Troops Kill Nine Bandits, Rescue 12 Victims In Zamfara

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A file photo of troops.

 

 

Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji have rescued 12 kidnapped persons in Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

The victims who have been united with their families include the District Head of Wuya, said to have been kidnapped a week earlier.

In a statement issued on Sunday by the Acting Director Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, the troops also killed nine bandits, arrested 14 others.

According to Onyeuko, 13 houses of the bandits were cleared and set ablaze by troops during clearance operations conducted at Gidan Usman, Gidan Babagoji, Gadauna, Gidan Janari, Kekuwaje, Gidan Sarki, Gardi and Bingi areas of the state.

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“Troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI in Zamfara State closed up on bandits in a subsidiary operation CHINGABA in the past week. During the operation, troops successfully released 12 kidnapped Civilians by the bandits, including the District Head of Wuya, who was kidnapped a week earlier.

“The victims have been united with their families. Also, in other clearance operations conducted at Gidan Usman, Gidan Babagoji, Gadauna, Gidan Janari, Kekuwaje, Gidan Sarki, Gardi and Bingi all in Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State, troops killed in contact 9 Bandits and arrested 14 as well as 13 houses of the bandits were cleared and set ablaze by troops.

“A total of 67 cattle rustled by the bandits were recovered and handed over to the district heads of the communities,” the statement read in part.

Similarly, troops on patrol at Nasarrawa Village, close to Tunga Haki in Gusau Local Government Area of Zamfara State intercepted nine suspected bandits and recovered 600 cows and 300 Sheep.

During interrogation, the “bandits confessed to have rustled the animals and were proceeding to Zaria to avert possible arrest by the troops.

“The recovered animals are currently in the custody of troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI. The proper handover will be done after an investigation in conjunction with local authorities to confirm the owners.”

Zamfara Governorship Election: Supreme Court Dismisses APC’s Application

 

The Supreme Court has dismissed the application for judicial review filed by the APC in Zamfara State against Senator Kabiru Marafa and 179 others.

In a lead judgment delivered by Justice Inyang Okoro, the apex court held that the application is a vexatious, frivolous and gross abuse of court process.

The court awarded the cost of N2m to be paid by the applicant to the 1st to 140th respondents.

Justice Okoro further held that the apex court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain an application seeking a review of its own judgment as the finality of the judgment of the supreme court is sealed and cannot be reviewed under any guise.

Justice Centus Nweze, however, disagrees with the other members of the panel as he reads a dissenting judgment upholding the application of the APC.

He insists that it is better to admit an error instead of justifying an error that fails to represent justice. He adds that the Supreme Court can reverse itself.

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Justice Nweze further insists that the judgment of the court favors the PDP who was not a party to the suit in the first place and orders the setting aside the earlier judgment of the court.

an application filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) seeking the review of the May 24, 2019 judgment which nullified the victory of all the party’s candidates at the 2019 Governorship Elections in Zamfara State.

The APC and other applicants represented by Chief Robert Clarke (SAN) at the Tuesday’s proceedings filed a suit against Senator Kabiru Marafa and 179 others

Following the upturn of the 2019 Zamfara election results, the All Progressives Congress (APC) filed an application at the Supreme Court seeking the review of its judgment.

A five-man panel of the Supreme court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Mohammed began reviewing the judgment given on May 24, 2019, which nullified the victory of all the party’s candidates at the 2019 general elections held in the state.

The Supreme Court on July 22, 2019, struck out the APC’s application asking the Apex Court to review its judgment on the polls.

In a unanimous ruling by a five-man panel of justices led by Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, the apex court said the application was incompetent and lacked merit.

The panel added that the application should not have been brought before it in the first place.

The Supreme Court nullified the elections of all the candidates of the All Progressives Congress in Zamfara State in the 2019 general elections, stating that the party did not conduct primaries and as such, they have no candidates.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Adamu Galunje held that the Appeal Court in Sokoto was right when it agreed with the respondents that a party that has no candidate cannot be said to have won an election, hence the votes cast for the APC in the election were wasted votes.

