Bandits Attack Zamfara Village, Kill 14 People

 

At least 14 people have been killed after suspected bandits invaded Babban Rafi village in Zamfara State.

The attack, which occurred on Thursday in Gummi Local Government Area of the state, also left many other villagers injured.

The bandits were said to have stormed the village with over forty motorbikes in the early hours of the day and opened fire on residents who were still indoors.

During the invasion, the assailants carted away with several valuables from the villagers, including money, mobile phones, and livestock among others.

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A file photo of a police patrol van.

 

When contacted, the police authorities in the state confirmed the attack and casualty figure to Channels Television.

The Public Relations Officer in Zamfara, Mohammed Shehu, revealed that the bandits who were in large numbers invaded Babban Rafi village from neighbouring Kebbi State.

According to him, the bandits opened fire on the residents during the invasion, a situation which he said resulted in the death of 14 people.

Shehu, however, said a combined team of operatives of the Police Mobile Force, Counter-Terrorism Unit, and Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police have been deployed in the village.

He added that the security operatives have been charged to go after the perpetrators and apprehend them in order to bring them to book.

The public relations officer noted that the operatives, attached to “Operation Puff Adder” in conjunction with soldiers from “Operation Hadarin Daji”, were also mobilised to prevent further attack on neighbouring villages.

Army Says Over 100 Bandits Killed In Zamfara And Katsina

 

 

Troops of operation Hadarin Daji have launched offensive attacks on various hideouts and camps of suspected bandits located in four local government areas of Zamfara and Katsina States.

The troops during the operation, also killed over one hundred bandits, destroyed their camps and recovered assorted dangerous weapons and rescued ten kidnapped victims.

A statement by the acting Force information officer of Operation Hadarin Daji, Captain Ayobami Oni-Orisan, says the kinetic operation was carried out in Anka, Maru, and Bukkuyum in Zamfara while another operation was executed in Jubia in Katsina state following the recent upsurge in activities of unrepentant bandits in both states who have refused to key into the ongoing Peace Initiatives of the Zamfara state government.

According to the statement, between December the 16th 2019 to 9 January 2020, the troops of Operation Haradin Daji, comprising personnel of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Airforce, Nigeria Police, Department of State Services and other security agencies, conducted several clearance operations to smoke out and neutralize the recalcitrant bandits from their enclaves.

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The statement further says that during the clearance operations, the troops in collaboration with the Defence Forces of Niger Republic apprehended a high-profile gunrunner named “Kunene”, who is responsible for the inflow of arms, ammunition and other dangerous weapons to the region. In addition, troops also apprehended 3 suspected bandits; Abubakar Kiri Koloma, Abubakar Ibrahim and Haruna Alhaji Yaro, and 2 notorious drug dealers; Kabiru Abubakar Isah and Hamisu Dan-kwanba at various locations in Zamfara state during the period

The statement also adds that
troops during the operation, successfully neutralized about 100 bandits, including 6 key commanders, and rescued no less than 10 kidnapped persons.

It also discloses that the troops recovered assorted dangerous weapons including
500 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 15 AK 47 rifles, 4 General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMG), one PKM Machine Gun, one Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) bomb, a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) tube, eleven fully loaded magazines, 600 rustled cows and 23 Motorbikes.

While stating that troops of Operation Haradin Daji have succeeded in ensuring that Gusau-Sokoto, Katsina-Jibia-Zamfara, Gusau-Shinkafi-Sokoto, Kajiji-Gummi-Anka-Gusau roads are safe for travellers, the acting force information officer, notes that the onslaught against unrepentant and recalcitrant bandits will continue until banditry is completely crushed and peace is restored in Zamfara, Katsina, Kebbi and Sokoto states.

Zamfara Assembly Repeals Law Granting Ex-Governors, Others Pension

 

Former governors, deputy governors, and other political office holders in Zamfara State will no longer enjoy the payment of pension and other entitlements.

This development comes on the heels of outright repeal of the law that approves such payment by members of the Zamfara State House of Assembly.

The lawmakers abolished the law on Tuesday following a bill laid on the floor on the legislative chamber of the Assembly complex in Gusau, the state capital.

