Zamfara APC Withdraws From Bakura Rerun Bye-Election

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) says it has withdrawn its participation in the Bakura State Constituency supplementary election in Zamfara State.

Chairman of the APC Publicity Committee in Zamfara, Ibrahim Birnin-Magaji, disclosed this on Tuesday, a day before the exercise is scheduled to hold.

He explained that the party took the decision to withdraw to enable the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to complete the process.

Birnin-Magaji stated that the decision followed a careful review of last Saturday’s bye-election and the preparedness of the security agencies to guarantee the security of voters during the supplementary election in the 14 affected polling units.

He noted that neither the heads of security agencies nor their representatives attended the stakeholders’ meeting aimed at fine-tuning the measures put in place to ensure the smooth conduct of the supplementary poll.

The party spokesman in Zamfara stressed that the security agencies were critical stakeholders in an electioneering process and their absence at the meeting called for serious concern.

He said the party’s leadership had lodged a formal complaint to INEC to shift the exercise to a more convenient date to ensure all issues arising from the last exercise were properly addressed.

Birnin-Magaji, however, faulted the decision of the electoral umpire to go ahead to fixed December 9 for the supplementary election.

Two Missing INEC Ad-Hoc Staff Found In Zamfara

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Two missing ad-hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Zamfara State (INEC) have been found safe.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in charge of the state, Dr Asma’u Maikudi, disclosed this at a stakeholders’ meeting which held on Tuesday.

The meeting was convened by the electoral umpire ahead of the supplementary bye-election in Bakura Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

Dr Maikudi noted that four ad-hoc staff were declared missing, but two of them were found injured while the remaining two have returned on Monday.

She called on politicians to corporate with INEC to ensure a successful election and vowed to deliver a free, fair, and credible poll.

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According to the REC, the supplementary bye-election scheduled for Wednesday is to take place at 14 polling units in five wards in Bakura LGA.

The wards include Bakura (eight polling units), Damri (three polling units), Yar Kufuji (one polling unit), Nasarawa (one polling unit), Yar Geda (one polling unit).

Dr Maikudi added that across all the affected polling units, a total of 11,429 registered voters were expected at the poll.

The meeting had in attendance various political stakeholders, including representatives of some political parties in the state.

Police To Deploy More Security Personnel To Zamfara For Bye-Election Rerun

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The police have said it will deploy more security personnel to Zamfara for the forthcoming bye-election rerun.

The Zamfara State Commissioner, Usman Nagogo, said that the deployment will ensure that the elections are peaceful, credible, and acceptable.

He made the disclosure shortly after the heads of security agencies emergency meeting to restrategize ahead of the Bakura state constituency re-run election this coming Wednesday

He added that there will be a restriction to anybody that has no business in the polling units during the re-run election no matter how highly place he or she may be to ensure a smooth exercise that will conform with best practice.

They also vowed not to allow any type of weapon or stick as anyone found culpable will be decisively dealt with according to the law.

The commissioner of police, Usman Nagogo says they have resolved to impose curfew in the affected 14 polling units from 12 midnight of Tuesday, December the 8th and 6 PM on Wednesday, December 9, with a view to ensuring sanity.

INEC Declares Zamfara Constituency Bye-Election Inconclusive

 

The bye-election conducted in Bakura constituency, Zamfara State has been declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The Returning Officer, Professor Ibrahim Magawata told journalists that the election results of five polling units in Bakura ward have been cancelled.

The affected units according to Professor Magawata have a total number of 11,429 votes.

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He announced that the PDP candidate, Ibrahim Tudu scored a total number of 18,645 votes, while the APC candidate, Bello Dankande Gamji polled 16, 464.

New date for the conclusion of the election in the affected polling units would be announced later.

Meanwhile, two ad-hoc staff of the commission have been declared missing and their whereabouts still unknown at the time of filing in this report.

Bandits Kill Village Head, Abduct Eight Others In Zamfara

 

The Police have confirmed the death of a village head and abduction of eight others in the Gwaram community, Talatan Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

The incident occurred on Monday when gunmen stormed the village in the early hours with motorcycles, abducting locals from their houses.

Confirming the incident, spokesperson of the Zamfara State Police Command Supritendant Shehu Mohammed said those abducted Include the wife of the District head of the area and former ward chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Musa Makeri.

 

He said the Village Head was shot dead after refusing to be kidnapped by the bandits and saying he preferred to be killed in his community than to be taken to the bush.

NAF Strikes Kill Several Bandits, Destroy Hideouts In Zamfara

 

The Nigerian Air Force strikes have killed several bandits and destroyed their hideouts and logistics items in a forested high ground area near Bayan Ruwa in Zamfara State.

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In a statement by the Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, said that the success was achieved by airstrikes executed on 1 and 2 December 2020 pursuant to credible Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports and confirmatory surveillance missions indicating that a group of armed bandits.

The group is said to be led by one Jummo, who has ties to terrorist elements in the North East, had established a camp at the location, where they kept their motorcycles, high-caliber weapons as well as scores of rustled cattle.

He noted that the Air Component dispatched an appropriate force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships, which acquired and engaged the target area in successive passes, killing some of the bandits and their leaders and destroying portions of the camp, including their logistics storage, which was seen engulfed in flames.

 

Zamfara Ex-Deputy Governor Dumps APC For PDP

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Zamfara State Former Deputy governor, Ibrahim Wakkala, has decamped from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Wakkala made the declaration on Wednesday while briefing journalists in Gusau, Zamfara State capital.

