Zamfara Governor Vows To Wipe Out Bandits, Donates 200 Patrol Vans

A photo of Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle.


Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, on Tuesday vowed to wipe out bandits terrorising communities in parts of the state.

He also donated 200 patrol vehicles to security agencies to enhance their operations, as part of efforts to strengthen the fight against kidnapping and banditry.

The beneficiary agencies include the Nigerian Army, Police, Department of State Services (DSS), and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

Others are the Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigerian Correctional Service, and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

At the distribution of the vehicles in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital, Governor Matawalle warned unrepentant bandits who refused to accept the peace accord of his administration to prepare for the worst.

He stated that none of them would be spared in the renewed effort to rid the state of all forms of criminality.

The governor revealed that his administration has also instituted a monthly imprest for the security agencies, as well as providing them with decent office and residential accommodations and other operational equipment.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his cooperation towards efforts at ending banditry in the state.

Governor Matawalle added that the President has listened to him all the time and has positively responded to all his requests, including the approval of two police squadrons to the state and deployment of 780 police personnel to tackle the bandits in flashpoint areas of Zamfara.

According to him, no responsible government will fold its arms and allow its citizens to wallow in uncertainty and get exposed to incessant serious attacks which often lead to loss of lives and property.

The governor, however, urged all residents of the state to support the government in ending banditry by availing security operatives with timely and genuine intelligence information.

Troops Of Operation Hadarin Daji Neutralise Bandits In Katsina, Zamfara


The Air Component of the Operation Hadarin Daji has neutralised scores of armed bandits in Dutsen Asolo and Birnin Kogo areas of Katsina State as well as at Dogo Gede’s Camp in the Kwayanbana Forest area of Zamfara State.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Wednesday by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters Major General, John Enenche.

According to Enenche, the operation began on 20 June 2020, and so far, 10 locations have been attacked.

“The Operation, which was preceded by the massive deployment of additional air assets and ground support equipment by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to Katsina, is aimed at taking out armed bandits’ locations that were painstakingly selected, based on impeccable Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports as well as series of Surveillance missions, in order to significantly degrade the armed bandits’ fighting capability before it could be brought to bear against friendly forces or innocent civilians,” the statement read.

“At Dutsen Asolo, NAF jets dispatched by the Air Component attacked the cave/hideout of the bandits, destroying the main entry point and neutralizing some fighters. Some surviving bandits, who were tracked escaping from the cave area were taken out in follow-on strikes.

“Also, on 21 June 2020, at the bandits’ enclave in the Kwayanbana Forest, an attack helicopter took out one of the bandits’ logistics huts, which was seen engulfed in flames. Similarly, at Birnin Kogo on 22 June 2020, some armed bandits, who fled their dwellings in the centre of the camp to nearby bushes on hearing the sound of the attack aircraft, were neutralized as the NAF fighter jets hit them at their hiding positions”.

The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who was in Katsina to oversee the Operation, has commended the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji for their professionalism.

He urged them to remain resolute in the conduct of air strikes whilst continuing to provide close air support for ongoing ground operations in order to eradicate all armed bandits; thus accomplishing the directives of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) to restore normalcy in the North West and North Central Zones of the Country.

Bandits Kill 23 Vigilante Members In Zamfara Village Attack


At least 23 local vigilante members have been killed and several others injured when bandits attacked Ruwan-Tofa community in Zamfara State.

The spokesman for Zamfara State Police Command, Mohammed Shehu, confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Monday.

He noted that the security officials were killed during the attack carried out between Saturday and Sunday in Maru Local Government Area of the state.

According to the command’s spokesman, trouble started when the bandits stormed the village on Saturday and rustled several cows belonging to the villagers.

Local vigilante members were immediately mobilised in the area and went after the bandits but were caught up in an ambush by the criminals.

Shehu explained that in the process, the bandits opened fire on the vigilante members, killing 10 people on the spot while several others were severely injured.

But residents of the community disclosed that while 10 bodies were recovered after the attack, 13 others died from gunshot injuries while undergoing treatment at the hospitals.

Meanwhile, the command’s spokesman said a combined team of operatives from the police, army, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have been deployed to Maru LGA to go after the bandits.

He added that the troops on Sunday rescued six persons who were abducted and taken into the forest by the bandits.

Zamfara Insecurity: Troops Deployed To Maru LGA

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A file photo of troops.


In an effort to stem the tide of banditry in Zamfara, the state government in collaboration with the Police Force and Army has deployed a joint operational squad compromising men of the Police, Army and Civil Defence to Bindin District of Maru Local Government Area of the State.

