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ZAMFARA FMR COMMISSIONER FOR ENV. & SOLID MINERALS REACT TO THE PETITION BY APGA GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE

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In response to the petition written by the former gubernatorial candidate of All Progressive Grand Alliance APGA against the former Commissioner for Environment Mukhtar Muhammad Lugga which was published by Thunder Blowers Online News Medium, the Commissioner reached out to the medium and share his own side of the story.

Below is the full version of his response to Alh Sani Abdullahi Shinkafi:

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The Possessed Rooster: Zakkarra Mai Rawar Yan Bori! 

RE: ZAMFARA APGA GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE PETITIONS EFCC OVER ALLEGED MISMANAGEMENT OF N261, 121,280:00 BY IMMEDIATE PAST COMMISSINER FOR ENV. & SOLID MINERALS

My attention has yet again been drawn to another round of unsubstantiated allegation against my person by the Special Adviser to His Excellency on ‘Petition Matters’ Malam Sani Shinkafi, erstwhile APGA Gubernatorial Candidate of APGA, Chief Complainant, Prosecutor and Judge.
In what appears to be another bout of Media trial, the hatchet man has made damming accusations on the past Administration’s business partnership with a Chinese Company for joint Prospecting, Exploration, Mining and Processing of solid minerals in and State at several locations including Maru, Wanu and Damri and also the setting up of a Small Scale Mining Processing Centre in Kwali, in Bukkuyum Local Government. 


The problem with a lie is once you tell one, you have to tell 10 more to cover the first one. And if you’re uncoordinated, loud and blinded by hatred, greed and envy like our star witness,   you tend to forget a lot of the things you have said earlier and instead end up with a bunch of contradictory statements that will forever not add up. 

Late last year precisely in October, the same ‘whistle inhaler’ wrote and presented a petition to the EFCC office in Sokoto in which he claimed the same Chinese Partner through a non existent Company with the name of SHENZHEN ENGINEERING LTD conived with one Usman Kaura in misappropriating the sum of 600 Million Naira through the same Ministry of Environment during the tenure of the last administration. He went further to state in that same  petition of October last year to the EFCC that: 

“Only structural foundations were dug in Wano and a few rooms constructed in Maru whilst the 2 said sites have been abandoned with no trace of trucks, laboratory (or related equipment), drilling rigs and other exploration equipment supposedly imported and supplied to the state government.”

My questions to the Special Adviser are: 

1) What has changed from October 2019 to now that has significantly altered his opinion from the above statement to the current petition of June 2020 in which he stated that “even though the project was paid 100% the contractor refused to mobilize to the site of the project to commence the mineral exploration as contained in the contract agreement signed with the Ministry of Justice on behalf of Zamfara State Government and he vanished for the past eight (8) years he is no where to be found.” 

2) How was “Contractor” (?) able to put up structural foundations in Wano and also construct few rooms in Maru (according to your 2019 petition) when you claim that he hasn’t mobilized as at June 2020? 

3) How does a ”Contractor” abandon a site in 2019 which he hasn’t mobilized to in 2020? 

4) Why does the Petitioner insist on referring to the Chinese as “Contractor” when indeed he is a Shareholder and Partner in the business even though a minority one? Is the word Contractor same as Shareholder/Partner? 

5) The seasoned Petitioner also claimed in his current petition of June 2020 that the “Contractor vanished for the 8 years he is no where to be found.” If that is true how come the “Contractor” was able to write and deliver letters of complain on the Petitioner as well as project status reports to the Office the Executive Governor through the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Environment and Solid Minerals Devt on the 3rd and 23rd October 2019? (See attached receipt copies) It is also known fact, the Partner met and had a one on one discussion on the Project with His Excellency Mattawale at his HE’s residence in Abuja sometime in September 2019. 

6) How much money has the  Government been swindled? Is it 600 Million or N261,121,780 or 262,127,280? His sum of phase 1 and 2 is short by N6,000! So much for an Accountant! 

For the records while waiting for a summon from the EFCC I wish to make the following clarification for the benefit of  those captive social media audience of this confused youngman who he seem hell bent on impressing notwithstanding whose image he tarnishes in the process. It is my hope my overview will assist the ‘jury’ in this media trial in putting things into proper perspective before passing their judgement.  

1) First of all, the idea of a joint partnership between the State and the Chinese SHENZHEN INVESTMENT GROUP was conceived and signed on August 9th 2011, a  few days before my appointment as Commissioner. I reported to Ministry of Environment on the 16th of Aug 2011. (See attached Annex A). 

So if I have not been appointed as a Commissioner when the agreement was signed in 2011, why is the Petitioner asking the EFCC to invite me for questioning on my role on  the award of the contract when I did not infact play any role in either the negotiations, drafting or signing of the agreement?

