Zamfara Commissioner Warns Bandits To Surrender Or Face Consequences

A map of Zamfara in north-west Nigeria.

 

Bandits have been warned to key into the Zamfara State government’s ongoing peace and reconciliation process and surrender their arms or face dare consequences.

The newly deployed commissioner of police in the state, Hussaini Rabiu gave the warning while addressing newsmen on his roadmap to tackle insecurity in Zamfara.

Banditry, cattle rustling, culpable homicide, and armed robbery are some of the criminality facing Zamfara State which the new Commissioner of police, Hussain Rabiu is expected to decisively deal with.

The new CP said policing will be driven by foreknowledge and guided by intelligence at strategic, operational, and tactical levels at tackling insecurity across the State.

He added that it will be proactive and preventive in its crime-fighting strategy and to ensure public ownership, partnership, participation, and community support in mainstream security.

Zamfara Govt Paid N400m For Scholarship In One Month – Matawalle

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The Zamfara State government has paid N400 million for scholarship for students studying within and outside the country in the last one month.

Governor Bello Matawalle disclosed this on Saturday when he hosted members of the National Union of Zamfara State Students (NUZAMSS) at his residence in Gusau, the state capital.

He explained that over N186 million was paid to the Sudan International University for 67 medical, nursing, and other students studying health-related courses, in addition to the release of over N24 million for 23 students of engineering and allied courses at Sharda University in India.

The governor revealed that over N56 million was paid for students’ fees studying pharmacy and engineering disciplines at Cyprus International University, with a view to providing Zamfara indigenes with enough skills to man the state’s health institutions effectively.

He noted that with the coming of his administration, he ordered the payment of WEAC/ NECO fees debt inherited from his predecessor to enable secondary school leavers from the state to further their education accordingly.

Similarly, Governor Matawalle said over N41 million was paid to Crescent University, Abeokuta in Ogun State, as well as Al-Hikima University in Ilorin, Kwara State as the first installment for debt also inherited from the previous administration.

He added that his administration paid another N19 million to 38 law students of Zamfara indigenes studying at various law school campuses nationwide.

According to the governor, this is in addition to the release of N7 million to the Zamfara State Scholarship Board for the immediate verification of over 25,000 students studying at various institutions of higher learning who applied online with a view to ascertaining those eligible to receive local bursary payments.

He called on the students to remain good ambassadors of Zamfara, wherever they found themselves in the course of their studies.

Governor Matawalle informed them that arrangements have been made to ensure students of Zamfara State University, Talata-Mafara, resume their studies as soon as possible.

He hinted that he had requested additional special forces from the Federal Government who would provide security to all primary and secondary schools, as well as all higher institutions of learning across the state.

Bandits Release Father Of Zamfara Businessman, After One Month In Captivity

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Gunmen have secured the release of Alh. Bala Afuro Gusau, the father of the father of a popular businessman in Zamfara State, Hon. Sanusi Bala Sarkin Dawaki Maituta.

The victim was released on Saturday, the state government confirmed to Channels Television on Sunday via a statement.

According to the Commissioner for Information, Ibrahim Dosara, Bala was abducted a month ago by his kidnappers.

The commissioner explained that the victim secured his freedom unharmed, adding that the state government did not pay ransom to facilitate his release.

But a family source said the abductors initially demanded the sum of N150 million before bringing it down to N50 million.

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The release comes about a month after Zamfara State Police Command secured the release of 11 kidnapped persons in the state.

In a statement issued on April 11, the police spokesman in the state, Muhammad Shehu, said the release was made possible following a collaboration with the police authorities and the State Ministry for Security and Home Affairs.

He noted that the 11 victims were released unconditionally after a group took them to a forest near Gobirawan Chali in Maru Local Government Area.

He said the release of the kidnapped victims was part of the ongoing peace process enunciated by Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara.

Zamfara has been experiencing series of attacks from suspected bandits who purportedly engage in illegal mining.

