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The recent development that characterized the security situation of Zamfara state has become a source of concern to many people including those that are not residing in Zamfara State considering the extent at which social media reports are springing to the air without corporate scientific verification from both the the government actors saddle with the responsibility of security management and indeed the security agencies who are always doing their very best to ensure that lasting peace has returned to the state.

As a government, we knew very well our cardinal pillar of survival is to ensure that lives of Zamfara people and that of their properties are well secured no matter what. This is a constitutional and corporate responsibility we have sworn-to,, and we shall not relent in ensuring that this obligation is discharged excellently.

Since the last incident that occurred in Anka and Bukkuyum emirates of Zamfara state, we have taken the most appropriate steps as government in making sure that security situation has improved and another casualty attack of such nature did not occur again. Apart from that, we have taken the appropriate humanitarian steps of supporting the victims of these serial attacks in Anka and Bukkuyum to re-unite back to their localities and continue with their normal lives.

Through our Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, we have provided all the relief supports and also ensure that adequate security personals have been deployed to most of the identified danger areas so that they can be able to face these bandits head-on. With the available number of security operatives including the military, police, NSCDC and local vigilante, at least Zamfara West is heavily secured as no record of attack has been recorded in all the seven local government areas of the zone.

During the period of healing we have succeeded in the arrest of most dangerous notorious bandit leaders “KATARE” who had been terrorizing the commuters and people residing along Talatar Mafara, Maradun and Bakura local government areas. We have recovered from that notorious bandit leaders deadly weapons comprising dozens of AK47, gun trucks and thousands of live ammunition.

As for Zamfara North, we are all living witness to the tireless efforts of our government in making sure that all bandit camps have been neutralized and people can move and resides freely without any threat. The bandits including the popular Gang leader “Bello Turji” have been in the run completely out of the Shinkafi forest. For sometimes now cases of attacks on communities along forests of the Zamfara North have decreased drastically.
We have also strengthened our regional security architecture with the government of the Republic of Niger and within the last month alone I had and visited the country of Niger twice on the directive of the Nigerian President and Commander in Chief of the armed forces basically on the need to renew strategies of securing our borders and prevent the movement of arms and ammunition and also fight the bandits through coordinated military fight. For the past few months, we have arrested many bandits, recovered arms and ammunition and neutralized many bandits’ camp.
On the recent development regarding parts of the Zamfara Central, we are bothered as government because life of our citizens matters a lot to us. What has been happening at Tsafe town and part of its villages is really given us sleepless night. But as government we knew Tsafe and part of Gusau forests would be their last terrain for exiting Zamfara state and because they are criminals, there is no way they can move without causing harm to the innocent people.
We have genuine information that, because of the intensity of the operations we have embarked often, for almost a month now, the bandits have regrouped in a popular forest called “Dajin Mun-haye”. The forest is both wide and strategic for the bandits because it connects Zamfara state with Birnin-Gwari in Kaduna, it connects Faskari and Batsari in Katsina and also Nasko in Niger state. Again because the forest connects to the main Zaria-Gusau highway, for some days they have been terrorizing innocent commuters plying the road.
For almost a week now joint military and security operations have been taking strategic coordinate of the forest and just two days a successful shelling and bombing of the forest has been ongoing. The security agencies have been doing well in making sure that the Mun-haye forest has been bombarded and neutralized so that people along Tsafe area and innocent commuters plying that popular Zaria-Gusau road can have some signs’ of relief.
Different from the operation, we have made adequate security arrangement to provide enough security personals to take surveillance of the highway. We are assuring commuters that our eyes are on that very important highway and we shall ensure that the road is secured no matter what. We have also made adequate security arrangement to with heads of the security agents to provide enough security personals to Tsafe local government and part of Magazu town so that people can go back to their normal businesses.
Coming back to the scenarios recorded in Gusau, as a government we must not sales out via the media the strategies we are applying to manage these group of rascals, but we are assuring the public that we have met and taken a decision on how to make Gusau the capital city of Zamfara much more secured more than ever before.
We have directed the security agencies to intensify joint surveillance and patrol aimed within the capital city and also work with the locals to access vital information that would be useful to the security management of the state. We are specifically taking steps to build the confidence of the people on the need for them to be proactive in information and intelligent sharing so that the much anticipated information needed to track the informers may be accessed.
Our government is also determined to developing innovations and strategies to bring an end to the menace of kidnapping for ransom. We are working toward reactivating the telephone jammers used by the security agencies and also developed alternative ways of matching the informants so that together with the people we can end the tragedy of kidnapping for ransom in Zamfara.
On humanitarian management, we are in constant touch with the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and disaster management to get the much-needed support to assist our internally displaced persons. Our government has done more than enough to supporting these people with all that are needed to bring succor to them. We have been providing food items, clothing materials and other utensils. Above all, we have to make sure that we succeeded in moving many of those who fled away from their communities back to their base, and we are planning more to empower them economically so that they can be revived.
For the security agencies, we are always moving with the much-needed zeal to assist and support them according to our strengths,, and we shall sustain the momentum. Apart from hundreds of vehicles we secured for them, we make sure that all the allowances of the special operatives are paid as at when due.
It is our collective hope that with intense prayer and submission to God almighty so many things are going to change for the better in Zamfara state, and we shall always keep in touch with the federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari in making sure that the insecurity suffered by Zamfara state has come to an end.
May God bring lasting peace in Zamfara and

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SOKOTO BLASPHEMOUS INCIDENT: ZAMFARA POLICE COMMISSIONER MEET RELIGIOUS LEADERS

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Zamfara state police command Ayuba Elkana has held an interfaith peace dialogue with the members of various religious groups across the state.

