I Have No Relationship With Bandits, Matawalle Swears By Quran

Governor Bello Matawalle decries that the present security situation in Zamfara State is worrisome.

 

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has sworn with the Quran that he has no connection with bandits disturbing the peace in the state.

He also challenged residents of the state, irrespective of their status, to do the same to prove that they have no hands in the security challenges bedevilling the state.

The governor gave the challenge on Sunday in Gusau, the state capital while receiving an award as the Khadimul Quran conferred on him by the Centre for Quranic Reciter, Nigeria.

“As I’ve been mentioning, the issue of insecurity is not just for Federal Government, governor or other security agencies; the issue of insecurity is for all of us, and we should not politicise the issue of insecurity.

“I have sworn with the Holy Quran that if I know, or if I am part of, or I know anybody who is coordinating this (banditry), or with my hand or any of my family, may Allah not give me (speaks in Arabic) in this life,” he said.

Governor Matawalle added, “I dare all the people from Zamfara State, from our father, Aliyu Gusau to Yarima Bakura and all the cabinet members, right from the inception of the political dispensation of the state, to take this oat as I did.”

He explained that in taking up the challenge, it would be easy for residents to identify those behind the prevailing insecurity and ensure peace was restored in the state.

The governor described the present security situation as worrisome, despite efforts to tackle the menace.

He stressed that as the Chief Security Officer of Zamfara, he would do everything possible to provide a secured and peaceful environment.

Governor Matawalle said it was important for residents to be able to go about their lawful businesses without fear of anyone harming them.

He assured the people of his administration’s commitment to addressing the lingering security challenges in Zamfara in the north-west region of the country.

Bandits Attack Six Villages, Kill Scores In Zamfara

A google map of Zamfara, a state in the north-eastern region of the country.

 

The attacks on six villages by bandits have left scores of villagers killed in Zamfara State, the government said on Friday.

Mr Jamilu Magaji, who is the press secretary to the state governor, confirmed in a statement that the attacks were carried out in two Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

Villages, where scores of people were killed by the bandits, included Damaga, Jihiya, Shandame, Gidan Runji and Daki Hudu all in Maradun LGA, while the sixth village that came under attack was Kizara in Tsafe LGA.

Magaji explained that the state governor, Bello Matawalle, had to cancel his official engagements in Sokoto State because of the attacks.

According to him, the governor immediately returned to Zamfara to sympathise with the victims of the attacks in Maradun and Tsafe LGAs.

“Governor Bello Matawalle who was in Sokoto for three official engagements which include the joint convocation ceremony of Sokoto State University alongside Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Grand Mauloud Ceremony of Prophet Muhammad SAW, and the Historic turbanning ceremony of Shettiman Sokoto by the Sultan of Sokoto which has been conferred on him, cancelled all the events and proceeded to Maradun town in order to sympathise and condole with the families of those who lost their lives as a result of the attacks,” the statement read.

Condemning the attack, the governor directed security agencies in the state to evolve more ways as a further push to bring an end to the activities of bandits and bring lasting peace to the state.

He also directed traditional rulers and local government chairmen to intensify efforts aimed at monitoring the influx of suspicious characters in their domains.

Governor Matawalle also appealed to Islamic scholars in all parts of the state to intensify prayers for the return of peace and harmony in the state.

He was hopeful that with fervent prayers, peace and tranquillity would reign in Zamfara so that residents can continue to sleep with their two eyes closed.

The governor sent a high-powered state government delegation led by the deputy governor, Mahadi Gusau, to Tsafe to sympathise with the victims of the attack in Kizara village.

Wednesday Update: Ibori Loot, Zamfara Ultimatum & Vaccine Distribution

Good morning.

We are leading with the UK’s promise to return looted assets, an ultimatum to bandits in Zamfara, and the continued progress of vaccine distribution to states across the federation.


A file photo of former Delta State Governor, James Ibori.

UK Set To Return Ibori Loot

The United Kingdom has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to return the sum of £4.2 million assets stolen by former Delta State Governor, James Ibori to Nigeria.

This was announced on Tuesday by the British High Commissioner to Nigeria,  Catriona Laing in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami said the recovery of the stolen fund is part of the efforts of the current administration to fight corruption.

He said that the money will be used for the construction of the second Niger Bridge, Abuja-Kano road, and Lagos-Ibadan Express road.

