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The recent development involving people of Magazu community in Tsafe local government area of Zamfara state is really a source of concern to every well-meaning citizen of Zamfara.

Last four days or so there was an attack in the community which resulted in the abduction of about (43) persons including married women and children.

On Thursday again another deadly attack was launched in the same community which also resulted in the abduction of over (30) persons.

According to the residents of the area, there are over (70) abductees from Magazu community that are in captivity within this month of April 2022 alone.

This is different from serial attacks on the people of the community on different occasions also within few months in 2022.

It could be recalled that, few months back an Imam was shot dead while calling for early morning Azan (prayer) in Magazu and after that attack this medium inclusive of others reported on different occasions how bandits have been launching serial attacks on the people of Magazu community.

One most confusing issue about this Magazu attacks is that, even the security agencies are much more worried about the episodes in Magazu because if not for anything the military had to stationed soldiers permanently in Magazu to ensure security and safety of the people of the area.

But one question that every concern citizen of Zamfara asked about this Magazu episodes is that what has changed since the deployment of the military base in that area? I think the military high authority need to make in-depth investigation to ascertain an answer for this very important question .

Residents said the presence of the military has not changed anything regarding attacks on Magazu people.

“Even with the presence of the military in Magazu we are always wondering why we are being attacked helplessly by the armed bandits and without anyone of them being arrested by the security agencies” said Murtala Ibrahim a resident of Magazu.

Another resident Malam Sani said “the bandits usually come to Magazu firing gunshots without our soldiers responding, and we kept wondering what is the essence of stationing the military in our village since they could not respond appropriately to the mischievous attacks by the bandits”.

Back to the Thursday attack, which according to the residents was the most devastating in the history of the town. I think the government need to be sincere in its security management strategies and approach.

The level of migration by the residents of Magazu has really called for concern because it seems people are becoming helpless and convincingly belief that government has failed in its corporate social responsibility of securing lives and properties.

One annoying thing about the attitude of the government or its agents is that not even a message of condolence was sent to the people of Magazu town either in the first or the last incident of Thursday.

If we live in a serious society where life of the citizens matters to the government, the Acting Governor is supposed to visit Magazu and console with them over the tragic incidence and also explain to them what government is doing to secure the release of those over (70) people in abduction.

If the Acting Governor could not go to Magazu for whatever reason, Tsafe which is the local government headquarters of the Magazu town has four commissioners including Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs at least one of them can pay a visit to Magazu on behalf of the state government so that the people can feel a sense of belonging.

The attitude of the government toward people of Magazu is a clear indicator that people will judge that government does not care more about the victims of this armed bandit attacks.

The manners in which residents of Magazu are flying out of the town to Tsafe and Gisau is really showing us that the days ahead are hard ones unless government is ready to take the appropriate steps of changing its strategies toward fighting banditry.

As at 3:30pm when we left Magazu town on Friday (yesterday 99.9% of the residents of the town have left and where they moved to, especially Tsafe is not safer considering re-occurrence of tragic attacks by the bandits.

Just last month or so, Tsafe town was attacked and a child of a serving Commissioner alongside three other persons were shot dead and serially, however, Tsafe town has come under attacks of armed bandits for several times in two months.

It is our candid opinion that the government and indeed the security agencies need to change strategies and secure the entire Zaria-Gusau highway,, especially from the Yankara border town of Zamfara to Tsafe.

It is important because without doing that people would remain scary of that road. I am sure all the towns along that highway except may be Yankara are under serious security threat and have records of armed bandits invasions.

The government also need to renew effort to secure Gusau Dansadau road because things are becoming out of hand along that road.

Even on Friday (Yesterday) two lorries (Canter Mitsubishi) conveying passengers to Gusau from Dansadau were attacked and all the people in the vehicle were abducted according to a source who confirmed this to Thunder Blowers.

And again at exactly 12:00pm same Friday (Yestery) another passengers travelling to Gusau along Jangeme were also attacked and abducted by the bandits.

This is really a serious issue of concern and the government need to sit up. Life of the citizens should matter more.

May Allah help us……


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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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