No More Active COVID-19 Cases In Zamfara, Says Commissioner


The Zamfara State Commissioner for Health, Yahaya Kanoma, has said that there are no more patients in its isolation centres.

Kanoma confirmed this to Channels Television on Saturday.

According to him, 71 out of the 76 patients in the state have recovered and have been discharged from isolation centres after testing negative twice.

He, however, disclosed that the remaining five of the active cases in the state have died.

Speaking further, the commissioner noted that 198 tests were conducted so far and 102 samples have returned negative.

Security Operatives Arrest 251 Illegal Miners In Zamfara


Security operatives in Zamfara State have arrested no fewer than 251 illegal miners in three local government areas of the state.

According to the spokesman of the Zamfara State police command, Mohammed Shehu, a joint team of Soldiers, police and the Department of State Security Services had on May 21, 2020, raided the mining sites in Anka, Bukkuyum and Gummi local government areas, following intelligence information about the activities of the illegal miners which included 250 Nigerians and one Burkinabe national.

Exhibits recovered from them included 12 pumping machines, 29 motorcycles, Chemicals for making gold and Unrefined Gold sifting materials.

The police spokesman also disclosed that all the suspects have confessed to the offence and will be arraigned before the court of competent jurisdiction whenever the court resumes sitting.

He also warned that until and unless the Federal Government lifts the ban on mining activities, anybody who goes against the norms will be arrested and severely dealt with according to the law of the land.

Police Arrest Two Chinese Nationals For Illegal Mining Activities In Zamfara

The suspects arrested by the police in Zamfara State.



Police operatives have arrested two Chinese nationals and two other locals for engaging in illegal mining activities at Kwali village in Bukkuyum Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

The spokesman of the state Police Command, Mohammed Shehu said in a statement that the arrest of the suspects followed intelligence information that some foreigners in concert with other unpatriotic Nigerians engaged in illegal mining activities in Kwali.

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He said the Commissioner of Police, Usman Nagogo, acting on the strength of the information, led a Special Task Force team to Kwali mining site on Sunday to assess and see things for himself.

On getting to the site, he said two Chinese nationals were seen with all the chemicals necessary for making gold.

The police spokesman, however, said that the two Chinese nationals Mr Wang and Mr Chun are being interrogated to get more information that could help in the course of the investigation.

He also disclosed that hundreds of illegal miners ran away as they saw the police team, while two labourers among them were arrested.

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Bandits Release Two Customs Officers Kidnapped In Katsina


Bandits in Katsina State have released the two Customs Officers whom they had kidnapped on Wednesday.

They were released in the early hours of Sunday to the Headquarters of 17 Brigade of the Nigerian Military.

This was disclosed by the spokesperson of the 17 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Captain Kayode Owolabi.

According to him, the development followed an ongoing intensive operation by the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji in partnership with 8 Division of the Nigerian Army.

Owolabi explained that the operation commenced some days ago with attacks on several bandit hideouts.

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These efforts according to him have forced many bandits to seek peace and also led to the neutralization of several others.

“Some armed bandit leaders who have sent messages through emissaries to the Acting General Officer Commanding 8 Division Nigerian Army who oversees operations in Katsina and Zamfara States, have indicated readiness to embrace the peace without any conditions attached,” Owolabi said.

“The military, will continue to remain resolute to ensure complete disarming of bandits before considering the peace deal as earlier announced by the various State Governments in the North West,” he added.

Meanwhile, troops of the Operation have continued with what the Commander calls “Mop Up Ops” in order to clear all areas of bandit camps to ensure the realease of all hostages.

Police Rescue Two Kidnap Victims


The Police in Katsina State have rescued two persons who were kidnapped and taken to a place called Sambisa in Zamfara State.

The duo was said to have been kidnapped on November 16, and found on the 21st at a location between Katsina and Zamfara state, in the dreaded Rugu forest.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the Police Public Relations Officer of the command, SP Gambo Isah, said the victims identified as Kausar Surajo, age 22 years old and Aisha Ibrahim, aged 28, were rescued unhurt.

