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Zamfara state Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle has advocated for the extension of the retirement age of Nigerian security operatives including the army, police and NSCDC operatives to seventy years as against the statutory sixty years.

The governor who stated this when he played host to the coalition of the Civil Society Organizations who staged a solidarity rally in support of the new security measures enforced by the Governor in the wake of the lingering security crises rocking the state said the initiative if implemented will help sustain the momentum of ending insecurity in the country.

According to the statement by the Press Secretary to the Governor Jamilu Iliyasu Birnin Magaji quoted the Governor saying, “if the Federal Government could extend the retirement age of University lecturers, Judges and Secondary School Teachers, it was also good to extend the same gesture to security personnel to achieve the target goals of ending banditry and terrorism as well as attain enduring peace in the country”.

The Governor lamented that “majority of security personnel were retiring at the time when their services are most needed, hence the need for his call for the improvement of their working condition”.

The Governor said the federal government and the security high commands need to look at the retirement age of Army personnel, police, and other Security officers with a view to extend it to 70 years, just like those in the Academia and judiciary.

Governor Matawalle who thanked the Coalition of civil society organizations for their concern, support, and cooperation to his administration, also assured them that his administration will continue to partner Civil society Organizations in a bid to working out strategies that will help end the current insecurity hitting the state.

He informed them that he has taken measures ranging from dialogue and reconciliation with bandits, shutdown of networks and closing of major markets across the state, but they hadn’t fully worked hence the need for another step in calling on his people to bear arms for self-defense.

The Governor also informed the group that the decision of his administration to setting up Community Protection Guards CPG was based on the hope that they will help compliment the effort of the conventional security operatives in their quest to end the conflict.

Earlier, the chairman of the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations in Zamfara State, Adamu Kotorkoshi said they were in Maradun to express their appreciations and satisfaction to the Governor with the security arrangements put in place by Matawalle led administration to end the menace of armed banditry.

Adamu Kotorkoshi said the recent pronouncement by Governor Bello Matawalle for people to bear arms for self-defense is commendable, as all efforts have been made by the governor to secure the state but proved abortive.

He said the group therefore will continue to support the Governor in his move to secure Zamfara state from insecurity.

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Zamfara State Police Commissioner Ayuba Elkana has formally retired from active service of the Nigerian Police Force on Thursday.

He retired on age ground since he has thirty-three of active years in service.

He assumed office as police Commissioner in Zamfara in August 13th 2021 and formally retired after attaining 60 years of age.

During his twelve months of active service as the Police, Commissioner Elkana work harder

Addressing officers of the command, CP Elkana said he has never regretted serving the police force since he has done his best in serving his country.

He commended the IGP Baba Alkali, the state Governor Bello Matawalle, heads of security outfits and indeed all officers of the command for their support to him during his active days as police commissioner.

He also appealed to Nigerian youths to join the police force, stressing that it would help to enhance the depleting manpower, “in order to sustain the efforts to rid Zamfara State and Nigeria in general of security challenges.

He urged his predecessor and indeed all officers of the command to remain committed and be corrupt free in the discharge of their official duty.

Today in Gusau, I am leaving with so much legacy. We were able to stimulate our men and enhanced their operational capacity to combat crimes and criminality in the state.

“But all these achievements were made possible with the collective support and cooperation of the Inspector General of Police, Zamfara State Governor and officers and men of this command.” he explained.

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A woman leader in charge of the campaign of Dr. Dauda Lawal the Zamfara PDP gubernatorial candidate has conducted a sensitization meeting with hundreds of women as part of her strategies of securing support for the PDP gubernatorial candidate.

Mrs Lami Samaho who conducted the sensitization rally in Gusau on Wednesday with the support of some prominent women including Hajiya Lubabatu Ammani and rest the meeting was scheduled to create awareness on the need for Zamfara women to support Dr. Dauda Lawal.

She emphasized on the need for women to rally round their support for Dr. Dauda Lawal considering the good plans he had for the development of womanhood.

She said, she was sent by Dauda Lawal Dare to continue to engage women and assured them of his resolved to continue to safeguard their value and integrity.

Samaho also emphasized that, the purpose of the sensitization was to enlighten women in Zamfara on the dos and don’t expect of them ahead of the 2023 general elections.

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Zamfara State Police Commissioner Ayuba Elkana has decorated (19) Deputy Superintendents of Police to their new ranks of Superintendents of Police on Wednesday.

The activity which took place at the state police headquarters was witnessed by DCP Operation Dauda Mamman and DCP Finance and Administration Mr. Olubenga Adepoju.

According to the police spokesperson SP Shehu Muhammad, the CP warned the officers to put in their best and renew their commitment with utmost professionalism to justify the recent elevation to their new ranks.

He also thanked the IGP and indeed the Police Service Commission for the promotion and other gestures provided to the officers and men of the command, and called on all the officers within the command not to relent in doing the right thing.

Few among the officers elevated in the new promotion include, SP Sadiq Umar, O/C Highway Patrol, SP Sadiq Mohd, staff officer senior (SOS), SP Babangida Abubakar, P&G OPs, among others.

In a vote of thanks on behalf of other promo tees, SP Babangida Abubakar expressed appreciation to the IGP and Police service commission for the promotion, and promised to reciprocate the gesture through hard work, commitment in line with professional ethics and international best practices.

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