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Concern Moriki indigents led by their chairman Salisu Muhammad Moriki have written an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari over deteriorating security situation in their domain and Zamfara state as a whole.

In a copy of the letter which they emailed to the Managing Editor and Team Lead of this medium they have raised concern that over one hundred houses have been invaded in by the bandits in Moriki town alone even while the bandits have turned down the road to be a dead zone for the commuters

Below is the full text of the letter

His Excellency,
Muhammadu Buhari,
President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,
Presidential Villa,
Abuja – Nigeria.



We write this letter, as concerned indigenes of Moriki town in Zurmi local government area of Zamfara state to intimate to you the situation on ground about the deteriorating security situation in our town, Moriki and Zamfara state in general. We pray that this letter meets you in good health and sound spiritual conditions, sir.

Sir, we would like to let you know that in the last one month, Moriki town has come under the control and influence of bandits – raging havoc to residents via kidnap, killing and all sort of terrorism with no effort from the authorities concerned to curb this problem. More than hundred houses have been invaded by bandits within a month. We have been curved out from the rest of the state and country at large because the road to Moriki is now impassable – it has been taken over by bandits and their cohorts.

From Kaura to Moriki to Shinkafi have become a dead zone for motorists and residents. There’s no day bandits would not attack either the road, towns or both with no resistance from security personnel. The road has been deserted by motorists and other lawful users.

In these days, it is hardly to have commercial cars that will board passengers from Kaura to Moriki to Shinkafi for fear of being killed or kidnapped by bandits. The bandits are having field days in this road, because they now operate at any time of the day. They operate in the morning, afternoon, evening or in the night – depends on when they wish to. They are now the unofficial custodians of this road.

They have taken several days operating along Kaura – Moriki – Shinkafa way, comfortably kidnapping, robbing and killing innocent people at will. Moriki town and its environs have now become the bandits’ centre for operations and other illicit activities. Within a month, bandits have killed tens of people and kidnapped hundreds along Moriki – Shinkafi road. Some of the flash points of bandits’ operation along this road include: Gidan ‘yan bita, Kwanar Boko, Hawan Bakwai, Dabin Jaya, Kwanar Jalaf, Junction to Shinkafi – Gidan Gobirawa. These are the most deadly spots.

Your Excellency sir, as we are writing this letter to you, the health system of the entire Moriki town has collapsed as the General hospital has been deserted by the people – relatives of patients evacuated them for security reason.

The people of this town are farmers and traders, but all their economic activities have been collapsed. They couldn’t attend to their farms for fear of being killed or kidnapped and they couldn’t visit the markets because bandits have taken over they road. They are now being confined and incarcerated in the town alone. While they couldn’t go out of the town, they are also not safe in their houses.

Like economic activities, education of our children also is in the dying stage as all the government schools in the state have been closed for the whole academic year for the deteriorating security situation in the state. Our children have even forgotten the way to their schools because of the long time they have taken sitting at home.

Mr. President, sir, in Moriki, it has become usual – the operation of bandits in the town. They either kidnap or kill their victims almost on daily basis. Many indigenes, especially those not living there are being prevented from visiting their origin to see their parents and relatives for fear of being killed or kidnapped. If one is lucky to escape the road, he might not be lucky to come out from the town safely.

Bandits’ attacks and kidnappings have now become the usual happenings in this axis while the otherwise is the unusual. I believe only our humble emir is left living there among the creams of the town. All those who have the opportunity have left the town to protect their lives.

The most annoying is that we are being abandoned and left with our fates. Our Senator, House of Reps and House of Assembly members, our minister of humanitarian affairs, who happens to be from our local government and other political appointees, nobody is saying anything.

The state government is out of idea as this phenomenon had gone beyond the confines of the states, we believe. Your Excellency sir, as the Commander in chief, we urge you to discharge your constitutional primary responsibility of protecting the lives and property of your subjects – we solicit for deployment of more troops to this axis for proper provision of security to the people of Moriki and environs.
At present, we have been abandoned by the authorities concerned and left at the mercy of the bandits.

Salis Muhammad Moriki
For: Concerned Moriki Indigenes

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Members of Zamfara State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) have elected their new Chairman, who is to steer the activities of the union.

Ibrahim Musa Maizare who was the former Chairman of the Zamfara State based newspaper chapel “The Legacy” was elected alongside Haliru Muhammad Umar from the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) chapel as his Deputy.

The remaining seats of the state officers of the union were returned unopposed, except the office of the Treasurer.

The election of the new executives followed the expiration of the tenure of the current executives, led by the Publisher of the Analyzer Newspaper Mai Haraji Altine Salah.

Mai Zare who was immediately sworn into the office alongside other executives, thanked the members of the state council for having confidence in his leadership and assured that he is going to reposition things in the union for a sustainable change.

He promised to come up with innovation that will transform the union and reposition it to be more sound like before and called for continued cooperation from all the members of the union.

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The Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara state Faruk Ahmad Shatiman Rijiya has challenged those in the APC to prove whether the embattled eighteen seater bus they were making noise over was personally donated to him by Governor Matawalle or for the office of the PDP Publicity of Secretary.

Shatima who declared this during a Press Conference in Gusau on Friday said, contrary to the noise making round the public, he has never, for once, begged Governor Matawalle to dash him a car instead, the Governor personally feels he wanted to donate the car to him because of the role he played during his electioneering campaigns in 2019.

“If they wanted the car to be returned as claimed, let them tell the world how the Governor donated out the car to me through late Ibrahim Mallaha of blessed memory. The Governor gave the car to late Mallaha for onward handing over to me as personal donation, and I am certain if they met the him, he will confirm this to them.

“I am not in politics for vehicle, asked those who were with us in 2019. I used my personal Peugeot (406) to move with the Governor throughout the campaign period. I was not paid even money for fuel and the Governor knew that, and may be in his wisdom that was why he decided to dash me a vehicle I did not beg for”.

On the new security measures taken by the Governor, Shatiman Rijiya said he is sure the measures are targeted at the supporters of the PDP and because election is approaching, noting that they have every reason to entertain fear.

If the measures are initiated to get the lives of the typical Zamfara citizen better and secured, PDP will welcome the idea but noted that, under the current situation, the party and its members are not confident enough with the Governor’s pronouncement.

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The Zamfara State Secretary of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Faruk Ahmad Shatiman Rijiya has called on Governor Bello Matawalle to desist from insulting PDP because it was the platform he used to become the Governor of Zamfara state in 2019.

Shatiman Rijiya who stated this during a Press Conference on Friday reminded Governor Bello Matawalle that, the certificate of return issued to him by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was bearing the name of the PDP not APC the political party he defected to.

He described as morally wrong for the Governor to be rendering insult on the party that produces him as a substantive Governor, noting that even the people who are very familiar with his political antecedent and how he emerged as the Governor of Zamfara would not be happy with him abusing his original political platform.

He added that, PDP will continue to watch things as they unfold in Zamfara and continue to raise alarm where right decisions are not taken in the overall interest of the people of the state

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