As part of efforts in restoring peace in the state, President Muhammadu Buhari on March 2 decalred Zamfara a ‘no-fly zone’ and banned all mining activities in the state.

The move, according to the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, is part of measures to tackle the security challenges witnessed in the north-western state.

Similarly, the state governor Matawalle has initiated peace efforts and engaged the bandits in dialogue to encourage them to surrender their weapons.

The efforts is paying off gradually as some of the bandits have renounced their old ways to embrace the peace efforts of the state government.

Bandits Exchange Cows For Drugs In Zamfara – Shinkafi

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Bandits in Shinkafi local government area of Zamfara state are giving out cows for Pentax injections and other hard drugs to enable them perpetrate evil.

Former National Secretary of APGA Dr. Abdullahi Shinkafi stated this while breaking Ramadan fast with Journalists in Gusau, Zamfara State.

He also said a gun runner who sold over 250,000 live ammunition in Zamfara state in company of some security personnel was also arrested.

He appealed to residents of the state to support Governor Bello Matawalle and security agencies in the fight against banditry.

“Bandits In Shinkafi local government Exchange Cows For Pentax Injection and other Hard Drugs,” he said. “How would a state live in peace with this type of people leaving in the society pretending they are good citizens?

“Some traditional rulers are not helping matters as they contribute to the worsening of the security situation by aiding banditry for the love of material things at the detriment of the masses.”

According to him, a gun runner who uses security operatives as escort to deliver ammunition to bandits in the bush was also arrested.

He said the suspect has confessed to have sold over two hundred and fifty thousand live ammunition to criminals in Zamfara state alone.

Also, some kidnappers who killed their victim, an indigene of Zamfara State after collecting a ten million naira ransom, were also arrested in Gusau.

Shinkafi applauded the state government and security agencies over the recent arrest of 35 bandit collaborators, including a driver who transports kidnap victims to the bandits hideouts.

New Zamfara CP Resumes Office, Seeks Collaboration From Residents

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The new Zamfara State Commissioner of Police, Hussain Rabi’u has resumed office, calling on all residents of the state to collaborate with the officers of the command.

Read Full Statement Below:

The Zamfara State police command wishes to inform members of the general public that, CP Hussain Rabi’u psc, an indigene of Niger state has assumed duty on 6th May 2021 as the 30th commissioner of Police in Zamfara State.

He took over from his predecessor CP Abutu Yaro FDC, who was redeployed to Imo state as the commissioner of police.

The new Zamfara state police boss was born on 26th March 1962 in Niger state. He attended both primary and secondary schools in Niger state. He attended the University of Sokoto where he graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor in Education. After his successful graduation, he did his National Youth service corp (NYSC) in Oyo state in the year 1988.

Cp Hussain Rabi’ u was enlisted into the Nigeria police force on 3rd March 1990 as cadet Assistant superintendent of police (C/ASP) where he was professionally trained at the prestigious police Academy (Kaduna Annex).

WORKING EXPERIENCE

After his successful passed out, CP Hussaini Rabi’u was posted to Delta state police command where he has undergone a one-year compulsory attachment for cadet officers, and later served in the following commands/ Formations.

Divisional crime officer (DCO) Enere Division, warri Delta state.

Divisional police officer (DPO) Warri, Delta state command, among other Divisions as DPO.

2i/c Zonal CID, Zone 5 Benin city, Edo state.

O/C AIG’s Monitoring unit, Zone 5 Benin city, Edo state.

Area commander Warri, Delta State Police command.

Area commander Railway Zaria, Kaduna state Police command.

Deputy commissioner of police, safer highway patrol, Force Headquarters Abuja.

Deputy commissioner of police SCID Bayelsa state police command.

Deputy commissioner of police operations, Edo state police command.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Operations, zone 4 Makurdi, Benue state.

