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(Saturday Column)

Abbas Isah Gusau.

It is unfortunate that I am starting this column with a very delicate issue that borders around political security in Zamfara even though up to Friday I have agreed with the Managing Editor that I am to write on entirely different issue regarding Zamfara politics.

What attracted my attention to write specifically on Ahmad Almajir and his recent reaction on the security development in the state is to be able to remind him and my readers that it is too demeaning to try to bring immorality in everything we do just to settle personal scores with someone.

Linking a serving Governor with banditry is no doubt politically suicidal and for me, he has vomited a poisonous acid that may likely consume him unless if he has the facts that may save him.

He stated categorically that it is not possible for the emir to turbaned the bandit leader Alieru without the authorization of the government and also argued that, the presence of the council sole administrator and Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs are evidences enough to link the Governor to what transpired at Yandoto last week Saturday.

But I disagreed with him on the simple fact that, before the recent executive order issued last week, award of chieftaincy titles is a prerogative of the emirs and their council members. 90% of chieftaincy titles awarded had no blessing of the state government, and the Zamfara emirate council law has empowered the emirs with that prerogative.

For me Alh Ahmad Almajir may have personal issues to settle with the Governor, but that does not mean their personal issues can be extended to sensitive issue like security and where such issue need to be discussed by Almajir he needs to present facts, not folktales because Zamfara people are tired of playing politics with insecurity.

Everyone is aware of what transpired last Saturday and if Almajir has other vital information that can help link the government or any of its agents including the Governor with what happened he should, please raise them point black. But his utterances now are merely blanket political statements that lack substance by all standard.

I think I have read a perspective from this medium (Thunder Blowers) and indeed listen to the interview by the (BBC Hausa service) and people of the Yandoto community had taken full responsibility of the action and distances the government or any of its agents from having a hand on it. If Almajir had anything in the contrary, he shall be able to open up so that people can take him and his perspective very seriously.

As at now we shall await the outcome of the committee constituted to investigate the emir because it from the findings of the committee that we would be able to understand in clear term the dimension of the government regarding the whole issue.

As for Almajir, I believe that the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice shall see reason to ask from him what facts do he have to link a personality like Governor with banditry. This allegation is heavier and shall not be allowed to die just like every other political statement.

Citizens of Zamfara must be panicking if their Governor can be linked to having connection to armed banditry because that will make us develop the palpable fear that, the entire fight against banditry is not done sincerely and that will be the impression until it is proved otherwise by the Governor or Attorney General of the state.

I am among those that criticized the Governor for trying to always raise issue of politics when it comes to security matters but with the recent utterances by Almajir I am beginning to see reasons why the Governor always cried out because the entire thing about Alieru may likely be politicized and if care is not taken that will be too dangerous for the security and safety of the people of the state.

As for the Governor, even if his Attorney General has taken it too soft he shall personally demand for proof from Almajir to be able to clear himself because for now, the allegation is in the public, and it will remain until something in the contrary is provided.

As for the PDP and other political parties, it is now up to everyone to understand that we shall desist from playing politics with the issue of insecurity because like many people said, the bandits knew nobody who belongs to either APC, PDP or APGA if they are striking they strike at will and anyone can be a victim.

The time has come for all of us to join hand with the government actors to secure Zamfara state because it is only if Zamfara is secured that we can be able to confidently play politics of our party choice.

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The Zamfara state Governorship election petition tribunal is to hold its inaugural sitting in Sokoto on Friday the 29th of June 2023.

This is contained in a letter of invitation signed by the Secretary to the tribunal Salihu Umar Esq.

Former Governor of Zamfara Bello Matawalle had through his counsel Usman O. Sule dragged Dauda Lawal, INEC and PDP to the tribunal challenging the declaration of Dauda Lawal as the elected Governor of Zamfara State.

Matawalle us challenging the non admissibility of the election result collated from Maradun by the state returning officer, non conduct of election in the four remaining Registration Areas of Birnin Magaji LG. as well as over voting in several poling units across the state.

He is praying for the tribunal to declare him winner of the 2023 gubernatorial poll having scoring over (98,000) votes in Maradun as against over (20,000) recorded as the score for his party.

Mr. Usman Sule (SAN) is to lead six other Senior Advocates of Nigeria, inclusive of Prof. Maiyaki in defending the petition filed by Governor Bello Matawalle.




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Zamfara state government, through one of its spokesmans Mustapha Jafar Kaura has declared that the administration of Dauda Lawal will not enter into reconciliation with the armed bandits

Jafar who stated this via interview with the BBC Hausa insisted that Governor Dauda Lawal is saddened by the recent armed bandit tragedy that befallen the people of Janbako and Gora Namaye in Maradun local government area of the state.

He said apart from a message of condolences, the Governor had asked the security agencies to take the most decisive measures of address the deadly situation.

It could be recalled that on Saturday morning some armed bandits laid ambush on some members of a vigilante group and killed over twenty of them while they were on their way to offer reinforcement to the people of Sikkida community who were under attack by the bandits.

They also abducted over (30) women from Janbako community in the same Maradun local government council area.

Ten of the women escaped from captivity and while the police are insisting that they championed their rescue the locals said, the abductees freed themselves without the help of police or any security outfits.


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Suspected bandits in their large number had launched deadly attacks on the people of Raka and Filin Gawa community of Tangaza local government area of Sokoto State.

The attack which resulted in the killing of over thirty persons left scores of others with critical injuries.

Apart from the number of those killed, four houses and some vehicles were also set ablaze by the bandits.

A source said, the bandits had been putting pressure on the locals to pay money in terms of fine before they were allowed to go to their farms.

“People of Tangaza and neighboring villages had been paying money to these bandits and to an extent that some communities such as Azam had to fled their homes because they had no money to pay to these bandits, and they had been putting pressure on them through constant threat of attacks and invasions.

Three months back they had invaded a village under Gwadabawa and rustled over (1,000) assorted livestock.

The source added that many communities had been under the rule of the armed bandits for sometimes now because the government could not do anything to save the people in the hand of these bandits.

The Sokoto State police Spokesperson ASP Ahmad Rufai has confirmed the incident via an interview with the BBC Hausa service on Monday morning.

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