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OVER-VIEW OF OUR COLLECTIVE EFFORTS TO END ARMED BANDITRY IN ZAMFARA STATE

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The recent development that characterized the security situation of Zamfara state has become a source concern to many people including those that are not residing in Zamfara State considering the extent at which social media reports are springing the air without corporate scientific verification from the both the government actors saddle with the responsibility of security management and indeed the security agencies who are always doing their very best to ensure that lasting peace has returned to the state.

As a government we knew very well our cardinal pillar of survival is to ensure that lives of Zamfara people and that of their properties are well secured no matter what. This is a constitutional and corporate responsibility we have sworn-to and we shall not relent in ensuring that this obligation is discharged excellently.

Since the last incident that occurred in Anka and Bukkuyum emirates of Zamfara state, we have taken the most appropriate steps as government in making sure that security situation has improved and another casualty attack of such nature did not occur again. Apart from that we have taken the appropriate humanitarian steps of supporting the victims of these serial attacks in Anka and Bukkuyum to re-unite back to their localities and continue with their normal lives.

 

 

 

Through our Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management we have provided all the relief supports and also ensure that adequate security personals have been deployed to most of the identified danger areas so that they can be able to face these bandits head-on. With the available number of security operatives including the military, police, NSCDC and local vigilante, at least Zamfara West is heavily secured as no record of attack has been recorded in all the seven local government areas of the zone.

During the period of healing we have succeeded in the arrest of most dangerous notorious bandit leaders “KATARE” who had been terrorizing the commuters and people residing along Talatar Mafara, Maradun and Bakura local government areas. We have recovered from that notorious bandit leaders deadly weapons comprising of dozens of AK47, gun trucks and thousands of live ammunitions.

As for Zamfara North, we are all living witness to the tireless efforts of our government in making sure that all bandit camps have been neutralized and people can move and resides freely without any threat. The bandits including the popular Gang leader “Bello Turji” have been in the run completely out of the Shinkafi forest. For sometimes now cases of attacks on communities along forests of the Zamfara North have decreased drastically.

We have also strengthen our regional security architecture with the government of the Republic of Niger and within the last month alone I had a visited the country of Niger twice on the directive of the Nigerian President and Commander in Chief of the armed forces basically on the need to renew strategies of securing our borders and prevent the movement of arms and ammunitions and also fight the bandits through coordinated military fight. For the past few months, we have arrested many bandits, recovered arms and ammunitions and neutralized many bandits’ camp.


On the recent development regarding parts of the Zamfara Central, we are bothered as government because life of our citizens matters a lot to us. What has been happening at Tsafe town and part of its villages is really given us sleepless night. But as government we knew Tsafe and part of Gusau forests would be their last terrain for exiting Zamfara state and because they are criminals, there is no way they can move without causing harm to the innocent people.
We have genuine information that, because of the intensity of the operations we have embarked often, for almost a month now, the bandits have regrouped in a popular forest called “Dajin Mun-haye”. The forest is both wide and strategic for the bandits because it connects Zamfara state with Birnin-Gwari in Kaduna, it connect Faskari and Batsari in Katsina and also Nasko in Niger state. Again because the forest connect to the main Zaria-Gusau highway, foe some days they have been terrorizing innocent commuters plying the road.

For almost a week now joint military and security operations have been taking strategic coordinate of the forest and just two days a successful shelling and bombing of the forest has been ongoing. The security agencies have been doing well in making sure that the Mun-haye forest has been bombarded and neutralized so that people along Tsafe area and innocent commuters plying that popular Zaria-Gusau road can have some signs relief.


Different from the operation, we have made adequate security arrangement to provide enough security personals to take surveillance of the highway. We are assuring commuters that our eyes are on that very important highway and we shall ensure that the road is secured no matter what. We have also made adequate security arrangement to with heads of the security agents to provide enough security personals to Tsafe local government and part of Magazu town so that people can go back to their normal businesses.

Coming back to the scenarios recorded in Gusau, as a government we must not sales out via the media the media the strategies we are applying to manage these group of rascals but we are assuring the public that we have met and taken decision on how to make Gusau the capital city of Zamfara much more secured more than ever before.

We have directed the security agencies to intensify joint surveillance and patrol aimed within the capital city and also work with the locals to access vital information that would be useful to the security management of the state. We are specifically taking steps to build the confidence of the people on the need for them to be pro-active in information and intelligent sharing so that the much anticipated information needed to track the informers may be accessed.


Our government is also determined to developing new innovations and strategies to bring an end to the menace of kidnapping for ransom. We are working toward reactivating the telephone jammers used by the security agencies and also developed alternative ways of matching the informants so that together with the people we can end the tragedy of kidnapping for ransom in Zamfara.

