By Gistflash News
Sept 8, 2021
The Zamfara State Government says it has incepted vehicles conveying food, drinks and fuel to various bandit camps in the state.
The government said it had also arrested no fewer than 100 violators of Gov. Bello Matawalle’s Executive Order to restore law and order in the state.
Secretary of the state Special Taskforce on Security, Mr Abdulrasheed Haruna, made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gusau on Wednesday.
Matawalle had established the Special Taskforce to enforce measures to address the lingering security challenges of mass kidnapping for ransom and cattle rustling by gunmen facing the state.
NAN recalls that Matawalle had on Aug. 26, signed the executive orders in line with the relevant sections of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
In signing the executive order the governor said he acted in the exercise of the powers conferred on him by the Section 5(2),176(2) and 315(2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
He also said it was in exercise of all other powers enabling him in that behalf in an effort to protect the lives and property of the people of the state of Zamfara and at the same time contain the security challenges.
Consequently, he issued an executive order as follows:
“All weekly markets activities within Zamfara State are hereby suspended.
“Ingress and egress for all cars, or vehicles by whatever name called within Zamfara State shall be from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm excluding Firefighters, Ambulances, Patrol vehicles, Health Personnel and Journalists.
“No bicycle, motorcycle shall carry more than one passenger; in the case of tricycle, three passengers.
“No bicycle, motorcycle and tricycle shall ply any road or rat run within Zamfara State between the hours of 6:30pm to 6:00 am, while in Gusau metropolis shall be between 8:00 pm. to 6:00 am.
“No firewood or charcoal shall be transported from the bush to any part of Zamfara state by bicycle, motorcycle, tricycle, car, articulated vehicle, lorry truck or any vehicle by whatever name called.
“No sheep or cow shall be transported into or outside Zamfara State.
“The sale of petroleum products by filling stations within the control of a village head is banned.
“Filling stations shall not sell petroleum products in jerry cans or any other container to any customer.
“No filling station shall sell more than five litres to motorcyclists, tricyclists and 40 litres to any vehicle.
“All shops, Kiosks, Containers, Tents and Stands located at Garejin Mailaina, Gusau are hereby closed.
“A Special Taskforce is hereby established to ensure full compliance with this order while mobile courts are hereby established to deal with violators”.
Haruna told NAN that the suspected collaborators were handed over to security agencies for further investigation while those with light offences were being tried by a mobile court established by the taskforce.
According to him, the closure of weekly markets and filling stations by the government had curtailed supplies of food and other essential services to the bandits.
“We believe that these have forced the bandits to relocate enmass from the state,” he said.
Haruna further said the taskforce had set up 11 subcommittees to monitor and ensure total compliance to all elements as contained in the executive order.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Ibrahim Dosara, has announced additional measures taken by the state government to tighten the leakages giving lifeline to the bandits.
Dosara said the additional measures were taken based on intelligence obtained by the state government and security agencies.
“The state government has closed down, Yargaya Market of Tudunwada area in Gusau, Kaura Namoda-Jibiya Junction, Lambar Bakura Junction, Colony-Rini Junction and Mayar-Anka Junction,” he said.
The Commissioner further said security agencies were directed to take total control of all the affected areas with immediate effect “and state taskforce will monitor to ensure compliance”.
According to him, the troops led by Lt.-Gen. Faruku Yahaya, the Chief of Army Staff, who had since relocated to the North West region had been combing the forests and bandit enclaves.
He said the military had recorded huge successes which details would be made available in due course.
Meanwhile, commercial activities in the state were halted following the disconnection of telecommunication network by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
The disconnection had also affected banking services including Point of Sales (POS) services and internet cafe services among other businesses in the state.
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By Gistflash News
Sept 20, 2021
Police arrest 259 suspects over alleged banditry, kidnapping culpable homicide in Niger
By Gistflash News
Sept 18, 2021
Police arrested about 259 suspects over banditry, kidnapping, culpable homicide, rape, farmers/herders conflicts and other crimes in Niger in August.
Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Monday Kuryas, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Saturday that then crimes were committed in 25 local government areas of the state.
“We have charged 119 suspects out of the 259 arrested in court, 81 of them are still standing trial,’’ he said.
He added that 59 suspects were still under investigation at the state Criminal Investigation Bureau, while nine cases had been sent to the state’s Ministry of Justice for vetting and legal advice.
He explained that the command also recovered three locally-made single barrel guns, one Dane gun, and two locally-made pistols with three live cartridges.
The police commissioner also told NAN that the command tackled banditry in Ma’undu village of Mariga Local Government Area, which had been the stronghold of bandits.
He said that Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers in the 25 local government areas had been directed to beef up security architecture in their respective areas of supervision.
“We appeal for support and cooperation from members of the public who should give us intelligence information that could aid in apprehending miscreants in their midst.
“We are battle ready to confront any person or group of miscreants undermining the peaceful nature our state is known for through well- coordinated security approaches to enhance peaceful coexistence among our people,’’ Kuryas said.
High populations of women, youths critical in combating insecurity –Minister
By Gistflash News
Sept 17, 2021
The Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi, says the high populations of women and youths in Nigeria were critical to combating the myriad security challenges facing the country.
Dingyadi, who is also the Katukan Sokoto, was speaking on Thursday in Abuja when the National Executive Committee members of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC ), led by its National Chairman, Dr Faruk Maiyama, paid him a courtesy call.
” The women and youths have larger populations that play strategic roles in curbing the menace of insecurity in the nation like banditry, kidnapping, insurgency, cattle rustling and other crimes.
” The Federal Government would, therefore, continue to harness these demographic resources to make Nigeria safer and more secure .
” The women’s wing of the PCRC has also been diligent and committed in the discharge of their duties and I strongly believe that the sky will be their limit”, Dingyadi said.
He thanked the Federal Government and Nigerians for the sustained support they had been relentlessly extending to the ministry and the police.
The minister lauded the committee for its ceaseless efforts in facilitating the smooth operations of the police, saying, “Ensuring the security of lives and properties of all law abiding Nigerians is the responsibility of all patriotic Nigerians.
“We are satisfied with the roles you have been actively playing in this direction and you should not relent,” the minister added.
He underscored the importance of the various committees set up by the PCRC, saying, ” they have been serving as veritable links between the ministry, the police and the public.”
Speaking earlier, Maiyama commended Dingyadi for repositioning the ministry, as well as restoring confidence in the officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force.
” This is by respecting seniority in the appointment of the Inspector General of Police and ensuring the successful take off of the Police Trust Fund.
“” The Minister has also ensured the immediate implementation of the community policing policy nationwide, and the establishment of a police-public complaints committee in the ministry.
“The numerous achievements of the minister within a short period was what informed the decision of the National Executive Council of the PCRC to confer on him an Award of Excellence.
” This was in recognition for his contributions to the maintenance of peace and security in the country”, Maiyama said.
He implored Dingyadi not to rest on his oars until the peace and tranquillity for which Nigeria was known for were fully restored. (
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