2) The total project cost was valued at USD 40 Million or  N6,560,000,000 (@ 164 to 1 USD) and not N261,121,280 (USD 1,400,000) as erroneously written in Mai Zakkara’s petition. With the  equity contribution split at 70/30 in favour of Zamfara State Government, it therefore brought the total 70% share contribution of Zamfara to the Project to the sum of N4, 592,000,000! So in other words even if we are to go by the Petitioner’s shallow assumption that the total sum of N261,121,780 (by the way his calculation was wrong) equivalent to USD 1,600,000 was paid as full payment for phase 1 and 2, then it means the total contribution of the State Government to the total project is so far less than 8% of the total value of the venture as signed in 2011! 

3) In May 2012 SHENZHEN EXPLORATION AND MINERALS LTD was registered with the CAC as a Limited Liability Company and issued duly with a certificate of Incorporation. In my capacity as Commissioner in charge of mining sector, I was made the representative of the 70 percent interest of the State alongside other Directors mainly Commissioners of sister Ministries. It is still unclear why the Petitioner of all the several options of settling disputes in the Company’s Article of Association ended up at EFCC. Ko don ya rena su ne? Doubt if he realizes that as majority shareholders,  the State is actually the real party on trial here not even the Partner. 

3) I still cant understand how the Petitioner can lie about things like equipment, cranes and drilling machines as some of these items are still packed in front of the administrative block of the abandoned Brightway Complex in Damba. There is a complete inventory of all imported items in the Ministry’s record and most likely at the Surveyors Office in Ministry of Finance. Thank God I have saved copies of invoices, Ports clearance documents and duty payments in case of days like these. 

4) At the peak of our operation SHENZHEN had more than 20 Chinese expatriates working in several sites as per the plan. Apart from Maru operation that was interrupted as a result of Mineral title issues, we very much had presence at virtually all the sites. We were able to submit preliminary report on the Damri Copper site to the then Executive  Governor on the 2nd of January 2014. (See attached) By June 2014, condensed reports of Wanu, Kwali was also submitted to the Executive Governor. (Attached) 

I can state without any fear of contradictions that our operation remains the most ambitious ever taken in the solid minerals development of the State. We could have achieved much more with the right support. At the level we have reached so far there is more than enough for subsequent administrations to build on. 

Finally I still stand by my earlier diagnosis of this individual’s condition. Even though envy remains his main propulsion, his ulterior motive is far more sinister, even for someone with a relatively low IQ level as displayed by the inconsistencies of his submissions. 

Allah ka bashi lafiya ya kuma yayye mai wagga lallura.  

Hon Mouktar Lugga 
Wamban Maru 
June 2020

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ZAMFARA SEN. YAU INAUGURATES 2023 CAMPAIGN URGES CONSTITUENTS TO VOTE FOR TINUBU & ALL APC CANDIDATES

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The Senator representing Zamfara North Sahabi Alh Yau has inaugurate his 2023 campaign at Kaura Namoda local government area, the headquarters of the Senatorial zone.

The campaign inauguration was attended by hundreds of party supporters and well-wishers who joined the campaign rally with jubilation.

The Senator who expressed satisfaction with the effort he has put in place so far in delivering to his 2019 campaign promises assured that if provided the opportunity again, he will do more to consolidate from what he has done and ensure that more federal opportunities are brought to the door steps of his constituents.

He took time to make a review of his stewardship and thanked his constituents for given him the opportunity to represent them at the Nigeria’s upper chamber.

On the APC Presidential candidature, Sen. Yau in insisted that, Tinubu and Shetima Presidential candidature is the best option for Nigeria especially with the effort put in place by the Buhari led administration and why the gesture need to be sustained.

He urged people of his constituency to massively vote for Tunubu and Shatima as well as all the APC candidates across the board.

AFormer Governor Mahmuda Shinkafi, former Sen. Tijjani Yahaya and a host of other prominent personalities from the Zone attended the campaign Flag off.

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ZAMFARA: WHY ENGR SULEIMAN GUMMI’S DESPERATE TACTICS WON’T SAVE PDP

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Yusuf Idris Gusau

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This is no doubt the best of times for the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara State.

The party and its many candidates deserve the sympathy of all for the current situation it finds itself in.

Having lost all hopes of making any impact in the forthcoming general elections, it has resorted to untoward means, behaving like a bull in a china shop, destroying anything and everything in its way.

But how can a party of PDP’s standing, which has been in power at some points for many years and its candidates behave like deranged women whose kids have suddenly gone missing?

In this moment of madness, there should be a sane member within the lot who could rein them in; a rallying figure who could calm the fraying nerves.

But when a ranking member of one of the country’s highest law making body, the House of Representatives, Suleiman Abubakar Gummi’s joined the fray, it then becomes obvious that the situation is irredeemable.

The party, as it were, is doomed and at a dire point of no return.

The honourable member of the House of Representatives has swelled the number of the PDP’s attack dogs whose targets include the ruling party and the state chief executive, Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle.

In a press statement he recently signed on behalf of “PDP candidates” titled “On critical national alert” Gummi went the “dishonourable” path by throwing decorum to the wind and lunched viral attacks on person and personality of Governor Matawalle with no iota of respect for his seat as the father of the state.

In doing so he deployed uncouth, crude and abusive language symptomatic of those low level maniacs unleashed at every opportunity as dogs of war.

