Zamfara: Bandits attack mosque, abduct worshippers during morning prayers

Scores of worshippers were abducted by bandits early yesterday, in an attack on a mosque in Tsafe, the headquarters of Tsafe local government area of Zamfara State. According to an eyewitness, Garba, the attack unfolded around 5:00 a.m., just as worshippers were preparing for the Morning Prayer. “We were about to begin our prayers when they (bandits) suddenly entered the mosque and ordered everyone outside,” Garba recounted. “There was pandemonium as people tried to escape, but the bandits blocked all exits and threatened to shoot anyone who disobeyed”. Garba described…

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Zamfara: Bandits kidnap 36 women, kill 3 in Ƙauran-Namoda LGA

Armed bandits have abducted about 50 villagers among them 36 women in Magizawa village of Ƙauran-Namoda local government area of Zamfara State. The bandits, who attacked the village on Sunday, also killed three persons including a member of a vigilante group and injured five others. A resident of the village, who pleaded for anonymity, said the bandits arrived at the village in the night when many residents had retired to bed. He explained that immediately they entered the village, they began to shoot sporadically into the air, thereby scaring the…

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Supreme Court victory: “Let’s join hands to rescue Zamfara” – Gov. Lawal tells opposition

Zamfara State Governor, Dauda Lawal has called on the opposition party to collaborate with his administration on its rescue mission. “The Supreme Court’s Friday verdict is a victory for the people of Zamfara”, the Governor said, in a statement. Recall that the apex court. in its judgment, set aside the decision of the Court of Appeal Abuja, which had declared the Zamfara governorship election inconclusive. Delivering the lead decision of the Supreme Court, Hon. Justice Emmanuel Agim described the judgement of the lower court as “perverse and lacked evidential foundation”.…

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‘China, other foreign criminal gold rush in Nigeria draining resources, worsening illegal mining, security crisis’ – Report

Nigeria’s mining sector is being exploited by foreign criminals for decades, and the extractive sector is the most recent target. According to a recent published report, the sector is diverse in mineral resources, which make a significant contribution to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product. The country is endowed with an estimated $700-billion in commercially-viable minerals, giving it the capacity to diversify its revenue sources and boost foreign exchange earnings. Minerals include barite, bitumen, iron ore, lead, zinc, coal, limestone and gold. However, it faces multiple challenges and its poor performance…

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“No court ordered me to return Zamfara official vehicles” – Matawalle

Minister of State for Defence, Bello Matawalle, has challenged Governor Dauda Lawal, of Zamfara State and his Chief Security Officer to point out where the Federal High Court, sitting in Sokoto, ordered the retrieval of 50 vehicles in its judgement. Recall that a press statement issued yesterday from the office of the governor had said, “A Federal High Court in Sokoto dismissed a suit filed by former governor Bello Matawalle over ownership of 50 vehicles”. The minister’s spokesman, Ibrahim Dosara, said the press statement issued by Zamfara State government with…

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Bandits kill one, abduct 5 in Zamfara

… Set police vehicle ablaze Armed bandits have attacked Maru, the headquarters of Maru local government area in Zamfara State, have killed one person, set ablaze a police highway patrol vehicle, and abducted five individuals, including a lecturer from the College of Education (COE), Maru. Reports indicate that the bandits, who were a significant number, stormed Maru town in the early hours of yesterday, with the intent to abduct residents. A resident of the town, Yusuf Musa, recounted to newsmen that the armed bandits arrived in Maru armed with sophisticated…

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Zamfara: “Ex-Gov. Matawalle distributed Hilux vans to bandits; didn’t invest in public transport” – Govt.

The Zamfara State Government has described the legacy left by former Governor Bello Matawalle as buying vehicles for bandits. The State’s commissioner for budget and planning, AbdulMalik Gajam, in an interview hosted by the Chief Executive Officer of Arewa Twitter, Abdullahi Otaki, on X (formerly Twitter), noted that Matawalle, who is the current Minister of State for Defence under President Bola Tinubu’s government, failed to make any investment in mass transit while gifting vehicles to terrorists. Gajam said, “Recently, the governor cried out that there was a move with the…

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One killed, as bandits abduct Zamfara monarch, 5 others

Bandits have reportedly abducted the district head of Ruwan-Rana, in Bukkuyum local government area of Zamfara State, Magaji Makau and five others. An indigene of the area, Mohammed Musa told newsmen that the bandits, who rode into Ruwan-Rana town in the early hours of Saturday, killed one person during the attack. They reportedly arrived in the town around 3 a.m., began shooting sporadically and later went from house to house, where they abducted the district head and five other prominent persons. It was alleged that they killed one person who…

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‘How past govt. mismanaged billions of naira meant for cargo airport’ – Zamfara Govt.

The Zamfara State government has presented some evidence against the immediate-past administration in the State, in relation to the Gusau International (cargo) Airport project. Matawalle, last Friday, denied the allegations of embezzling billions from the Zamfara cargo airport project. In a statement issued in Gusau yesterday, the Spokesperson to Zamfara Governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris, said that the response by Matawalle exposed a “blatant violation of trust, opening a Pandora’s Box”. According to him, the bad financial situation the current administration met in Zamfara State was caused by the past government of…

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Judgement Day: Zamfara Gov. Tribunal to deliver judgement today

The Zamfara State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Sokoto has fixed today,Monday 18th September 2023 to deliver judgement. The Zamfara State Election Tribunal, sitting in Sokoto, is set to announce its judgment in the case involving Governor Dauda Lawal, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and his predecessor, the former governor of the State and now Minister of State for Defense, Bello Matawalle. The tribunal is set to deliver its verdict on the petition filed by Matawalle challenging the validity of the election that brought in Dauda Lawal as…

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