In a statement, spokesman for the Zamfara state police command, Mohammed Shehu , said the deployment of the operational team is aimed at complementing the existing security emplacement in the area.

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He explained that the eighty man joint security team has been mandated by the state commissioner of police, Usman Nagogo to discharge their duties with all sense of professionalism and commitment.

The statement qoutes the police commissioner as admonishing the troops to set aside issue of inter agency rivalry, and work as a team in order to achieve the desired result.

He called on the operatives to be more conscious of their personal safety and security, work as one family and avoid issue of rivalry.

Gunmen Kill Medical Doctor In Zamfara

A file photo of late Dr Enoch Okpara.



Gunmen have killed Dr Enoch Okpara, a medical doctor at the Federal Medical Centre in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Zamfara, Mohammed Shehu, confirmed the killing to Channels Television on Monday.

He revealed that the body of late Okpara, who was a consultant obstetrics/gynaecologist, was discovered at his residence in Mareri area of Gusau on Saturday.

Shehu said the late medical doctor was declared missing two days before his death, stressing that the police were already on the trail of the attackers with a view to bringing them to justice.

He added that the Criminal Investigation Department of the Zamfara State Police Command has launched an investigation into the incident.

Meanwhile, members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Zamfara has condemned the brutal killing of their colleague, describing it as inhuman and barbaric.

The NMA Vice Chairman in the state, Dr Mannir Bature, decried that Okpara’s killing was a clear case of assassination, adding that he was brutalised by his assailants who later burned his body.

Bature said the doctor was last seen at work on Thursday last week until his body was discovered on Saturday evening when they broke into his apartment.

According to him, the burnt body of the deceased was discovered in the courtyard of his compound while bloodstains were seen on the walls of the room.

Zamfara Attacks: Two Units Of Joint Security Operatives Deployed To Secure Villages


Normalcy has been restored in Tunga Lauti, Zaman Gida, and other villages in Talata Mafara and Maru Local Government Areas, following attacks by suspected armed bandits on the 2nd and 3rd June 2020.

On Sunday 7th June 2020, the Commissioner of Police Zamfara State Police Command CP Usman Nagogo personally returned all the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of the above incident back to their respective villages.

This is a sequel to logistical support provided by the state government under the leadership of His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Bello Matawalle MON, that includes; the provision of trucks for the evacuation of IDPs, provision of relief materials to the evacuated IDPs, the welfare of all the joint security agents deployed to safeguard the communities against future attacks by unrepentant bandits.

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While briefing officers and men deployed for the operation, CP Usman Nagogo charged them to be more alive to their responsibilities, be conscious of their personal safety as well as the safety of the people they are serving.

He also urged them to avoid the issue of rivalry, instead, they should work as one family in order to succeed in their mandate.

In his remarks, the Commissioner for security and Home affairs, Alhaji Abubakar Mohammed Dauran, reiterated the commitment of the state government under the leadership of His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Bello Matawalle MON to secure the lives and properties of all citizens of the state. He called on the people of the area to give maximum cooperation to both the state government and security agents deployed to their areas.

The Commissioner thanked the district head of Kanoma who said he was overwhelmed by the state government’s response to the incident and pledged to support and cooperation of his people to the state government and security agencies in their effort to secure lives and properties.

Military Kills Scores Of Bandits In Zamfara


Scores of armed bandits have been neutralised and their weapons destroyed in air strikes executed by the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji in Zamfara State.

The Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

He noted that the operations were conducted on Saturday at two separate bandits’ camps in Tsibiri and Manya in Zurmi Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, as part of offensive operations to rid the North West and North Central of banditry.

The statement read, “The air interdiction mission at Tsibiri, which is located 15km East of Zurmi, was executed on the heels of credible Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports indicating that the camp, with its clusters of thatched huts nestled close to a group of trees, was being used by the bandits to house their fighters and store their weapons and ammunition.

“Accordingly, two Nigerian Air Force attack helicopters were dispatched to engage the location scoring accurate hits on the target area, leading to the destruction of the structures and the weapons and ammunition stored in them as well as the neutralisation of bandits in the huts and surrounding bushes.”

Enenche explained that the attack helicopters later conducted an air strike on another camp South of Manya where bandits had gathered for a meeting, which also resulted in the killing of more bandits and some of their leaders.

According to him, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has commended the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji for their professionalism.

Abubakar also directed them to remain resolute and continue to provide close air support for ongoing ground operations, towards accomplishing the directives of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) to restore normalcy in the North West and North Central zones of the country.

Bandits Kill 21, Injure 12 Others In Fresh Attacks On Zamfara Villages


Suspected bandits have killed 21 people and wounded 12 others during attacks in some villages in Maru and Talata Mafara Local Government Areas of Zamfara State.

