Terror Attacks ‘Have Reduced Drastically’ In Zamfara – Governor

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, during a state broadcast on May 4, 2020.

 

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle on Sunday said the security situation in the northwest state has improved since he assumed leadership.

The Governor was responding to accusations by the All Progressives Congress that he was sponsoring bandits in Zamfara.

Matawalle, a Peoples Democratic Party Governor, said such accusations were malicious and insulting.

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“I find it insulting that the Apc is accusing me of sponsoring bandits in my own state,” Matawalle said on Twitter. “We all are living witnesses to the fact that during Apc’s tenure, Zamfara state was adjudged as a colony of banditry in the whole world.

“We are not claiming that insecurity has totally been eliminated in Zamfara but it is on record that terror attacks have reduced drastically in the state in less than two years than Apc’s unfortunate eight years when people were running away from the State.

“This is a malicious calumny by the ruling party, releasing a statement as sensitive as that, knowing fully how miserable they governed the state for the past years. Their statement is not only laughable but shows the type of leadership they have.”

Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

 

Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle has secured the rescue of 11 kidnapped victims in the state.

Ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

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The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran said the victims were released without paying a ransom.

He said they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

While receiving the kidnapped victims, Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

The Governor explained that the peace accord and reconciliation process with repentant bandits will be sustained in the state, while those unrepentant ones will face the full wrath of the law.

He directed that the victims should be taken to the Hospital to ascertain their Health status before their final release to their respective families.

Matawalle Secures Release Of 26 Girls, Insists Dialogue With Bandits Is Relevant

A file photo of Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, during a state broadcast on May 4, 2020.

 

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has secured the release of 26 girls abducted by bandits.

The Special Adviser to the governor on Public Enlightenment, Media, and Communications, Zailani Bappa, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

Governor Matawalle who received the rescued girls following their release insisted that dialogue with bandits was still very relevant in the fight against banditry.

He stressed that his administration would not abandon the peace dialogue with bandits as firepower alone cannot solve the problem of banditry in Zamfara and other states facing similar challenges.

“This is a testimony to our vision for engaging the bandits in peace dialogue,” the governor was quoted as saying in the statement.

He added, “For those who believe we are wrong to dialogue with the bandits, the securing of these minors who are all girls and unhurt, is indeed, priceless”.

All the girls, who are minors and are indigenes of Katsina State, are said to have regained freedom without the payment of any ransom.

They were kidnapped by bandits in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State and brought into the bushes of Zamfara State.

According to the statement, the victims were miraculously discovered by the Zamfara State government and got released through negotiations.

The negotiations held under the Commissioner Of Police and Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs in Zamfara, who have been in constant dialogue with bandits on behalf of the state government on the need to embrace peace and live a normal life.

The 26 rescued girls, whose ages range between eight and 12, were medically checked and provided with new clothes while Governor Matawalle ordered their safe return to Katsina.

This brings the total number of those released by bandits in Zamfara in the last one week to at least 40.

Zamfara Governor Seeks Death Sentence For Reckless Driving

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has promised to impose death penalty for reckless driving in the state.

 

The Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has promised to reintroduce serious punitive measures of death on reckless drivers in the state.

The decision followed the death of 15 supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a road accident in Tsafe Local Government Area of the state.

The accident occurred on Saturday when a truck lost control and rammed into four vehicles conveying the victims along Gusau-Funtua Road in Tsafe.

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Governor Matawalle who expressed sadness over their death says the new law will ensure that such reckless drivers are compelled by law to pay compensation on every life lost.

“We have to make sure that we do everything possible to safeguard the lives of our people. The best way to do it is to make sure that we protect our roads and put some measures to control all the drivers coming in and out of the state.

“The state government has initiated some measures so that we can check all the problems. The state government is planning to make sure we have a weighing gauge in the state and speed limits.

 

“We have to initiate that and very soon we are going to do that. I observed by myself that the highest speed some of these truck drivers are gojng in the state is very uncommon.

“We make sure we do something so that we can put them on check.

He also explained that some road safety measures will be out in place to guard against rough and reckless driving.

 

Zamfara Governor Vows To Wipe Out Bandits, Donates 200 Patrol Vans

A photo of Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle.

 

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, on Tuesday vowed to wipe out bandits terrorising communities in parts of the state.

He also donated 200 patrol vehicles to security agencies to enhance their operations, as part of efforts to strengthen the fight against kidnapping and banditry.

The beneficiary agencies include the Nigerian Army, Police, Department of State Services (DSS), and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

Others are the Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigerian Correctional Service, and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

At the distribution of the vehicles in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital, Governor Matawalle warned unrepentant bandits who refused to accept the peace accord of his administration to prepare for the worst.

He stated that none of them would be spared in the renewed effort to rid the state of all forms of criminality.

The governor revealed that his administration has also instituted a monthly imprest for the security agencies, as well as providing them with decent office and residential accommodations and other operational equipment.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his cooperation towards efforts at ending banditry in the state.