Delta State: Although the assets were looted from the oil-rich state, the funds will be used for national projects. “The major consideration relating to who is entitled to a fraction or perhaps the money in its entirety is a function of law and international diplomacy,” Mr. Malami said during his Tuesday appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today. “All the processes associated with the recovery were consummated by the federal government and the federal government is, indeed, the victim of crime and not sub-national.”


File photo of Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle

Zamfara Gives Bandits An Ultimatum

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has issued a two-month ultimatum to all bandits in the state to either repent and surrender their weapons or face serious consequences from the security personnel.

He gave the deadline on Tuesday evening during a state-wide broadcast at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

He warned that the state government would squarely face any bandit that refused to surrender within the stipulated time.

Governor Matawalle added that the Federal Government would soon deploy additional 6,000 soldiers to help the state government fight the recalcitrant bandits.

Security Chiefs: Matawalle’s broadcast came on the heels of the visit of the military chiefs to Zamfara. The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, who led the high-powered delegation said the military was ready to flush out criminals in Zamfara and other parts of the country.

Zamfara Abduction: Meanwhile, the State Government has announced the release of ten kidnapped victims without ransom. The victims who had been in captivity for over three months and two weeks said they were abducted in the Gwaram community of Talata Mafara Local Government Area of the state.


Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, received his first shot of the Covid vaccine on March 9, 2021.

More States Receive Covid Vaccine

The distribution of Covid vaccines to states accelerated on Monday as Lagos, Nasarawa, Kwara, Ondo and Benue confirmed receipt.

Meanwhile, Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun became one of the first sub-national leaders to receive the vaccine publicly.

His deputy, Noimot Salako-Oyedele, and two frontline health workers were also administered the vaccine.

“Taking our doses is, first, service to self then to people, because we can only silence the virus if we think and act together,” the Governor said after receiving his first shot. “We should be aware that even our two doses don’t preclude the use of facemasks and compliance with other safety guidelines.”

NCDC: Nigeria on Tuesday recorded 346 new cases of the virus and six deaths, according to the disease control agency.


What else is happening?

Taraba: At least six persons, including a toddler, were kidnapped by suspected bandits in the early hours of Tuesday while travelling between Wukari and Takum local government areas.

Kaduna: More than 27,000 people, including women and children, have been displaced from their homes in Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area as a result of banditry and kidnapping, according to the federal government.

Eastern Corridor: President Muhammadu Buhari has flagged off the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Port Harcourt – Maiduguri Eastern Narrow Gauge Railway Project, the Bonny Deep Seaport and the Railway Industrial Park in Port Harcourt.

Abia: The state government has pulled down buildings at Eziala Nsulu in Isialangwa North Local Government after allegations that the occupants were involved in kidnapping activities and other vices.

CBN: The apex bank has disbursed N253 million to five researchers to produce local vaccines for Covid and other diseases.

Financial Autonomy: Members of the Parliamentary Workers Association of Nigeria on Tuesday protested at the gate of the National Assembly in Abuja. They are demanding the implementation of a presidential directive granting the legislature financial independence.

Piers Morgan: The British television host has left his role presenting ITV breakfast show “Good Morning Britain”, shortly after sparking 41,000 complaints and storming off the set in a row over Meghan Markle.


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The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, appeared on Politics Today and spoke on a number of issues, including the return of the Ibori loot and whether the federal government is investigating APC National Chieftain, Bola Tinubu, for any misdeed.


A senior official of the Nigeria Customs Service has explained how operatives offered bandits seven bags of seized rice to save themselves from the criminals.


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You Have Two Months To Surrender Your Arms, Zamfara Governor Warns Bandits

A file photo of Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle.

 

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has issued a two-month ultimatum to all bandits in the state to either repent and surrender their weapons or face serious consequences from the security personnel.

He gave the deadline on Tuesday evening during a state-wide broadcast at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The governor decried that the activities of informants were becoming worrisome and asked residents engaging in such acts to have a rethink.

He warned that the state government would squarely face any bandit that refused to surrender within the stipulated time.

Governor Matawalle stated that the Federal Government would soon deploy additional 6,000 soldiers to help the state government fight the recalcitrant bandits.

He was hopeful that this would go a long way in addressing the recent increase in the rate of insecurity in the state.

Read the text of the governor’s broadcast below:

BROADCAST BY HIS EXCELLENCY, THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF ZAMFARA STATE, HON. DR. BELLO MOHAMMED, MON (MATAWALLEN MARADUN) ON THE SECURITY SITUATION AND NEW MEASURES AIMED AT DEFEATING BANDITRY IN THE STATE, MADE ON TUESDAY, 9 TH MARCH 2021

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the merciful.

