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This medium has received many complaints against the operatives of the sub-committee on “armed recovery and thuggery” led by Aliyu Alhazzai the former Commander of Zamfara Road Traffic Agency (ZAROTA).

The complaint is against the road block allegedly mounted by his operatives along federal mortgage bank housing estate in Daza along Gusau-Kaura Namoda road.

According to one of the complainants who is a resident of the estate where the road block has been mounted “the operatives deployed by Alhazzai have resorted to using force against the commuters plying the road especially motorcycle riders who were forcefully stopped and subjected to paying of fines ranging from (N500) and above.

He said the enforcement of the fine against the motorcycle riders is not the major source of worry to the people, but the forceful manner in which they handled the motorcycle riders, which according to them has become a source of worry to every reasonable human being.

According to the information available to this medium, the operatives used to stop motorcycle riders and asked them to open their petrol tanks and where they noticed the maximum level of the fuel is more than half of the tank they get the owner arrested and enforced a fine on him ranging from (N500) and above.

A confided source told this medium that, for those who refused to pay the fine, they sometimes get their motorcycle arrested and confiscated until the fine is enforced.

The source added that beside enforcement of the fine, they resorted to hitting motorcycle riders with sticks and other hard objects if they refused to stop for search nothing that, there were records of cases where the operatives injured many motorcycle riders and their passengers.

A motorcycle rider interviewed on Saturday along the road said last week Wednesday they battled with one motorcycle rider from “Yar Tukunya village” who refused to stop for search due to the fear oexploitative tendencies and eventually hit him with stick, he got crashed on the road and sustained fracture on his hand.

Another motorcycle rider interviewed the same day who wanted not to be named said, “on Thursday said he has to get two of his friends on bail from the operatives; hence they threatened to seize their motorcycles. They both paid a fine of (N1,000) before they are released.

A resident of the Daza estate who spoke to this medium said, “the operatives of the taskforce are openly doing their illegal deals they bargain for fine and collect money openly from the motorcycle riders and you can stop any one of the motorcycle riders plying this road and asked him of this story he will tell you his lamentations”.

The source added “there is a police officer that was attached to Aliyu Alhazzai since his days as ZAROTA Commander, and he has not been redeployed by the state police command, and instead there was an allegation that he aided the taskforce operatives in threatening the passengers using his police uniform and the official gun”.

This medium took more than a week to closely monitor the activities of these operatives of the taskforce and as at Sunday morning the 26th of December 202l we have taken fresh pictures of their continued operations in the same check point people are complaining about.

This medium has contacted the Secretary of the main taskforce committee set up by the state government, Barr. Abdul Rashid on phone and intimated him whether the taskforce is aware of the development regarding the alleged activities by the Aliyu Alhazzai subcommittee, and he confessed that he has received similar complaints from the public.

He told this medium that he has personally visited the location of the checkpoint and even interacted with the operatives, and also warned them to avoid anything that would tarnish the reputation of the government.

He said the rationale of setting up of the subcommittee on “armed recovery and thuggery is to ensure that movements of arms into the state are detected as well as prevent political thuggery.

He assured this medium and indeed the public that, the main taskforce would continue to watch things as they unfold and make sure that the public are not exploited at this very critical moment of hardship.

It is time the state government and indeed the taskforce take appropriate steps to address the grievance of the people plying that road.

Again, activities of sensitive subcommittee like this one headed by Alhazzai shall not be left unchecked because this usually caused a big panic among the people.

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Associate Editor.

Troops of Operations Hadarin Daji based at Bakura local government area of Zamfara state had succeeded in repelling armed bandits attack on Rogoji and Sikkida communities of Bakura local government area council.

According to a credible source, the armed soldiers, after receiving credible information, moved to the areas and confronted the bandits.

On arrival at the scene where bandits were about to be launched their deadly attack, engaged them in a serious exchange of fire and eventually succeeded in neutralizing the areas.

During the operation, the troops recovered (2) Ak47 rifles and some special ammunition.

The soldiers had also succeeded in recovering some ruminant animals, including cattle, goats, and donkeys.

The recovered animals were successfully handed over to their owners at Sikkida Magaji village.

The source said despite repelling the attack, they remain vigilant of the area to make it safe.


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Associate Editor.

Operatives of the Operation Hadarin Daji had succeeded in rescuing nine kidnap victims along Unashi-Sabuwa forest in Bukkuyum local government area of Zamfara state.

According to an anonymous source, the operatives of the Nigerian military carried out a coordinated operation where they successfully scared the bandits who ran away after sighting the operatives approaching their enclaves.

After fleeing, they abandoned five kidnapped victims, and they were later rescued by the forces of Operation Hadarin Daji.

The victims were handed over to the traditional ruler of Unashi village, and they were eventually reunited with their families.

Furthermore, troops of OPHD deployed at FOB Unashi while on fighting patrol along bandit enclave in Naruba forest in Zamfara state, intercepted 2 kidnapped victims who escaped from their abductors due to the troops operational activities.

The victims were equally handed over to appropriate authority for them to be reunited with their families.

Similarly, troops of Operations Hadarin Daji deployed at Magami while on fighting and confidence building patrol foiled bandits attack and kidnap attempt Dogon Santsi general area.

The bandits escaped into the bush and successfully rescued the kidnapped victims. The victims were handed over to Sarkin Magami and they have been reunited with their families.p

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Managing Editor.

Some suspected bandits armed with deadly weapons abducted over twenty women in Gora Namaye district of Maradun local government area of Zamfara state.

A source who confided in this medium stated that, the women were abducted while working on their various farms at the outskirt of the Gora village.

“About twenty-four of these women are so far set to be in the custody of the bandits, and the figure is not yet determined since more are being searched for.

A source who spoke to Thunder Blowers stated anonymously stated that the bandits had earlier sent a warning that no local should go to the farm for this year’s farming activities and that those who believed they had no option were the ones that became victims of circumstances”.

“It has been the fear of the people that the bandits may execute their bad plans, but people have no choice because going to the farm is the only option for the people of the area”.

When contacted, Zamfara police spokesman DSP Yazeed Muhammad said he will verify to get the details of the incident before responding.


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