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ZAMFARA INSECURITY: THINGS ARE FALLING APART AGAIN

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The security situation in Zamfara is taking another complex dimension this time around with the majority of the people believing that government, especially that of the state, is not sincere about addressing the worsening condition of things in most of the villages and rural areas across the state.

Many people presume that since the issue of this political reconciliation started, government and indeed the state political actors have over-concentrated their energy toward the success of their political permutations ahead of 2023 election without mincing the worsening security situation hitting the state.

From the time the political reconciliation between Governor Matawalle and Yari camps started, dozens of armed bandit attacks have been recorded in various part of Zamfara state and the attacks have remained consistent despite numerous public outcry without any efforts by the government or indeed the Yari camp to work out on the solution in the interest of the people.

From Maradun to Talatar Mafara, Maru, Dansadau district, Bukkuyum to Tsafe and several parts of Gusau citizens are crying for government to take the issue of security management very seriously since the bandits are having free days, killing, kidnapping and enforcing unnecessary levies and fines against innocent citizens of the state.

We think the response of the citizens during a radio phone-in programme by Zamfara Commissioners for information and that of Security and Home Affairs on Tuesday night is clear enough for the government to understand that all is not well regarding the security challenges faced by the people.

We felt very demoralized when I heard the state Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs telling his callers during the phone in programme that the government is taking some security measures and such measures are confidential.

What is confidential about the security crises in Zamfara? We think the Commissioner is under-estimating the situation and thank God he was told by one of his callers during the radio program that at the entire Tsafe North, especially from Yandoton Daji axis people could not sleep home due to the fear of the bandits.

For us, such statement of “confidentially” coming from a whole Commissioner for Security who is a retired DIG is making the vulnerable people of Zamfara state especially those in the rural villages more scared about their hope of getting adequate security for their safety.

In the opinion of the generality of the people of Zamfara, there is nothing confidential about the security situation of Zamfara state because the only language an ordinary citizen of Zamfara can understand from the government is to guarantee ‘’security for his life and his property’’ and anything short of that is a myriad.

It was obvious, as at the time such radio programme was running at Zamfara radio on Tuesday armed bandits in their large number were all over the villages of Bukkuyum local government killing and brutalizing the masses and up to 9:00am of Wednesday, the bandits were visibly at the Ruwan Rana village with all the residents including women, the aged, and children chased out of their matrimonial homes brutally.

During the same night of Tuesday, another gang of bandits is at Gyado, Ruwan Jema and Dogaye again in Bukkuyum local government. They have pursued innocent people out of their homes and also rustled every surviving animal found in these villages.

Some radio callers had fearlessly told the two serving commissioners that majority of the people living in the villages are not sleeping in their homes due to the frequent fear of the armed bandit attacks.

Now why people of Zamfara are more scared about the dynamic of the security situation in Zamfara is the recent scenario at the Governor’s hometown when residents angrily set ablaze three personal residents of the council sole administrator allegedly for losing confidence in his sincerity about his alleged relationship with the bandits along the area.

It is an undisputable fact that, not only people of Faru district in Maradun majority of the villages under Maradun and indeed the neighboring Bakura and Talatar Mafara had some similar experience and the story is almost the same all over the state for now.

As for the Magami experience, one can write one thousand pages about the brutality of the armed bandit’s along-Gusau Magami road. Apart from making the road non-motor able, they make sure that every village along that area has been made to suffer one form of armed bandit’s brutality or the other, especially enforcement of fines and levy.

When someone read our story about the release of an abducted truck he called to ask this question that, how can a truck be abducted? He was told that it has happened in Magami of Zamfara because the traders were asked to pay (N2M) before the truck was released.

Just on Monday, a Permanent Commissioner at the state Independent Electoral Commission Sanusi Abdullahi Wanzamai was kidnapped along Gidan-Giye village less than a kilometer to Yandoton Daji and on the broad-day light and to say the worst none of that part of Tsafe areas from Yandoto up to Buyabiki and rest of the villages are living in peace.

Same Monday morning another group of gunmen invaded Furfuri village and kidnapped two wives and seven children of the former Accountant General of the state Abubakar Bello Furfuri and they have already placed an outstanding demand of about (N200M) as ransom.

We think government need to wake-up before people begin to loss confidence in it because the most corporate social obligation of every government is to ensure security and safety of its people and once this important social contract between the government and citizens failed, there is likely going to be a serious repercussion.

Many people saluted the courage of the Governor of Ondo State for abandoning the so-called APC convention and moved back to his state when a single church was attacked. This single-handed decision by the Ondo Governor Mr Akeredelu has shown that leaders can be responsive by their personal conviction if at all they believed in the citizen’s project.

