I did my best to address security challenges in Zamfara, says Yari

Former Zamfara Governor, Abdul’aziz Yari, on Monday defended his handling of the security situation in the state, saying he did his best to tackle the problem. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Yari made the remarks in Talata-Mafara at a meeting of All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders from Gusau, Maradun and Tsafe local government areas. “I am using this opportunity on behalf of the entire APC members in Zamfara state to condole people of Maradun and Tsafe local government areas over recent bandits’ attacks in their communities. “We…

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Killings, kidnapping: Buhari says IG is loosing weight (VIDEO)

President Muhammadu Buhari has said the fact that the Acting Inspector General of Police Muhammad Adamu has been losing weight is evidence that he is working very hard at securing the nation. Buhari spoke on Sunday on arrival from his 10-day private visit to the United Kingdom. In a video, a reporter had asked the President: “Are we likely to see a different approach in the fight against insecurity, especially kidnapping, which is a big issue now Sir?” The President responded: “You know, I have just seen the IG, he…

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Zamfara crisis: Bandits made 8,000 widows, 16,000 orphans –Governor

Bandits ravaging Zamfara State have turned 8,000 housewives to widows while 16,000 children had become orphans since 2009 when the state has been under pressure from bandits. Also, the bandits had killed at least 5,000 and injured more than 9,000 others while over 10,000 houses and silos were destroyed as a result of bandits’ activities. T he state government also revealed that it pays between N500,000 and N1 million to the family of each person killed while between N250,000 and N500,000 goes to those injured by bandits in Zamfara. Governor…

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FG accuses traditional rulers of aiding bandits in Zamfara, others

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Some traditional rulers in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina states, and parts of Kaduna, are among “unpatriotic persons” allegedly responsible for the rising spate of armed banditry/kidnapping in the areas, Cases of kidnapping, armed banditry and other violent crimes in the affected areas, had led to the killings of scores of people, rape as well as destruction of property. The Ministry of Defence, which made the allegation in a statement yesterday by the Minister’s Public Relations Officer, Col. Tukur Gusau, said those involved in the act, provided intelligence to the suspected bandits,…

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Zamfara Killings: Islamic cleric asks Minister of Defence to resign

The Chief Imam of Alfurqan Jummat Mosque, Kano, Dr Bashir Aliyu Umar has called on the Minister of Defense, Gen Mansur Muhammad Dan Ali (rtd)to resign his appointment for failing to protect the people of his home state, Zamfara from incessant killings of residents hoodlums. He said that the Minister should resign and allow a move serious person to take over.   He further called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in the state over the killings by bandits, while berating Governor Abdulaziz Yari for reportedly…

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IPAC rejects emergency rule call in Zamfara

The Zamfara chapter of the Inter Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) has opposed the call for the declaration of emergency rule in the state, describing the move as retrogressive. Speaking to newsmen in an interview in Gusau on Monday, the IPAC State Chairman, Alhaji Sani Yusuf, said the call for the imposition of a state of emergency was unwarranted. Yusuf said that such action would only cripple political and economic activities of the people, adding that proponents of the emergency rule were enemies of the state. “In fact, we want to…

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Zamfara killings: I’m ready to quit as Zamfara governor – Gov Yari

The governor of Zamfara state, Abdulaziz Yari, says he is willing to sacrifice his position should a state of emergency be imposed on the state over the worsening insecurity. Yari, who had also expressed support for the declaration of state of emergency to tackle the widespread killings in the north-west state, said some politicians had suggested the idea on the assumption that he was afraid to lose his office. But he said he was prepared to do anything to ensure peace and security in the state. Yari spoke with state…

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PHOTOS: Riot in Zamfara over killings

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Residents of some parts of Zamfara State are currently protesting the insecurity in the state, reports reaching New Telegraph says. 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. Hundreds of people have been killed by bandits in the North-west state in 2018. Many others have been kidnapped for ransom. A friend who is On his way to Zamfara right now, reports that ordinary folks along Funtua- Gusau road have blocked the highway in protest…

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JUST IN: Gunmen kill 11 cinema-goers in Zamfara

Gunmen have opened fire on a crowd of cinema-goers in northern Nigeria, killing at least 11 people and injuring more than 20 others, witnesses and hospital sources have told the BBC. The attack by suspected bandits happened on Wednesday night in north-western Zamfara State. Eyewitnesses say the attackers arrived in the village of Badarawa on foot. They then headed to the village hall, known as a viewing centre, where residents gather at night to watch films or football. When gunmen opened fire, the cinema-goers panicked, running for safety – most…

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Scores of bandits killed in Zamfara – NAF

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), said scores of suspected bandits had been killed in its ongoing operation in Zamfara State. A statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said the killing followed an encounter the NAF’s surface troops had with a notorious group of bandits. “In continuation of operations to flush armed bandits out of the Northwestern part of the country, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Air Task Force (ATF) for Operation DIRAN MIKIYA has, between 25 and 27 August 2018, successfully neutralized…

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