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TSAFE ATTACK: BANDITS HAVE NOW TAKEN THE FIGHT TO THE DOOR STEP OF THE GOVERNMENT

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MONDAY’S EDITORIAL

The recent tragedy that befalls the people of Tsafe community on Sunday is really a source of concern to every serious minded Zamfara person.

It is an action that indicated that “things are really falling apart” and also clearly manifesting that, our security strategies are both weak and ill-effective.

Armed bandits coming into a big town like Tsafe around 8:00pm firing gunshots sporadically and heading straight to the house of a whole commissioner for Security of a state killing those they like and move on without anyone of them being killed or arrested????

This is a serious and sad development for our collective social setting and this has clearly shown that the very good foundation of our corporate survival as citizens under the shield of a legitimate structure called “GOVERNMENT” is being threatened by some group of people who are attempting to probe that they are more powerful than the government.

Just last Friday a whole highway linking people of Gummi, Bukkuyum and Anka with the rest part of the state and even the capital city was under siege by another group of bandits for close to eight hours and citizens who were playing the highway were put to trauma as they have to wait for hours for the road to be cleared. This is something severe which has the capacity of undermining our strength as people.

A day to the Friday incident of hijacking Anka highway by the bandits, information reliably reaching us indicated that they have invaded three communities under Anka and killed scores of innocent citizens before going ahead to put the main Anka-Mayanchi road under siege.

As reported by this medium the first set of people to fall victims of these bandits attack along the Anka highway had to negotiated their freedom for (N1.2) million naira if not they would have started their Ramadan in the hands of their abductors.

One cannot to talk of Sheme-Yankara and Tsafe road because it has become a deadly zone that no one can predict at which point of that road he will be attacked by these heartless group of people. According to Ismail Mudi Tsafe during one of our interview with him, he said the bandits have even named Sheme-Yankara-Tsafe road as “SAMINAKA”.

As for the Gusau-Dansadau road one does not want to even make a comment on it because the people of that part of Zamfara have been crying for attention for several months even though a Commissioner in the current government has made a declaration in a radio programme that the road is safer and that one can drive on that road even at 10:00pm!!!.

It’s our belief that a human being with conscience cannot look at Zamfara people and be throwing stone at their faces by telling them all is well as regard to the security if really he is a professional information manager who understands that information management in the 21st century is not about hurting the citizens who are the majority to please your pay-master.

But with all sense of humanity what happened in Tsafe is further defining the weakness of our state security architecture, there is no second thought about this hypothesis.

We are all citizens of Zamfara and like we used to argue we have no other state than Zamfara but in all honesty we have to accept the simple fact that things are not working well in terms of ensuring the security and safety of the people.

The government need to suspend all that it is doing, especially those that relate to politics and concentrate on decision-making that will help secure Zamfara people and enhance their confidence that government is really serious.

For us, we have aligned ourselves with the position of Sheikh Nura Khalid that security shall be more important to typical citizen of Zamfara than politics. And it is clear that the government has signed a social contract to secure the lives and properties of the citizens of Zamfara. That bond which was signed by the government must remain under sealed regardless of what!!!.

Again, we shall not be playing a “game of pretence” because, many areas within Gusau the state capital have been under the fear of bandits attack for some months now. Areas like Damba, Mareri, part of Jauri to mention, but a few are clear evidences of this position we have painted.

The government must agree with us that the security strategies are not working well and unless this bitter truth is accepted we shall not underestimate what these bandits may do eventually.

It is time government go back to the drawing board and develop new strategies that may be active but for now, it is evidently clear that, things are falling apart.

Bandits launching attacks during Ramadan and so unfortunate taking the fight to the door step of the state commissioner for Security, a retired Police DIG for that matter? It sounds in unbelievable, but it is not a dream, it is an absolute reality.

With heavy heart, we have condemned the deadly attack launched on Tsafe people in this holy month of Ramadan, and we pray for God almighty to grant those killed eternal rest.

As for the government, the earlier we accepted that all is not well and come to the drawing board to develop a new strategy, the better for the state.

May Allah secure Zamfara people.

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SOKOTO BLASPHEMOUS INCIDENT: ZAMFARA POLICE COMMISSIONER MEET RELIGIOUS LEADERS

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Zamfara state police command Ayuba Elkana has held an interfaith peace dialogue with the members of various religious groups across the state.