My dear good people of Zamfara State.

It is pertinent for me to address you once again on the state of security of our dear state.

As you may recall, it was early morning, at about 1 a.m, on Friday 26 th February 2021, when a group of bandits attacked Government Girls Junior Secondary Schoool, Jangebe, in Talata Mafara Local Government Area of the state and abducted 279 schoolgirls.

This sad episode shook the people of Zamfara State, our fellow Nigerians, and the entire world. It again brought to the global attention the type of security challenges our state and many others in the north were battling with and brought to the fore the urgent need to take further steps to deal with the situation comprehensively.

We have already secured the release of all the 279 abducted students, hale and hearty. They have all been reunited with members of their families.

Following this development, l undertook a four-day working visit to Abuja to brief Mr President and other critical stakeholders on security. As a fall out of my discussion with President Muhammadu Buhari and security high commands in Abuja, it was resolved that six thousand additional troops are to be deployed to the state to complement the current efforts by the security forces in the state.The troops will soon arrive in the state for their operations.

As you may recall, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered security forces to shoot on sight anyone found in possession of AK 47 without permission.

You may also recall that Zamfara State has been declared by the national security council as a “no-fly zone” in addition to banning of all mining activities in the state.

Again, the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, has agreed to a timeframe within which the recalcitrant bandits should accept our peace truce and surrender their weapons to the government.

As you are aware, the peace initiative of my administration has recorded a number of successes which include disarmament and recovery of weapons from the repentant bandits, securing the release of hundreds of kidnapped persons, opening of markets, and resumption of other economic activities across the state, and reducing the wave of attacks and killings of our innocent people, most especially in the rural communities.

Even though we are enjoying relative peace as a result of the dialogue and reconciliation programme, many bandits have refused to key into the programme and elected to sustain their attacks and other nefarious activities against our communities.

The government has equally observed that there is sabotage by some unscrupulous elements, both within and outside the state. It is also observed that informants are becoming rampant and their callous activities undetected due to some of our people’s attitude of indifference.

As a further push to bring to an end the activities of the recalcitrant bandits so as to bring lasting peace to the state, the government has decided to take the following measures:

i. The recalcitrant bandits have been given two months from today within which to embrace the peace process and surrender their weapons to the government;

ii. All political actors are hereby advised to desist from any acts capable of endangering the state’s security, as security agencies have been directed to monitor the activities of all the political actors and take appropriate action against the violators;

iii. Traditional rulers and Local Government Councils’ sole administrators are hereby directed to always remain in their respective domains to monitor the influx of any suspicious characters.

iv. Conveyance of more than two persons on a motorbike is hereby banned with immediate effect. Security agents are directed to arrest and arraign the violators of this order for prosecution.

v. Government also prohibits the movements of a large number of motorbikes in all the nooks and crannies of the state. Security forces are hereby directed to ensure total compliance.

vi. Government observed, with dismay, the persistence of the activities of some yansakai, despite the banning of such vigilante groups. This order still remains in force.

While government appreciates the role being played by members of the press in our efforts to bring lasting peace to our state, we have observed with great dismay the activities of some few media organizations in promoting fake news, causing psychological trauma and panic among our people.

The government is therefore calling on such media organizations that publish or air news or opinions concerning the security situation in the state without proper cross-checking and balancing of their reports before going to press to desist from such professional misconduct.

Government is not unaware of some unscrupulous elements, particularly among the political class, who regularly sponsor some social media handlers to create various social media accounts, including cloning some reputable media organizations, using them to publish fake news.

The government will no longer tolerate such unethical conduct and will deal decisively with anyone found in this act.

My dear people of Zamfara State, the primary responsibility of government is to secure the lives and property of the citizenry. All the measures we are putting in place are with a view to securing our state and putting behind us the dark period of banditry and other related crimes.

I wish to appreciate the endurance, untiring support, and cooperation of the entire people of the state in our efforts to end banditry and to other government policies and programs. I thank you immensely for your continuous prayers and goodwill.

Thank you all and wassalamu alaikum.

Not Just Zamfara, North West Needs More Troops, Matawalle Tells Service Chiefs

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, at a meeting with the service chiefs at the Government House in Gusau on March 9, 2021.

 

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has called for the deployment of more troops across the north-west region of the country.

He made the call on Tuesday when he received the service chiefs at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The governor stated that there must be blocking forces to block the routes of bandits from moving from one state to another, stressing that troops deployed to Zamfara should not stay in the city but go to the heated area and take the battle to different bandits’ camps in the state.