Presenting the bill, House Leader Faruk Dosara (PDP Maradun I) urged his collogues to as a matter of urgency consider the complete repeal of the law.

The law, according to him, provides the ‘jamboree pay’ for the former political leaders of the state at the detriment of the retired civil servants who have not been paid their entitlements over the years.

Dosara stressed that this category of past leaders were receiving over N700,000 million naira annually at a time when the state’s economy cannot accommodate such.

Seconding the motion, Tukur Tudu (PDP Bakura) explained that the abolition of the law was highly necessary as was detrimental to the socio-economic well-being of the people.

Following a series of deliberations and contributions by members, the Speaker, Nasiru Magarya, ordered the Clerk of the House to give the bill first and second reading.

The House, thereafter, went for a committee of a whole which led to the third reading of the bill.

The bill scaled through the third reading while members passed it and resolved that it should be sent to the state governor, Bello Matawalle, for his assent.

In a statement shortly after, the spokesperson for the House, Mustapha Kaura, noted that all past political leaders in Zamfara would no longer enjoy any entitlement, unless those prescribed by the National Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission.

Meanwhile, the lawmakers also received an interim report by the House Standing Committee on Religious Affairs led by Kabiru Dansadau (NRM Maru South).

The committee was asked to investigate the controversy surrounding the appointment of the Jumu’at Mosque Imam in Birnin Magaji Ward of Gummi Local Government Area of the state.

According to Kaura, the committee’s report indicted the district head of Birnin Magaji ward, Lauwali Hassan; district head of Gamo, Abubakar Adamu, as well as the Secretary of Gummi Emirate Council, Aminu Aliyu, among others of being culpable in the alleged scam.

It also accused them of collecting bribe from the imam which sparked some pocket of crisis in the area.

In its recommendation, the committee proposed the outright suspension of the principal officers of the emirate, pending the conclusion of its investigations.

The house agreed to this and extended the duration of the investigations by three weeks.

It has adjoined sitting until Wednesday.

Earlier, Speaker Magarya inaugurated the new Clerk of the House, Shehu Anka, paving the way for him to assume duty officially.

14 people Killed by Suspected Bandits in Fresh Zamfara Village Attack

 

14 people have been killed, while 10 others injured in a renewed attack by suspected bandits in some villages in Gummi local government Area of Zamfara State.

The police in Zamfara state confirmed the incident in a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Shehu.

Mr Shehu said that the latest attack looked like a reprisal following an earlier incident which occurred November where some vigilante groups around Bardoki village in the local government Area attacked and killed nine Fulani’s suspected to be bandits and set their houses ablaze.

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He disclosed that the police upon receipt of the incident swung into action and arrested 11 members of the vigilante, popularly known as Yansakai, who participated in the killing of the Fulani’s, adding that investigation into the killing is ongoing.

“The Command swung into action and arrested 11 Members of Yansakai who actively participated in the actual killing of the Fulani’s that led to yesterday’s incident and are being investigated by the State CID Gusau. They will be charged to court for prosecution in order to serve as deterrence to others.

“However, combined teams attached to Operation Puff Adder, men of Operation Hadarin Daji and Vigilante led by the DPO Gummi, mobilised to the scene and embarked on extensive bush combing with a view to trailing and arresting the perpetrators.”

Mr Shehu disclosed that corpses and injured victims were conveyed to the hospital in Gummi for autopsy and treatment.

“The Command calls on members of the public to desist from taking laws into their hands, as it will not hesitate to deal decisively with any person or group of person that tries to sabotage the relative peace currently being enjoyed in the state,” he added.

PHOTOS: EFCC Uncovers N65m From INEC Office In Zamfara

Courtesy: twitter.com/officialEFCC

 

Operatives of the Economic and Finacial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Sokoto zonal office on Wednesday recovered money to the tune of N65,548,000 (Sixty-five Million, Five Hundred and Forty-eight Thousand Naira) from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Zamfara State.

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The monies which comprise of  81 bundles of N1000 notes, 97 bundle of N500 notes and 96 pieces of N500 notes were stacked in two fireproof safes during a search conducted in offices of the HOD Accounts and Cashier of the INEC.