We are certain this is what Zamfara State is lacking and those in the position of authority need to understand that, leadership is not a joke and the Zamfara leaders need to be reminded that what goes around come back around.

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ZAMFARA POLICE RESCUE (1) OLD BABY & (6) WOMEN FROM ABDUCTORS

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Zamfara state police command has announced the rescue of six women and one year old boy who were kidnapped at Kadamutsa village in Zurmi local government area of the state.

According to the police command Public Relations  Officer in Zamfara SP Shehu Muhammad, the rescue was successful after the police operatives in collaboration with the local vigilante stormed the suspected location where the abductees were hosted.

“Police operatives mobilized to the location where a search and rescue operation was conducted  along Zurmi – Jibiya axis, leading to the unconditional rescue of all the victims  unhurt”.

Shehu said the victims were debriefed and handed over to their relations after they were medically examined

The Commissioner of Police, CP Kolo Yusuf while commending the Police operatives and vigilante for the successful rescue operation, congratulates the victims for regaining their freedom, and reiterates the determination of the police command in riding the state of criminal activities and apprehend criminal elements committing heinous crimes across the state.

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LIBERTY TV VETERAN JOURNALIST BASHIR BABA DIES

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A Veteran journalist and Analyst for various radio and television stations, Bashir Mohammed Baba is death.

He died in the early hours of Friday in Abuja as a result of injuries from complications from domestic accidents in his bathroom.

Bashir Baba an experienced journalist of over four decades which began with NTA, is one of the analysts of BBC, VOA, DW-Radio as well as Prestige Radio, Minna flagship programme, ‘Kasar Mu a Yau’ as well as Idon Mikiya programme of Farin Wata Television/Vision FM.

He anchored flagship programmes at Liberty Television programme. He was also Senior Assistant Media ( Foreign Affairs ministry) under Ambassador Aminu Bashir Wali.

Late Bashir Baba, will be buried later on Saturday in Wudil Kano State.

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APC NORTH WEST: HOW GOV. MATAWALLE IS SETTING THE BALL ROLLING FOR ASIWAJU AND SHATIMA

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The mamooth crowd of young agile and vibrant politicians who are mostly the initiators of PDP and Atiku support groups that gathered at the APC North West Zonal Secretariat to surrender their political support for Asiwaju is an eye-opener that APC is gathering momentum and will in 2023 sweep the North West with relative ease.

Governor Bello Matawalle in company of the North West Vice Chairman for the APC Alh Salihu Lukman spent hours receiving the PDP and Atiku support groups who came on with their different narratives of how they have suffered in the hand of the PDP.

The National Secretary of the PDP Transformation Ambassadors Mal. Bashir Muhammad said despite the investment they have made in the PDP for years, they are pleased to have a political U-turn and join forces with Governor Bello Matawalle ok m the APC so that they will support him to deliver the Asiwaju presidential project.

He lamented that despite having strong political structures with a network of other political support groups across the divides of Nigeria, the PDP did not see reason to honor them with even recognition for the commitment they have demonstrated over the years.

Atiku Kawai another political support groups, lamented that PDP and Atiku had never for once, recognize their effort despite using their resources to build up structures across the (36) states of the Federation and Abuja where their headquarters is located noting that, to even see Atiku Abubakar after Investing on his Presidential candidature since after the primary election become something difficult.

Usman Muhammad Rabiu Bichi who is the National Coordinator of the movement said he went to the extent of reaching out to one of the biological children of Atiku for him to be able to see how he can take the leadership of the group to the Presidential candidate of the PDP, but it was story full of folktales.

He said with the support of Alh Masud Danguruf from Katsina and Alh Abdullahi Gama they have now rescinded from the PDP journey and agreed to join forces with the Governor Bello Matawalle in the APC.

The Governor who expressed happiness with the development insisted that Alh Masud Danguruf and Abdullahi Gama knew how hard he has invested for the PDP project and insisted that the best presidential project to be supported by the Nigerians is that of the APC.

He informed the young politicians that why he brought them to the Zonal Headquarters of the party in Kaduna is for the party leadership to be aware of their defection and also carried them along in the Asiwaju Ahmad Tinubu presidential journey.

He promised to support them at all time and urged them to redouble the commitment they have exhibited over the years for them to demonstrate the rationale behind their political movement.

They handed over their certificates of registration with the PDP to the Zonal Vice Chairman Salihu Lukman and hope to be re-registered in the APC.

 

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