According to the statement, “the rescue operation was in line with the ‘Operation Puff Adder’ launched by the Inspector General of Police which was led by the DPO of Jibia border town at about 16:00hrs”.

Investigations are said to be ongoing.

Police Arrest Suspected Car Thieves, Kidnapper In Zamfara


The police in Zamfara state have arrested five suspected car snatching thieves at the Tundun Wada area of the state and recovered four vehicles and a pistol gun.

According to the police, the vehicles belong to different owners resident in the state and Kebbi.

The commissioner of police, CP Usman Nagogo, explained that their arrest and recoveries of stolen items were achieved in a combined operation with officers of Operation Puff Adder.

He identified the suspects as Mohammed Dahiru Alias “Emeka Pastor, Abubakar Ahmed, Sani Garba, Sama’ila Abubakar, and Abubakar Ibrahim.

“Their recent atrocity was at the house of coordinator National Directorate of Employment (NDE) Zamfara State where they went to his house, robbed him, and made away with his official Toyota Hilux Vehicle on gunpoint, and later took the vehicle to Niger Republic for sale.

“All the suspects confessed to their past and present crimes and further led the police investigation team to Suleja in Niger state as well as Niger Republic where three (3) other stolen vehicles belonging to Nura Garba Daura, of Federal University Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi state, Nasiru Ahmed of Nasarawa Tudun Wada area, Gusau and Ibrahim Sani of Sabon Gari area, Gusau were recovered.

“All the vehicles were stolen at gun points and in some of the robberies; women were raped and subjected to all forms of humiliation. The searches in their houses led to recoveries of so many stolen items,” he stated.

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He also mentioned other items recovered to include; “Four (4) plasma TVs, Three (3) Generators, One (1) sewing machine, Two (2) Gas cylinders, Two (2) Ceiling fans, One (1) Iron Stone, One (1) Carpet, One (1) Z pad x 7 table, One (1) Nokia handset, and One Techno handset.”

CP Nagogo also mentioned the arrest of a suspected kidnapper, one Aliyu Alhaji Riskuwa, in Bukkuyum LGA of the state, and four different brands of motorcycles were recovered in the operation.

“On 6th October 2019, our Operatives in Bukkuyum LGA, as a result of that operation, the above-mentioned suspect was arrested. In the course of the investigation, he was connected with a case of kidnapping of three (3) persons at the house of one Alhaji Babuga ‘M’ of Kairu village where the sum of twenty million Naira was demanded.

“Four (4) Motorcycles suspected to be stolen were recovered during the raid operations. An investigation is in progress with a view to fishing out his gang members for prosecution.”

Nine other suspected motorcycle and tricycle snatching syndicates were also arrested and nine different brands were recovered.

The police boss called on people who had at some point in time, report a stolen item, to come with genuine documents for identification and possible release of their items.

Troops Kill Notorious Bandits’ Leader Emir, 38 Others In Zamfara

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Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji have killed a notorious bandits’ leader known as “Emir”, and 38 others during a clearance operation in Zamfara state.

According to a statement by the acting Force Information Officer, Captain Ayobami Oni-Orisan, despite the ongoing peace process in the State, troops came under unprovoked attack by bandits which were repelled.

He stated that the troops further commenced aggressive clearance operations and destroyed three camps and killed the bandits.

“On 3rd of October 2019, troops deployed at Sunke in Anka Local Government Area, despite the ongoing peace process in the State.

“However, the gallant troops successfully repelled the attack, neutralized 19 bandits in the process. Unfortunately, 4 soldiers lost their lives during the encounter.

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“As a result of the encounter, troops further commenced aggressive clearance operations nicknamed OP Mushare on the 6th of October 2019, with a view to apprehending the recalcitrant bandits.