Consequently, following a unanimous judgment of a five-man panel led by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, the apex court declared that the party with the highest number of votes cast at the election outside the appellants is the winner of the election.

Troops Rescue Nine Kidnap Victims In Zamfara

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A file photo of troops.

 

Troops of the Operation Hadarin Daji have rescued nine victims kidnapped by bandits in Bindim and Koli towns, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

The victims – seven males and two females – have been handed over to their respective families by the military authorities.

In a statement on Saturday by the spokesman of the Defence Headquarters, Benard Onyeuko, the rescued was made possible based on credible intelligence.

“Troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI acting on credible intelligence invalidates 2 bandits in Bindim and Koli towns of Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

“The successful operation led to the recovery of 17 Rounds of 7.62 mm of AK 47 and 1 Motorcycle. In the same vein, Troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI while on patrol at Gando rescued 7 males and 2 females kidnapped by bandits,” the statement read in part.

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According to Onyeuko, about 42 cattle and 38 sheep were also recovered from the bandits.

He explained that “troops are currently dominating the area with patrols which have helped to build the confidence of locals.”

Similarly, troops killed 24 bandits within Gurbin Magarya, Kwari and Garin Gado villages of Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The bandits met their waterloo when residents of the area placed a distress call to the military authorities on their movement with rustled animals.

Also recovered from the bandits are four AK-47 rifles, two locally made pistols and three dane guns.

Zamfara Election Review: Mind Your Business, APC Warns PDP

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to mind its business as the Supreme Court has reserved judgment on the review of the Zamfara State governorship election.

APC in a statement on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, said the PDP “has no business in this matter as it is clearly an intra-party affair in which the All Progressives Congress (APC) is asking the Apex Court to review its judgment.”

While asking the main opposition party not to interfere with the apex court’s decision, Issa-Onilu recalled that the ruling party had disagreed with its primaries conducted last year in Zamfara.

According to him, the party’s victory in the governorship election was quashed when an APC member instituted a court case.

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Speaking further, he said: “It is an established fact that the Supreme Court had earlier declared that they can only review their judgement to correct errors. So, we wonder why the PDP is shivering over this matter as if they are aware there could be an error.

“Our suspicion is supported by the PDP’s well-known crooked tactic of always crying wolf when they perceive that the rule of law rather than impunity is about to take effect.

“Let it be known that the Justices of the Supreme Court have never lacked the courage to act rightly even in the face of the PDP’s usual intimidation and blackmail.”

Issa-Onilu, therefore, said it is “irresponsible of the PDP to raise infantile accusation against the Supreme Court and our party. On this matter, PDP is an interloper and a shameless busybody.”

His remarks come hours after the PDP raised serious concern over the decision of the apex court to reserve judgement on the election matter.

Speaking at a news conference in Abuja, the PDP spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan said the decision of the Supreme Court to reserve judgement is not in tandem with its established practice.

Ologbondiyan alleged that the vacuum created by the apex Court could be exploited to manipulate the judgement in favour of the ruling party.

Zamfara Election: Supreme Court Reserves Judgement On APC’s Application

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Supreme Court has reserved judgment in hearing of the All Progressives Congress (APC) application seeking the review of its judgement on the Zamfara election.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Mohammed who led a five-man panel announced that the judgment date will be communicated to all the parties.

The Supreme Court had on July 22, 2019, struck out the APC’s application asking the Apex Court to review its judgement on the governorship election.

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In a unanimous ruling by a five-man panel of justices led by Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, the apex court said the application was incompetent and lacked merit.

The panel added that the application should not have been brought before it in the first place.

Reacting to the ruling, the lead counsel to the appellant, Robert Clarke, said the decision of the court was based on technicalities, stressing that the merits of his application were not looked into.

He added that he would tighten the loose ends that the judgement pointed out and submit his application again.

 

Village Head, One Other Killed In Zamfara Attack

 

The head of Karauchi Village in Zamfara state simply identified as Malam Gambo, alongside one Mustapha Halilu, have been killed by bandits who attacked Dansadau Emirate of Maru Local Government Area of the State.

