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ZAMFARA HISBAH OPERATIVES ARREST SUSPECT WHO MISUSES HOLY QUR’AN FOR RITUALS

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•ZMSG YET TO ORDER FOR HIS PROSECUTION

• WE ARE AWAITING THE DECISION OF ZAMFARA GOVERNOR (HISBAH COMMISSION)

°HIS VERDICT IS TO BE KILLED IF WE HAVE TO GO BY THE DICTATE OF ISLAMIC SHARIAH (AG CHAIR, HISBAH COMMISSION)

It has been a story of bad returns to the dark days as operatives of Zamfara State Hisbah Commission arrested one Abdulrashid Halidu from Dankurmi village of Zamfara State over alleged misused of the holy book for ritual purposes.

According to Zamfara State Hisbah Commission, the accused was arrested with many spiritual gadgets, including papers with Arabic inscriptions, which he uses in manipulating things to people for ritual purposes.

He told Newsmen during an interview at the state head office of Hsibah Commission in Gusau that, “I used to open the Arabic inscriptions you are seeing here, used (N500) five hundred naira paper note, recite a verse in the holy Qur’an and begin to see things they way they are ritually”.

He said for the past three years he has been into this ritual act as trained by one traditional Islamic cleric from Sokoto.

“I have done this ritual thing using the Holy Qur’an for many people but mostly common ones; hence I have never done it for any Council Chairman, Governor, or legislature”.

“This act of ritualism is not good and my prayer for anyone who is into it, to fear Allah and get reunited with the holy ones who abide by the commandments of the Holy creator.

“Anyone who has been helpful of those involved in this ritual act visibly or invisibly should quickly repent to his creator before it’s too late,” He added.

As for Abdulrashid he told Newsmen that, “I have repented out of this act and I mean genuine repentance. Even if I am taken to the Governor and other learned Islamic scholars, I will seek for their forgiveness”.

“When asked about the two copies of the Holy Qur’an found in his custody, he replied “in all honestly, I used to seat on top of the holy Qur’an and also step down my hands on the other one whenever I am to embark on this ritual thing”.

He said whenever he wanted to use the Holy Qur’an for the ritual manipulation, he used to feel high discomfort but due to the act of devil he has to ignore the ill-feelings and go ahead to execute his ritual plans.

HOW ABDULRASHID WAS ARRESTED BY OPERATIVES OF ZAMFARA HISBAH COMMISSION

Newsmen interviewed one Malam Abubakar Ahmad Jauri a detention and prosecution officer of Zamfara State Hisbah Commission, and he said, Mr. Abdulrashid Halidu was arrested via intelligent information received from people of Dangulbi and instantly the operatives of the commission acted by taking steps to verifying the substance of the information.

He said they pretended as if they have come for his ritual intervention as they gave him the (N500) five hundred naira note as requested for the execution of his ritual mission.

When he stepped down on the holy Qur’an in their presence, one of the staff of the Hisbah Commission reacted by seeking for the divine intervention and instantly Abdulrashid said the ritual work may fail for some utterances made by the operative of the Commission.

He said Abdulrashid threatened to punish the operative of the Hisbah over his reaction and brought out a bottle with traditional perfume and asked the Hisbah operative to put in one of his fingers and when the operative declined a crisis ensued, a circumstance that led to his arrest.

He said people of Dangulbi town attempted to killed him after his arrest, but due to the intervention of the military that was prevented.

He was later brought to the State headquarters of Hisbah Commission in Gusau noting that after investigation he would be arraigned in court for prosecution, says the Hisbah Commander.

WE ARE AWAITING THE DECISION OF ZAMFARA GOVERNOR ON WHETHER TO PROSECUTE ABDULRASHID OR NOT: (AG. CHAIR HSIBAH ZAMFARA)

The Acting Chairman of Zamfara State Hisbah Commission Rilwanu Muhammad Lawal Jangebe said based on the intelligence report available at the Commission, the accused get connected to the spiritual activities through one errand traditional scholar from Sokoto when they met at an annual Islamic gathering.

He said when serious issues of this nature emerged, the Commission usually consult the Ulama Consultative Council for their religious advice and also get the state government officials informed, especially Special Adviser on Security and Secretary to the State Government.

He added that, the Governor personally sent the State Commissioner for Security and that of Justice where a close door meeting was held and issues were deliberated extensively.

In his opinion, “By way of natural justice system under Shariah law the accused Abdulrashid is supposed to be killed but noted that with the development that trailed the whole thing the only option is to get the state government officials informed and await their decision.

FEAR OF THE OF CHANGE OF MINDSET

This medium reliably gathered that, the accused Abdulrashid has met with the Governor and certain inquiries were personally made by the Governor regarding the briefings he received from the operatives of the Hisbah Commission and state government officials.

But the battle line is whether the state government is ready to allow for his prosecution or not, considering the way in which some vested influences are trying to play out.

One of the operatives of the Commission who spoke to this medium on condition of anonymity said, if not because certain interest is trying to play out, the Commission has no reason to await for the decision of the Governor or any of his agent before the accused is subjected to prosecution.

“You people have listened to his confessional statement and under normal circumstances the Commission should have charged him to court but here we are we would wait and seen the action to be taken by the government”

As at now Abdulrashid is with us, but nobody can tell you what is going to happen next because everybody in the Commission, including the Chairman, is helpless.

Zamfara over the years has recorded several cases of misuse of the Holy Qur’an at the various locations of the state.

Several other accused persons related to this act were arraigned and prosecuted by the previous administration of Yari yet, the action continue even after he leaves.

The present Governor had promised severally that he would not spare anyone found involved in this ati-Islamic act, and now this particular scenario is going to serve as a litmus test for Zamfara people to ascertain the sincerity of the present government.

