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The Zamfara State Police Command has commenced a special operation aimed at mopping up, seizure and recovery of illegal firearms, ammunitions, weapons and devices from those who are not authorized to owns them.

The decision is sequel to the numerous complaints and allegations of proliferation of the illegal firearms among many unauthorized groups in the state. The statement by the State Police Command Public Relations Officer SP Shehu Muhammad has said.

The step is taken in line with the provision of Part II (3) of the Firearms Act N32 of the 1959  which Prohibited possession of Firearms mentioned in Part 1 of Firearms Act except in accordance with a license granted by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

SP Shehu Muhammad said, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Usman Nagogo has set up a Police Joint Taskforce headed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations with a mandate  to commence the mop-up, seizure and recovery of all illegal and prohibited firearms and ammunitions from unauthorized persons, suspected militias groups, criminal/unlawful gangsqming others. 

The Operation will equally include cordon, search and raid, seizure from any premises, hideouts, dwelling houses or buildings or sites (completed or under construction) or any other location where these illegal/prohibited firearms are kept or on reasonable suspicion are believed to be kept, SP Shehu added.

He further said the State Police Commissioner has warned members of the general public, individuals and groups such as vigilantes,  town unions, hunters and watch men especially those operating in the night or any group or association under any capacity other than statutory security agencies recognized and gazetted by the federal government of Nigeria to bear firearms of specified category to comply and cooperate with the committee. 

“Those in possession of such firearms are given Seven  (7) days from friday, the 13th  August, 2020 to surrender them to the Task Force team or any nearest Police Station they are domiciled, SP Shehu added.

Shehu further said the newly launched operation is to ensure full enforcement of the directive and help the command manage the lingering security situation affecting the state.
The statement also added that, all Area Commanders and DPOs  are instructed by the Police Commissioner to ensure that the instructions are enforced by engaging and sensitising all stakeholders and indeed members of the general public.

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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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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 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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