain in office.

In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/489/2021, the plaintiffs argued that in view of an earlier judgment of the Supreme Court, to the effect that the APC had no candidates in the 2019 governorship election in Zamfara State, has not conducted valid primaries, it would be unlawful for Matawalle and Gusau to retain their offices while defecting from the PDP to the APC and thereby transferring PDP’s victory to the APC.

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They asked the court to among other things, declare that Matawalle and Gusau must resign from their offices before their defection, to allow the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct a fresh election within three months to enable the PDP to replace them.

Meanwhile, following an ex-parte application the Plaintiffs moved through their lawyer, Mr Kanu Agabi, SAN, Justice Inyang Ekwo issued an order for the court processes to be served on Matawalle through substituted means.

Specifically, the court directed that the processes be served on the Defendants through the National Secretariat of APC in Abuja, even as it adjourned the matter till July 16 for mention.

In a related development, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the reported attempt by the police to undermine the statutory powers of the Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, Mahdi Aliyu Gusau.

PDP’s position is predicated on the reported harassment of the Deputy Governor by the police, including an unlawful and vexatious obstruction of a planned rally by the Deputy Governor, despite the statutory powers vested in a situation where the governor has vacated his office, in line with the extant ruling of the Supreme Court.

“Instead of harassing the Deputy Governor Gusau, the police, as agents of the law, should be providing him all the protection and privileges, particularly as the formal process for his official declaration given the vacation of office by Matawalle has already commenced at the Federal High Court.

The Police should know that by virtue of section 221 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) as well as the judgment of the Supreme Court in Falake v. INEC (2016), that the Zamfara governorship mandate belongs to the PDP and that Gusau, not Matawalle, is now the holder of that mandate, given Matawalle’s willful defection to the APC,” the party stated in a statement signed by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan.

The PDP said its mandate is in no way transferable to the APC and the police and all security agencies should be guided by this. The party further cautioned banks and other financial institutions “to be wary of unapproved financial transactions with the cronies of Governor Matawalle, particularly, given the alleged moves to sweep the coffers of the state ahead of Matawalle’s inevitable eviction by the court.”

The opposition party asked Deputy Governor, Mahdi Aliyu Gusau, to remain resolute and not be deterred in any way as the people of Zamfara State are solidly behind him in resisting imposters and deserters at this trying time.

People of Zamfara were also urged to remain united as the mandate, which they willingly gave to the PDP, will never be allowed to be stolen by traitors.

Matawalle Debunks ‘Misleading Reports’ Against Him

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle is raising alarm over the level of criminality in the state.


Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle has debunked what he described as misleading reports against him.

According to a statement issued on Monday by his spokesman, Yusuf Idris Gusau, the Zamfara leader clarified why he dumped the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), noting that he defected to the ruling APC to bring more development to the people.

“It is a known fact that Governor Matawalle is one of the leaders in the country that speaks wisdom on all matters and he joined the APC in order to strengthen political unity in the state for the purpose of bringing more development to his people,” Gusau said.

The governor’s spokesman said the defection was also due to “the upper hands he (the governor) had been enjoying from President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC high command on all matters concerning the state.”

Gusau explained that President Buhari and the APC governors had been sympathetic to the people of the state in trying times, adding that this encouraged the governor to reciprocate the concern and respect given.

“The governor’s mission for joining the ruling party was nothing more than that. Any other report is mischievous and the handiwork of those diversionary characters who have remained vehemently opposed to the defection to APC by Governor Matawalle,” the spokesman added.

The governor’s reaction comes a week after he joined the ruling party –  following months of speculation and denial  – with all the federal and state lawmakers in Zamfara.

But his deputy, Mahdi Aliyu, and a state lawmaker, Kabiru Yahaya, opted to remain in the PDP.


Banditry: Things Are Getting Worse By The Day In Zamfara – Gov Matawalle

A file photo of Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle.


Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle on Saturday said the state of insecurity in the state is worsening at an alarming rate.

He made the remark after confirming the bandit attack on Kadawa village, Zurmi Local Government Area in a special broadcast on Democracy Day.

According to the Governor, the bandits killed “many innocent people.”

Locals told Channels Television the toll had risen as high as 70 as of Saturday afternoon.

“I feel saddened by this unfortunate and barbaric act of cowardice,” he said. “With a heavy heart, I convey my condolences on behalf of my family and the entire people of the State over this massacre.

READ ALSO: Bandits Kill At Least 53 Villagers In Zamfara, Govt Cancels Democracy Day Activities

“In recent weeks, the act of banditry has reverted to the ugly dimensions it had prior to the coming of my administration. The marauders kill without regard for any rules of sanity. Women, the elderly, and children are not spared. As a result, a large number of people have been displaced in nearly every town in the State.

“My dear people of Zamfara people, you are witnesses to what we have accomplished from the beginning of our administration, particularly the peace and reconciliation efforts that we initiated and achieved. As a result, we have been able to shift our violent narratives to ones of optimism and peaceful coexistence.

“Unfortunately, things suddenly took a dramatic turn, and things are getting worse by the day. It is clear that some invincible hands are plotting evil against our people with the goal of making our State as terrifying as it were in the years gone by. My constant prayer is for Allah to reveal those who are perpetrating these cruel atrocities against our people.”


The Governor urged communities to defend themselves against the bandits while pledging his administration’s commitment to securing the state.