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EFCC Recovers N65m From INEC Office In Zamfara

Courtesy: twitter.com/officialEFCC

 

Operatives of the Economic and Finacial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Sokoto zonal office on Wednesday recovered money to the tune of N65,548,000 (Sixty-five Million, Five Hundred and Forty-eight Thousand Naira) from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Zamfara State.

The monies which comprise of  81 bundles of N1000 notes, 97 bundle of N500 notes and 96 pieces of N500 notes were stacked in two fireproof safes during a search conducted in offices of the HOD Accounts and Cashier of the INEC.

The money is suspected to be 40% illegally deducted on funds released to the INEC Zamfara office to cater to the rent of Canopies, Tables, and Chairs and also funds for RAC (Registration Area Center) and movement of men and materials to Polling Units, by the HOD Accounts & Cashier.

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The raid followed a petition by one of the INEC ad-hoc staff during the 2019 presidential and gubernatorial elections in Zamfara State. The staff alleged that the Adhoc INEC officials were denied payment of their N6,000 movement allowances each for the two elections.

According to the complainant, while INEC in Zamfara allegedly paid its ad hoc staff the sum of N9,000, others in states like Sokoto were paid N12,000.

The recovered fund is suspected to be part of the funds illegally deducted from releases meant to cater for the movement of materials and electoral officials as well as the provision of chairs, tables and canopies for the 2019 governorship and presidential elections in the state

Before the raid, the Commission a few days ago, had arrested four officials of INEC in the state. The officials, Hassan Sidi Aliyu, Administrative Secretary, Hussain Jafar, Head of Operations, Abdullahi Yusuf Abubakar, State Accountant and the Cashier Labaran Ishaka, were picked for alleged conspiracy, breach of trust and criminal diversion of Ad hoc staff allowance to the tune of N84, 696,000 (Eighty Four Million, Six Hundred and Ninety Six Thousand Naira).

The investigation by the EFCC revealed that none of the 10,500 presiding officers who participated in the elections were paid their entitlements commutatively put at N84, 696,000 (Eighty-Four Million, Six Hundred and Ninety-Six Thousand Naira).

The 14 Electoral Officers of the state were also arrested. They are: Abdullahi Sumbawa, Zurmi LGA; Aliyu Jafaru Goronyo, Maradun LGA; Balarabe Ahmed S Gobir, Gummi LGA; Amadu Ibrahim, Gusau LGA; Mohammed Bashir Musa, Kaura Namoda LGA; Dalhatu Usman Musa,Birnin Magaji LGA; Abdulmumin Usman, Maru LGA; Muhammad Nasir Saidu, Talatu Mafara LGA; Abdullahi A. Ukashatu, Tsafe LGA; Tukur Garba Kaita, Bungudu LGA; Salihu Musa Abdullahi, Bukuyun LGA; Sadiq Abdullahi, Fari Anka LGA; Lawali Muhammed, Argungu Bakura LGA; Jafaru Gide, Shinkafi LGA; Tanimu Muhammad, Shinkafi LGA; and Hassan Abdullahi,Shinkafi LGA.

The investigation is still ongoing while efforts are being made to recover all the illegal deductions.

 

Zamfara Govt Raises Alarm Over Possible Attacks On Seven LGs

 

Zamfara State Government has raised an alarm over possible attacks by the Boko Haram sect on seven Local Government Areas in the state.

In a statement by Director-General, Press Affairs, Government House Gusau, Yusuf Idris Gusau, said that following an intelligence-gathering elements of Boko Haram, are set to launch series of attacks on innocent and peace-loving people of the State in order to scuttle the relative peace being currently enjoyed as a result of the peace and dialogue process initiated by the present administration.

According to the intelligence report, the cruel and mischievous elements have perfected plans to launch the attacks in seven Local Government Areas of the state and in other strategic places within the state capital.

“Two important personalities of the state are also targeted for elimination should this dastardly act succeed.

