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Barr. Usman Nagogo, is the current Commissioner of Police in charge of Zamfara State Command, he hosted Anas Sani Anka, of Thunder Blowers, where issues concerning artisanal mining, execution of presidential order on illegal mining in Zamfara and the issue of  porous nature of Nigeria’s borders were extensively discussed.

What is your assessment of the solid mineral potentials of Zamfara State?
With the enforcement of this Presidential order of banning artisanal and illegal mining in Zamfara, I have the opportunity of  some of the mining sites in the state and believe me, Zamfara state is rich and in my own judgment, it can be assessed to be one of the most richest states with high deposit of solid minerals in Nigeria. I am impressed and I think the people of the state can take advantage of this wealth of the state to earn more legitimate wealth.
President Muhammad Buhari has issued a Presidential Order banning the activities of artisanal miners in Zamfara, what is your assessment of the current situation?
The Presidential order on the ban against artisanal mining activities in Zamfara remains in force and the command has been very vigilant especially with the recent complaints received from the licensed operators which led to the arrest of some defaulters including two Chinese nationals and six other Nigerians.
Were you able to be paying on the spot assessment of these mining sites in Zamfara and what have changed?
At the very beginning of this month, as a Commissioner of Police I received formal complaints about the ongoing activities of some illegal miners operating at Kwali mining site in Bukkuyum local government area of the state and I personally mobilized all stakeholders including journalists to visit the area. 
One funny thing about what happened, even my divisional police officer was not informed of my coming but on arrival I asked him to join me without him knowing where we were going and I headed directly to the mining site.
Unfortunately for us, before we reached the mining site, some people have already called to put the miners on notice and they all ran away including their Chinese financiers. We were however able to arrest four people and we have maintained vigilance on the area.
After like a week, I went back with another information at hand and succeeded in arresting the two target Chinese Nationals alongside their tenant and one other. They were all interrogated and moved to the force headquarters for an extended questioning and possible prosecution.
What action did you take in closing down the mining site after your second visit?
The command has reached out to the IGP and based on the situation of things, the IGP instructed that, 63 mobile police officers be redeployed permanently to the area and currently mining activities have been suspended indefinitely in that place. 
I have also instructed the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Bukkuyum local government to furnish me with a weekly report of what is happening 0n the site. The state governor is also complementing our effort because he has been paying the redeployed mobile police officers monthly allowances just to enhance their morale.
Apart from Kwali which other mining sites operating illegally in Zamfara did you visit?
I have also visited Gemawa mining site in Talatar Mafara based on intelligence report I received and after seeing things for myself, I closed down that place entirely and also redeployed 30 mobile police officers to take charge of the security of the mining area. And the same thing with that of Bukkuyum, the Governor is paying the police men their weekly allowances. So we have succeeded in ensuring 100% compliance with the presidential directive to this direction.
But there are numerous mining centers scattered all over the fourteen local government areas of the state what are you doing to ensure that, other mining centers are not operating?
Based on what we have planned here in the command, immediately after Sallah break, we are going to visit all the mining sites and assess things with our eyes. And the command will remain active in enforcing this presidential order without discrimination. 
The IGP has warned all of us manning the commands to be more alive to carrying out the presidential order and we will surely enforce it to the fullest. With the little we have done, the IGP and indeed federal government is happy with us that the order is being enforced in Zamfara state. Even from the recent interviews by the Minister of Mines and Solid Minerals you can testify that, he was impressed with Zamfara state police command. 
How does the Chinese and Nationals from Burkina Faso get access to these mining sites in Zamfara without being intercepted by the Nigerian security forces especially Nigerian Immigration Service?.
The porous nature of our entry borders always constitute a big challenge in fighting trans-border criminality. I know for sure, operatives of the Nigerian Immigration Services are very active on our borders and likewise officers and men of Nigerian Police Force but you know the nature of our borders give leeway for the criminals to always avoid conventional security checkpoints. Sometimes while our men and other sister security agencies are at the checkpoints, these criminals always find alternative exit routes to escape security search and get entry into the country. The porous nature of our border has continued to remain a big challenge to our stride of fighting criminality in the country.
What about Burkina Faso nationals you mentioned, how many are they and how many were arrested?
Of course there are reported cases of Burkinabes conducting illegal mining in the same Kwali mining site but during the unscheduled visit, we were not able to arrest anyone. But I assure you with the measures put on the ground we shall reach out to them one day and we will get them arrested.
What do you think should be done to make our entry borders in Nigeria more secured?
Security agenciest should be empowered security to ensure air surveillance of our nation’s borders, I think if that is done, it will assist greatly in checkmating the excesses of those criminals that always make use of exit routes along our borders to bring in more dangerous and deadly weapons into our country and also help in minimizing the influx of criminals that are all over our mining sites in Zamfara and other parts of the country.