Two times Deputy commissioner of Police Operations, Imo state Police Command, where he was promoted to the rank of Commissioner of Police and posted to Force Headquarters Abuja as Cp Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD).

COURSES ATTENDED

The commissioner of police as a seasoned and operationally minded officer had attended many courses to mention but a few below;

Junior Command Course 36/2001.

CSP TO ACP Promotion Course 2012.

Strategic Leadership Command Course 3/2016 among others.

The new commissioner of police in his introductory speech to the Strategic and tactical commanders of the command reiterated his determination and commitment to enhance robust policing to actualize the transformation and repositioning Agenda of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba NPM, FDC, as well as to work in collaboration with other security agencies and host communities. So the community policing concept of the Nigeria Police Force can be greatly achieved.

The new CP, therefore, seeks cooperation, collaboration, and partnership from members of the public by giving useful and timely information to enable the command to rid the state of all forms of criminality.

Ramadan: Matawalle Distributes 400 Bags Of Assorted Grains To Prisoners

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Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, on Monday, distributed 400 bags of assorted grains to inmates at the Gusau Correctional facility as his Ramadan and Sallah welfare to them.

This was disclosed via a statement issued by the governor’s spokesman, Yusuf Idris Gusau, noting that the items consist of 100 bags of rice, 100 bags of maize, 100 bags of millet and 100 bags of sugar.

He said the governor, who visited the facility and the inmates, handed over the bags to the Deputy Comptroller Mr. Yunusa Ibrahim Ada via the Commissioner of Special Duties, Hon. Lawal Badarawa

While calling on the inmates to consider their being in the facility as part of their destiny in life, the governor urged them to use their stay for sober reflections so that they will be good citizens that will contribute positively to societal growth.

Bello also wants them to continue to pray for the peace and development of both the state and the nation noting that people who are in castration and consider their punishment as corrective, get their prayers answered easily by Allah.

“He assured that his administration will continue to make the state better and conducive for more investors and economic growth which will bring more employment opportunities and eliminate criminalities,” the statement partly read.

Earlier in the day, the governor donated 170 bags each of sugar and assorted grains to the state’s Council of Chiefs as well as 300 bags of assorted grains to the Peoples Democratic Party state Working Committee all in the spirit of the Ramadan fast.

While at the Correctional facility, the Deputy Comptroller, DCC Yunusa Ibrahim Ada thanked the governor for the donation assuring that it will be judiciously utilized.

Ada who told the governor that both the wardens and the inmates have been praying for the governor especially in his drive to rid the state of criminal activities also said they will not relent in this direction.

The presentation was attended by the Commissioner of Information, Hon Ibrahim Magaji Dosara, Director General Protocols, Alhaji Aliyu Sani Bk, Director General Press Affairs, Mallam Yusuf Idris Gusau, Director General New Media Ibrahim Bello Zauma and Press Secretary to the Governor, Jamilu Iliyasu B/Magaji among others.

YUSUF IDRIS GUSAU

Director-General, Media Public Enlightenment and Communications.

Government House, Gusau.

2nd May, 2021

Banditry: Security Operatives Foil Attack In Zamfara, Recover 300 Cows

Security operatives in the early hours of May 2, 2021 foiled an attack by bandits in Zamfara State. Credit: Zamfara State Govt

 

Security operatives have foiled an attack by bandits by killing an unspecified number of them and recovering 300 cattle in Zamfara State.

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle disclosed this on Sunday via Twitter, adding that the operation was led by the state Commissioner for Security and Internal Affairs.

Matawalle also shared photos showing the cattle recovered which were rustled by the bandits at Kuraje near Rijiyar Tsakar Dawa in Guasau Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

“A moment ago, I was informed about an operational success recorded by the Hon. Commissioner for Security & Internal affairs. He led a team of security forces on a joint patrol and neutralised a gang of bandits who rustled a herd of over 300 cattle at Kuraje near Rijiyar Tsakar Dawa in Gusau LG,” his tweet read.

