Kidnapping: Eight Women Rescued As Another Group Of Bandits Embrace Peace In Zamfara

 

Eight kidnapped victims have been released by some ‘repentant bandits’ following the peace initiative to bring an end to violent conflicts and to restore peace and stability in Zamfara State.

The repentant bandits on Tuesday vowed to abandon their former ways of life and to allow peace to reign in Zamfara.

The seven bandits who embraced peace and welcomed the reconciliation process released eight kidnapped victims who are mostly women and surrendered two guns to the Zamfara State government.

Governor Bello Matawalle while receiving the seven repentant bandits and eight women who were kidnapped, thanked God for the successes recorded in the fight against banditry in the state.

He appealed to people of the state to see the fight against insecurity as everybody’s business by providing credible intelligence to security operatives to help them succeed in eliminating banditry.

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In recent times Zamafara has been recording some successes with regards to the surrender and repentance of bandits.

On Monday, three notorious bandits surrendered their weapons to the Zamfara State Government.

After giving up their AK-47 rifles and other ammunition, the bandits swore with the Holy Qua’ran not to return to banditry.

One of them who spoke in Hausa at the Government House in Gusau said that they have sincerely accepted the peace initiative of the state government; pledging not to commit dastardly acts any longer.

On his part, Governor Bello Matawalle said his administration will do everything humanly possible to mop up arms from the bandits.

The governor said the move is necessary for peace to reign in the state to enable residents to go about carrying out their lawful businesses.

He argued that negotiating with bandits is not a sign of failure, noting that the only way to put a stop to the current insecurity in the state is to dialogue with the bandits.

He also described as unfortunate the thinking of some politicians who regarded the peace initiative as a failure, arguing that every war ends on the dialogue table.

It is not a failure or thing of failure for someone to initiate dialogue. Nowhere in the world is succeeding without coming to the table to sit down and negotiate.

“Just for today, the weapons we have here show and indicate the successes we have recorded because leaving this kind of dangerous weapons in the bush can create a lot of havoc.

“By bringing them to the security agencies, we have reduced their capacity and capability. Allowing these weapons to carry their weapons round to communities, cross-border to other states, that is what has made Nigeria be in the hot seat as of today,” the governor stated.

Again, Three Repentant Bandits Surrender Arms In Zamfara

Some of the weapons surrendered by bandits in Zamfara State on February 22, 2021.

 

Three notorious bandits said to have repented have again surrendered their weapons to the Zamfara State Government.

After giving up their AK-47 rifles and other ammunition on Monday, the bandits had sworn with the Holy qua’ran not to return to carry out banditry activities again.

One of them who spoke in Hausa at the Government House in Gusau said that they have sincerely accepted the peace initiative of the state government; pledging not to commit dastardly acts any longer.

On his part, Governor Bello Matawalle said his administration will do everything humanly possible to mop up arms from the bandits.

The governor said the move is necessary for peace to reign in the state to enable residents to go about carrying out their lawful businesses.

While noting that not all Fulanis are criminals, he argued that some of them were pushed into criminalities.

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“We thank God for making us witness another day of success. When we started this dialoguing with these people, we have been getting so many attacks from all angles because people do not understand what it means,” he said

“People have been debating the issue of insecurity but they don’t know the root cause and they don’t want to understand. The only jump and conclude that why govt A, B, C, D are subscribing to dialogue.

“The government is doing everything possible to mop-up all the weapons belonging to them, to bring it to the proper authority.”

He emphasised that the state government is applying the two methods, kinetic and none kinetic approach to flush out banditry in Zamfara State.

Also speaking, the Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, commended the state government for the peace initiative, noting that it is achieving the desired result.

He however called on other bandits to make up their minds and surrender their weapons for peace to reign in the state.

“This is an indication that the peace process is steadily moving and the message of peace is sinking into the population,” he said.

“With this epoch-making event, we believe that citizens of Zamfara State and residents will have relief. The quantum of weapons taken today is sufficient leverage in our peace-making efforts.

“I want to use this opportunity to call on all other weapons that are still undecided to a cue from the process today and submit their firearms,” he added.

