Terrorists Ambush Troops In Zamfara, Kill One Soldier, Injure Others

 

One officer of the Nigerian Army has been reportedly killed while other soldiers sustained injuries on Wednesday, after suspected terrorists ambushed troops along Kaura Namoda – Shinkafi road in Zamfara State.

Sources from Kaura Namoda told Channels Television that the troops were on their way to respond to distress call in Dolen Kaura where bandits were reported to be operating before the terrorists laid ambush along Shinkafi highway and open fire on the troops

The bandits were said to have carted away guns mounted on two military gun truck before setting the two vehicles ablaze.

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“The troops were responding to distress call when the bandits ambush them, they took the guns on the gun truck before they set them ablaze.”, a source from Kaura Namoda who pleaded anonymity disclosed.

Military and State authorities in Zamfara are yet to comment on the incident

However, the Emir of Kaura Namoda, HRH Sanusi Ahmad Asha and the Sole administrator of Kaura Namoda local government visited the scene of the incident this morning.

Terrorists Attack Zamfara Mosque, Kill Worshippers

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

 

No fewer than 11 worshippers have been reportedly killed by terrorists who attacked a Mosque in Ruwan Jema community in Bukkuyum Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

The incident happened on Friday when residents of the community gathered for the Friday Jummat prayer.

A resident of Bukkuyum, Salisu Ibrahim, told Channels Television that the terrorists invaded the community at about 1:50 pm and went straight to the community’s central mosque where people had already gathered for prayer.

They then opened fire on the worshippers, killing 11 persons while several others were injured.

Ibrahim said the terrorists also ransacked the community and are believed to have killed other residents but the numbers have yet to be ascertained.

“The total number of people killed is not yet certain, except the 11 people killed inside the mosque,” he said.

He explained that it had initially been thought that 15 people were killed but it turned out that four of the 15 were unconscious and not dead.

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According to him, as of 7 pm on Saturday, the 11 people confirmed killed had been buried.

Another resident of Bukkuyum, Abdullahi Mohammed, said the attack was suspected to be a reprisal by the terrorists as the community’s local vigilante popularly called Yan Sakai reportedly killed two of the terrorists earlier.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the Zamfara Command, SP Mohammed Shehu, confirmed the attack. He, however, said details about the number of people killed and injured were not certain.

“The report about the attack on Ruwan Jema Village in Bukkuyum LGA is very sketchy at the moment due to the poor road and communication networks caused by the remote Nature of the area,” he said.

“However, the Police Tactical team led by the DPO (Divisional Police Officer) Bukkuyum/vigilante men were immediately mobilised and deployed to the village, for an on-the-spot assessment.”

He said more details would be provided.

Zamfara PDP Begins Another Guber Primary Election

The PDP emblem.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara State has commenced another governorship primary election ahead of next year’s general polls.

This came after a Federal High Court judgment that nullified the previous primary that elected Dauda Lawal Dare as the 2023 PDP governorship flag bearer. The judgement followed a suit filed before by Ibrahim Shehu and two other aspirants challenging the credibility of the primary.

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The judgement delivered by Justice Aminu Bappa of the Federal High Court in Gusau last Friday nullified the primary election that produced Dauda and ordered a fresh primary election in line with the constitution of the PDP and guidelines of the party.

Fake Soldier, Notorious Bandit Arrested In Zamfara

 

Police authorities in Zamfara have arrested a notorious bandit and an informant in its efforts to fight criminal elements in the north-western state.

Also arrested are a fake military officer and other suspected criminals who supplied arms, ammunition, foodstuff, motorcycles and military uniforms to bandits in the forest.

The spokesperson of the command, Mohammed Shehu, disclosed this while parading the suspects on Saturday at the police headquarters in Gusau.

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He said they were arrested by the police Tactical Operatives during intelligence-led operations conducted in some criminal hideouts in Gusau and Tsafe LGAs respectively.

Some weapons were recovered from notorious bandits and other criminals in Zamfara State.

 

According to the Police Public Relations Officer, exhibits like a locally fabricated revolver gun, military camouflage uniform, fake military I.D Card and other dangerous weapons were recovered from the fake soldier identified as  Zainu Lawal

“On 14th September 2022, Police Tactical Operatives from the Police Command headquarters acted on intelligence information about some suspected activities of the above-mentioned suspect,” Shehu said.

“The suspect, who claimed to be an ex-soldier, was arrested being in possession of a locally fabricated revolver Gun, Military camouflage uniform, fake Military I.D Card and other dangerous weapons.

“Discreet investigation is in progress to unravel the circumstance behind the illegal possession of firearms.”

Similarly, police operatives also arrested a notorious six-man syndicate of informants who collaborate with bandits to terrorise the people of Gusau, Kaura-Namoda, Tsafe and Bungudu local governments and environs.

