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ENFORCEMENT OF CURFEW IN ZAMFARA, RESIDENTS, POLITICIAN AND COMMISSIONER EXPRESSES MIXED REACTIONS

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Residents of Jangebe have failed to heed to the directive of the state government which enforces 24 hours curfew in the area after protest against state government officials on Wednesday.

A resident of the area who confided on this medium said, people ignore the directive and go about their businesses because they see no reason why curfew should be enforced on them.

“We have committed no crime and to the best of our belief, we were treated unfairly by the government bandits invaded us, abducted our children and yet it is asking us to remain indoor what type of decision is this, he asked?.

Another source who preferred anonymity said “even the government knows it is not fair to us, that is why it cannot use maximum force to enforce the curfew on us”.

He added that there are no signs of security to show that there is curfew everybody is going about his normal business, and we have left the rest of what happened to God our creator” he added.

But in a reaction to the decision of the government an APC chieftain and former federal House of Representatives member Abdulmalik Zubairu Zannan Bungudu faulted the decision of the government as “anti-citizen” noting that a serious government cannot enforce curfew on people of Jangebe where over two hundred of their children have been abducted, two of their children were shot to dead.

“No serious government can enforce curfew on people whose over two hundred teenage girls have been abducted, two of their children were also shot dead by agents of the state government”.

He said the declaration of curfew on people of Jangebe by Zamfara state government is a clear lack of understanding of what political governance is all about.

He said people of Jangebe deserves sympathy not hardship and that anything that will push them harder in the state of uncertainty will amount to further political frustration.

But in reaction to the comment by the APC chieftain Abdulmalik Zannan Bungudu, Zamfara State Commissioner for Information Sulaiman Tunau Anka said, people should not politicise the enforcement of curfew by the state government because the decision was taken in the best interest of preventing the outbreak of law and order.

He said it was unfair for the people of Jangebe to resort to attacking government officials and journalists since the overall effort is to see to the safe recovery of the abducted children.

On the non-compliance with the enforcement of the curfew, Tunau said, to the best of his knowledge residents are strictly observing the curfew as instructed by the state government noting that it will be relaxed immediately normalcy returned

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MADAWAKI, BAKAUYE, ONE OTHER WITHDRAW FROM ZAMFARA PDP GUBERNATORIAL RACE

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An hour after the commencement of the PDP primaries in Zamfara three aspirants namely Mal. Wadatau Madawaki, Engr Ibrahim Shehu and Hafiz Nahuche have announced their withdrawal from the race.

They alleged that their withdrawal was as a result of irregularities observed shortly after the commencement of the voting.

One of the Aspirants Malam Wadatau Madawaki said, they are accusing the state party Chairman Col. Bala Mande Rtd of romancing with one of the aspirants alleging that, they have video evidence that, the party Chairman went around the hotels together with the aspirant canvassing for support from the delegates.

He also alleged that, the list brought from the National Headquarters of the party is adulterated with the names of APC members.

He also alleged that one of the members of the committee from the national was captured lobbying for votes from the delegates who cannot write their names on the ballot papers.

They announced that they have withdrawn from race and threaten to file an appeal to the national headquartered of the party for consideration.

They have also announced their readiness to proceed to court if their appeal is not considered.

 

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SERIAL ARMED BANDIT ATTACKS: ZAMFARA COMMUNITY CRIES OUT TO GOVT.

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Residents of Damaga village in Maru local government area of Zamfara state have cried out for help as bandits continue to launch serial attacks on their community, resulting in killing and abduction of many people.

A source who confided on this medium said for the past three weeks there was no day that will pass without the bandits launching attack either on the Damaga community as a whole or on individuals, especially local farmers.

He said, there are many people from Damaga and other neighboring villages who have been in captivity for sometimes and with the exception of those whose relations were able to raise money for ransom, the fate of those that have been in captivity is yet to be established.

He also said, many were killed especially when they went to their farms as the bandits insisted that, no farmer will be allowed to go to the farm for their agricultural activities.

Furthermore he added that, some residents who felt not secured, have already fled out of the Damaga community for safety.

Effort to speak to Zamfara police spokesperson SP Shehu Muhammad on the issue has failed.

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AS ZAMFARA PDP MOVE TO CONDUCT GOVERNORSHIP PRIMARIES, TWO ASPIRANTS STEPS DOWN AMBITION TO SUPPORT EX-BANKER

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Two gubernatorial aspirants of the People’s Democratic Party had stepped down their ambition to support the candidature of Dr. Dauda Lawal Dare Gamjin Gusau.

The immediate past Deputy Governor of Zamfara State Barr. Mahadi Aliyu Gusau has announced his decision to step down for Dr. Dauda Lawal via a statement from his former Principal Private Secretary Aminu Umar Game-Game.

He called on all the delegates who are fully supporting him to direct their vote to Dr. Dauda Lawal in the overall interest of the state.

Two days back, another aspirant Abubakar Nakwada Gusau has also announced his formal step down for Dr. Dauda Lawal.

The party primaries which is scheduled for Wednesday is to be contested between Gamjin Gusau and three other aspirants including a retired Director of Education at the UBEC Malam Wadatau Madawaki and former Federal lawmaker Ibrahim Shehu Gusau.

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