Tinubu Donates N50m To Victims Of Gusau Attack

 

Former Governor of Lagos State and Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has donated the sum of N50million to families of victims of the recent killings in two Local Government Areas of Zamfara State.

Tinubu made the donation on Thursday when he paid a visit to the state.

At least, 58 people were reported killed last week when bandits raided some villages in Bukkuyum and Anka Local Government Areas of the state.

 

Bola Tinubu in Gusau, Zamfara State on Thursday to condole with the government and people of the state over the killing of over 50 persons.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Wednesday also sent his condolences and that of his government to the people of Zamfara State on what he described as the “extremely unfortunate” mass killings of innocent people by retreating bandits.

The president, who said the recent incident was a very sad one for the nation, reiterated his earlier commitment to tackle the monster of terrorism head-on, giving assurances that the besieged communities and other Nigerians will not be abandoned to their fate.

He conveyed his condolences through a delegation led by the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd), his counterpart in the Humanitarian Affairs Ministry, Sadiya Umar Farouq and his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

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Others included the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Dingyadi; the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno and the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba.

Some governors of the All Progressives Congress, Kebbi State’s Atiku Bagudu and his Katsina counterpart, Aminu Masari, had also visited to commiserate with the government and people of the state.

Governor Bagudu said despite some positives by the federal and state governments, massive cooperation is vital to combat the threat.

Bagudu stated that in the last few years, a lot has been and is still being done to address the security challenges facing the country, and more resources, community mobilisation, support is still needed to flush out the terrorists.

Buhari’s Delegation In Gusau, Offers Condolences Over Zamfara Killings

File photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday conveyed his condolences and that of his government to the people of Zamfara State on what he described as the “extremely unfortunate” mass killings of innocent people by retreating bandits.

The president, who said the recent incident was a very sad one for the nation, reiterated his earlier commitment to tackle the monster of terrorism head-on, giving assurances that the besieged communities and other Nigerians will not be abandoned to their fate.

In an address to the governor, commissioners, emirs, the chief judge and grand khadi, legislators, council chairmen and political leaders, President Buhari who was represented by a delegation led by the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd), expressed the strong determination of the administration to get rid of these bandits who have now been classified as terrorists.

“There will be no let-up in the ongoing campaign to rid Zamfara and other affected states of the menace of these terrorists. Since they have no regard for the sanctity of life, so shall they be dealt with,” he said.

“The government is fully informed of what is going on and will do whatever it takes to end this. We are here to talk to the governor and to assure the state that the administration is determined to do more to defend the life and property of the people,” he said.

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President Buhari condoled with the government and the people of the state over the losses of life and directed the military and other security agencies to intensify the ongoing campaign until everyone and everywhere is safe.

The governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Bello Matawalle, who welcomed the delegation said that it is a testimony to the strong support of the president and the government at the center.

He appreciated the wisdom and vision of the president in approving the ongoing military campaign in the state, the effect of which has led to the dismantling of terrorists’ hideouts used as launching grounds for kidnapping, rustling and terrorism but said that more still needed to be done.

The governor added that president Buhari is an example to the world in the establishment of democratic values and commended him for responding positively to all the requests so far placed before him by the state government.

He called on the federal government to fortify the security of the state with additional armoured personnel carriers, APCs and to roll out a special intervention fund for Zamfara and other states equally affected by the scourge of insecurity.

The delegation conveyed the approval of the president for palliative items for the Anka and Bukkuyum emirates, the latest to be attacked, and for other areas equally affected by the attacks in the recent past.

Other members of the delegation were the minister of police affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi, the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social affairs, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruk, the national security adviser, Major General Babagana Munguno (rtd), Inspector General Of Police, Usman Alkali Baba and the Senior Special Assistant to the President On Media And Publicity, Garba Shehu.

Notorious Bandit Leader, Turji, Frees Over 50 Victims Amidst Military Offensive

A photo of the notorious bandit leader, Bello Turji. He has been the mastermind of killings and kidnappings in Shinkafi, Sabon Birni, Isah in Zamfara and Sokoto states.

 

A notorious bandit leader, Bello Turji, has freed over 50 kidnapped victims in his custody in Zamfara State, following military raids on neighboring bandit camps in Zamfara and Sokoto forests.