Also nabbed is a notorious bandit –  Umar Namaro –  who has been terrorising residents of Mada and Kotorkoshi communities with different forms of attacks, kidnappings, cattle rustling and other crimes.

Police spokesman added, “On 16th September 2022 at about 1400hrs, Police Tactical Operatives of the Command while on surveillance patrol along Gusau – Kotor Koshi – Mada axis, intercepted the above-named bandit.

“In the course of interrogation, the suspect confessed to be one of the notorious bandits terrorizing Mada and Kotor Koshi with banditry attacks, Kidnapping, Cattle Rustling and other heinous crimes.

“On spot search, one AK-49 and one Lar rifle and 174 rounds of live ammunition were recovered in his possession. The suspect made important revelations that are currently assisting the Police investigation.”

Zamfara Security: 43 Victims Freed After Days In Kidnappers Den

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

 

 

Authorities in Zamfara have said that the 43 Muslim worshippers who were kidnapped at Zugu community in Bukkuyum Local Government Area of of the state have been freed.

There are suggestions that they were on Tuesday night, at about 10:30 pm after the payment of a five million Naira ransom.

Sources say the kidnappers also requested and got supplies of several jerry cans of petrol.


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Members of the Zugu community disclosed that 44 persons were kidnapped from the village but one person died in the bandits’ camp as a result of torture.

The other 43, however, returned to the village unhurt and have since been reunited with their families.

The police are yet to give full details of the release, however, after the abductions, the Zamfara command deployed additional tactical operatives to the area to ensure that normalcy returns.

The state’s Commissioner of Police, CP Kolo Yusuf, also assured of the command’s commitment to rid the state of criminal activities, and appealed for continuous support and collaboration to all the security operatives in an effort to achieve this mandate.

Police Arrest Ex-Soldier For Supplying Arms To Terrorists In Zamfara

The suspect retired from the Nigerian Army in 2021.

 

Police officers in Zamfara have arrested a former soldier and notorious bandit who also supplies arms to terrorists in the northwestern state. 

The suspect, Sa’idu Lawal, is said to have been terrorising communities in Niger, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, and Kaduna states.

Sa’idu Lawal, a native of Zamfara State, voluntarily retired from the Nigerian Army in 2021 but has been supplying arms to bandits in the North West region.

He was arrested by troops along Kaduna- Abuja highway while on his way to supply weapons to a notorious bandit leader terrorising communities in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State, Dogo Hamza.

While parading the suspect in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Shehu, said the suspect was intercepted after the Police Tactical Squad and escort team attached to the commissioner of police in Zamfara State received actionable intelligence.

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Sa'idu Lawal
Items recovered from Sa’idu Lawal.

 

“On 27th August 2022 at about 1730hrs, the Police Tactical/Escort Team attached to the Commissioner of Police Zamfara State Police Command, CP Kolo Yusuf acted on actionable intelligence that led to the arrest of the above-named suspect who was ex-service personnel of the Nigeria Army attached to 73 Battalion Janguza Army Barracks Kano. The suspect was intercepted with a Pontiac Vibe vehicle with registration number KRD 686 CY Lagos, along Abuja – Kaduna enroute Zamfara State. A search was conducted on the spot and the above-mentioned exhibits were recovered in his possession.”

Continuing, Shehu said, “In the course interrogation, the suspect confessed that he was to convey the said exhibits from Loko LGA of Nasarawa State to his customer one Dogo Hamza ‘M’ of Bacha village in Tsafe LGA of Zamfara State. The suspect further confessed that he had previously supplied the same consignment to his other customers in Kaduna, Katsina, Niger, and Kebbi states respectively.”

The suspect, Sa’idu, who confessed to the crime said he was arrested along Kaduna-Abuja Expressway while transporting two AK-47 rifles and other ammunitions from Nasarawa State to Zamfara State

The forty-one-year-old suspect said he was paid N200,000 per trip and has collected N300,000 from his accomplice

Two AK-47 rifles, eight magazines, 501 live ammunition, and a Pontiac vehicle were recovered from him.

Five-Month-Old Baby, 11 Other Kidnap Victims Rescued In Zamfara

Some of the kidnap victims were rescued by the police in Zamfara State on August 30, 2022. Credit: Zamfara State Police Command.

 

A five-month-old baby and 11 other kidnap victims have been rescued by police authorities in Zamfara State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, saying the victims regained their freedom on August 30.

It was gathered that the victims regained their freedom following joint operations by Police Tactical Operatives attached to 42 PMF Squadron Gusau, with the vigilante near Dajin Kare Kukanka forest.

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Police spokesman said the move is part of the efforts by the new Commissioner of Police in Zamfara, Kolo Yusuf, to restore lasting peace to the state affected by banditry.

