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Sadiq Muhammad Moriki


If there is any time, the “Presidential Order” to shoot at those arrested with rifles should be implemented in Zamfara state is now. The time is now because, the recent developments leading to the arrest of some suspects with rifles and ammunition in Zamfara is really a source of concern.

Yesterday Tuesday the 10th January 2023 Zamfara state police command announced the arrest of Emmanuel-Emanuel and Nana Ibrahim with (325) rounds of live ammunition and one magazine for an AK47 rifle. The arrest was perfected along Wanke-Magami-Dansadau road.

Few days before the Tuesday arrest, another Toyota Corolla containing three (3) live shells for rockets RPG, three explosive shells, (151) rounds of live ammunition for AK47 rifle, (200) rounds of live ammunition for Anti-Aircraft craft rifle (AA) and some assorted charms.

Zamfara police had also arrested an armed political thug on who confessed before the police that he was ordered to set ablaze any vehicle branded with the logo of the APC and that of the Governor Matawalle or any APC candidates. In that same video, he confessed that in carrying the instruction he has set a vehicle belonging to Governor Bello Matawalle ablaze.

Another set of thugs were arrested a few weeks back with deadly weapons and alleged that they were hired from outside Zamfara state to carry out their devilish acts against the APC and its campaign facilities.

On Tuesday, the committee on Anti-Thuggery led by Bello Bakyasuwa Maradun had also arrested some group of thugs with deadly weapons also and allegedly hired by the PDP and its gubernatorial candidate to cause serious security problems in Zamfara state.

The testimony from the interrogation made by the police by Mr. Emmanuel-Emmanuel and Mrs. Nana is shocking one. It is evident that some desperate politicians likely from the PDP might be behind what is happening, and the police need to make a declaration to clear the air regarding who are really the sponsors of the illegal arm supply for aiding and abetting banditry.

But beyond that, it is imperative to call the attention of the Police Commissioner and indeed the sister security agencies to take decisive measures in enforcing “Presidential Order” on shooting those arrested with rifles which is still and validly enforced.

The various scenarios that characterized the political rallies of the People’s Democratic Party in Zamfara where lots of ‘political thugs” were arrested with prohibited weapons threatening innocent people is really a source of concern and required the security agencies to act speedily in enforcing the ‘Presidential Order” to save the lives of the people of the state.

The recovery of deadly weapons in the hands of Emmanuel and Nana as well as that of Bukkuyum-Anka road recently required the attention of both the President and Inspector General of Police to come to the aid of Zamfara people and ensure that those arrested are persecuted according to the “Presidential directive”.

It is equally important that the police made the outcome of their interrogation of Emmanuel and Nana public so that people of Zamfara would understand who is fooling who in the name of politics.

Security agencies should not allow desperate politicians to be taking advantage of the condition of insecurity to fuel crises and threaten the existing peace enjoyed by the people of the state.

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The Chairman of the APC Defense Coalition, Dr. Suleiman Shuaibu Sarki Shanun Shinkafi had lambasted Sen. Ahmad Sani Yariman Bakura the former Governor of Zamfara state for allegedly backing Senator Gods will Akpabio’s candidature of becoming the Senate President of the 10th National Assembly.

He said the action of Senator Yarima is a clear demonstration of his unending conspiracy against the North and the people of Northern Nigeria by extension.

Sarkin Shanu in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday insisted that it will be an act of conspiracy and mischief for the Zamfara former Governor, Ahmad Sani Yarima to back a southern candidate for the post of Senate President when he already has someone from Zamfara and a fellow Northerner who is buying for the same position.

He noted that the action of Senator Ahmad Yarima is a clear impression that he is an enemy of the North and the people of Northern Nigeria by extension, adding that Northerners need to be awakened and rise to the occasion before people like Yariman Bakura nail the region down for personal self enrichment.

“Yariman Bakura has demonstrated his strong and extreme disregard for the Northern Nigerian by supporting Sen. Godswill Akpabio as against the candidature of the former Governor of Zamfara Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar, and we are ready to fight him to finishing for working against the interest of the North”.

“The North West in particular has produces over 50% of the votes that produces Sen. Bola Ahmad Tinubu as the President during the 2023 election and now that our own from the region is contesting for the post of Senate President we have no option than to stand firmly behind him and enemies of the North like Yariman Bakura will fail woefully when the time comes”.

“Yariman Bakura has never hidden his personal enmity for the progress of Sen. Abdulaziz Yari and this can be demonstrated since what happened in the 2019 political race and now in the 2023 election when he worked openly against the success of the APC in Zamfara state” the statement added.

“It is shameful of Sen. Yarima to show his political solidarity to Godswill Akpabio in the open world and his action is a clear demonstration that he has declared war against the North and Northern Nigeria and by the special will of Allah Yarima he will be humiliated for working against the North” the statement added.

“We implore Sen. Yari to remain firm and focus and continue to mobilize strongly for his candidature for the Senate President, and we assure him he will emerge victorious looking at the dynamics of the way things are going, the APC zoning arrangement will surely fail”.

“For record, the President-elect is from the South, the Chief Justice of the federation who is the head of the judicial arm is also from the South, so there is no way the North will allow the seat of the Senate President who is the head of the legislative arm to shift to the South again”. The statement added.

He called on Senator Yarima to have the fear of God and leave Senator Yari alone, noting that God almighty has already made Yari the political hero of the current generation.

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A Kano Senator-elect under the platform of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) Kawu Sumaila has declared to that APC zoning arrangement was an insult to the Nigerian parliament.

Sen. Kawu Sumaila who stated this on the National Television insisted that, former Governor of Zamfara and senator elect Abdulaziz Yari remain his candidate for the office of the Senate President of the 10th National Assembly.

He stated that, the National Assembly, as an independent arm of the government, should be free from the control of the executive.

“It is an insult for the APC to dictate to me where I will go in the choosing the presiding officers”.

He added that the majority of the lawmakers-elect were already discussing working against the zoning arrangements announced by the APC.

He urged Tinubu not to allow political sycophants to dictate the fortune of things for him.

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The Executive Director Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center Awal Musa Rafsanjani has described the APC zoning arrangements as announced as an attempt to pocket the 10th National Assembly.

Rafsanjani who stated this in an interview insisted that the culture of imposition of leadership on the national assembly has grave danger to the nation’s Democratic process.

Rafsanjani stated “some people endorsed by the party for leadership have corruption allegation against them, having them as presiding officers in the legislatures will neutralize anti-graft fights and will further erode the public image of the parliament.

“What the President-elect and the APC have done is to completely pocket the legislatures and make them not only rubber stamp parliament but also an extension of the presidency” .

While affirming that CISLAC supported equitable zoning of national assembly leadership seats , it condemned the imposition of individuals on the lawmakers.

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