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“The targeted local governments are to include Gusau which doubles as the state capital, Tsafe, Talata Mafara, Anka, Zurmi, Maru and Maradun. The strategic places targeted are  Gusau Central Mosque and Gusau Mammy Market where soft targets are known to gather both at day and night.

“The Boko Haram elements were said to have been recruited from far and wide to carry out these heinous acts slated for between Monday 23rd September to 25th October 2019”, the statement said.

Governor Matawalle who has since prioritised Security of lives and properties of his people says he finds it very imperative to alert the people of the state especially people of the listed local government areas to be very vigilant, wary and watchful and promptly report to the Security Agencies nearest to them in the State acts that seem suspicious for Immediate action.

Matawalls notes with total dismay the unpatriotic attitudes of some evil politicians and their collaborators to cause mayhem and visit destruction on innocent citizens lives and properties ostensibly to gain personal relevance while forgetting that Security is a collective responsibility of all well-meaning citizens of the State irrespective of their political affiliation. He declared this as completely unacceptable.

The Governor, therefore, appeals to particularly Drivers of commercial vehicles and motorcyclists in the state to be more Security-conscious and vigilant while carrying out their legitimate businesses and report any suspicious movement of persons, groups or goods to the Security agencies in the State.

The Governor further appealed to the people of the state not to panic as Government and the entire Security agencies in the state have taken all necessary steps to address the situation assuring that more Security reinforcements, 24 hours surveillance and other precautions measures are being put in all the nooks and crannies of the State.

He urged people not to panic with the presence of heavily armed security personnel within their domain as they are intended to ensure the safety of the people of the State.

While further assuring of the safety of all and sundry Matawalle urged the good people of the State to cooperate with the Security operatives as stop and search will be conducted in likely flashpoints across the state.

The governor also appreciated the enormous contributions of repentant bandits and the Yansakai for embracing the peace process of his administration which resulted in the restoration of peace in recent times in the State and appealed for more support and cooperation in that direction.

Meanwhile, the governor has expressed his appreciation for the release by the now repentant bandits of 30 captives consisting of 15 women and 15 Males indigenes of Kaura Namoda Local Government Area of the State. The captives spent over 8 months in captivity.

Governor Bello Matawalle also appreciated the unalloyed support of the good people of the State for his administration to succeed especially through the daily prayers offered within and outside the state and called for intensified prayers for the sustenance of peace so far enjoyed in the State.

 

RIFAN District Head, Two Others Arrested By EFCC In Zamfara

 

 

Operatives of the Sokoto Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested Mallam Ibrahim Rijiya, the Chairman of Rice Farmers’ Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Gummi Local Government Chapter. 

Also arrested were the council storekeeper, Aminu Musa and Abdullahi Bashir.

The trio were arrested for their alleged involvement in the criminal diversion of three trailer loads of 1,800 bags of fertilizer, and a truck-load of farming herbicide belonging to rice farmers in Gummi.

Rijiya, who is also the District Head of Rijiya Gummi, Gummi LGA, Zamfara State, is also alleged to have diverted three trailers loaded with fertilizer and other supplies for their local farmers, and later sold each bag at the sum of N3,000 including other farm materials.

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The EFCC had received a petition from representatives of seven different groups of rice farmers, alleging that sometimes in July 2018, the Federal Government approved and disbursed 12 trucks of fertilizer and herbicides, on loan to 83 cooperative groups in Gummi and that no member of the association fully collected all the items as approved by the government.

All efforts made by the Gummi Chapter of RIFAN to get the items back, proved abortive.

Investigation revealed that Rijiya conspired with Musa to divert and sell the three trailers of fertilizer and a truck load of herbicide to Bashir at the cost of N17.1million and shared the money among themselves.

The suspects confessed to their roles in the crime, while the three trailers of the fertilizer have been recovered from them. Efforts are in top-gear to recover the diverted herbicide.

They will soon be arraigned in court.

PDP Hails Supreme Court Ruling On Zamfara Election

PDP Hails Supreme Court Ruling On Zamfara Election

 

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday commended the ruling of the Supreme Court on the governorship election in Zamfara State.