Earlier on February 8, eight repentant bandits embraced the amnesty deal and surrendered their weapons to the Zamfara State Government.

The weapons including AK-47 rifles, General Multipurpose Machine Gun (GPMG), Rocket-Propelled Grenade (RPG) and several ammunitions were surrendered at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

Negotiating With Bandits, Not A Sign Of Failure – Zamfara Governor

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle on Monday said negotiating with bandits is not a sign of failure.

He disclosed this at the Government House in Gusau while receiving some repentant bandits who surrendered their weapons and embraced his administration’s peace deal.

Governor Matawalle believes the only way to put a stop to the current insecurity in the state is to dialogue with the bandits.

He also described as unfortunate the thinking of some politicians who regarded the peace initiative as a failure, arguing that every war ends on the dialogue table.

“It is not a failure or thing of failure for someone to initiate dialogue. Nowhere in the world is succeeding without coming to the table to sit down and negotiate.

“Just for today, the weapons we have here show and indicate the successes we have recorded because leaving this kind of dangerous weapons in the bush can create a lot of havoc.

“By bringing them to the security agencies, we have reduced their capacity and capability. Allowing these weapons to carry their weapons round to communities, cross-border to other states, that is what has made Nigeria be in the hot seat as of today,” he said.

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Also speaking, the Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, commended the state government for the peace initiative, noting that it is achieving the desired result.

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, speaks at the Government House in Gusau while some bandits surrendered their weapons on February 22, 2021.

 

He however called on other bandits to make up their minds and surrender their weapons for peace to reign in the state.

“This is an indication that the peace process is steadily moving and the message of peace is sinking into the population,” he said.

“With this epoch-making event, we believe that citizens of Zamfara State and residents will have relief. The quantum of weapons taken today is sufficient leverage in our peace-making efforts.

“I want to use this opportunity to call on all other weapons that are still undecided to a cue from the process today and submit their firearms,” he added.

Earlier on February 8, eight repentant bandits embraced the amnesty deal and surrendered their weapons to the Zamfara State Government.

The weapons including AK-47 rifles, General Multipurpose Machine Gun (GPMG), Rocket-Propelled Grenade (RPG), and several ammunitions were surrendered at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

Banditry: IGP Deploys 275 Special Forces To Zamfara

PHOTO USED TO ILLUSTRATE THE STORY: Operatives of Operatives Puff Adder during the flag-off of their operations at the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters in Abuja on February 15, 2021. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has deployed 275 Special Forces to Zamfara State as part of efforts to tackle banditry, kidnapping, and other related crimes in the state.

The troops under Operation Puff Adder 2 were drawn from the Counter-Terrorism Unit, Mobile Force, and Special Forces of the Nigerian police.

The Commissioner of Police Abutu Yaro while addressing the troops at the launch of Operation Puff Adder 2 in the state enjoined them to be law-abiding.

He also urged them to be firm and ruthless on criminal elements that may threaten the safety and security of the people of the state.

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He assured the people of the state that operation Puff Adder 2 in Zamfara State would be community-driven and would be executed in sustained collaboration with other sister security agencies in the state.

Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle who was represented by the Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Dauran assured that the state government would supply all the necessary logistics to ensure perfect operations in the state.

He said the state government was worried over the incessant terror attacks and banditry in the state and also appealing to the general public to help the security agencies with vital and timely information, pointing out that security is a collective responsibility.

Zamfara State is one of the states in the northwest zone facing difficult times as a result of banditry and kidnapping in the area.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu had earlier on Monday flagged-off  Operation Puff Adder 2 at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The special security is aimed at reinforcing the ongoing fight against banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, and other violent crimes in the country.

The IGP explained that the new special operation, which will be intelligence-led and community-driven, will be executed in sustained collaboration with the armed forces, intelligence community, and other sister security agencies.

Six Repentant Bandits Surrender Weapons To Zamfara Govt

 

Six repentant bandits on Monday embraced the amnesty deal and surrendered their weapons to the Zamfara State Government.

The weapons including AK-47 rifles, General Multipurpose Machine Gun (GPMG), Rocket-Propelled Grenade (RPG) and several ammunitions were surrendered at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

After taking an oath with the Holy Quran in the presence of Governor Matawalle and other stakeholders, they laid down their arms, vowing not to go back to banditry anymore.

