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SEEK FOR GOVERNMENT APPROVAL BEFORE AWARDING TRADITIONAL TITLES: GOVERNOR MATAWALLE WARN EMIRS AND DISTRICT HEADS

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Governor Bello Matawalle has announced the suspension of the district head of Badarawa in Shinkafi emirate council of the state Alh Surajo Namakka over conferment of the traditional title of Durumbu to a military officer who was recently arrested for alleged supply of ammunition to suspected bandits in the state.

In a statement by the Director General Press Affairs to Governor Bello Matawalle Malam Yusuf Idris Gusau said, the Governor sadly received the news of the army officer arrested over alleged supply of amunitions to bandits and was even bestowed with the traditional title of “Durumbu” by the district head of Badarawa in Shinkafi.

Matawalle reiterated that “his administration will not tolerate anything capable of destroying the hard-earned peace and reputation of the state and will ensure that anybody found wanting in any way will be dealt with accordingly” Idris added.

He added that, the suspension of the District Head is indefinite because there is no justification for conferment of the traditional title to the army officer.

He also warned that henceforth, all traditional rulers must seek for approval before conferring a traditional title on people who have contributed to the development of their respective districts or emirates.

Matawalle said the action became pertinent in order to avoid unnecessary embarrassment to the state government and its traditional institutions.

“The military officer was recently arrested in possession of 20 rounds of 62mm of live ammunition at the point of handing over to his usual buyer, one Kabiru Bashiru of Maniya Village of Shinkafi Emirate after he had collected an advanced payment of N100,000 from the recalcitrant bandits in the area” the statement added.

The Governor also commended the security agencies in the state for the arrest of one Dr. Kamarawa with four full sets of military camouflage uniforms and one army identity card.

According to the statement, Kamarawa specializes in the supply of army uniforms and other medicament to bandits before his arrest on his way from Sokoto to deliver the items to his bandits.

He noted that “the involvement of security agents in criminality through the sales of ammunition will certainly help in the sharing of credible intelligence to the bandits.

Matawalle wondered how the nation can defeat criminalities with such bad eggs within the security architecture lamenting that even his peace and dialogue initiative is threatened by the actions of such unpatriotic elements within the security circle.

He assured that all those arrested in connection with banditry will face the full wrath of the law.

The Governor who appreciates the support and cooperation of the heads of security agencies call on the public to continue to cooperate with them especially in the area of intelligent sharing so that together armed banditry and other forms of criminalities can be defeated.

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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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