“After accomplishing the mission, the rustled cattle have been recovered for an immediate return to their rightful owners.

“We are pleased with the commitment of our appointees and equally grateful for the dedication & gallantry of our Security Forces towards restoring peace in Zamfara State and Nigeria at large.”

 

Zamfara has been experiencing series of attacks recently by bandits who have been killing people and abducting schoolchildren in the state.

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As part of measures to arrest the situation, President Muhammadu Buhari had on March 2 banned mining activities in the north-western state.

The President also declared the state no-fly zone, designating Zamfara a territory or area established by a military power over which certain aircraft are not permitted to fly.

Just a few days ago, officials of the Zamfara State Government confirmed the killing of a notorious bandit leader, Auwalun Daudawa, to Channels Television.

Daudawa, who led the abduction of over 300 students of Government Science Secondary School Kankara, Katsina state was killed on April 30.

Although the notorious bandit had laid down his arms and accepted Governor Bello Matawalle’s peace initiative on February 8, he however returned to the forest to continue his banditry a few days ago.

Diversify By Going Into Other Businesses, Matawalle Urges Zamfara Workers

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Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle on Friday urged workers to look inwards, diversify and start businesses that will form a fall back source for their lives in retirement.

The Governor’s charge was contained in a statement signed by spokesman Yusuf Idris Gusau and comes as the world celebrates International Workers’ Day, also known as Labour Day.

According to the statement, Matawalle made the call when he hosted the leadership of all 36 trade unions in the state under the umbrella of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to the breaking of the Ramadan fast at his Gusau residence.

Matawalle, himself a businessman cum politician said his administration is working on a programme to register and issue certificates on all public and private properties in the state which can be used in securing bank loans by interested workers to establish their own businesses which they can use in sustaining their lives after retirement.

He drew the attention of the civil servants in the state to be careful and realistic in the agitation for the implementation of the minimum wage saying once the resources are available, he will implement without delay but that at the moment, Zamfara which is one of the least collectors of monthly federal allocation has over N1.6 billion deducted from source to service the debts it inherited from the past administration.

The Governor said every month, the state is left with between N1.8 billion and 1.3 billion to pay salaries to its over 28,000 workers as well as service governance but assured that he will not sack or rationalize the workforce in order not to jeopardize homes and dependants.

On security, governor Matawalle charged the workers to be more vigilant in both their neighborhood and over their co-workers following the recent arrest of some civil servants having hand in criminality.

While commending the workers for their understanding and commitment to duty, the governor assured that he will continue to meet their demands as well as pay full monthly salary every month without delay.

Earlier, the State Chairman of the NLC, Comrade Sani Halliru thanked the governor for hosting the workers to break the Ramadan fast with him, praying Allah to reward the governor abundantly.

Comrade Halliru who commended the governor over his peace and dialogue initiative with bandits, informed his host that some union members from other states facing security challenges are now calling on their governors to copy the Zamfara initiative so that they can enjoy peace.

The chairman appealed to the governor to help the union with a bus to ease part of its transportation needs.

The breakfast was graced by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Bala Bello Maru, Head of Service, Alhaji Kabiru Balarabe, Chief of Staff Government House, Col Bala Mande rtd, PDP State Chairman, Alhaji Tukur Umar Danfulani, Commissioners, Special Advisers and many senior government officials among others.

Civil Servants Arrested For Banditry In Zamfara

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Some civil servants have been arrested for banditry in Zamfara, according to the State Government.

The North-West state is one of the regions worst affected by banditry in the country.

According to a statment signed by the State Commissioner for Information,  Ibrahim Magaji Dosara on Wednesday, the civil servants were among 35 suspects apprehended in Gusau, the state capital.

READ ALSO: Zamfara Govt Releases N1.2bn For State Projects

“It was surprising to note that, all the 35 suspects were arrested in Gusau, the state capital and some of them civil servants,” the statement said.