“We need more deployment of troops across the whole North West, not just Zamfara, and we equally appreciate all the efforts of Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari toward defeating the lingering issues of banditry.

“Particularly, we appreciate the recent resolution to deploy additional 6,000 troops to complement the effort of those already on the ground,” he told the military leaders.

Governor Matawalle insisted that there was no evidence or proof linking mining activities in the state to banditry.

He said the state government would continue its dialogue process and support military onslaught against recalcitrant bandits.

“There is also the need for more fighting equipment such as gun trucks and tankers to be placed, if possible, in most of the routes of these criminals and I appeal to you that the troops you will be deploying to Zamfara should not remain in the city, they should go to the epicentre of all the forests,” the governor added.

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, who led the service chiefs on the visit informed the governor that the military was ready to flush out criminals in Zamfara and other parts of the country.

He explained that they were in the state on a day working visit to assess the security situation and ongoing military operations to end the security challenges.

According to the defence chief, it is time to bring an end to the security challenges bedevilling the state and the country at large.

He gave an assurance that the military would go all-out against criminal elements who do not want peace to prevail in the country.

Irabor said, “We are aware of expectations arising from the unending state of insecurity in Zamfara State; the whole essence of establishing Operation Hadarin Daji is to work in partnership with the other security agencies and ensure that peace returns.

“We are here as soldiers, we are only after bad people, we deal with bad people, we come because we don’t want people to live in fear anymore.”

“But we need you (traditional rulers) to support us, we need you to pass relevant information; you’ve been doing it, but I also pray and urge you to increase the tempo,” he added.

Zamfara Announces Release Of 10 Abducted Victims

 

The Zamfara State Government has announced the release of ten kidnapped victims without ransom.

The victims who had been in captivity for over three months and two weeks said they were abducted in the Gwaram community of Talata Mafara Local Government Area of the state.

Among them are three men, including the father of one of the abducted Jangebe School Girls, four women and three children.

The Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs in the state, Abubakar Dauran, said they were rescued without ransom through the peace initiative of the state government.

He explained that the state government will continue with the peace dialogue, noting it is paving way for lasting peace in the state.

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Dauran added, “We are witnessing another achievement in security where 10 people were rescued, those that were kidnapped at Gwaram in Talata-Mafara Local government which among of them is the father of a student of the girl of Jangebe,” he said.

“I believe if it is not dialoguing that we are doing in Zamfara State, we cannot definitely rescue these victims. We are still with this dialogue and with a non-kinetic approach, we must continue to do it because of the situation we have in Zamfara state, we know it’s critical but we are achieving a lot of success.

“Recently, we rescued 279 Jangebe school girls, before that we have recovered about 20 sophisticated weapons from the son of Buharin Daji which he voluntarily surrendered with a different caliber of live ammunition.”

One of the rescued victims said they spent 14 weeks in the forest with their kids. During that time, they were exposed to the cold weather.

The lady, who identified herself as Raliat, said the bandits offered them rice and beans to cook, after which they ate during the two-week period.

“We spent 14 weeks in the forest with all this cold weather, we were outside with our kids there is nothing to cover our body with. They came looking for Ubankasan Gurau but he was not around, they met his father and killed him, they went to his uncle’s house and pack all the family members that were around,” she said.

“They said they pity our kids but still, they did not release us. None of our kids die, it’s God that saved us. They give us rice and beans, we are the ones cooking, and they have pot there. They use to give us oil and salt with Maggi but later they stopped.”

Jangebe Abduction: Zamfara Govt Relaxes Curfew On Talata Marafa LGA

File photo of Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle

 

The Zamfara State Government has relaxed the dust to dawn curfew imposed on Jangebe town of Talata Mafara Local Government Area of the state.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Commissioner Information, Ibrahim Magaji Dosara, said the move is to enable people to carry out their normal legitimate businesses.

He explained the state government decided to relax the curfew following what he described as relative peace that has returned to the once-troubled community.

The Commissioner however noted that the “Jangebe market is to remain closed until when the government is satisfied with the security situation there.”

While advising residents of the area to remain law-abiding, Dosara warned that the “government will not condone any acts of breaching the peace and tranquillity being restored in the state by the present administration.”

According to the commissioner, Governor Bello Matawallen has directed all security forces within and around the town to ensure compliance to this order, adding that they should deal decisively with anyone found disrupting the peace and security in the area.

He explained that the state government “appreciates the endurance, support and cooperation of all the law-abiding people of the area in particular and the state in general.”