On humanitarian management, we are in constant touch with the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and disaster management to get the much needed support to assist our internally displaced persons. Our government has done more than enough to supporting these people with all that are needed to bring succor to them. We have been providing food items, clothing materials and other utensils. Above all we have make sure that we succeeded in moving many of those who fled away from their communities back to their base and we are planning more to empower them economically so that they can be revived.
On the part of the security agencies, we are always moving with the much needed zeal to assist and support them according to our strengths and we shall sustain the momentum. Apart from hundreds of vehicles we secured for them, we make sure that all the allowances of the special operatives are paid as at when due.

It is our collective hope that with intense prayer and submission to God almighty so many things are going to change for the better in Zamfara state and we shall always keep in touch with the federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari in making sure that the insecurity suffered by Zamfara state has come to an end.

May God bring lasting peace in Zamfara and entire Nigeria by extension.

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HOW CP YUSUF KOLO IS CHANGING THE SECURITY  NARRATIVE IN ZAMFARA STATE

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It has become clearly imperative for this medium to blow the trumpet for the newly deployed Commissioner of Police Mr. Yusuf Kolo who since his deployment has helped change the security narrative about the genuine fight against armed banditry in the state.

 

The deployment of this experienced Police officer has no doubt assisted greatly in improving the security situation of Zamfara state especially the stellar measures he adopted which are increasing social and economic stability in the state.

Reading about his CV and the career he has built in the service of the Nigeria Police Force, it has no doubt raised the hope of the people because for sometimes now Zamfara people had been agitating for deployment of capable Police officer who is vast in terms of security management and fighting insecurity.

 

For sometimes now, Thunder Blowers had carefully observed that, there is effective patrol and surviellance along the major highways in Zamfara State From Gada-Biyu Round about to Bimasa the Zamfara border town with Sokoto, one may clearly understand that this fine Police officer and gentleman Mr. Yusuf Kolo is ready to deliver his best to the restoration of security architecture  in Zamfara state.

This strategy is also effective at the Gusau-Kaura-Namoda and  Gusau-Gurbin Bore border with Katsina and Gusau-Tsafe-Yankara highways respectively. Within the capital city of Gusau again, there are various check-points mounted within all the strategic positions of Gusau and criminality has really reduced to the barest minimum.

 

It is evident that, there is serious stop-and-search operations in all the strategic locations in the state. and the recent arrest of some miscreants involved in various criminal activities is a clear indicator that, things are getting better with the new Police Commissioner’s arrival.

 

It is on record that, since his  assumption in office there has never been a major armed banditry attack in Zamfara except that of Zugu which took place at the bridge of his taking-over of the mantle of leadership of the State Police Command.

His tour of the divisions and formations across the state and his interaction with the officers on Duty Posts has really risen the hope of the people of the state. More importantly, the visitation to the traditional institutions and his engagement with them which had surely manifested in his recent achievements recorded.

 

We were keenly apt at the manner at which the Police Commissioner is personally moving round the streets of Gusau at the dark of the night to monitor the conduct of the operations of his men. His pictures are all over the social media moving with the other galant police officers working with full force to ensure that people slept with their two  eyes closed.

Residents of  areas of Gusau and outskirts including Damba, Tsunami, Mareri and  the rest are all grateful to this visionary tactical Police officer Mr. Yusuf Kolo for his commitment to ensuring that their hearts are at rest. For instance,from Lalan  to Damba,the level of Police enforcement along that area in the night is adding to the relative stability of the people.

 

What inspired people more is the manner at which the Police Commissioner Mr. Yusuf Kolo has effectively but tactically engaged the Nigerian Bar Association to develop strategies on how to jointly speed up the administration of criminal justice system in the state.

Our prayer is for the Police Commissioner to passionately sustain the momentum and continue to work hand in hand with the critical stakeholders to double this commitment, It is indeed wonderful and promising if the momentum is sustained.

 

Our conclusion on the steawardship of Police commissioner Mr. Yusuf Kolo is that his achievements speak volumes that he is matching his  academic credentials, his experience with these practical achievements.

 

We at Thunder Blower wish  you all the best as your partners in the fight against crime and insecurity in Zamfara  State.

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ONLY GENUINE MECHANISM OF RECONCILIATION CAN ENSURE THE SUCCESS OF APC IN ZAMFARA

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By virtue of the reconciliation we are all part of Governor Bello Matawalle family and he needs to treat all of us with justice and fairness. It is only justice and fairness that can guarantee solidarity and peaceful political atmosphere.
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Hon. Abubakar Yanware is a die-hard supporter of the former Governor of Zamfara Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar and a strong stakeholder in the ruling All Progressives Congress APC in Zamfara state.