According to the Zamfara police spokesperson SP Shehu Muhammad the dialogue became a priority after the recent Sokoto blasphemous incident which resulted in the killing of Deborah Samuel a female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education.

In a remark during the meeting the state police commissioner Ayuba Elkana according to Shehu express appreciation to the religious leaders for working harder to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order I’m the state as a result of the Sokoto incident.

Shehu further said, the CP encouraged them to continue to preach for peace and religious tolerance among their followers and also called on the parents and guardians to monitor their wards, especially their activities on the social media on the daily basis.

While assuring the leaders of the readiness of the police to always ensure security of lives and properties of the citizens, Shehu said he always warned them to desist from taking laws into their hands and urged them to intimate the security agencies for action.

Leaders of the various religious organizations thanked the CP for organizing the interface and assured him of their support and cooperation at all time.

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MATAWALLE SOCIAL MEDIA CREW ORGANIZES INTERACTION

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A pro-Governor Matawalle social media organization (Matawalle Media Crew) has organized a one-day interaction on how to use the social media platforms to raise more support for the Governor and his government.

The event took place at the conference hall of Jaiz Hotel Gusau and was well attended by hundreds of social media handlers from across the (14) local government areas of the state.

Some guest speakers at the event including Dr. Mikailu Barau, Dr. Aminu Lawal Tsafe and Dr. Anas Sani Anka expressed the need for the members of Matawalle social media crew to explore creativity, critical thinking, skill for effective communication as well as collaboration in the course of theirpractice.

They have also urged them to use their various social media platforms to influence the government in taking critical decisions that are good for the people, especially issue of WAEC/NECO.

They also warned the members not to be using social media to be creating hostility for the oppositions, noting that the recent reconciliation between former Governor Yari and Matawalle camp is good enough for all social media handlers in Zamfara to learn some lessons.

The Executive Secretary of ZAMCHEMA Dr. Abdulkadir Shinkafi stated that many of them who belongs to the category of youths within the government structure of Bello Matawalle are doing their best to continue to support initiative like that of Matawalle media crew with a view to promoting the government.

The Secretary of the crew Rufai (UB) explained that the motive behind organizing the interaction is to avail members of the crew the opportunity to get themselves more equipped with ideas and wisdom from the spokespersons considering their in-depth knowledge and years of experience.

Certificates of participation were issued to those that participated in the interactions and also goodwill messages were passed to the members and organizers of the event by some politicians and well wishers.

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ZAMFARA GOV. MATAWALLE FLAGS OFF APC MINI CONVENTION.

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Zamfara state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has held its mini congresses for the election of local government, state and national delegates.

According to the statement by the party spokesperson in Zamfara Malam Yusuf Idris Gusau, the delegates that will emerge will take part in the Party’s primaries for the seats of the President, Governor, state and national assembly.

The delegates’ congress which took place at Aisha Memorial Conference, Hall, Maradun was attended by Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle, members of the National Committee of the party, INEC officials and security agencies under a peaceful atmosphere.

Idris further said the exercise held simultaneously in all the 14 local government areas of the state after the flagg-off in Maradun, the country home of Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle.

During the event, governor Matawalle stressed the need for peaceful coexistence, which he noted is responsible for the growth of the APC in the state.

He thanked the people of Zamfara for their support and prayers in ensuring the success of his administration, urging them to continue to support the APC and its candidates at all levels and assured that more dividends of democracy will continue to come their way.

In his welcome address, the state APC Chairman, Hon. Tukur Umar Danfulani expressed satisfaction and happiness especially with the unification of the party in the state.

He pledged to always carry all members along with fairness and justice as his guiding principles.

The chairman thanked all the stakeholders, especially the state’s party leader governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle and the national leadership of the party for bringing together all leaders of the party as one big family and expressed confidence in the ability of the unity to sustain the chances of the party in the forthcoming 2023 elections.

In his remarks, Chairman and team leader of the Screening Committee deployed to Zamfara by the APC National Secretariat, Hon. Babagana Tijjani Banki said his team is overwhelmed by the support the APC is receiving in Zamfara.

He described the coming together of former governor Yari, former Senator Marafa and governor Matawalle as the best thing that happened to the APC at both the state and national levels in recent times, urging the stakeholders to consolidate on the feat.

The Committee Chairman, Hon. Babagana Tijjani Banki said all the 103 delegates from Maradun local government were elected on consensus by the APC Constitution.

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