Zamfara Govt Declares Curfew, Suspends Market Activities In Jangebe Town

A Google map of Jangebe town in Talata Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State in north-west Nigeria.

 

The Zamfara State government has declared a dusk-to-dawn curfew in Jangebe town in Talata Mafara Local Government Area of the state.

Mr Sulaiman Anka, who is the Commissioner for Information in the Zamfara, announced this in a statement obtained by Channels Television on Thursday.

He noted that the government’s decision was in reaction to the unfortunate civil disobedience that took place in the town following the return of the released abducted school children.

The commissioner explained that the curfew, which came into effect on Wednesday, was imposed to prevent any further breach of peace.

“Similarly, there is strong discovered evidence of market activities in the town that aid and abet bandits’ activities in the town and neighbouring communities.

“Consequently, all market activities in the town are hereby suspended until further notice,” he said in the statement.

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According to him, the state government is poised to ensure the safety of the lives and properties of the residents at all costs.

A cross-section of the girls previously kidnapped from their school in Jangebe, Zamfara State. AFP

 

As a result of the announcement, Anka called on the Zamfara State Police Command to ensure total enforcement of the government’s directives.

On February 26, Nigerians woke up to the sad news of an attack on the Government Girls Science Secondary School in Jangebe by bandits.

While the police authorities in the state said a total of 317 girls were abducted from the schools, some of the schoolgirls were said to have escaped from the armed men.

After spending four nights in the custody of the bandits, the remaining students were released and the state governor, Bello Matawalle, put the figure of those freed at 279.

But the release of the girls was said to have met another unfortunate incident that reportedly led to the death of one person in Jangebe.

The victim was reportedly shot by security operatives who were said to have opened fire after an angry mob kicked against the insistence on a formal handover before the girls’ parents could leave with them.

This prompted the state government to impose a curfew on the town and suspend market activities there to prevent a further breakdown of law and order.

Thursday Update: Matawalle’s Quest, Sadiq Daba & Nigerians’ Appetite For Covid Vaccine

Good morning,

We are leading with Governor Bello Matawalle’s quest for peace in Zamfara, the death of a beloved actor, and Nigeria’s burgeoning COVID-19 vaccination program.


Matawalle’s Thirst For Peace In Zamfara

Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle has said he is ready to resign if it will lead to peace in Zamfara. Nigerian politicians rarely leave public office voluntarily, so while his resignation is not expected, the comment is a metaphor for how seriously he wants to be taken on his desire to secure Zamfara.

The Governor, who appeared on Wednesday as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, also approved of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ‘no-fly-zone’ if it will end insecurity in the region, although he was displeased that he had not been consulted before the directive was issued.

Also, the Governor has been at the forefront of negotiating with bandits, an approach that the Federal Government has frowned on for its tendency to burnish the ragged reputation of criminals. But his approach, which Matawalle has described as both ‘kinetic and non-kinetic’ helped to free hundreds of schoolgirls kidnapped in Jangebe on Friday.

Jangebe Reunion: Security officials shot at an angry crowd as the recently released 279 schoolgirls were being reunited with their families in a remote part of Zamfara.

Babagana Zulum: To end insecurity in the North-East, the Borno State Governor has urged the Federal Government to seek support from neigbouring countries.


Sadiq Daba Goes Home

Veteran Nigerian broacaster and actor Sadiq Daba has died.

His death was confirmed by filmmaker Kunle Afolayan to Channels Television. Mr. Daba had worked with Afolayan on his 2020 movie, Citation.

According to Mr. Afolayan, the ace broadcaster died on Wednesday from his protracted battle with leukaemia and prostate cancer.

Afolayan said the news was confirmed to him by Mr. Daba’s wife and son.

He further shared that at the time he worked with Mr. Daba on Citation in 2020, he was hale and hearty, although he always had his oxygen supply around him.

Apart from being an ace broadcaster, Sadiq Daba was renowned for acting in the classic ‘Cock Crow at Dawn’ and ‘October 1st’.


Johnson & Johnson vaccine vials against the COVID-19 coronavirus are seen at the Klerksdorp Hospital as South Africa proceeds with its inoculation campaign on February 18, 2021. Phill Magakoe / AFP
Johnson & Johnson vaccine vials against the COVID-19 coronavirus are seen at the Klerksdorp Hospital as South Africa proceeds with its inoculation campaign on February 18, 2021.
Phill Magakoe / AFP

Nigerians Show Appetite For COVID-19 Vaccine

Almost four million doses of COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday and Nigerians are showing massive interest in the remedy.