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle on February 8, 2021 receives some weapons surrendered by some repentant bandits at the Government House in Gusau.

 

Feeling remorseful, the ex-bandits asked for Nigerians from Nigerians over their engagement in criminal activities.

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On his part, Governor Matawalle was delighted that the notorious bandit, Auwalu Daudawa and five others towed the path of peace by surrendering.

He expressed optimism that more bandits will also accept the peace deal to lay down their arms so that peace can be restored in Zamfara and other parts of Nigeria.

While noting that the fight against insecurity is not for the state government and security agencies alone, the governor asked the people to support the fight so that the state can succeed to restore peace to enable residents to sleep with their two eyes close.

 

Police Rescue Five Kidnapped Victims In Zamfara

A Logo of the Nigerian Police Force

 

Police have rescued five kidnapped victims who were abducted at Namoda Secondary school and Zangon Danbade areas of Kaura Namoda Zamfara State.

In a statement by the Commissioner of Police, Zamfara State Police Command, Mohammed Shehu, said All the rescued victims were medically treated and debriefed by the Police and later reunited with their families.

“Efforts to apprehend the perpetrators are ongoing. ”

 

Read Full Statement Below:

 

ZAMFARA POLICE COMMAND RECORDS ANOTHER BREAKTHROUGH,

RESCUES FIVE (5) KIDNAPPED VICTIMS IN KAURA NAMODA,

RECOVERS ELEVEN (11) RUSTLED COWS IN BIRNIN MAGAJI AND A STOLEN VEHICLE HONDA ACCORD IN GUSAU METROPOLIS.

In its total determination and commitment to rid the State of all the recalcitrant criminals who refused to renounce criminal activities and embrace peace, the Zamfara State Police Command under the leadership of CP ABUTU YARO fdc, has made another breakthrough in three (3) local government areas of Kaura Namoda, Birnin Magaji and Gusau respectively. The achievements are as follows:-

1. RESCUE OF FIVE (5) KIDNAPPED VICTIMS:- On 4th February 2021, Police operatives attached to “Operation Puff Adder” led by DPO Kaura Namoda facilitated the unconditional release of five (5) Kidnapped victims, who were abducted at behind Namoda Secondary school and Zangon Danbade areas of Kaura Namoda. All the rescued victims were medically treated and debriefed by the Police and later reunited with their families. “Efforts to apprehend the perpetrators is ongoing. ”

2. RECOVERY OF ELEVEN (11) SUSPECTED STOLEN COWS IN BIRNIN MAGAJI LGA.
On 3rd February 2021, another team of Police operatives attached to “Operation Puff Adder” on market patrol at Nasarawa GODEL in Birnin Magaji LGA received an intelligence report about some cows reasonably suspected to have been stolen somewhere in Maradun LGA. The report was effectively utilised, where eleven (11) cows were recovered and taken to the State CID in Gusau for discreet investigation and identification of rightful owners.

3. RECOVERY OF STOLEN VEHICLE HONDA ACCORD IN GUSAU METROPOLIS
On 6th February 2021, a report was received at Tudun Wada Police station from one Hajiya Zainab Saidu of Gidan Dawa area Gusau that on the same day, she parked her Motor Vehicle Honda Accord Ash with Reg. Number AA 223BKA at opposite Sunny Fast Food, Tudun wada and entered the market, immediately, unidentified criminals came and stole the vehicle. DPO Tudun wada quickly led Police operatives and perused the criminals, where the Vehicle was abondoned and recovered at Premier Road area, Gusau. All the suspects fled to an unknown destination before the arrival of the Police. The discreet investigation is being carried out by the State CID Gusau with a view to arresting the suspects and charge them to court for prosecution.

The Commissioner of Police while commending the officers and men of the three (3) Divisions for the wonderful achievement, called on other Divisions and Formations to emulate them and work hard towards ensuring peace and safety of Zamfara State.

SP Mohammed Shehu ANIPR,
PPRO,
For :- Commissioner of Police
Zamfara State Police Command
Gusau.