This was confirmed by the state police command who said the bandits came in large numbers and attacked Kujemi village on Sunday.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Mohammed Shehu, on receipt of the information, a combined team of policemen attached to Operation Puff Adder in conjunction with the Military were dispatched to forestall a further attack on neighbouring villages.

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He added that the persons were killed during the attack and the security agents are on the trail of the attackers to arrest them.

The police spokesman asked members of the public to provide useful information that will give insight on the activities of the criminals, in a view to taking proactive measures.

Similarly, bandits attacked some villages in Igabi and Giwa local government areas of Kaduna state, on Sunday, killing over 50 people.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai, while apologising to the villagers for failing to protect them adequately, vowed to wipe out bandits in the state.

Troops Kill 13 Bandits, Arrest Eight In Zamfara, Two Other States

Some of the motorcycles intercepted by troops.

 

 

Troops have killed 13 bandits and arrested eight others in Zamfara, Katsina, and Kebbi States.

The Acting Force Information Officer of Operation Hadari Daji (OPHD), Captain Ayobami Oni-Orisan, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

He explained that the feat was recorded during clearance operations, ambushes and fighting patrols in several locations across the theatre of operation between February 10 and 20.

Areas where the operations were carried out in Zamfara include Tungar Mata, Tuduki, Kawaye and Mararaban Kawaye villages in Anka Local Government Area.

Others are Moriki town in Shinkafi Local Government Area, as well as Belhi, Ruwar Kura, Kyaram, Gallai and Shirkai villages of Bukkuyum Local Government Area of the state.

The operations were also carried out in Tsauwa, Dankar and Yan Gayya villages of Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State, as well as Gallai, Shirkai and ‘Yarkuka villages in Kebbi State.

According to Oni-Orisan, the operations led to the interception of a large ammunition cache of 4,630 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition around Moriki town in Shinkafi.

The troops recovered some items such as seven AK-47 rifles, eight loaded magazines, 22 motorcycles, two Dane guns, four mobile phones, and 30 jerrycans of petrol.

The army captain revealed that the troops also intercepted suspected drug counterfeiters and drug dealers with 350 cartons of fake ‘PECOL’ drugs and a sizeable consignment of suspected Indian Hemp in Zurmi and Shinkafi Local Government Areas of Zamfara State respectively.

“The fake ‘PECOL’ drugs which were being smuggled from the Niger Republic through Jibia, were carefully concealed behind bags of fresh pepper in a J5 bus with registration number RMY 156 XA Katsina to avoid any suspicion.

“However, careful scrutiny of the vehicle by the troops led to the discovery of the fake drugs,” the statement said.

Supreme Court Adjourns Review Of Zamfara Judgement To March 2

 

The Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing of an application filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) seeking the review of the May 24, 2019 judgment which nullified the victory of all the party’s candidates at the 2019 Governorship Elections in Zamfara State.

The APC and other applicants represented by Chief Robert Clarke (SAN) at the Tuesday’s proceedings filed a suit against Senator Kabiru Marafa and 179 others.

Mr Clarke applied for the adjournment to enable him serve the processes on the 141 to 148 respondents.

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A five-man panel led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, adjourned the hearing to March 2, 2020, due to the inability of the applicant to serve the processes on the respondents who were not in court neither were they represented.

Counsel to the applicants had refiled the application in November after the apex court had struck it out on August 22, 2019.

Gunmen Kidnap Traditional Ruler, Son In Fresh Zamfara Village Attack

 

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted the District Head of Gayari village, Alhaji Hassan Mohammed and his son in Gummi local government area of Zamfara state.

Some residents were said to have been injured from gunshots, while many have left the village out of fear.

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The State Police command spokesman, Shehu Mohammed who confirmed the incident in a statement, says the gunmen invaded the village in the early hours of Friday morning and kidnapped the district head and his son to an unknown destination.

He explains that the Police tactical team attached to Operation Puff Adder in Collaboration with the Military and some repentant bandits are intensifying effort to rescue the kidnapped victims and also arrest the perpetrators of the crime.
He also debunked rumours that a policeman was killed during an exchange of gun with the bandits.

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.