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WHY WE ENGAGE CIVIL SOCIETY TO REACH OUT TO PRESIDENT MUHAMMAD BUHARI THROUGH ZAMFARA GOV

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As media organization with special interest on corporate social stability we were worried about the concern generated by the recent declaration of the “DOCTRINE OF SELF DEFENSE” as enforced by the Governor of Zamfara state few weeks back.

The argument as to the corporate constitutional jurisdiction of the Governor to order for such an order to us is no longer applicable with the recent security threat that become a source of concern to all the citizens of Zamfara State.

The interview by Mr Femi Falana recently on TVC channel has helped resolved the entire circumstances that characterized the concern because by now every citizen of Nigeria cannot argue against the fact that, ZAMFARA IS HEADING TOWARD BECOMING A FAIL STATE.

With all sense of sincerity, the security situation in Zamfara is supposed to be a source of concern of all citizens regardless of the status being a politician, academic, business person, elite and poor.

People may see our action of supporting the decision of the state government as too broader but in all honesty, the last option for any serious minded person in Zamfara is to support the government in securing the state because nothing can be done under an atmosphere of chaos and rancour.

In the opening remarks of the Managing Editor and Team Lead of Thunder Blowers Dr. Anas Sani Anka, the merger between his media outlet and coalition of the Civil Society Organizations was borne out of the concerns the two umbrella have over the lingering security crises faced by the state.

He informed the Governor that the decision to support this “Doctrine of self-defense” as enforced by the him is to see if the doctrine can help bring relative peace and stability in the state.

“We have made it point black that, our mission as media outlet in collaboration with the coalition of the civil society organizations that visited the Governor in Maradun was purely a-political, it was rather a mission to support the return of sustainable peace in the state.

The leader of the coalition Adamu Abubakar Kwatarkwashi emphasized that, the civil society organizations have lost confidence in the effort being made so far by the security agencies hence the carnage is increasing beyond the human comprehension.

He acknowledged the investment made by the Governor in the provision of operational vehicles to the security agencies, logistics, and funding for operational allowances, noting that despite that, the development is becoming more alarming by the day.

The coalition and the team lead of the Thunder Blowers committed the Governor on two major things one, to ensure that the letter which was co-signed by the heads of the twelve selected CSOs is handed over to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces and second, for the Governor to approve the publication of the letter in at least five national dailies.

The Governor in a response has demonstrated his deep concern that he has adopted all options to end the lingering insecurity, but the efforts have failed due to the simple facts that, he has no control over the operation of the security operatives working in Zamfara.

He has also lamented that, the security forces are too reluctant in taking the war to the bandit enclaves since the identity of the bandits is known and their enclaves are identified for long.

“I have the fear that some security actors at the federal level do not want this conflict to end soon may be for reason of the benefits they earning out of it” the Governor lament.

He expressed concern that the government at the center is not too willing to welcome beautiful ideas from the Governors noting that, several ideas he has initiated on security were picked and adopted  by other Governors and they have yielded result.

He expressed hope that the marriage created by the adoption of the new doctrine between the state government, media outlets and Civil Society Organizations is going to help in chatting a new course of ensuring sustainable peace and security in the state.

He politely committed himself that he is going to personally deliver the letter to the President and also approved the publication of same letter in at least five national daily papers.

What is left in our candid views is for all stakeholders including the citizens to play a neutral game of building a coalition to support the government to secure Zamfara state.

One surprising thing while we were inside Maradun undergoing the engagement with Governor we have heard the news that the bandits were undergoing operation at Danbaza the main junction leading to Maradun town.

The same night they attacked and killed (14) persons at Dangulbi village in Maru local government while (5) more were slaughtered on eve of the Id-El Kabir at Kango village.

This is to show how terrible the situation looks like.

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ZAMFARA CP ELKANA RETIRES FROM ACTIVE SERVICE

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Zamfara State Police Commissioner Ayuba Elkana has formally retired from active service of the Nigerian Police Force on Thursday.

He retired on age ground since he has thirty-three of active years in service.

He assumed office as police Commissioner in Zamfara in August 13th 2021 and formally retired after attaining 60 years of age.

During his twelve months of active service as the Police, Commissioner Elkana work harder

Addressing officers of the command, CP Elkana said he has never regretted serving the police force since he has done his best in serving his country.

He commended the IGP Baba Alkali, the state Governor Bello Matawalle, heads of security outfits and indeed all officers of the command for their support to him during his active days as police commissioner.

He also appealed to Nigerian youths to join the police force, stressing that it would help to enhance the depleting manpower, “in order to sustain the efforts to rid Zamfara State and Nigeria in general of security challenges.

He urged his predecessor and indeed all officers of the command to remain committed and be corrupt free in the discharge of their official duty.

Today in Gusau, I am leaving with so much legacy. We were able to stimulate our men and enhanced their operational capacity to combat crimes and criminality in the state.

“But all these achievements were made possible with the collective support and cooperation of the Inspector General of Police, Zamfara State Governor and officers and men of this command.” he explained.

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GAMJIN GUSAU GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATURE: SAMAHO HELD SENSITIZATION RALLY

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A woman leader in charge of the campaign of Dr. Dauda Lawal the Zamfara PDP gubernatorial candidate has conducted a sensitization meeting with hundreds of women as part of her strategies of securing support for the PDP gubernatorial candidate.

Mrs Lami Samaho who conducted the sensitization rally in Gusau on Wednesday with the support of some prominent women including Hajiya Lubabatu Ammani and rest the meeting was scheduled to create awareness on the need for Zamfara women to support Dr. Dauda Lawal.

She emphasized on the need for women to rally round their support for Dr. Dauda Lawal considering the good plans he had for the development of womanhood.

She said, she was sent by Dauda Lawal Dare to continue to engage women and assured them of his resolved to continue to safeguard their value and integrity.

Samaho also emphasized that, the purpose of the sensitization was to enlighten women in Zamfara on the dos and don’t expect of them ahead of the 2023 general elections.

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ZAMFARA CP ELKANA DECORATES (19) NEWLY PROMOTED SUPERINTENDENTS OF POLICE

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Zamfara State Police Commissioner Ayuba Elkana has decorated (19) Deputy Superintendents of Police to their new ranks of Superintendents of Police on Wednesday.

The activity which took place at the state police headquarters was witnessed by DCP Operation Dauda Mamman and DCP Finance and Administration Mr. Olubenga Adepoju.

According to the police spokesperson SP Shehu Muhammad, the CP warned the officers to put in their best and renew their commitment with utmost professionalism to justify the recent elevation to their new ranks.

He also thanked the IGP and indeed the Police Service Commission for the promotion and other gestures provided to the officers and men of the command, and called on all the officers within the command not to relent in doing the right thing.

Few among the officers elevated in the new promotion include, SP Sadiq Umar, O/C Highway Patrol, SP Sadiq Mohd, staff officer senior (SOS), SP Babangida Abubakar, P&G OPs, among others.

In a vote of thanks on behalf of other promo tees, SP Babangida Abubakar expressed appreciation to the IGP and Police service commission for the promotion, and promised to reciprocate the gesture through hard work, commitment in line with professional ethics and international best practices.

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