Air Force Loses Personnel As Troops Kill 30 Armed Bandits In Zamfara

File photo of Nigeria Air Force helicopter.

 

The Nigerian Air Force has lost personnel as troops killed 30 armed bandits at the Maje Riverline near Yar Katsina under Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

In a statement issued on Monday by the Air Forces spokesman, Ibikunle Daramola, troops mobilized in response to reports that scores of armed bandits, along with a large number of rustled livestock, were spotted heading towards Kekuwuje-Yar Kastina Road.

He said the operation involved troops from Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) at Kekuwuje, Kwatarkwashi and Maru, mostly of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Special Forces (SF) personnel.

“Unfortunately, one NAF SF personnel, Aircraftman Sunday Enwa, who fought gallantly during the encounter, paid the supreme price while three others, who sustained gunshot wounds during the operation, have been evacuated for medical treatment,” the statement partly read.

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“The troops made contact with the armed bandits along the Yar Katsina Road and overpowered them with superior firepower in the ensuing gun battle.

“The troops subsequently pursued the bandits and cornered them at the Maje Riverline, neutralizing 30 of them.”

Reacting to the incident, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar commiserated with the family of the fallen hero, praying for the peaceful repose of his soul.

He urged all NAF personnel to remain resolute and continue to work assiduously, in synergy with other security agencies to rid the Northwest of all criminal elements.

Military Kill 35 Bandits, Recover Cows In Zamfara – Spokesman

File photo: The Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, John Enenche.

 

Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji have killed at least 35 bandits in Zamfara in two successive operations, the military said on Monday.

According to a statement signed by defence spokesman, Major-General John Enenche, the operations were carried out on Sunday.

The troops were also able to recover 24 cows and an unspecified number of sheep from the bandits.

Two suspected bandits have also been arrested in Katsina state, the statement added.

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“Following credible intelligence on the movement of armed bandits with rustled animals at Bungudu LGA of Zamfara State, troops of Forward Operating Base Kekuwuje yesterday 17 January 2021, responded immediately and made contact with bandits,” the statement said.

“In the course of the encounter 30 armed bandits were neutralised while 24 cows and an unspecified number of sheep were recovered.

“Similarly, still on same 17 January 21, troops deployed at Maradun received information of reprisal attack by armed bandits at Janbako village in Maradun LGA of Zamfara State.

“Troops swiftly mobilized to the area to forestall the reprisal attack. Troops were ambushed short of Janbako village where a firefight ensued. The gallant troops overwhelmed the bandits and neutralised 5 of them. Currently, troops are in pursuit of fleeing bandits.

“In another development, following a tip-off, 2 suspected bandits collaborators named Mustapha Sani and Murtala Sani were arrested at Dungun Muazu village in Sabuwa LGA of Katsina State. Suspects are in custody for further action.”

The military stressed that it was committed to the security of the nation.

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies will sustain the offensive against the enemies of our Nation,” the statement said. “We shall not relent until normalcy is restored to all troubled zones of the country.”

Eight Killed As Gunmen Attack Zamfara Community

A photo showing the map of Zamfara, a state in north-west Nigeria.

 

 

Eight persons have been killed in an attack by gunmen on Janbako community of Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

The Zamfara State Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Shehu, confirmed the incident in a statement on Sunday.

He explained that the bandits launched an aggressive reprisal attack on the community in the early hours of Sunday following the invasion of a Fulani settlement that led to the killing of three (3) Fulanis by the outlawed “Yansakai” group on Saturday 16th January 2021.

“On the receipt of the report, the Command quickly responded and deployed a Combine team of PMP/CTU led by the DPO Maradun and the Military who moved down to the village and engaged the bandits, but quickly fled and escaped into the forest with possible casualties.

“At the end of the encounter, Eight (8) Villagers were unfortunately discovered to have been killed by the bandits during the attack”, Shehu said.

The police command spokesman added that the corpse of the deceased and those injured have been taken to the hospital in Talata Mafara for autopsy and medical treatment.

He noted that the attack on Janbako Community was aggravated by the continued operation of members of the outlawed “Yansakai” group despite its proscription by the State Government, the group is still disturbing the peaceful stability of Zamfara State.

