Banditry: Return home, Matawalle orders Zamfara refugees

June 9, 2020 Sanusi Muhammad 0

Zamfara state governor Bello Mohammed has ordered the immediate return of all refugees who left their villages as a result of recent banditry attacks which left 21 people dead in some parts of the state. The special adviser to Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle on Public Enlightenment, Media and Communications, Malam Zailani Bappa, said this in a statement issued to journalists Read More

Air force kill several bandits, destroy camps in Zamfara

June 9, 2020 Musa Umar Bologi 0

The Nigerian Air Force component of Operation Hadarin DajI has killed several bandits  and destroyed their camp during air strikes at Kwayanbana Forest in Zamfara state. Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche said in a statement on Tuesday that operation was conducted on 7 June 2020, “after Human Intelligence reports and series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance  missions Read More

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Insecurity: Matawalle asks repentant bandits to sustain peace

November 13, 2019 Editorial III 0

Zamafara state Governor Bello Matawalle has asked repentant bandits in the state to sustain the peace dialogue initiated by his administration in order to maintain peace, stability and development. The call was contained in a statement issued in Gusau Tuesday by his chief press secretary, Alhaji Jamilu Iliyasu. It stated that the governor made the call at a meeting with Read More

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Anxiety as Matawalle raises alarm over invasion of Boko Haram in Zamfara

September 23, 2019 Editor 0

The Zamfara state government under the leadership of Governor Bello Matawalle has raised alarm over what it termed invasion of Boko Haram sects in seven local government councils of the state. This was made known by the Director General Press Affairs to the governor, Yusuf Idris, while addressing newsmen in Gusau, the state capital Monday. According to him, based on Read More

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Banditry: Zamfara removes traditional rulers

August 10, 2019 Editor 0

Zamfara Government has announced the removal of the Emir of Maru, Alhaji Abubakar Cika and the District Head of Kanoma, Alhaji Ahmed Kanoma for connivance with bandits to terrorise their subjects. Their removal was conveyed in a letter signed by the State Deputy Governor, Mahdi Ali-Gusau, and made available to newsmen in Gusau on Saturday. The two monarchs were suspended Read More

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Marginalisation, illiteracy fuelling Zamfara banditry – Ex-bandits

August 6, 2019 Editor 0

Marginalisation of Fulani herdsmen by successive administrations in the area of provision of basic necessities of life as well as illiteracy are major reasons for the increase of armed banditry in Zamfara state, ex-bandits have said. Speaking on behalf of his fellow ex-bandits in Tsafe local government area of the state, Hassan Dantawaye said the Fulani folks had for long Read More

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Pictures: New Zamfara gov leads Army, Police, others to forest, in search of bandits

June 3, 2019 Editor 0

The newly sworn-in governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has led security agents to bandits’ camps and hideouts near Wonaka town in Gusau Local Government Area of the state. A statement by the governor’s spokesman, Yusuf Idris, said the governor, accompanied by his deputy Mahadi Aliyu-Gusau, heads of security agencies in the state, chased away the bandits from their camps. Read More

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Zamfara: Police beef up security

May 24, 2019 Editor 0

The Police Command in Zamfara State says it has beefed up security to forestall a  breakdown of law and order following Friday’s Supreme Court Judgement nullifying the election of All Progressives Congress candidates in the state. The court panel  nullified the election that brought about the APC Governor-elect, Alhaji Muktar Idris, because the party failed to conduct its primaries according Read More

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Breaking – Zamfara: INEC in emergency meeting

May 24, 2019 Editor 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission, on Friday, held a meeting over the Supreme Court judgement on the general elections held in Zamfara State. In a statement signed by INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, the electoral body is meeting to determine the next course of action following the ruling. Part of the statement read, “Following Read More

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Zamfara: Injustice breeding banditry – Emir of Argungu

April 24, 2019 Editor 0

Emir of Argungu in Kebbi state Alhaji Samaila Mera has urged the judiciary to be fair and just in deciding cases between herdsmen and farmers in order to arrest banditry in the country. At the height of senseless killings in Zamfara state, the federal government suspended mining activities in the state and asked foreigners to quit. Further to that, the Read More