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Yusuf Idris Gusau


This is no doubt the best of times for the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara State.

The party and its many candidates deserve the sympathy of all for the current situation it finds itself in.

Having lost all hopes of making any impact in the forthcoming general elections, it has resorted to untoward means, behaving like a bull in a china shop, destroying anything and everything in its way.

But how can a party of PDP’s standing, which has been in power at some points for many years and its candidates behave like deranged women whose kids have suddenly gone missing?

In this moment of madness, there should be a sane member within the lot who could rein them in; a rallying figure who could calm the fraying nerves.

But when a ranking member of one of the country’s highest law making body, the House of Representatives, Suleiman Abubakar Gummi’s joined the fray, it then becomes obvious that the situation is irredeemable.

The party, as it were, is doomed and at a dire point of no return.

The honourable member of the House of Representatives has swelled the number of the PDP’s attack dogs whose targets include the ruling party and the state chief executive, Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle.

In a press statement he recently signed on behalf of “PDP candidates” titled “On critical national alert” Gummi went the “dishonourable” path by throwing decorum to the wind and lunched viral attacks on person and personality of Governor Matawalle with no iota of respect for his seat as the father of the state.

In doing so he deployed uncouth, crude and abusive language symptomatic of those low level maniacs unleashed at every opportunity as dogs of war.

But why will anyone be surprised at the action of this charlatan who forgot that his behavior could rob off on the integrity of the lower chamber he represents and taint the reputation of his colleagues in that reputable and respected institution? He is PDP member in the state after all and their stock in trade is to cause breach of peace in the state.

In the said press statement, Gummi went a rigmarole quoting the respected late social crusader, Martins Luther King and dancing around in circle.

From all his outing and vituperations, the only take away was the supposed arrest on Monday, November 28, of the party’s candidate for Zamfara central senatorial district, Alhaji Ikira Aliyu Bilbis by the police on charges of vandalism, which he claimed were trumped up.

In trying to elicit public sympathy to himself and co-travelers, he lumped the current issue with the earlier arrest of the Nigeria Union of Journalists chairman in the state but as usual, his effort failed to invoke the emotion and public outcry he had envisaged.

But let us even give him the benefit of the doubt and interrogate the issues his outing threw up. He has informed the public why Bilbis was arrested, but said the charges were “trumped up”. Really?

How did Gummi who is a lawmaker come about such a position over an issue that is before a court of law? Why is he in a hurry to clear the accused even before the court adjudicate on the matter.

The police even from Gummi’s statement did the needful by arresting Bilbis. They (police) did not hold him or keep him for long in their cell but charged him to court after their investigation.

The onus is therefore on the accused to exonerate and clear himself of the allegations.

The court even went ahead to grant him bail as Gummi testified in his statement. So why is it anybody’s fault if the accused failed to meet the bail condition? And because his associate failed to meet the stipulated condition to effect his release, Gummi is now accusing the judge and police of being tools in the hands of Matawalle in his alleged witch hunt of the opposition.

If a sitting governor is desirous in tackling an opponent who is clearly linked with a crime it would have been easy to clamp such person in police custody and claim that investigation is still ongoing as has been the case everywhere.

However, in this case, the police did not waste anytime in charging the accused to court where he is expected to defend himself. The court and its presiding judge should be commended for the expressway it granted the accused bail instead of being needlessly vilified like Gummi is doing.