Co-Chairman of the state Committee on Finding Lasting Solutions to Banditry, Dr. Abdullahi Shinkafi, confirmed the development to Channels Television in a telephone conversation on Tuesday.

Dr. Shinkafi noted that the released victims were about 70, adding that the notorious bandit kingpin released them ‘unconditionally’.

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According to the police, arrangements are being made to evacuate all freed victims to the state capital, Gusau for profiling and medical treatment before they are released to their families.

Beyond the military onslaught which had also led to the death of two notorious bandits while others were seriously wounded, it was gathered that the latest development was also made possible following a dialogue that took place between the kingpin and local authorities in Zamfara State.

Turji has been the mastermind of killings and kidnappings in Shinkafi, Sabon Birni, Isah in Zamfara and Sokoto states.

Late last year, he was alleged to have written a letter to Shinkafi Emirate Council that he was ready to embrace peace and stop banditry.

Air Force Kills Two Notorious Bandit Leaders, Several Others In Zamfara

A map of Zamfara in northwest Nigeria.

 

The Nigerian Air Force has killed two notorious bandit leaders, Alhaji Auta, and Kachalla Ruga, following an air raid of a forest in Zamfara State.

Sources revealed that the notorious bandit leaders were killed after a NAF aircraft, under Operation Hadarin Daji, acted on credible intelligence, and bombarded their enclaves at Gusami Forest and Tsamre Village in Birnin Magaji local government area of the state last Friday night.

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According to the sources, multiple airstrikes by the NAF jet, which were carried out in the early hours of Saturday have also led to the death of several other bandits.

Another source told Channels TV that some bandits were also killed by the military jet when they went to retrieve the body of the bandits’ leader Alhaji Auta from the scene of bombardment.

Residents believe that if this level of action is sustained and other local political actors key into working for peace, Zamfara State and the entire northwest region will be restored to the “peaceful region” it once used to be.

This comes two days after bandits attacked Gada community in Bungudu Local Government Area of the state, killing the District Head of Gada, Umaru Bawan-Allah, and his two sons.

Confirming the attack to Channels Television, the Commissioner for Information in Zamfara, Ibrahim Dosara, had revealed that the bandits also razed down the house of the district head of the community.

An indigene of the community, who witnessed the attack, also told Channels Television that the assailants invaded the area in the early hours of Wednesday last week and unleashed mayhem on the residents.

According to him, the armed men abducted many others from Gada, a community which is about seven kilometres from Bungudu town, the headquarters of the local government.

Security Operatives Rescue 10 Kidnap Victims In Zamfara

Some of the rescued kidnap victims before they were reconciled with their family.

 

Security operatives in Zamfara State have rescued 10 kidnap victims.

The victims were earlier kidnapped by bandits from Gada community in Bungudu Local Government Area of the state.

The bandits stormed Gada community around 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday killed the district head, Ummaru Bawan-Allah.

The state commissioner of police Ayuba Elkanah while addressing journalists in Gusau, the state capital confirmed that District Head and four other villagers were killed during the attack.

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Several people were also abducted by the bandits.

But the commissioner said a joint tactical team comprising policemen, soldiers and vigilante members swung into action, chased the bandits, and rescued the abductees.

Mr Elkana, who said the victims have been reunited with their families, also said among them was a one-year-old baby abducted alongside her mother.

The commissioner also said a notorius bandit operating in the Zurmi – Shinkafi axis has been arrested.

The police said he was arrested with an AK47 rifle, double magazines, three rounds of live ammunition and one boxer motorcycle.

He stressed that normalcy has been restored within the affected community and security operatives have improved confidence-building patrols.

Katsina Govt Urges Residents To Defend Themselves

 

The Katsina State Government has asked residents to do whatever it takes including prayer or even having to acquire arms to defend themselves against criminals.

He also promised to assist security agencies in registering all the weapons illegally acquired by some of the good residents of the state.

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“Anyone interested in acquiring arms should do so as it’s not right for bad elements to acquire arms while good people are denied this right,” he said.

Speaking during a press briefing at the Government House in Katsina on Tuesday, the governor also urged the people to support the efforts by security agencies to provide security in the communities.