According to the Zamfara police spokesperson SP Shehu Muhammad the dialogue became a priority after the recent Sokoto blasphemous incident which resulted in the killing of Deborah Samuel a female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education.

In a remark during the meeting the state police commissioner Ayuba Elkana according to Shehu express appreciation to the religious leaders for working harder to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order I’m the state as a result of the Sokoto incident.

Shehu further said, the CP encouraged them to continue to preach for peace and religious tolerance among their followers and also called on the parents and guardians to monitor their wards, especially their activities on the social media on the daily basis.

While assuring the leaders of the readiness of the police to always ensure security of lives and properties of the citizens, Shehu said he always warned them to desist from taking laws into their hands and urged them to intimate the security agencies for action.

Leaders of the various religious organizations thanked the CP for organizing the interface and assured him of their support and cooperation at all time.

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MATAWALLE SOCIAL MEDIA CREW ORGANIZES INTERACTION

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A pro-Governor Matawalle social media organization (Matawalle Media Crew) has organized a one-day interaction on how to use the social media platforms to raise more support for the Governor and his government.

The event took place at the conference hall of Jaiz Hotel Gusau and was well attended by hundreds of social media handlers from across the (14) local government areas of the state.

Some guest speakers at the event including Dr. Mikailu Barau, Dr. Aminu Lawal Tsafe and Dr. Anas Sani Anka expressed the need for the members of Matawalle social media crew to explore creativity, critical thinking, skill for effective communication as well as collaboration in the course of theirpractice.

They have also urged them to use their various social media platforms to influence the government in taking critical decisions that are good for the people, especially issue of WAEC/NECO.

They also warned the members not to be using social media to be creating hostility for the oppositions, noting that the recent reconciliation between former Governor Yari and Matawalle camp is good enough for all social media handlers in Zamfara to learn some lessons.

The Executive Secretary of ZAMCHEMA Dr. Abdulkadir Shinkafi stated that many of them who belongs to the category of youths within the government structure of Bello Matawalle are doing their best to continue to support initiative like that of Matawalle media crew with a view to promoting the government.

The Secretary of the crew Rufai (UB) explained that the motive behind organizing the interaction is to avail members of the crew the opportunity to get themselves more equipped with ideas and wisdom from the spokespersons considering their in-depth knowledge and years of experience.

Certificates of participation were issued to those that participated in the interactions and also goodwill messages were passed to the members and organizers of the event by some politicians and well wishers.

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ZAMFARA GOV. MATAWALLE FLAGS OFF APC MINI CONVENTION.

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Zamfara state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has held its mini congresses for the election of local government, state and national delegates.

According to the statement by the party spokesperson in Zamfara Malam Yusuf Idris Gusau, the delegates that will emerge will take part in the Party’s primaries for the seats of the President, Governor, state and national assembly.

The delegates’ congress which took place at Aisha Memorial Conference, Hall, Maradun was attended by Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle, members of the National Committee of the party, INEC officials and security agencies under a peaceful atmosphere.

Idris further said the exercise held simultaneously in all the 14 local government areas of the state after the flagg-off in Maradun, the country home of Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle.

During the event, governor Matawalle stressed the need for peaceful coexistence, which he noted is responsible for the growth of the APC in the state.

He thanked the people of Zamfara for their support and prayers in ensuring the success of his administration, urging them to continue to support the APC and its candidates at all levels and assured that more dividends of democracy will continue to come their way.

In his welcome address, the state APC Chairman, Hon. Tukur Umar Danfulani expressed satisfaction and happiness especially with the unification of the party in the state.

He pledged to always carry all members along with fairness and justice as his guiding principles.

The chairman thanked all the stakeholders, especially the state’s party leader governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle and the national leadership of the party for bringing together all leaders of the party as one big family and expressed confidence in the ability of the unity to sustain the chances of the party in the forthcoming 2023 elections.

In his remarks, Chairman and team leader of the Screening Committee deployed to Zamfara by the APC National Secretariat, Hon. Babagana Tijjani Banki said his team is overwhelmed by the support the APC is receiving in Zamfara.

He described the coming together of former governor Yari, former Senator Marafa and governor Matawalle as the best thing that happened to the APC at both the state and national levels in recent times, urging the stakeholders to consolidate on the feat.

The Committee Chairman, Hon. Babagana Tijjani Banki said all the 103 delegates from Maradun local government were elected on consensus by the APC Constitution.

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