His allegation that Matawalle was trying to muzzle the main opposition to whittle down their power and influence in the forthcoming elections is laughable because the PDP is not in reckoning and not a threat to APC in anyway.

He even went ahead to list those he thinks Matawalle will go after including the party’s governorship candidate, Lawal Dauda Dare. Waoo! Is this not absurd? Is Lawal Dare even in contention for the governorship race with all the court cases dangling over his head?

The so called governorship is still traumatized over his defeat at the federal high court, which nullified the primary that produced him and recently, the Appeal court.

It is fundamental to note that his ordeals were from his own very party and has nothing to do with Governor Matawalle. So it’s absurd to blame others for PDP’s misfortune and allege that anyone would hunt it’s candidates whose political future are uncertain.

And resorting to violence as a means to an end like the party and its members have been doing could only heighten the already tensed atmosphere which Matawalle has been working round-the -clock to manage.

The billboard saga wasn’t the only violent imprints the party has left on its route to 2023, a rally at its governorship candidate’s home had led to lost of Iives even as many were wounded. It’s sad that Gumi left out such important development from his statement.

As per the NUJ chairman which Gummi tried unsuccessfully to lump Bilbis case with to draw inspiration, he should have done the needful by telling the public the background of the affected person and the circumstances leading to such state of affairs to enable them appreciate and interrogate the issue based on its merit.

It’s imperative that Gummi calls a press conference or issue another statement to shedlight on the matter.

Having come from an honourable family, one would have thought Gumi will keep the legacy of the parental training we thought he received, unfortunately, even if he had such grooming as he was growing up, elements of bad politics and the fear of losing in the upcoming 2023 general elections have infuriated to throw away his sensibilities and turn disrespectful, dishonourable and regardless.

Certainly, with the overwhelming wind of mass support and mass mobilization going on in the APC, the likes of Gumi will not even be noticed when the electorate cast their votes to bring in APC at all levels in the coming elections.

As it were, rep Gummi achieved nothing by his recent desperate tactics. The PDP is doomed and irredeemable, and by 2023 the party will go into permanent extinction in Zamfara State.

Yusuf Idris Gusau
APC Publicity Secretary
Zamfara State
4th November, 2022

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Former Governor of Zamfara State Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar has paid a condolence visit to Sen. Aliyu Magatakarda WAMMAKO over the demise of his wife.

Yari who described the deceased as God-fearing and devoted Muslim who has offered much serving humanity.

He urged the husband and indeed the family to take solace and consider the exit of the deceased as a call to eternity.

He prayed for God almighty to grant her Jannatul Firdausi and blessed what she has left behind.

Sen. Aliyu Wammako thanked the former Governor and his entourage for the condolence visit and prayed for God almighty to bless them accordingly.T

he former Governor has among his entourage Amb. Abdulrahaman Buba Kwacham among many other prominent personalities.

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One of the aspirants for the post of Kaura Namoda/Birnin Magaji Federal House of Representatives under the people Democratic Party has called on the party to hasten the conduct of fresh primaries as ordered by the court or loss the chances of fielding candidate for the 2023 general election.

Ibrahim who stated this during a Press Conference on Thursday said since the court had nullified the election of Sani Dangaladima and ordered for the conduct of fresh one, it is high time for the PDP to hasten the conduct of the fresh primary before the party loses its chances of fielding candidate for that political post.

“if the fresh primaries is not conducted within the stipulated time frame as ordered by INEC the PDP may lose it all again for Kaura/Birnin Magaji Federal constituency.

He noted the court he instituted against the declaration of Sani Dangaladima has scaled through because the court is convinced that the election is marred by a lot of irregularities.

He raised the palpable fear the order of the court is about to expire and it seems the party is not ready to do the needful.

He accused some serving house of reps members namely Shehu Ahmad Sarkin Fulani, Engr. Sulaiman Gummi, Bello Hassan of frustrating the conduct of fresh primaries as instructed by the court.

He therefore appeal to the PDP to as a matter of urgency abide by the order of the court and conduct the fresh primaries accordingly


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