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RE-FG’s NO-FLY ZONE ORDER IN ZAMFARA: GOV. MATAWALLE IN TROUBLE, SECURITY REPORT LINKS HIM TO THE ILLEGAL MINING BY Zailani Bappa

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Re-FG’s No-Fly-Zone order in Zamfara: Gov. Matawalle in trouble, security report links him to the illegal mining

The attention of the state Government has been drawn to a very unfounded and mischievously fabricated story alleging that Governor Bello Mohammed (Matawallen Maradun) is attempting to sabotage the Federal Government’s no flight zone order on the state. The report further sought to link the Governor to illegal mining activities in the state.

This wicked story appeared today on the site of a rather obscure online medium “per second news” where it alleges that helicopters land on gold mine sites in the state on the orders of Governor Matawalle. It further said that Governor Matawalle is planning to bye-pass relevant Federal Government officials on the no flight zone order on his state.

The general public is hereby admonished to disregard this callous and blatant blackmail of calumny for the following reasons. That Governor Bello Mohammed has made it clear and later re-emphasized his stand on the decisions taken by the Federal Government in a statewide broadcast where he expressed his total support to President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and its decisions in the fight against banditry in the sate and the zone as a whole.

Governor Matawalle further commended the President three days ago when all the four Service Chiefs paid him a courtesy call in Gusau and described the President as a father who has always supported him in the fight against banditry in the state. He noted that Mr President has always, swiftly, granted him audience anytime he requests to meet him on security and also commended his decision to send additional 6,000 troops to boost the fight against banditry in the state.

On the issue of illegal mining, Governor Matawalle found on ground a continued abuse of Federal Government order banning illegal mining in the state. He fought this disregard to Presidential order which led to the arrest of many illegal mimers in the state including foreign nationals who were handed over to security operatives. It is obvious now that it is corruption and illegality that is fighting back. Otherwise, how can the Governor who worked hard to fight illegality be now linked to the same illegality perpetrated by others? As for helicopters landing in the name of His Excellency, there is no false imagination bigger than that as the Governor has no helicopters nor hire any choppers for whatever reason or purpose.

The state Government wishes to assure the Presidency that the fight against banditry in the stare is a collective one and it has no intention to go parallel with the efforts of the Federal Government in this fight. The sponsors of this wicked lies against Governor Matawalle should be ashamed of themselves and should know that the public is in tandem with the persistent efforts of Governor Bello Mohammed in the fight against banditry and other criminality in Zamfara state.

Zailani Bappa
Special Adviser
Public Enlightenment Media and Communications.
11/2/3921

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MADAWAKI, BAKAUYE, ONE OTHER WITHDRAW FROM ZAMFARA PDP GUBERNATORIAL RACE

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An hour after the commencement of the PDP primaries in Zamfara three aspirants namely Mal. Wadatau Madawaki, Engr Ibrahim Shehu and Hafiz Nahuche have announced their withdrawal from the race.

They alleged that their withdrawal was as a result of irregularities observed shortly after the commencement of the voting.

One of the Aspirants Malam Wadatau Madawaki said, they are accusing the state party Chairman Col. Bala Mande Rtd of romancing with one of the aspirants alleging that, they have video evidence that, the party Chairman went around the hotels together with the aspirant canvassing for support from the delegates.

He also alleged that, the list brought from the National Headquarters of the party is adulterated with the names of APC members.

He also alleged that one of the members of the committee from the national was captured lobbying for votes from the delegates who cannot write their names on the ballot papers.

They announced that they have withdrawn from race and threaten to file an appeal to the national headquartered of the party for consideration.

They have also announced their readiness to proceed to court if their appeal is not considered.

 

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SERIAL ARMED BANDIT ATTACKS: ZAMFARA COMMUNITY CRIES OUT TO GOVT.

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Residents of Damaga village in Maru local government area of Zamfara state have cried out for help as bandits continue to launch serial attacks on their community, resulting in killing and abduction of many people.

A source who confided on this medium said for the past three weeks there was no day that will pass without the bandits launching attack either on the Damaga community as a whole or on individuals, especially local farmers.

He said, there are many people from Damaga and other neighboring villages who have been in captivity for sometimes and with the exception of those whose relations were able to raise money for ransom, the fate of those that have been in captivity is yet to be established.

He also said, many were killed especially when they went to their farms as the bandits insisted that, no farmer will be allowed to go to the farm for their agricultural activities.

Furthermore he added that, some residents who felt not secured, have already fled out of the Damaga community for safety.

Effort to speak to Zamfara police spokesperson SP Shehu Muhammad on the issue has failed.

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AS ZAMFARA PDP MOVE TO CONDUCT GOVERNORSHIP PRIMARIES, TWO ASPIRANTS STEPS DOWN AMBITION TO SUPPORT EX-BANKER

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Two gubernatorial aspirants of the People’s Democratic Party had stepped down their ambition to support the candidature of Dr. Dauda Lawal Dare Gamjin Gusau.

The immediate past Deputy Governor of Zamfara State Barr. Mahadi Aliyu Gusau has announced his decision to step down for Dr. Dauda Lawal via a statement from his former Principal Private Secretary Aminu Umar Game-Game.

He called on all the delegates who are fully supporting him to direct their vote to Dr. Dauda Lawal in the overall interest of the state.

Two days back, another aspirant Abubakar Nakwada Gusau has also announced his formal step down for Dr. Dauda Lawal.

The party primaries which is scheduled for Wednesday is to be contested between Gamjin Gusau and three other aspirants including a retired Director of Education at the UBEC Malam Wadatau Madawaki and former Federal lawmaker Ibrahim Shehu Gusau.

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