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ZAMFARA AG. GOV. NASIHA VISITS CBN GUSAU BRANCH, ASK COMMERCIAL BANKS TO IMPROVE ON SERVICE DELIVERY.

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Zamfara State Acting Governor Sen. Hassan Muhammad Nasiha has paid an unscheduled visit to the Gusau branch of Central Bank on Monday.

The visit was part of the commitment of the Matawalle administration to ensure that the suffering of the people of the state in trying to access cash from banks has been reduced to the barest minimum.

According to the Spokesperson of the Deputy Governor Babangida Umar Zurmi, the Senator expressed dismay with the manner at which people are spending multiple hours at the ATM points trying to access cash for their daily activities.

He therefore urged the CBN to develop ways of getting people out of the present predicament.

In a response, the branch controller of CBN Mal. Buhari Abbas thanked the Deputy Governor for the visit and assured that the needful would be done and cash would be made available in the shortest possible time.

In a related development, the Deputy Governor paid similar unscheduled visits to FCMB,ECO Bank, Zenith and Gt Bank in order to hear from the citizens directly.

He commended the arrangements made by FCMB and ECO banks in trying their best to make money available for customers to withdraw, especially at the ATM Points.

As for Zenith and Gt Bank, Sen. Nasiha expressed dismay over the poor arrangements made for the customers in the two banks and urged them to ensure that Improvement has been made

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ZMSG DIRECT WATER BOARD TO SUSTAIN WATER TRANSMISSION TWICE A DAY

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Zamfara state Acting Governor Sen. Hassan Muhammad Nasiha has paid unscheduled visit to the state Ministry of Water Resources as part of the commitment of the state government in ensuring potable water supply within Gusau the capital city and its environs.

According to the Spokesperson of the Deputy Governor Babangida Umar Zurmi, the visit of the Acting Governor was triggered by the constant public outcry over shortage of water supply in the capital city.

Sen. Nasiha who commended the effort of the staff of the Ministry for demonstrating serious commitment to duty explained that the high cost of diesel has been part of the reason that is causing inconsistencies in the frequent supply of water.

But he explained that the state government has taken the appropriate steps of increasing the funding of the Ministry because of the reality on the ground.

He urged the ministry to intensify public enlightenment so that people can be kept informed about the challenged faced by the ministry.
While urging the commissioner of Water Resources to forward situation report directly to his office for action, he directed the ministry to ensure transmission of water to Gusau town and environs twice a day.

The Commissioner for water resources in a response thanked the Deputy Governor for the visit and assured him of their readiness to comply with the government directive at all time.

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ZMSG LEGAL TUSSLE WITH THE FG OVER NAIRA REDESIGN POLICY: (OUR STAND)

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(OUR EDITORIAL STAND)

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The decision taken by the Governor of Zamfara to drag the Federal government to court over frustrating conditions caused by the recent policy on naira redesign is absolutely the highest expectation of typical citizens of Zamfara state.

Every serious leader who means well for his people will surely challenge policies that are meant to add into the existing socio-economic frustrations faced by his people.

The suit filed by Governor Matawalle and two others, namely Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna and Yahaya Bello of Kogi is both apt and timely considering the level of hardship people of Zamfara are encountering since the commencement of the implementation of the new policy.

The fact of the matter with the new CBN policy is that, it was introduced with many lapses, and it was a clear demonstration that CBN was abruptly unprepared and by extension it has not taken into recognition the measures to be applied in managing the repercussions that may follow the policy.

The criticisms that trailed the new policy is enough for the CBN and indeed the Federal Government to have a rethink, but it seems Emiefele and his key drivers are doomed in understanding the reality of things in the country.

THE FACT AND PECULIARITIES ABOUT ZAMFARA AT THE WAKE OF THE NEW CBN POLICY

Currently, statistics has shown that, there are about eight local governments in Zamfara that are without a single branch of a commercial bank: they are Tsafe, Maradun, Birnin Magaji, Zurmi, Shinkafi, Maru, Bukkuyum, Bakura and Gummi.

These eight local governments have an estimate of population of about 3.2 million people going by the 2020 census figure which puts Zamfara population at 5.6 Million people.

Except Gusau the capital city of Zamfara where all the banks except TAJ and Providus Banks have the single branches and partly Talatar Mafara where there are four branches, the remaining four local governments have one single bank each.

Majority of the typical Zamfara populations are rural agriculturalists with large number of them purely into farming and livestock and with this abrupt CBN policy on cash redesign their suffering will rise to the hardest level.

This is couple with the social crises emanating from the activities of the armed bandits that had already crippled the rural economy of the populace and rendered many average wealthy people in the rural community into permanent poverty.

Currently, the hardship caused by the new CBN policy on naira redesign has reached the peak level that small businesses such as Okada riding, Keke Napep operation, tailoring, and local food vendors have shut down their businesses due to non-availability of cash in the hand of the people.

The commercial banks are adding into the frustrations of the people; hence people hopelessly spent hours on queue without getting  their hard-earned cash deposited in the various banks.

The level at which bankers in collaboration with some agents are diverting cash for percentage is also another source of worry; hence customers waited hopelessly without getting cash to settle their immediate family problems.

 

This development has triggered the anger of the people as they looked inward for the State Governor and other serious stakeholders to continue to raise their voice against the decisions of the CBN and that would be a big step in the right direction.

In our opinion, the Governor of Zamfara in collaboration with the two other Governors should stand their ground to challenge the CBN policy on naira redesign until when the solutions are provided for the suffering of the people of Zamfara.

Matawalle have the backing and support of well-meaning Zamfara people because we believed government need to do what is right for its citizens.

Democratic government is for the people, and it shall be driven by the people, and anything short of this will amount of tyranny.

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