Governor Matawalle added that the President has listened to him all the time and has positively responded to all his requests, including the approval of two police squadrons to the state and deployment of 780 police personnel to tackle the bandits in flashpoint areas of Zamfara.

According to him, no responsible government will fold its arms and allow its citizens to wallow in uncertainty and get exposed to incessant serious attacks which often lead to loss of lives and property.

The governor, however, urged all residents of the state to support the government in ending banditry by availing security operatives with timely and genuine intelligence information.

COVID-19: Zamfara Imposes Curfew In Kaura Namoda After Death Of Emir

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, during a state broadcast on May 4, 2020.

 

 

The Zamfara State government has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in Kaura Namoda Local Government Area for a period of one week.

Governor Bello Matawalle gave the directive in a state broadcast on Monday after the confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) rose from one to 12 with one fatality in the state.

This followed the death of the Emir of Kaura Namoda, Mohammed Asha, who died on Sunday from suspected coronavirus (COVID-19) complications.

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The governor also ordered the immediate closure of all places of worship and markets, excluding those selling foodstuffs and medicals.

As part of measures to curb the spread of the disease, he directed the security agencies to enforce the order with immediate effect.

Governor Matawalle explained that imposing the curfew and other strict measures became necessary due to the failure of the people to adhere to the social distancing directive and other safety precautions in their daily socio-economic and religious activities.

He, however, noted that the government would review the closure of mosques and churches after one week to determine the next action to take.

The governor appealed to the residents to adhere to all the safety protocols in order to reduce the further spread of COVID-19 in Zamfara State.

Buratai Supports Matawalle’s Peace Move With Bandits In Zamfara

File Photo: Zamfara state governor, Bello Matawalle and Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai

 

The efforts by Zamfara state governor, Bello Matawalle, to restore peace through dialogue with bandits has received more boost from the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.

General Buratai, during a visit to the governor, reiterated the Nigerian Army’s resolve to fully support the ongoing peace process between the Government of Zamfara State and the bandits to succeed.

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In a statement by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, General Buratai expressed confidence in the peace process as an opportunity for the unrepentant bandits to lay down their arms and key into the peace process.

He used the opportunity to call on the bandits to hand over their weapons; otherwise, they will be faced with aggressive and offensive operations.

The Army chief who recently paid a visit to troops fighting bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers and armed robbers in 1 Brigade Area of Responsibility charged them to decisively deal with unrepentant criminals.

Zamfara Govt Suspends Emir Of Maru

 

The Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle has approved the suspension of the Emir of Maru, Alhaji Abubakar Cika Ibrahim and the District Head of Kanoma, Alhaji Ahmed Lawal.

According to a statement from the governor’s office, the Emir and the district head of Kanoma will remain suspended until the outcome of the investigation panel which will be set up by the state government.

The statement partly read, “Zamfara State Governor, Dr. Bello Muhammad Matawalle has approved the suspension of Emir of Maru, Alhaji Abubakar Cika Ibrahim and District head of Kanoma, Alhaji Ahmed Lawal.

“This is as a result of Series of complaints from the community over their alleged involvement with bandits who have been killing, kidnapping and maiming different communities in the state.

“The duo will remain suspended until the outcome of the investigation panel which will be set up soon by the state government,” it added.

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The governor also asked that the Emir hands over all official properties in his possession to the senior district head, while the district head of kanoma is to hand over same to the most senior village head immediately.

The Emir has however been directed to hand over his official vehicles and all other government properties in his possession to the Senior District Head, while the District head of Kanoma is to hand over same to the most senior village head.

Zamfara Election: ‘Hope Is Not Lost After Court Nullification’, Fayose Says

Governor Ayodele Fayose

 

Former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose has expressed delight at the nullification of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 elections in Zamfara State by the appeal court.

Fayose was quoted in a statement on Monday, through his Media Aide, Lere Olayinka, that, “Hope appears not lost for democracy in Nigeria after all.”

Fayose urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to demonstrate courage by presenting certificates of return to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship, National Assembly and State House of Assembly candidates in Zamfara State.

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“Those who cannot play by their own rules and run the affairs of their own party in accordance with laid down rules should not be rewarded with elective positions. INEC must, therefore, act decisively by halting the presentation of a certificate of return to the impostor termed APC governorship candidate, withdraw it from the National Assembly candidates and hand the certificates to the PDP candidates who are lawful winners of the elections.”

He, however, congratulated the PDP candidates in Zamfara State, especially the governorship candidate, Bello Matawalle, saying “those who believed that they can impose their wish on the people of Zamfara State will be defeated ultimately. This is a great victory for democracy. It is a sign that all hope is not lost.”

“One is therefore relieved that the judiciary is giving Nigerians hope that all will still be well with democracy in the country and I salute those courageous judges of the Appeal Court and others who have refused to be boxed into submission,” Fayose said.