In less than 24 hours of a government registration portal going live, more than two million Nigerians signed up to receive the vaccine, according to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).

It had been feared that many Nigerians would reject the vaccine. While such fears remain a major concern for public health officials and policymakers, the ‘early rush’ is an encouraging sign.

The first batch of vaccines is expected to be administered to frontline workers and strategic leaders, but Nigeria is also expecting an additional 41 million doses of vaccine from the African Union.

Although health experts have warned that relying solely on vaccines will not solve the pandemic crisis, it can be a very potent weapon.


What else is happening?

Food Blockage: The Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria said it has lifted its ban on the transportation of food items to the southern part of the country.

NIN: The Federal Government has approved the establishment of dedicated Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) swap centres in each of the 774 local government areas in the country.

Niger State: Less than three weeks after 40 passengers were kidnapped, gunmen have again abducted over 50 passengers along the Tegina-Minna road in Rafi Local Government Area.

Apapa Cleanup: Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanow-Olu, has warned that the state will not spare anyone who flouts the electronic call-up system introduced in Apapa to ease gridlock in the area.

Winifred Oyo-Ita: A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered a stay of proceedings in the ongoing trial of the former Head of Service of the Federation and others.

ICPC: The anti-corruption agency said Nigeria is losing about $10 billion from multinationals who evade taxes.

United States: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would not quit over sexual harassment allegations made against him by three women.


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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 Ransom Paid To Secure Release Of Zamfara Schoolgirls, Says Governor Matawalle

 

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle says no ransom was paid to secure the release of the over 300 abducted students of the Government Secondary School in the Jangebe area of the state.

He stated this on Wednesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

“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?” he asked.

“Some of these guys did not accept our peace accord, they are many. Some of them even refused to show their faces to the government. But those that have a good intention of repenting and coming back to society, they are working with the security agencies  to make sure that the state is safe.”

READ ALSO: Gunmen Storm Secondary School In Zamfara, Kidnap Scores Of Female Students

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.

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle speaks during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on March 3, 2021.

 

“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.

Ex-Bandits Tired Of Criminal Activities

The governor noted that most of the former bandits were tired of indulging in criminal activities, recalling that upon his assumption into office, his administration had a stakeholders meeting to provide social amenities to them.

One of such, he noted, was to create shelter for them where they would be engaged in cattle rearing in one confined place, rather than moving about.

“These Fulani, most of them are tired of doing that business. They are tired of it. Sometimes, it is because of their request.

“I have a concept which I am doing in the state called RUGA which will make some settlement for all of them with their grazing reserves, water canal, markets, mosques, schools and hospitals.

“They are very happy with that initiative that they can be in one place. The aim of doing that is to maintain them in one place,” he stated.

The governor’s remarks come a week after gunmen stormed the Jangebe School and abducted the schoolgirls in their scores.

The school which is located within the Talata-Mafara local government area of the state came under siege at past midnight on February 26.

However, the students regained their freedom on March 2 after spending about four days in captivity.

Matawalle Reveals Involvement Of Watchman In Zamfara Schoolgirls’ Kidnap

A group of girls previously kidnapped from their boarding school in Jangebe arrive on March 2, 2021 at the Government House in Gusau, Zamfara State upon their release.  AFP

 

The watchman of Government Secondary School in Jangebe, Zamfara State was involved in the abduction of the schoolgirls on February 26.

This is according to the state governor, Bello Matawalle, who revealed this on Wednesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

Although the governor did not reveal the identities of other personalities behind the abduction of the schoolgirls, the governor said information at his disposal indicated that the school’s security guard aided the bandits in whisking the students away.

“The watchman of the school,” the governor said in reaction to who was involved in the abduction of the over 200 schoolgirls in Jangebe.

“The children have mentioned that after releasing them, the bandits were telling them to greet the watchman for them. They even mentioned his name that he is the one who gave them the go-ahead to come, that he was involved.

“They have said it in front of the Commissioner of Police in Zamfara State. I assure Nigerians that investigation will be carried out and all people involved will be known,” he added.

Speaking further, the governor said that he is ready to resign if that will end insecurity in the state.

He also reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration of Zamfara State as a ‘no-fly zone’, noting, “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 sleepless nights to protect the people of Zamfara State.”

According to Matawalle, he had no issue with the no-fly-zone declared by the Federal Government.

The Zamfara State governor clarified that the Security Council should have invited him before making some decisions.