He was among the APC aspirants that contested for the State Assembly post from Tsafe and wanted to contest the APC Primaries for 2023 elections with the current Deputy Speaker of Zamfara Hon. Musa Bawa Tsafe before the APC reconciliation dashed away the hope of  people like him.

He shared his perspectives with the Managing Editor regarding the political reconciliation in the Zamfara APC and raise his concern on matters arising and also shared his perspectives on what is to be done to ensure that the party remains strong and united.

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WHAT IS YOUR ASSESSMENT OF THE ON-GOING RECONCILIATION IN ZAMFARA APC?

Well, people have their own ways of assessing a political situation or rather have their different ways of reacting to a situations especially when issues involved politics and political developments but for me, there are more to see than one can understand about the Zamfara APC reconciliation.

The leaders namely former Governor Yari, Governor Matawalle and Sen. Kabiru Marafa may be entering into the peace deal with all sense of sincerity because they may want to bring an end to the lingering crises in the APC, but that may not be a true reflection of the mindset of their supporters.

And remember, they have a limit to which they can influence the same spirit into the minds of their supporters because decision-making in politics goes with the perception of the game players here I mean the party supporters.

So, the leaders of the APC in Zamfara, especially Governor Matawalle and former Governor Yari need to take time and make review of the progress recorded from the reconciliation and begin to reach out to their genuine supporters.

I will say this with clear voice our supporters from the site of Yari the former Governor still have reservations with this reconciliation arrangement within Zamfara APC and something very urgent needs to be done to save the party from collapsing.

FROM YOUR PERCEPTION, IT SEEMS MANY PEOPLE WITHIN THE APC ESPECIALLY FROM THE CAMP OF YARI AND MARAFA HAVE NOT ACCEPTED THE RECONCILIATION?

This is the reality of the situation many people have reservation about this Zamfara APC reconciliation and our leaders need to accept this as the true reflection of what is on the ground and begin to reach out to their supporters.

I am not part of those objecting to the reconciliation and all my supporters are with the reconciliation move hundred percent because I make sure that the moment the political reconciliation was perfected by our leaders I came back home and put my house in order by appealing to my supporters to forget the differences and join hand with the former Governor Yari in the new move.

But I am telling you, many of my political status across the (14) local governments especially those from the camp of former Governor Yari can not convince their supporters to accept the peace initiative entered into by our leaders and this shall be seen as a big problem because you cannot be relying on uncertain political structure to win election.

The feedback we are receiving from the communities is that people cannot be forced to continue to accept decision in the APC without them being properly consulted and this is the exact problem with the current arrangements entered into by our leaders, and for me, their resistance is a concern that need to be addressed with all sense of urgency.

BUT ARE YOUR POLITICAL LEADERS ESPECIALLY FORMER GOVERNOR YARI AWARE Of THIS DEVELOPMENTS?

I am sure he must be aware because he has ears to the ground and I believed from the exit of strong party men like Maibuhu Gummi and rest the former Governor must understand that all is not well with the reconciliation move within his camp.

The Governor, on the other hand, must understand that Yari is facing resistance from his supporters because steps that are supposed to be taken to ensure justice and fairness to all party members were not instituted.

Former Governor Yari may not speak this out for some strategic reasons but as wings to the politics of Yari we have to say this with all sense of modesty that politicians from Yari camp need to be accommodated so that their supporters can feel a sense of belonging politically.

WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU WANT GOV. YARI TO DO IN MANAGING THIS TYPE OF SITUATION.

I think the former Governor has done his best because since when the political reconciliation started he has been taking steps to ensure that his supporters are contacted, and I know how active he has been working to ensure that sanity is restored within his camp.

I believe it is not enough because time is not on our site and campaign will soon start and there is strong need to reach out to the people because the resistance is really telling bad of our political chances.

Recently, we have lost many people to PDP, and it is not to our best interest politically and all these are happening because there are no extended consultations with the members of the party at the grassroots.

If it means the former Governor should form a committee of consultation, so be it because it is important we get this problem addressed before the main campaign started.

WHAT DO YOU THINK, GOV. MATAWALLE SHOULD HAVE DONE TO SUPPORT YARI CAMP WHO ARE MOST AGGRIEVED IN THIS ARRANGEMENT?

The Governor needs to open his government and accommodate those serious hands from the camp of Yari so that they can have a sense of belonging politically.