“Consequently, between 6th and 7th of October 2019, within Bawa Daji general area, 3 heavily fortified camps at Gubarawa, Bawa Daji and Bawa Daji Forest were destroyed when the troops overpowered the bandits, overrun the 3 camps and neutralized 39 bandits, (including the notorious bandits’ leader known as “Emir”) and many bandits were obviously wounded.”

The spokesman added that four soldiers sustained injuries during the operation.

He also stated that troops arrested a suspected bandit Abubakar Umar along road Lamba – Damri axis with the sum of 400,000 Naira presumably for purchase of bandits’ logistics supplies; Adding that the suspect will be handed over to the civil police for further investigation/necessary action.

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.

Police Rescue Eight Kidnap Victims In Kaduna


The Police in Zamfara State have rescued eight persons who were kidnapped in Birnin Gwari area of Kaduna State.

According to a statement by the spokesperson of the command, Mohammed Shehu, those abducted include men, women and children and they were held captive for over four months.

They were eventually rescued following efforts by a team of peace and reconciliation committee members which included the governor’s Security Adviser, Abubakar Dauran and National Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Muhammadu Ardon Zuru led by the state Commissioner of Police Usman Nagogo.

Subsequently, they were handed over to the Zamfara State Governor Mohammed Bello at the Government House, in Gusau, after which they reunited with their families.

The CP assured the public of the commitment of the police towards bringing lasting peace in the state and environs.

This comes just days after 51 captives were rescued by the police.

Troops Kill Scores Of Bandits, Arrest Four In Zamfara


Troops of Operation Sharen Daji have killed scores of bandits operating in Dumburum forest area of Zamfara state.

According to a statement by Acting Force Information Officer, Lieutenant Ayobami Oni-Orisan, ground troops, on a mop-up operation, arrested four of the bandits, recovering motorcycles and livestock.

“Air Component of OPHD conducted intensive bomb runs at several identified bandits’ camps in Dumburum forest.

“Consequently, scores of bandits were effectively neutralised in the operation while others fled the area. An additional 10 bandits were however neutralised when the fleeing bandits encountered ground troops deployed in Blocking Positions around the General Area.

“4 of the bandits were equally captured by own troops while the following items were recovered by own troops: 2 X Motorcycles, 43 livestock earlier rustled from locals.”

Subsequently, more bandits were killed in another operation carried out in Katsina state.

“The Air Component of OPHD effectively neutralized 20 armed bandits at a location close to Munhaye town about 15km from Katsina state.

“On receipt of credible Human Intelligence that bandits had gathered for a meeting at a rendezvous close to Munhaye, possibly to attack locals in the vicinity, the Air Component scrambled an Alpha Jet to the area.

“On seeing the jet, the bandits numbering over 30 attempted to flee the area but the Alpha Jet engaged them with effective fire, neutralizing 20 of them in the process.

Additionally, several bandits were neutralized when troops encountered heavily armed bandits at Bawan-Daji General Area in Anka Local Government Area.

“The troops, supported by a Combat Helicopter of the Air Component, engaged and killed quite a number of them, while others fled”, the statement added.

UNHCR Calls For More Efforts To Alleviate Suffering Of IDPs

UN To Help 40,000 Cameroonian Refugees In Nigeria


The United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR) has called for additional efforts from states and the Federal Government to alleviate the sufferings of Nigerian refugees in neighbouring countries as well as Internally Displaced Persons living in camps across Nigeria.

Speaking at a news conference ahead of the 2019 International Day for Refugees in Abuja, the country’s representative for the UN agency, Antonio Canhandula, noted that recent crisis in Zamfara and Sokoto States have swelled the numbers of Nigerian refugees in Niger and Cameroon.

According to him, there is an urgent need to improve the quality of response to the IDPs.

He also maintained that its time for countries that are a signatory to the Kampala Convention to domesticate the terms of 2009 agreement, which seeks to protect the rights of refugees and IDPs.

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.