Gunmen Kill District Head, Four Others, Abduct Many In Zamfara

A photo combination of the map of Zamfara State and a gun recovered from criminals.

 

Gunmen have killed the District Head of Gada community in Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State, Alhaji Umar Bawan-Allah and four others.

The incident is said to have occurred in the early hours of Wednesday after gunmen suspected to be bandits invaded the community.

They also abducted an unspecified number of people, the majority of whom were women and children, while also setting many houses ablaze including the palace of the District Head.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ayuba Elkanah while addressing journalists in Gusau, the capital, said security operatives have rescued 10 victims from Gada community.

CP Elkanah said the police tactical operatives in collaboration with military and vigilantes responded promptly and engaged the hoodlums in a gun battle.

According to him, the joint tactical teams were able to disperse the bandits and rescue nine of the victims and a one-year-old baby.

He also noted that normalcy has been restored in the affected community and security operatives have improved patrols.

Zamfara APC Vows To Support Matawalle In Fight Against Banditry

A map of Zamfara in northwest Nigeria

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership in Zamfara has vowed to do its best with the Matawalle-led administration to completely end all acts of banditry in the state.

The assurance was given today by the Chairman of the party in the state, Alhaji Tukur Umar Danfulani during a live phone-in programme on the Zamfara State Radio.

The chairman who commended the positive feat attained in all sectors of the state by the governor despite the challenges posed by insecurity said youth empowerment and self-reliance programmes will continue to be extended to all parts of the state.

He noted that subsequent governments will find the state’s administration easier as the current government has put in place all necessary structures including an improved government house with all state of the art facility, the ongoing Cargo Airport project, roads construction and rehabilitation and provision of social services among others.

According to him, these facilities will in turn bring more employment opportunities, reduce restiveness and help in ending banditry and other forms of criminality in the state.

Alhaji Danfulani noted that trips undertaken by the governor within and outside the shores of the country have exposed the state which has a vast deposit of various solid minerals to many multimillion investors which will soon make the state the investment hub of the nation.

The APC stalwart explained that the idea of the RUGA settlement initiated by governor Matawalle is one of the best ways of addressing insecurity which was borne out of herder/farmer conflict and urged the federal government and the international community to support the state government so as to achieve peace in the country.

While responding to some callers on how he will move the party, the chairman said, he will continue to engage stakeholders through consultation and ensure that all welfare coming to the party are shared by leaders of the party at the local government levels and through polling units so that no one is left out.

He further said, his leadership will ensure discipline among members and leaders as well as enhance respect and recognition to hierarchy and constituted authority.

The chairman pointed out that communities should remove fear from their minds and rise up to the challenge by joining hands with security agents to patrol and protect their communities in resisting attacks by criminals.

He urged the good people of the state to continue to pray for the success of the Matawalle government and the leadership of the party so that the dividends of democracy will continue to reach all parts of the state.

Court To Deliver Judgement On Dissolution Of Zamfara APC Factional Caretaker Committee

A file photo of a court gavel.
A file photo of a court gavel.

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Gusau has fixed December 2 to deliver judgement in the suit challenging the dissolution of the Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State.

The party faction led by former Governor Abdullaziz Yari and Senator Kabiru Marafa instituted the suit against the APC National Caretaker/ Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee Chairman, Mai Mala Buni, and five others.

The presiding judge, Justice Aminu Bappa, after listening to arguments from both counsels on Wednesday, announced December 2, as the date to deliver judgement on the matter.

Lead counsel to the plaintiffs, Daniel Enwelum, said they had concluded and submitted their written addresses in court and judgement would be delivered on the case in question by December 2, 2021.

Enwelum explained that his clients are challenging the illegal action of the Chairman of the APC National Caretaker/ Extra- Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Mai Mala Buni, for outrightly dissolving the state’s caretaker committee of the party in Zamfara State.

He further argued that Buni on June 29, 2021, after receiving Governor Bello Matawalle into the APC, announced the dissolution of the state’s caretaker Committee of the party, and installed Governor Bello Matawalle as the leader in the state which is not in the APC constitution.

Lead counsel to the plaintiffs said, he also drew the attention of the court to the wards congress conducted last Saturday despite a court order to stop the exercise pending the determination of the case in court.