He was deputy governor under the administration of Former Governor Abdulaziz Yari.

While explaining the reason for his carpet crossing, Wakkala said since the APC lost in 2019 elections, he has been considered irrelevant as a result of not been consulted for any party activities in the state.

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He noted that since the inception of the current administration of Governor Bello Matawalle, he has been playing an advisory role, especially in addressing the security challenges facing the state.

He also noted that he has formally sent a written notice to inform his former principal Abdulaziz Yari on his resolve to dump the APC.

Bandits Kidnap Imam, 17 Worshippers At Zamfara Mosque – Police

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Bandits on motorcycles have attacked a Jumuat mosque in Zamfara and abducted the imam and 17 other worshippers in a community in Zamfara State, the police said on Sunday.

The attack reportedly took place on Friday.

According to the police spokesperson in the state, Mohammed Shehu, the bandits arrived during a congregational prayer at Dutsen Gari, a farming community in Kanoma district of Maru local government area.

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The gunmen killed some members of the community during the attack, the police said.

The police spokesperson said efforts have been set in motion to rescue the abducted person.

The attack is the latest in a string of kidnappings that have rocked Nigeria’s northwest in recent years.

Recently, Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, said he had secured the rescue of 11 kidnapped persons in the state.

Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

 

Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle has secured the rescue of 11 kidnapped victims in the state.

Ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

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The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran said the victims were released without paying a ransom.

He said they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

While receiving the kidnapped victims, Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

The Governor explained that the peace accord and reconciliation process with repentant bandits will be sustained in the state, while those unrepentant ones will face the full wrath of the law.

He directed that the victims should be taken to the Hospital to ascertain their Health status before their final release to their respective families.

Matawalle Secures Release Of 26 Girls, Insists Dialogue With Bandits Is Relevant

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Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has secured the release of 26 girls abducted by bandits.

The Special Adviser to the governor on Public Enlightenment, Media, and Communications, Zailani Bappa, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

Governor Matawalle who received the rescued girls following their release insisted that dialogue with bandits was still very relevant in the fight against banditry.

He stressed that his administration would not abandon the peace dialogue with bandits as firepower alone cannot solve the problem of banditry in Zamfara and other states facing similar challenges.

“This is a testimony to our vision for engaging the bandits in peace dialogue,” the governor was quoted as saying in the statement.

He added, “For those who believe we are wrong to dialogue with the bandits, the securing of these minors who are all girls and unhurt, is indeed, priceless”.

All the girls, who are minors and are indigenes of Katsina State, are said to have regained freedom without the payment of any ransom.

They were kidnapped by bandits in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State and brought into the bushes of Zamfara State.

According to the statement, the victims were miraculously discovered by the Zamfara State government and got released through negotiations.

The negotiations held under the Commissioner Of Police and Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs in Zamfara, who have been in constant dialogue with bandits on behalf of the state government on the need to embrace peace and live a normal life.

The 26 rescued girls, whose ages range between eight and 12, were medically checked and provided with new clothes while Governor Matawalle ordered their safe return to Katsina.

This brings the total number of those released by bandits in Zamfara in the last one week to at least 40.

Zamfara Governor Commiserates With Victims Of Bandit Attack

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Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle has commiserated with the victims of bandits attack in Gidan Goga village in the Maradun Local Government Area of the state.

The governor’s condolence message was contained in a statement issued on Friday by his media aide, Zailani Bappa.

While sympathising with those who underwent the trauma as well, the governor assured that the recent attacks is “not a security lapse but a momentary hiccup that will not be allowed to last.”

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To the governor,  the attack exposes the desperation of the bandits who he said are experiencing heavy pressure from the offensive launched by security operatives in recent times.

“I want to assure our law obedient citizens of Zamfara State that the experience we are undergoing will not last. The bandits are experiencing our sustained pressure which they react through cowardly and desperate attacks on innocent citizens,” the governor was quoted as saying.

“However, we shall not rest on our oars until we find a lasting solution to the emergence of violence in our communities.

“We implore for maximum co-operation from the communities in terms of swift intelligence reports.”

His reaction comes hours after four persons were killed and some others injured in the fresh attack by suspected bandits.

Gunmen Kidnap District Head, Four Others In Zamfara – Police

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Gunmen have kidnapped the district head of Lingyado village, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

This was confirmed in a statement issued on Sunday by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mohammed Shehu.

According to the statement, four other victims were also abducted in the state when bandits stormed the local government.

“On 25th October 2020 at about 0800 hours suspected bandits attacked Lingyado village of Maru Local government and abducted the district head and 4 others,” the statement partly read.

“Joint Police and Military units stationed at Bindin to avert and respond to any invasion in those areas were informed of the incident.

“They quickly respond to the distress call and arrived at the village to counter the threat.  Their arrival averted the ill – intention of the bandits to kidnap as many as possible.”

The police spokesman noted that the state government “stationed 80 combined Police Mobile, Soldiers and Civil Defence” to many “vulnerable areas in the state to counter the threat posed by recalcitrant bandits.”

He explained that the police search and rescue team in collaboration with the Military are in the nearby forest of the surrounding area to rescue the abducted victims.

Shehu also called on the people of the state to report any threat to the security agencies in any part of the state for early response to any attack by these recalcitrant bandits.