“The State Government therefore expressed delight over the arrest of the 35 bandits terrorising people within the Gusau metropolis.”

The criminals “have since been interrogated and have confessed to their various crimes and have already been transferred to Abuja for further action before prosecution.”

“Government therefore seriously warn bandits to renounce the criminality and embrace the state government dialogue and peace initiative to become good citizens, stressing the government intention to take punitive measures against criminals, as a matter of urgency,” the statement said.

“The state government also strongly warn traditional rulers to keep vigil eyes to landlords who give out their houses to people with suspicious character within their domains, as government will soon start to arrest any landlord found giving out his or her property on rent to bandits, kidnappers, informants and dealers of weapons for the bandits.

“Government will not hesitate to demolish any house given out on rent to criminals.”

Meanwhile, the state government said it had lifted the ban on commercial activities on four markets in the state.

“The action follows several calls by concern citizens both within and outside the state, to lift the ban to allow the common man have access to his basic needs during the holly month of Ramadan. The affected markets are Magami, Wanke, Dansadau and Dauran,” the statement said.

“The four markets were ban from any activities last week following attacks and killing of innocent people within the affected communities.”

Zamfara Govt Releases N1.2bn For State Projects

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The Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle says his administration has released the sum of N1.2 Billion as State Government contribution to all donor assisted projects in the State.

Out of the amount, 150 million Naira was released to the state office of Community and Social Development Projects CSDP for the execution of the year 2019/2020 CSDP PROJECTS in the state.

The Governor made this known today, Saturday 24th April 2021 while granting audience to the National CSDP TV Documentary Team and officials from the CSDP Federal Projects Support Unit who was in Zamfara state on an Assessment tour of CSDP projects and verification of achievements.

He said the money was released to CSDP as a result of his Administration’s recognition of the critical role that the organisation plays in meeting the development needs and the yearnings and aspirations of the rural communities.

According to the Governor, there is no gainsaying that CSDP has been complementing his Administration’s efforts in providing basic infrastructure and facilities to the communities in all parts of the state.

Shettiman Sokoto explained that because of the government’s supportive role and encouragement to the CSDP, the Agency has performed admirably from the time he took over office as the Governor of Zamfara state.

Some of the notable accomplishments recorded during the period with him as Governor include Rendering assistance to 88 communities and groups; Execution of 207 Projects across the state; expending 639 million Naira for various community projects.

He also expressed delight that CSDP has been able to accomplish all these within 15 months of his coming to office.

Governor Bello Matawalle thanked CSDP for its assistance in the preparation of N-CARES Programme in Zamfara State. He disclosed that Zamfara state has been given N235,086,500.00 to help it prepare for the implementation of the N-CARES Programme in the state.

According to the Governor, the funds were used to equip the state N-CARES Coordinating office as well as three implementing platforms: The CSDP, the Fadama coordinating office, and the state Ministry of Commerce and Industries.

The Matawallen Maradun further explained that aside from the security challenges, the most critical aspect of Governance that the Administration is focusing on is the provision of the much-needed community projects, adding that the state government will continue to collaborate with CSDP and other organizations to achieve the desired result.

Earlier, the Head of National CSDP TV Documentary Team Alhaji Hamisu Rogo and the Head of the Federal Projects Support Unit of CSDP, Mr. Niyi Adeniyi said the team was in Zamfara state as part of its assessment tour to all 36 state CSDP projects office in order to ascertain the achievements recorded by CSDP in the state.

The team commended Governor Bello Matawalle for his support of CSDP activities within the shortest possible time.

The occasion was attended by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Bala Bello Maru, Head of Service, Alhaji Kabiru Balarabe, Commissioners of Information and that of Budget of Economic Planning, Alhaji Ibrahim Dosara, and Alhaji Ibrahim Jibo Magayaki Kaura, Permanent Secretary CSDP, Alhaji Garba Muhammed Gusau, Principal Private Secretary to the Governor, Alhaji Lawal Umar Maradun and senior Government officials.