Confirming the incident to Channels Television, the spokesman of the state police command, Mohammed Shehu, says the bandits attacked Tungar Malan, Manyan Karaje, Tungar Arne, Dangodon Maiyakane, Dangodon Mai Masallaci and Boleke villages in Maru Local Government between the 2nd and 3rd of June, 2020, with the intention to rustle cows.

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And when confronted by members of a militia group known as “YAN SAKAI”, the bandits started shooting sporadically, and this resulted in the death of fifteen people, while seven others sustained gun shot wounds and were rushed to the hospital for treatment.

Speaking further, the police spokesman said bandits also attacked and killed six persons and wounded five others at four other villages including Gidan Dan Kani, Tungar lauti, Inwala and Dangodo in Talata Mafara Local Government.

He explained that the victims were attacked and killed while coming back from a funeral prayer .

According to the police spokesman, investigations have been launched into the recent attacks, with an assurance that the bandits will be brought to book.

Police Rescue 12 Kidnap Victims In Zamfara


As part of the ongoing peace and reconciliation initiative of the Zamfara State Government being spareheaded by the State Commissioner of Police, Usman Nagogo, operatives of the command have rescued twelve kidnapped victims from their abductors .

The Zamfara State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Shehu , said in a statement that the victims who were kidnapped two weeks ago, were rescued by security operatives in collaboration with some repentant bandits who ambushed the kidnappers on Wednesday, May the 27th.

According to the police spokesman, the rescue of the victims is a fulfillment of the pledge made by the repentant bandits to fight their colleagues who have refused to toe the line of peace and reconciliation and presented by the Zamfara State Government.
He commended the repentant bandits for the confidence they reposed in the state government and security agencies especially the police, in ensuring that the peace process succeeds.

The spokesman also called on the repentant bandits to sustain the tempo of their support and assured that security agencies will continue to partner with them to ensure peace and stability in Zamfara State.

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Eight Medical Doctors Test Positive For COVID-19 In Zamfara


The Nigerian Medical Association in Zamfara state has confirmed that eight of its members have tested positive for COVID-19.

The vice-chairman of the association in the state, Mannir Bature told Channels Television that the eight medical doctors who are among the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Zamfara state were infected in the line of duty at various public hospitals in the state.

Dr Bature also said that the doctors got infected while attending to patients at hospitals who were already infected with the disease.

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He, however, called on the Zamfara State Ministry of Health to provide medical workers serving in all the public hospitals in the state with personal protective equipment rather than providing such to only those working at the isolation centers.

He also called for improved hazard allowances for medical doctors and other health workers that are involved in the management of the coronavirus pandemic in Zamfara state.

COVID-19: Zamfara Launches Sample Collection Booths


The Zamfara state government has launched a zero-contact testing booth in the state, in order to significantly increase the testing capacity and protect health workers who are the frontline soldiers in the coronavirus raging war.

The state Governor, Bello Matawale who inspected the testing centre in Gusau the Zamfara state capital, said that the new state of the art facilities is in furtherance of his administration’s firm resolve to rid the state of the global scourge with an initiative that is guaranteed to improve the testing capacity of the virus in line with the World Health Organization’s recommendations.

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Matawalle explains that with the sample collection booths, the state government will be cutting costs by achieving more with less as it had become difficult and economically unsustainable to justify using new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to test each patient, especially with the global scarcity of the vital equipment .

Conducting the Governor round the sample collection booths, the leader Flying Doctors Health Care Group, Dr Ola Browns says the Sample collection booths have the capacity of collecting 70 samples in an hour and is the largest Non- Contact testing centre in Nigeria.

She also said that the facility has a hundred percent protection from direct Contact with all suspected cases.

Bandits Kill Five In Zamfara Village Attack

Map of Zamfara State


At least five people were killed and one injured in a Tuesday attack by bandits at Kajera and Magazawa villages in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

The attackers according to the residents, invaded the community on motorbikes and opened fire on buildings and houses with residents inside.

This led to the death of five persons.

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The spokesperson of Zamfara State Police Command, Mohammed Shehu, who confirmed the incident to Channels Television, described the attack as a reprisal by bandits.

Shehu said the bandits came to retaliate the killing of two of their people, who were murdered on Sunday, May 16, in one of the communities in Tsafe Local Government.

Bandits attack in northern communities has continued to rise despite the raging COVID-19 pandemic.

No fewer than eight persons were killed in an ambush by bandits in Rafinkada community of Wukari Local Government Area in Taraba State on Monday.

The travellers were on their way to Donga Local Government Area of the state before they were ambushed by the bandits.