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NAF to Emirs: We didn’t kill innocent citizens, use bombs in Zamfara

April 19, 2019 Editor 0

Contrary to allegations by Emirs in Zamfara state, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has said it conduct series of intelligence before striking any identified locations and never used bombs in fighting banditry in the North-east. Spokesperson of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, gave the clarification on Thursday during a Press Conference at the NAF headquarters in Abuja. Read More

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NAF descends on bandits’ camp in Zamfara, kills 4

April 14, 2019 Editor 0

The Nigerian Air Force has on Saturday, April 13, destroyed some logistics stores belonging to bandits within Kagara forest in Zamfara state. A statement by the director of public relations and information of the force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, the raid was carried out during operation DIRAN MIKIYA which was set up to clear the area of bandits. Daramola also Read More

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Clarifying Zamfara bombing controversy

April 13, 2019 Editor 0

Folks conversant with the war against insurgency and banditry in Nigeria know the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), has firmly positioned itself within the professional context of defending the territorial integrity of the country with air power. Rather than undermining the efforts of the NAF in the fight against banditry, Zamfara Council of Emirs should immediately stop its curious disinformation and Read More

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22,000 widows, 44,000 orphans now in Zamfara – Marafa

April 11, 2019 Editor 0

Issues of rising wave of insecurity in Nigeria came to fore on the floor of the Senate Wednesday eliciting strong condemnations from lawmakers. At the session, lawmakers were told the crisis in Zamfara state had left in its wake 22,000 widows and 44,000 orphans since it broke out in 2011. And to this end, the upper legislative chamber resolved to Read More

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As NAF launches Operation ‘Tsaftan Daji’ in N/West: FG says highly placed monarchs behind killings

April 10, 2019 Editor 0

As the Nigerian Air Force Tuesday launched Operation ‘Tsaftan Daji’ in North west, the federal government has said highly placed traditional rulers in the north are behind the spate of killings in the region. The position came as Governor Abdulaziz Abubakar Yari of Zamfara state, a hotbed of violence, said over 3,596 innocent citizens lost their lives to banditry in the state Read More

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Zamfara banditry: CSOs heap blames on Defence Chief, defend Yari

April 7, 2019 Editorial IV 0

A coalition of civil society groups has put the blamed the insecurity in Zamfara state on the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali, rather than Governor Abdulazzi Yari. The coalition made up of the Peoples Alliance for Indigenous Rights (PAIR), Society for Gender Equity (SGE), Network for Onward Nigeria (NeO), and The Peoples Collective (TPC), accused the defence chief of Read More

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Banditry: Buhari reacts to Zamfara killings, kidnappings

April 6, 2019 Editor 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has reassured Nigerians that ending banditry remains a key priority of his administration and he would do whatever it takes to ensure the country’s security system confronts these public enemies with merciless determination. Reacting to the recent spike in reported incidents of banditry and kidnappings in some parts of the country, the president while condoling all those affected Read More

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Protesters hit Abuja, demand end to killings, kidnappings in Zamfara, others

April 6, 2019 Editor 0

Indigenes of Zamfara, resident in Abuja, have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently intervene and stop the killings and kidnappings currently going on in the state. The indigenes, who held a protest in Abuja on Saturday, decried the insecurity in the State which has resulted in apprehension, displacements of communities and loss of lives. The convener of the protest, Read More

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Bandits kill 16 in fresh Zamfara attacks

April 1, 2019 Editor 0

Suspected bandits have killed 16 persons in fresh attacks on Kursasa and Kurya villages of Shinkafi local government area of Zamfara state. A resident of Kursasa village identified as Usman Garba told Blueprint on phone that the bandits simultaneously besieged the two villages between 10pm and 11pm on Saturday and attacked the residents with dangerous weapons. He said the attacks on Kursasa Read More

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20 killed in fresh Zamfara bandits’ attack

March 5, 2019 Editor 0

Barely 72 hours after the deadly attack on some communities in Zamfara state by bandits, the hoodlums again struck Sunday killing 20 persons, mostly members of the Civilian Joint Task Force. Some 30 members of the CJTF were also killed Thursday by unknown gunmen at Kwaren Shikafi village in Shinkafi local government area of the state. The bandits were said to Read More