“We filed a motion to stop what National Chairman did on the 29th of June, that is coming at a rally saying offhandedly I have dissolved the exco in Zamfara State and handover to the governor as leader of the party.

“First of all, there is no provision for the leader of the party and some articles of the party Constitution do not give him mandate to do such,” he said.

Bandits Ambush Police Patrol Team, Kill Seven In Zamfara

A map of Zamfara in northwest Nigeria.

 

No fewer than seven police personnel have been killed by suspected bandits along the Tofa-Magami road in Gusau Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

Sources say the incident occurred around 6:00 pm on Monday when the police operatives were patrolling the area.

The bandits were said to have ambushed the police operatives, killing seven of them and setting ablaze the operational vehicle.

According to eyewitnesses, the bandits who were about 100, engaged the Police operatives in a gun duel before overpowering and killing them.

Channels Television’s efforts to contact the state police command proved futile as both the Commissioner of Police Ayuba Elkana and the Spokesperson of the Command, SP Mohammed Shehu, were unreachable.

However, the Spokesperson for Yarima Bakura Specialist Hospital Gusau, Awwal Ruwandoruwa, confirmed receiving seven dead bodies of the slain police operatives.

UPDATED: Police Deny Killing Of 20 Security Operatives In Zamfara

A map of Zamfara in north-west Nigeria.

 

The Zamfara State Police Command on Saturday denied that about 20 security operatives had been killed by bandits along Shinkafi road.

Earlier reports had it that the security operatives, mostly personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and local vigilantes, had been ambushed by a group led by notorious bandit leader, Turji.

In a statement signed by spokesperson, Mohammed Shehu, the Command confirmed the attack but said only one police and two civil defense personnel had been killed in the ambush.

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“What happened was that, on 28th October 2021, Joint Police/Civil Defence Operatives deployed along K/Namoda – Shinkafi Road to stem the tide of banditry, kidnapping and other heinous crimes were ambushed by suspected armed bandits who came in large number,” the statement said.

“The operatives who were always at red alert engaged the hoodlums to an extensive gun duel that lasted for hours. Some of the assailants were neutralised while others escaped with possible gun shot wounds. Unfortunately, a Police Operative and two (2) Civil Defence Personnel paid the supreme price and their corpses were evacuated and buried accordingly.

“The Commissioner of Police while deploying reinforcement of Police Tactical operatives to the area, reiterates the continuous commitment and resilience of the Police to rid the State of all activities of criminal elements.”

The Command urged the public to “ignore the outrageous number” of the earlier reports and “continue to be security conscious while going about their legitimate business.”

Bandits as terrorists

The attack is one of the latest by bandits in the North-West who have gained national notoriety for their numerous violent acts, including the mass kidnapping of school children.

Several individuals, including Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, have urged the Federal Government to designate the bandits as terrorists. The National Assembly has also passed resolutions to the same effect.

On Friday, the Minister of Defense, Bashir Magashi, said the Federal Government was in the process of reviewing and following the required procedures to designate the criminal gangs as terrorists.

It is believed that designating the bandits as terrorists will allow the military unleash its full force on the North-West criminals without triggering international human rights rebukes.

Abducted Emir Of Bungudu Regains Freedom

The Emir of Bugudu, Alhaji Hassan Attahiru,
The Emir of Bugudu, Alhaji Hassan Attahiru,

 

The abducted Emir of Bungudu, Alhaji Hassan Attahiru, has regained his freedom.

A family member of the Emir, Gazali Shehu Ahmad, who is also a Special Adviser to Zamfara State Governor on Strategy, confirmed his release on his personal Facebook page on Saturday.

The Emir was in captivity for 32 days before he regained his freedom

“On behalf of the family and Bungudu Emirate, we wish to thank everyone for the prayers and support during this trying time,” Ahmad said on Facebook, on behalf of the family and Bungudu emirate.

“We appreciate all the efforts of Kaduna State Government throughout this challenging period.

“Our immense gratitude to the Zamfara State Government in playing a key role to see our father returned home safely.”

“We salute the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) for the support in facilitating the release of the Emir.

“We wish to plead with the public to respect the privacy of the Emir in the coming weeks as he receives medical attention and post-trauma management.”