Banditry: Zamfara Govt Bans Sale Of Petrol In Jerry Cans

A file photo of petroleum products in plastic kegs.
A file photo of petroleum products in plastic kegs.

 

The Zamfara State Government on Saturday said it was criminalising the sale of petroleum products in jerrycans or any other containers in some parts of the state.

The move, the government believes, will help to curb the activities of black marketers linked to bandits in the state.

“In furtherance of the efforts and steps being taken by the government of Zamfara state in tackling the recent upsurge in the activities of recalcitrant bandits in the state, the government found it necessary to ban the activities of petroleum products black marketters in the general area of Wanke, Magami, Dansadau, Dangulbi, Dankurmi, Bindin, Munhaye, Kizarah, kunchin Kalgo and their surroundings with immediate effect, until further notice,” a statement signed by the State Commissioner for Information, Ibrahim Magaji Dosara, said.

READ ALSO: Zamfara Governor Promises New Approach To Deal With Unrepentant Bandits

“All filling stations within the affected areas are hereby warned to desist from selling the petroleum products to Jerry cans or any other containers.

“Only moving vehicles are allowed to take petroleum products from the filling stations, henceforth.

“NUPENG and other associations on petroleum products are directed to advise their members to shun any act capable of sabotaging this government order.

“Security agencies are by this order and announcement, directed to ensure full compliance. Anybody found violating this order should be dealt with, accordingly.”

Zamfara in recent years has been a hotbed of bandit activities.

At least 50 persons were killed in over six communities on Wednesday when armed bandits invaded over six communities in the state.

Zamfara Governor Promises New Approach To Deal With Unrepentant Bandits

A file photo of Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle.

 

Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle on Saturday said his administration is seeking a new approach to handle insecurity issues in the state.

Matawalle made the comment while receiving Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum and Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu in Gusau, the state capital.

Bagudu and Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar made the trip to Gusau to offer their sympathies over the recent killings in some local government areas in the state.

READ ALSO: Bandits Attack Four Zamfara Villages, Kill 30 Locals

Matawalle warned armed bandits in the state to repent or change base as he draws a new roadmap in his approach to handling the issue of security challenges facing the state, according to a statement from his spokesman, Yusuf Gusau.

Chairman of the APC Governors' Forum and Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu and and Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar paid a condolence visit to Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle in Gusau on April 24, 2021.
Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum and Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu and and Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar paid a condolence visit to Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle in Gusau on April 24, 2021.

 

He said his recent suspension of a district head in Shinkafi emirate for conniving with bandits was just a tip of the iceberg said, in the next four days, he will overwhelm all those making life unbearable to innocent citizens in the state.

Matawalle further said he has discussed extensively with President Muhammadu Buhari and the nation’s service chiefs on the new approach which is most likely going to deal seriously with deceptive and unrepentant bandits.

He thanked security agencies for their support and cooperation in the fight against armed banditry and also thanked members of the public for sharing vital information to address suspicious movements.

Meanwhile, the visiting Bagudu said they were together with governor Matawalle in Abuja holding meeting on security when the sad incident of banditry happened which forced the governor to leave for Zamfara to ensure total control of the situation.

“As a result, we followed him to Gusau and consoled him as a good brother who we shared the same pains and grief with,” Bagudu said.

He prayed that the attack will be the last in the state and prayed for the souls of the departed.

The visit was attended by Speaker, Zamfara State House Assembly, Hon Nasiru Maazu Magarya; Honorary Advisor to the Governo, Ambassador Bashir Yuguda Gusau; Secretary to the Zamfara State Government, Alhaji Bala Bello Maru; Head of Service, Alhaji Kabiru Balarabe; Chief of Staff Government House, Col Bala Mande rtd; PDP State Chairman, Alhaji Tukur Umar Danfulani Maikatako, Commissioners, Special Advisers, Permanent Secretaries and Directors General, among others.