“On 30th August 2022, Police Tactical Operatives attached to 42 PMF Squadron Gusau, while on joint operations with the vigilante at near Dajin Kare Kukanka forest, acted on intelligence report that led to the unconditional rescue of twelve (12)  hostages including a 5-month-old baby girl from Rungawa village in Talata Mafara LGA,” the statement read.

After the rescue efforts, the victims were taken to the 42 PMF Clinic in Gusau, after which they were debriefed by the Police and handed over to their families.

This comes a month after they were abducted and taken to Kare Kukanka forest, a bandit camp of a notorious bandit leader popularly known as Bello Maibille, and spent one month in captivity.

Reacting, the Commissioner of Police congratulated the victims for regaining their freedom.

He assured the public of the Command’s commitment to apprehending the perpetrators of this banditry.

They equally commended the joint Police/vigilante operatives for the job well done, urging Zamfara residents to be security conscious and report suspicious characters to the security agencies for prompt action.

Terrorism: Zamfara Committee Wants Notorious Bandit Leader Bello Turji To Surrender Arms Publicly

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.

 

The Zamfara State Committee on Prosecutions of Bandits Related Offences says until Bello Turji, the Notorious Bandit Kingpin publicly surrenders his arms and announces his repentance, it will not consider his repentance true.

Chairman of the committee, Abdullahi Shinkafi, said this at a press briefing in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital on…

Shinkafi, who is also from Shinkafi Local Government where Turji mostly operates, said for over six months, there was no record of attack or mass abduction of persons in the area and other communities in Zurmi Local Government and neighbouring Isa and Sabon-Birnin areas of Sokoto State.

He, however, said the lack of attack does not mean the bandit who unleashed terror and killings in the region has changed for the better.

“As far as I am concern, I know that he has embraced peace but I cannot say that he has repented because if he has repented, he has to surrender all his arms and ammunitions, come to the government and submit his arms like what other repentant bandits did,” Shinkafi said.


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He was responding to an earlier pronouncement by the Zamfara State Deputy Governor, Senator Hassan Nasiha, that the bandit leader had embraced a peace deal.

He promised not to give in to compromise and be part of peace talks with any bandit, describing the action being taken by many of them as deception.

“Anything to do with dialogue with bandits, count me out because most of them are not trustworthy, they are not sincere, they are not honest, whatever you agreed with them, they will still go back to their bad business, most of them.”

Shinkafi bemoaned what he described as the prolonged investigations and delayed prosecution of arrested bandits and their collaborators.

“The major problem we are having is from the security agencies and the judges and lawyers who are protecting these criminals, when you arrested a bandit with 11 AK-47 rifles, which evidence are you waiting for, he needs to be sent to his creator. When an armed bandit was caught in an act, killing people and you are waiting for investigation, what are you investigating for? Send him to his creator.”

The Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle recently signed a law that approves death penalty for anyone convicted for banditry, kidnapping, cattlerustling, cultism, or serving as a bandits’ informant in the state.

Bello Turji is a notorious terrorist who is known to have been responsible for numerous massacres, abductions and attacks against civilians and security forces in Zamfara and parts of Sokoto State.

News of his repentance is coming barely two months after another Kidnap Kingpin Ado Alero, known for terrorising communities in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara and parts of Katsina State was turbaned as the Sarkin Fulani of Yandoto Daji Emirate.

The turbaning of Ado Alero sparked outrage. In the aftermath, the state government denied having anything to do with the turning and suspended the Emir of Sabon Birnin Yandoto, Aliyu Garba Marafa, who turbaned him.

Police Rescue Two Female Kidnap Victims In Zamfara 

A file photo of a police officer wearing a beret displaying the crest of the Nigeria Police Force. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Police operatives in Zamfara State have rescued two kidnap victims after over one month in captivity. 

Their freedom followed a patrol by police operatives.

“On 20th August 2022, operatives of the Zamfara State Police Command while on confidence building patrol along Nya Mango in Bungudu LGA, acted on intelligence report that led to the unconditional rescue of two (2) female hostages namely: Ubaida Hassan, a 12 years old and Umaima Jamilu a 10 years old of Gidan Liman village in Kekun Waje district of Bungudu LGA,” the command’s spokesperson, SP Mohammed Shehu, said in a statement Sunday.

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The police explained that the victims were rescued unhurt following their abduction on July 15th, 2022 during an attack on the community.

“Victims were medically checked at General Hospital Bungudu, thereafter, debriefed by the Police and handed over to their families,”  SP Mohammed added.

The Zamfara Command, he said, is, therefore, reassuring residents of the northwest state of its resolve to protect lives and properties while congratulating the victims for regaining freedom.

Sunday’s statement also called on “all and sundry to be security conscious and report suspicious characters to the police or any security agency for prompt action”.