The Commissioner of Police Zamfara State, CP Abutu Yaro (FDC), while commiserating with the families of the deceased also assured that discreet investigation will be conducted with a view to arresting the perpetrators of the dastardly act and charge them to court for prosecution.

The CP called on members of the public to desist from self-help as he will not hesitate to deal decisively with any person or group of persons whose action or actions affect the peace currently being enjoyed in the state.

Police Rescue Eight Kidnapped Victims, Arrest 22 Suspects In Zamfara

The suspected criminals and weapons paraded by the Zamfara State Police Command in Gusau on January 16, 2021.

 

The police in Zamfara State have rescued eight kidnapped victims at Gidan Barga and Dangajeru villages in Tsafe and Talata Mafara local government areas of the state, while also arresting 22 suspected criminals.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Abutu Yaro, disclosed this during a press conference at the Command Headquarters in Gusau on Saturday.

Yaro explained that the 22 suspects were arrested for various crimes bordering on banditry, murder and car theft committed at different parts of the state.

He also said the efforts of police operatives resulted in the recovery of some weapons from suspected bandits.

“Our efforts in the last three weeks further yielded another substantial result in the recovery of one AK-47 rifle with two magazines and 18 rounds of live ammunition in Shinkafi Local Government Area of Zamfara State,” the police boss said.

“That exactly happened on January 15, 2021 when the DPO Shinkafi in collaboration with leaders of the repentant bandits in that community facilitated the unconditional surrender of one AK-47 magazine with two magazines and 18 live ammunition.”

According to the commissioner, the successes were recorded from December 24, 2020 to January 14 by police operatives to flush out criminals Zamfara State.

 

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Seven Kidnapped, One Injured As Gunmen Invade Zamfara Village

 

Seven persons have been kidnapped at Kadauri village within the Jabaka District of Maru local government area in Zamfara State.

One person was also shot in the leg by the unknown gunmen who invaded the village.

Authorities say the injured man is currently receiving medical attention at an undisclosed hospital.

Six out of the seven kidnapped persons are said to be children of one Mr Sani Gyare Kadauri and the other person is the daughter of his neighbour.

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Sani Gyare Kadauri in a telephone interview with Channels TV said the gunmen stormed the village at about 12 midnight and operated in the village till about 2AM before leaving with the abductees.

He further stated that a distress call was put through to the security agencies but the operatives could not come until 4AM when the bandits had gone.

Sani Gyare decried the “lukewarm attitude of security operatives” in responding to distress calls, stressing that this is not helping in the offensive against the miscreants within the region.

Reacting to the incident, the State Police Command through its spokesman, Mohammed Shehu, said a combined team of security operatives have been deployed to comb the bush to rescue the kidnapped.

Mr. Shehu assured residents that all will be done to see that those kidnapped are returned unhurt.

Zamfara Attorney Calls For Laws To Punish Politicians Engaging Youths In Thuggery

A photo showing the map of Zamfara, a state in north-west Nigeria.

 

 

The Attorney General of Zamfara State and Commissioner for Justice, Nura Zarumi is asking the Federal and State governments to enact laws that will punish any politician that engages youths as political thugs during elections.

He says the law should be backed with full-scale enforcement on any politician found wanting no matter how highly placed he or she may be.

The Commissioner for Justice Nura Zarumi was speaking at an event in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital.

Political thuggery is one of the major problems bedeviling Nigeria’s electoral process which if not check will continue to undermine the conduct of credible, free, and fair elections and in turn entrench bad governance.

This is because politicians who failed to provide the desired development to the citizens believed the only way to get to power is to use political thugs to perpetrate snatching of ballot boxes and violence during elections.

For guests at this event put together to educate and enlighten the youths on the need to resist any attempt by politicians to engage them as political thugs, explained that the reason the political class has refused to empower the youths educationally, economically and socially to thrive is to continue to use them as political thugs.

The Zamfara State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Nura Zarumi believes that if there is a law in place to safeguard and protect the youths from being used as thugs could no doubt help in greater measure to stem the tide and thereby helping them to channel their energy for a productive venture.