By virtue of the reconciliation we are all part of his family members and he needs to treat all of us with justice and fairness and it is only justice and fairness that can guarantee solidarity and peaceful political atmosphere.

We knew the Governor may be facing similar challenges from his camp also, but that is the spirit of political reconciliation because the arrangements shall be “no-winner-no loser”.

Yari camp shall be given posts of Commissioners, Special Advisers and Council Sole Administrators that is justice and if this is done many concerns coming from supporters that have made sacrifices for Yari can be addressed.

Many of my readers would be looking at my position to be too primitive, but that is the only way out. If you go to my local government Tsafe, there are many powerful political forces from Yari and even Marafa camps that are abandoned to their fate, and you think this is healthy democratically?

At least certain percentage of appointments need to be sacrificed to Yari camp so that he can be able to step into the heart of his people, but for now, the Governor had to understand that there is no magic Yari can do to bring stability into his political camp than getting his supporters accommodated.

LET’S TALK ABOUT THE CHANCES OF THE APC CANDIDATES IN THE FORTH-COMING 2023 ELECTION IN ZAMFARA?

My answer to this question may not be different from my earlier position. Let the APC leaders in Zamfara- the Governor, former Governor Yari and rest put in genuine mechanism of reconciliation and be just and fair to their followers. Anything short of this no one can predict the end result of the APC political journey in 2023.

I am saying this because I know the kind of reaction that is coming from the people, and it is only justice that can help resolve the current state of uncertainty in the APC of Zamfara.

We know there are many candidates that are more popular in their respective constituencies, but the reconciliation had dashed their hope and political chances and these candidates are left without any arrangements.

You know this is a fact that those who had the opportunity to secure the ticket were only considered for some strategic reasons of reconciliation, not because they are better than the rest in terms of their political popularity.

YOU CONTESTED FOR THE POST OF STATE ASSEMBLY BEFORE THE RECONCILIATION EDGED YOU OUT OF THE ARITHEMETICS WERE YOU CONSULTED BY THE PARTY ORTHE CANDIDATE WHO HAPPENED TO BE DEPUTY SPEAKER?

Neither the party nor the candidate reached out to me since after the party primaries and it was the same thing with all the other aspirants that were aged out as a result of the political reconciliation.

What I expected the party to do was to set up a genuine reconciliation mechanisms that will make people like us who invested in the development of the party have a sense of belonging.

The implications of what is happening within the APC Zamfara is that people like us will be made to move aside and be watching things as they unfold, since the party does not consider us as stakeholders that are needed to win election.

But the APC needs to know that stakeholders like us cannot be abandoned to their fates because it can constitute a political redline to to the party.

It has been the same complaint all over but I wish the party can see reason why it shall reach out to us and carry us along as critical stakeholders.

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POWER OUTAGE: ZMSG TO FIX BRAND-NEW ELECTRIC TRANSFORMER IN TSAFE

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Zamfara state Governor had deployed a powerful delegation to inspect the condition of power distribution transformer at Tsafe power station on Monday.

The delegation was headed by the State Commissioner for Health Aliyu Abubakar Tsafe, Special Adviser to Zamfara Governor on Urban and Rural Electrification (DURET), technical staff of the Directorate as well as some powerful politicians in the local government.

The Commissioners who listen to the technical brief by the Directorate officials said the Governor of Zamfara Bello Matawalle was deeply worried when he received the news of the power outage at Tsafe and instantly ordered for on the spot inspection of the power transmission station.

Aliyu Abubakar Tsafe said based on the briefing by the DURET, the transformer which is measured at 2.5 (mba) was too small for the power consumption of Tsafe town, and it’s environ.

He said hence it was suggested that the new transformer to be installed be upgraded to at least 7.5(mba) he will intimate the Governor immediately and get the commitment of the state government in making sure that the problem is addressed out rightly.

He assured that the Governor will do what is right for the people of Tsafe local government by fixing brand-new transformer of high capacity since the existing one is no longer serviceable.

Furthermore, he thanked the people of Tsafe for sustaining their loyalty to the government of Bello Matawalle and assured that the government will do all that are needed to making Tsafe people comfortable.

In a remark, the Special Adviser Directorate of Urban and Rural Electrification (DURET) Alh Muhammad Shinkafi commended the Governor for his prompt response to the plight of Tsafe people and urged them to continue to extend their support to the government.

One of the elder statesmen in the local government Samaila Mudi Tsafe commended the Governor for taking the appropriate step of responding to the complaint of power problem in the Tsafe local government area and urged him to speedily fulfilled the pledge so that citizens of Tsafe can have a sight of relief.

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