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Osinbajo moves to resolve Zamfara APC crisis

February 20, 2019 Editor 0

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday had a separate meeting with Governor Abdulaziz Yari and Senator Kabir Marafa, the two leading figures at the centre of the Zamfara state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).  The meeting was held at the vice president’s office at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.  Marafa, who represents Zamfara Central zone at the Senate, Read More

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Elections: Setback for Zamfara APC as judges withdraw

February 12, 2019 Editor 0

Justices of the Sokoto Division of the Court of Appeal on Monday disqualified themselves from hearing the case on the qualification of Zamfara All Progressives Congress (APC) to field candidates for the upcoming general election. The judges made the decision reportedly after allegations emanated they were bribed. A Zamfara High Court had recognised the primary elections held by the APC Read More

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Zamfara killings escalate, Marafa’s sister, 14 others killed, Husband abducted

February 6, 2019 Editor 0

The spate of wanton killings in Zamfara state has worsened with the killing of Senator Kabiru Marafa’s elder sister, Hajiya Ade Marafa, and abduction of her husband by armed bandits at Ruwan Bore community in Gusau local government area of the state. A resident, Sani Ahmed of Mada town, a neighbourhood of Ruwan Bore, told Blueprint the bandits attacked the communities around 9:00pm Read More

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Breaking: Anxiety as Gunmen invade Zamfara community, kill Marafa’s sister, kidnap husband

February 5, 2019 Editor 0

Suspected bandits have killed Ade Marafa, elder sister of the Senator representing Zamfara central, Kabir Marafa and abducted her husband, TheCable is reporting. An aide to the senator, Abubakar Tsafe who confirmed the incidence in a statement, said the bandits struck at the residence of the senator’s sister located at Ruwan Bore area of Gusau local government area on Tuesday. Read More

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Don’t dignify Yari with presidential rally, Marafa tells Buhari

February 1, 2019 Editor 0

The crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress in Zamfara state worsened yesterday as Senator Kabiru Marafa  Zamfara (Central) called on President Muhammadu Buhari to shelve the presidential rally slated for the state Sunday. Marafa, who made the call at a press briefing in Abuja, said even without the presidential rally, Zamfara electorate will overwhelmingly vote for President Buhari. According to him, Read More

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Zamfara: Sack minister of defence now, group tells Buhari

December 28, 2018 Administrator 0

Following the seemingly unabated killings in Zamfara state, the Peoples Alliance for Indigenous Rights (PAIR), has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to take decisive action to halt the killings. PAIR in a statement in Abuja, on Thursday, said it was tragic and unfortunate that the federal government has failed to arrest the security challenge in Zamfara for over two years now, Read More

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I support state of emergency in Zamfara -Yari 

December 28, 2018 Editor 0

Straight on arrival from Saudi Arabia where he went to perform Umrah, the lesser hajj, Zamfara state Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, has expressed support for the declaration of a state of emergency in the state. In the wake of the seemingly endless killings in the North-west state, there has been strident calls, notably from indigenes, on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a Read More

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End buck-passing on Zamfara, Yobe killings, PDP tells FG

December 27, 2018 Editorial III 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the persistent bloodletting and killings of innocent and vulnerable citizens in Zamfara State by alleged marauders. The party also appeals to the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government to stop buck-passing on the fight against insurgency instead should buckle up to curb the menace. The party in a statement signed by its Read More

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Shehu Sani on killings: Why Northern leaders fear to speak up

December 25, 2018 Editor 0

The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District of Kaduna state in the National Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani, has declared that that northern leaders have refused to speak up on the mass killings, abductions and related crimes in the region for fear of being persecuted by the federal government. Apart from fear of reprisal by the government, the former APC lawmaker Read More

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Riot in Zamfara over insecurity

December 25, 2018 Editorial III 0

Residents of some parts of Zamfara state are protesting the insecurity in the state. Hundreds of people have been killed by bandits in the North-West state in 2018. Many others have been kidnapped for ransom. The protesters, mainly residents of Tsafe local government area on Monday morning barricaded the Gusau-Zaria highway linking the state to Kaduna, Kano, and Abuja. An Read More

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Alleged corruption: Arraign Oshiomhole now, Coalition beckons EFCC

December 7, 2018 Editor 0

A coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) under aegis of the Coalition for Democratic Watchdog of Nigeria has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to arraign the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and Mallam Daudu Lawal, the Governorship aspirant from Zamfara state over allegations of corruption. In a press statement Read More

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We spent N10m to recover 10 AK47 rifles in Zamfara – Yari

December 4, 2018 Editor 0

Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state, yesterday, revealed that  10 AK-47 rifles were returned to the state government by bandits  at N1 million each, putting the total sum paid as reward at N10million. The governor said this while fielding questions from State House correspondents after a close-door meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. He expressed concerns over the growing insecurity Read More

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Abducted Zamfara twins regain freedom

November 19, 2018 Administrator 0

The twin sisters abducted in Dauran town in Zamfara state have been released by their kidnappers. Hassana and Hussaina were kidnapped last month as they distributed invitation cards for their upcoming wedding. The abductors threatened to kill them after the girls’ family said they could not raise the N15 million ransom the criminals demanded. An audio clip of one of the twins went Read More

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Zamfara under-reported, says Yari’s media aide

July 25, 2018 Administrator 0

Zamfara State government has decried that the state is under reported by the various media organisations operating in the state in the last seven years of Governor Abdulaziz Yari’s leadership. This was made known by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Enlightenment, Media and Publicity, Hon. Ibrahim Dosara, when the newly elected executives of the Correspondents chapel of Read More

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Gains of G4G re-usable pad initiative in Zamfara

July 7, 2018 Administrator 0

Most girls and women in Zamfara state, until recently, used rags in place of sanitary pads during their menstrual periods. However, this situation has since changed with the introduction of the Girls for Girls (G4G) initiative in the state. AJUMA EDWINA OGIRI examines how the initiative has impacted on their menstrual hygiene. 14 year old Fatima Mohammed, is a primary Read More

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Need for legislation on EAC, GEP projects in northern states

June 20, 2018 Administrator 0

There is no disputing the facts that the objectives of United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) to scale up enrolment of the girl-child into basic education system in Northern states, is yielding results. MARTIN PAUL writes. How it started In line with government declaration of state of emergency in education in the Sokoto state, UNICEF’s introduction of Girl Education Programme (GEP), Read More

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Adamawa, Zamfara killings: JNI urges security alert, intelligence-gathering

May 4, 2018 Administrator 0

Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) yesterday described as “cruel and devastating” the twin bomb attacks that killed 85 persons in Mubi, Adamawa state, and left scores hospitalised in critical condition. JNI also condemned the continued killings by bandits in Zamfara state, while urging security agencies to wake up to its security duties and be proactive in intelligence gathering and sharing to Read More