But why will anyone be surprised at the action of this charlatan who forgot that his behavior could rob off on the integrity of the lower chamber he represents and taint the reputation of his colleagues in that reputable and respected institution? He is PDP member in the state after all and their stock in trade is to cause breach of peace in the state.

In the said press statement, Gummi went a rigmarole quoting the respected late social crusader, Martins Luther King and dancing around in circle.

From all his outing and vituperations, the only take away was the supposed arrest on Monday, November 28, of the party’s candidate for Zamfara central senatorial district, Alhaji Ikira Aliyu Bilbis by the police on charges of vandalism, which he claimed were trumped up.

In trying to elicit public sympathy to himself and co-travelers, he lumped the current issue with the earlier arrest of the Nigeria Union of Journalists chairman in the state but as usual, his effort failed to invoke the emotion and public outcry he had envisaged.

But let us even give him the benefit of the doubt and interrogate the issues his outing threw up. He has informed the public why Bilbis was arrested, but said the charges were “trumped up”. Really?

How did Gummi who is a lawmaker come about such a position over an issue that is before a court of law? Why is he in a hurry to clear the accused even before the court adjudicate on the matter.

The police even from Gummi’s statement did the needful by arresting Bilbis. They (police) did not hold him or keep him for long in their cell but charged him to court after their investigation.

The onus is therefore on the accused to exonerate and clear himself of the allegations.

The court even went ahead to grant him bail as Gummi testified in his statement. So why is it anybody’s fault if the accused failed to meet the bail condition? And because his associate failed to meet the stipulated condition to effect his release, Gummi is now accusing the judge and police of being tools in the hands of Matawalle in his alleged witch hunt of the opposition.

If a sitting governor is desirous in tackling an opponent who is clearly linked with a crime it would have been easy to clamp such person in police custody and claim that investigation is still ongoing as has been the case everywhere.

However, in this case, the police did not waste anytime in charging the accused to court where he is expected to defend himself. The court and its presiding judge should be commended for the expressway it granted the accused bail instead of being needlessly vilified like Gummi is doing.

His allegation that Matawalle was trying to muzzle the main opposition to whittle down their power and influence in the forthcoming elections is laughable because the PDP is not in reckoning and not a threat to APC in anyway.

He even went ahead to list those he thinks Matawalle will go after including the party’s governorship candidate, Lawal Dauda Dare. Waoo! Is this not absurd? Is Lawal Dare even in contention for the governorship race with all the court cases dangling over his head?

The so called governorship is still traumatized over his defeat at the federal high court, which nullified the primary that produced him and recently, the Appeal court.

It is fundamental to note that his ordeals were from his own very party and has nothing to do with Governor Matawalle. So it’s absurd to blame others for PDP’s misfortune and allege that anyone would hunt it’s candidates whose political future are uncertain.

And resorting to violence as a means to an end like the party and its members have been doing could only heighten the already tensed atmosphere which Matawalle has been working round-the -clock to manage.

The billboard saga wasn’t the only violent imprints the party has left on its route to 2023, a rally at its governorship candidate’s home had led to lost of Iives even as many were wounded. It’s sad that Gumi left out such important development from his statement.

As per the NUJ chairman which Gummi tried unsuccessfully to lump Bilbis case with to draw inspiration, he should have done the needful by telling the public the background of the affected person and the circumstances leading to such state of affairs to enable them appreciate and interrogate the issue based on its merit.

It’s imperative that Gummi calls a press conference or issue another statement to shedlight on the matter.

Having come from an honourable family, one would have thought Gumi will keep the legacy of the parental training we thought he received, unfortunately, even if he had such grooming as he was growing up, elements of bad politics and the fear of losing in the upcoming 2023 general elections have infuriated to throw away his sensibilities and turn disrespectful, dishonourable and regardless.

Certainly, with the overwhelming wind of mass support and mass mobilization going on in the APC, the likes of Gumi will not even be noticed when the electorate cast their votes to bring in APC at all levels in the coming elections.

As it were, rep Gummi achieved nothing by his recent desperate tactics. The PDP is doomed and irredeemable, and by 2023 the party will go into permanent extinction in Zamfara State.

Yusuf Idris Gusau
APC Publicity Secretary
Zamfara State
4th November, 2022

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FMR. ZAMFARA GOV. YARI CONDOLES SEN. WAMMAKO

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Former Governor of Zamfara State Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar has paid a condolence visit to Sen. Aliyu Magatakarda WAMMAKO over the demise of his wife.

Yari who described the deceased as God-fearing and devoted Muslim who has offered much serving humanity.

He urged the husband and indeed the family to take solace and consider the exit of the deceased as a call to eternity.

He prayed for God almighty to grant her Jannatul Firdausi and blessed what she has left behind.

Sen. Aliyu Wammako thanked the former Governor and his entourage for the condolence visit and prayed for God almighty to bless them accordingly.T

he former Governor has among his entourage Amb. Abdulrahaman Buba Kwacham among many other prominent personalities.

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