Bandit Kingpin Bello Turji Has Embraced Peace In Zamfara – Deputy Governor

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

 

A notorious bandit kingpin Bello Turji has embraced the peace initiative of the Zamfara State Government as part of efforts to end banditry in the north-western state.

Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, Senator Hassan Nasiha, disclosed this during a conference on security in Gusau, the State capital organized by the Students Union Of Medina University.

Nasiha commended Turji for deciding to shun banditry, saying his action is bringing about relative peace in the three local government areas which were hitherto the frontline of banditry in Zamfara State.

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According to the deputy governor, for the past five weeks, there has not been a clash between the Fulanis and Hausas in Birnin Magaji, Shinkafi and Zurmi Local Government Areas of the State as a result of the dialogue to broker peace between the two warring factions in the State.

“There were several wars which fought but that did not stop the parties involved from dialogue to resolve their differences through a peace deal,” he said.

“It is in the light of this that governor Bello Mohammed thought it is necessary to use kinetic and non-kinetic approaches. It would not be a gun battle or a war using whatever weapons between the bandits and the people.”

He also disclosed that the committee constituted by Governor Bello Matawalle chaired him had held a peace meeting with nine bandits’ camps at Magami District and Dansadau Emirate of Gusau and Maru Local Government Areas of the State to stop attacking innocent citizens.

“This is why in the last three months at Magami District, there has not been any bandits attack as a result of the peace initiative with the bandits. The Committee met with nine bandits’ camps at Magami and Dansadau Emirate where the bandits raised their concerns.

“They said the Hausas always attacked and raped their women, killing the Fulanis on their way to or returning from the market. There is no school built for our children, this ignorance pushed them to join in engaging banditry.”

He further stated that Turji, who keyed into the amnesty of Governor Bello Matawalle, is now launching an offensive against the terrorists in the areas to ensure peace and stability returns to the state.

Gunmen Shoot, Kill Lawyer In Zamfara

 

Armed men on Thursday shot and killed a legal practitioner in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital. 

The lawyer, Barrister Benedict Azza was killed when the gunmen made an attempt to abduct him at his residence at Saminaka area, bye-pass in Gusau.

Sources say the lawyer made an attempt to escape by rushing to his car and driving off into the main road, however, the assailants pursued him and shot him three times.

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Zamfara State confirmed the killing of the lawyer in a statement on Friday by the chairman, Barrister Junaidu Abubakar.


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According to Mr Abubakar, the late barrister’s corpse as at the time was left on the roadside along the bye-pass near FRSC office.

“Yesterday at about 2230hrs, while I was in my house, I received three different phone calls from our colleagues informing me that B. T. Azza Esq. was shot dead by unknown gunmen and his body was lying on the roadside along Bye-pass near FRSC office, Gusau.”

“BT Azza was shot dead by 2 unknown gunmen suspected to be kidnappers who came on a motorcycle. The information has it that, the gunmen wanted to kidnap him at his house situated at Saminaka Area, Behind Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Headquarters, Byepass, Gusau but he was able to escape, drove his vehicle and ran to the road side. The gunmen pursued him and shot him dead.”

Further affirming the development, the Zamfara State Police Command through its spokesperson, SP Mohammed Shehu, told Channels Television that investigations have commenced as to unravel the circumstances that led to the barrister’s death.

Shehu said the police and other relevant security agencies are strategizing to build the confidence of the residents within the capital and to also improve the security situation around the state.

Niger Republic Confers National Honour On Dangote, Five Other Nigerians

They were honoured for their helping to strengthen the relationship between Nigeria and Niger Republic. [email protected]

 

The Nigerien government has conferred national honours on six Nigerian including the President of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, and two governors. 

“To mark the Independence Day commemorated on August 3, the Republic of Niger Wednesday honoured six Nigerians-two Presidential aides, two businessmen, and two state governors with their national honours in recognition of their roles in the promotion of better relations between the two sister states,” presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu tweeted on Thursday morning.

Aside from Dangote, Governors Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa and Mohammed Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State were also honoured. Others are the Senior Special Assistant (Household and Domestic Affairs) to the President, Sarki Abba; the State Chief of Protocol, Ambassador Lawal Kazaure and the President of BUA Group, Abdulsamad Rabi’u.

They were conferred with the Order of Merit of Niger, Great Master of National Awards.

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“The day is set aside to mark the nation’s independence from France in 1960 and since 1975 has been recognised as ‘tree planting day’ as trees are planted across the nation to aid the fight against desertification,” Garba added.

He quoted the Nigerien president, Mohammed Bazoum, as saying that his country cherished Nigeria as one of its closest neighbours and friends.

President Bazoum lauded the efforts of “brother Nigerians” for their strides in strengthening understanding between the two nations and also for acting as agents of social and economic development.

The Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) and Governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Bagudu, was among the dignitaries that graced the occasion.