“I assure you that we will remain steadfast in our efforts to eradicate banditry and all types of criminality from the State,” he said. “In this battle, no sacred cow. Whosoever is involved in these dastardly acts, no matter how highly placed, would be dealt with according to the law.

“We have demonstrated this commitment based on the actions we have taken in respect of Emir of Maru, Emir of Dansadau and, following yesterday’s incident, the Emir of Zurmi.

“My administration has resolved to begin implementing the recommendations of the MD Abubakar-led Committee on Finding Solutions to Banditry in Zamfara State as a next step in addressing this vexing problem. We would not spare anyone indicted by the committee’s report, no matter how high up they are.”

Matawalle Approves Reinstatement Of Three Commissioners

A file photo of Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle.


The Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle has approved the reinstatement of three commissioners in the state.

The decision follows the recent dissolution of the State Executive Council, Commissions, and Boards.

The reinstated commissioners are;

i). Alh. Ibrahim Muhammad Dosara, as Hon. Commissioner of Information;

ii). Alh. Sufyan Bashir Yuguda, as Hon. Commissioner of Finance; and

iii). Hajiya Fa’ika M. Ahmad, as Hon. Commissioner of Humanitarian Affairs

According to a statement by the Acting Secretary to the State Government, Kabiru Balarabe the Executive Governor has also approved the reinstatement of Abubakar S/Pawa Dambo as Executive Chairman, Pilgrims Welfare Commission.

Similarly, the following appointments have been approved:

i) Sheikh Abubakar Muhammad Sodangi Gusau, as Executive Chairman, Zakat and Endowment Commission; and

ii). Alh. Ali Akilu Muhammad Dama, as Executive Chairman, Board of Internal Revenue Service.

He noted that the reinstatements and appointments take immediate effect.

Bello Visits Zamfara Police Headquarters, Asks Officers To Enforce Shoot-At-Sight Order

File photo of Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle


Zamfara State Governor, Bello Mohammed on Tuesday visited the State Police Command, asking operatives to enforce the shoot-at-sight order issued by President Muhammadu Buhari to tackle the insecurity in the country.

In March, President Buhari directed security agencies to shoot anyone seen with AK-47 while ordering a clampdown on bandits.

He had also on March 11 emphasised that security chiefs had received marching orders to go harder on criminals, including to shoot anyone found illegally with rifles.

“During the visit, the governor reiterated the order that police and other government security agencies are to effectively implement the presidential order to shoot at any bandit, person or group of people seen with AK-47 or any weapons on the spot,” a statement issued by the governor’s spokesman, Jamilu Magaji partly read.

According to the governor, only those approved by law or the security agencies are to carry guns and other sophisticated weapons noting that those found in unlawful possession of guns should be shot instantly.

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Matawalle said his administration is fully in support of the policies and programmes of President Buhari, especially in his bid to ensure the security of the lives and property of citizens.

He also commended the Commissioner of Police, Hussaini Rabiu and other Heads of security agencies in the state for ensuring the quick return of normalcy in Kurya Madaro of Kaura Namoda Local Government Area where some unscrupulous elements organised a protest yesterday along Kaura Namoda-Gusau road.

He however enjoined them to sustain the magnitude so as to ensure the sustenance of peace and tranquillity in all parts of the state, reiterating his administration’s support to the police and other security agencies with all the necessary logistics so as to discharge their duties effectively.

Responding,  the Commissioner of Police thanked the Governor for the visit, saying the visit will go a long way in boosting the morale and productivity of the police in ending the prevailing security challenges in the state.

Zamfara Governor Dissolves Cabinet, Suspends Emir Of Dansadau

A file photo of Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle.


Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has dissolved the State Executive Council with immediate effect.

The Governor’s Special Adviser on Public Enlightenment, Media and Communications, Zailani Bappa, announced this in a statement on Monday.

He disclosed that the Secretary to the State Government, as well as the Chief of Staff and the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor, were also relieved of their appointments.

Governor Matawalle also directed the dissolution of the chairmen and members of the state commissions, as well as the boards of various agencies.

He, however, stated that the directive does not affect commissions provided for by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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“In view of this directive, all honorable commissioners would hand over affairs of their ministries to their respective permanent secretaries, except Ministry of Security and Home Affairs which will be overseen by Retired DIG Mohammed Ibrahim Tsafe.

“Chairmen of commissions and boards are hereby directed to hand over to their most senior directors. The Head of Service will oversee the office of the Secretary to the State Government,” the statement said.

Similarly, Governor Matawalle has approved the suspension of the Emir of Dansadau, Hussaini Umar, with immediate effect.

He, therefore, directed the District Head of Dansadau, Nasiru Muhammad, to oversee the affairs of the emirate.

The governor, who also suspended the District Head of Nasarawa Mailayi, Bello Wakkala, set up a committee to investigate the activities of the suspended traditional title holders of Dansadau and  Nassarawa Mailayi.

Tsafe is the chairman of the committee which has as members, Yusuf Kanoma, Ibrahim Tukur, Ahmad Kanoma, Abdullahi Dalla, and Kabir Maru, as well as Abdurrashid Haruna as secretary.

“His Excellency also wishes to reiterate the order that government security agencies are to effectively implement the presidential order to shoot any bandit, person or group seen with guns other than those approved to lawfully carry guns,” the governor’s spokesman said in a separate statement.