This came shortly after the apex court struck out an application by the All Progressives Congress (APC), asking it to review its judgment on the governorship election in the state.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP faulted the ruling party for filing the application in the first place.

It said, “By so doing, the Supreme Court has once again saved our nation from a huge constitutional crisis that could have devastated our constitutional democracy and corporate existence as a nation.

“The PDP describes the demand by the APC to the Supreme Court as blasphemous, blackmail, as well as a measured landmine set by APC leaders in their desperation to ambush and destroy the integrity of the apex court.”

“The motive of the APC leaders is to ultimately sequester the institution of the judiciary and foist a totalitarian order on our polity,” it alleged.

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The PDP also accused APC of seeking to subvert the nation’s democratic system and force a system that was strange to democracy on Nigerians.

“APC’s demand is a direct threat to our democracy, peace and stability of our nation and shows its unwillingness, as a party, to abide by the rule of law.

“It also exposes APC’s penchant for sowing crisis in our nation; a situation that should be condemned by all,” the opposition party said.

It, however, urged Nigerians, the institutions of democracy, as well as the security agencies,  to be cautious of those it said have shown that they were not committed to the unity and stability of the nation.

‘We Are Not Happy’, Senate Condemns Security Situation In Zamfara, Other States

‘We Are Not Happy’, Senate Condemns Security Situation In Zamfara, Other States
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege addresses reporters in Abuja on July 15, 2019.

 

The Senate has condemned the security situation in the country, especially in Zamfara and other states where attacks recorded recently.

Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, stated this shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Monday.

“We (Senate) are not happy, like most Nigerians, about what is going on in places, most especially places like Zamfara,” he told State House correspondents.

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The lawmaker, however, said the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly has taken a position on the matter.

According to him, the Commissioner of Police in Zamfara should do more as the President has provided all that is necessary to tackle the situation to justify the position they hold.

He highlighted funding and the purchase of arms as some of the provisions made, saying, “It is now left for them to justify the positions they hold there in Zamfara State, and in other states of course.”

“Nigerians need to be assured of their safety at all time; that’s the essence of governance as guaranteed by the Constitution,” Senator Omo-Agege.

He also backed the call by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to deploy military personnel at checkpoints in the southern part of the country.

The lawmaker was optimistic that this would provide better security in the region and reduce the rate of crimes such as robbery and kidnapping among others.

APP Drops Suit Seeking To Sack Zamfara Governor

 

The Action Peoples Party (APP) has withdrawn the petition it filed against the declaration of Bello Mattawale as the Governor of Zamfara State.

The party had filed a suit to challenge governor Mattawale’s victory at the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja.

But APP’s National Chairman, Ikenga Ugochinyere, in a statement sent to Channels Television on Friday said they have decided to accept the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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“The National Executive Committee of the party resolved to accept in good faith the verdict of the INEC in declaring Governor Mattawale as the winner of the election following Supreme Court decision on the APC primaries and the Governorship election.

“The party describes the emergence of Governor Mattawale as divine and urges the people of Zamfara to support him to deliver the dividends of democracy,” the statement read.

The party also urged the All Progressives Congress (APC) to quit all their distractive actions against the governor and support him to rebuild the state.

It said, “The APC should not continue in their ill-advised shenanigans of applying to the Supreme Court to review the judgment sacking the APC from office.

“No party should stand in the way of what God wants to do in Zamfara and the APC will have all its fingers burnt if it continues along this path.”

The APP said Governor Mattawale has shown the capacity to rebuild the state and secure the lives and properties of the people.

It added that the governor needs the support of the people to succeed for the good of the state.

House of Reps Summons IGP, DSS DG Over Zamfara Insecurity

 

 

The House of Representatives has summoned the Inspector General of Police, the Director General of Department of State Security Services and all service chiefs to provide a concrete solution to the issue of insecurity in Zamfara State.

The House reached the decision following a motion raised by Rep. Bello Shinkafi as a matter of urgent public importance, over the incessant killings, kidnappings and high number of deaths in the state.

The House also urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to provide more camps for internally displaced persons as well as relief materials for them, while it asked all security agencies to increase surveillance in all affected areas in the state.