Zamfara emir hands over 3 Boko Haram suspects to army.

The Nigerian army says the Zurmi emirate council in Zamfara state has handed over three suspected Boko Haram members to it.

 

Abdullahi Adamu, commanding officer, 223 light tank batallion of tactical operation unit, Gusau, said the suspects were apprehended by a local vigilante in the area.

 

He said the three suspects had been moved to the 1 division, Nigerian Army, Kaduna, for interrogation.

 

“Based on our preliminary investigation, we discovered that the suspects may be connected to the fleeing Boko Haram members who were recently disbanded by the military from Sambisa forest of Borno state,” Adamu said.

 

The commanding officer further commended the emirate council and local vigilantes for their efforts in arresting the suspects.

 

He said AK 47 riffles, over 600 ammunition, illicit drugs, charms and other belongings were recovered from the suspects.

 

Source: The Cable

Troops Destroy Armed Bandit’s Camps In Zamfara

Troops attached to 1 Division of the Nigerian Army have ramped up clearance operations against armed bandits and cattle rustlers in Zamafara State as part of Operation Sharan Daji.

 

According to a press release issued by Colonel Sani Usman on Thursday, troops killed 9 armed bandits and livestock rustlers within the past three days. They also destroyed the bandits’ and rustlers’ camps and motorcycles in Bungudu and Maru Local Government Areas.

 

The soldiers also arrested two suspected armed bandits: Awidi Mohammed and Mummuni Mohammed. They also recovered 292 cows, 44 rams, and 17 donkeys from the livestock rustlers, who had stolen the animals.

 

An additional suspect, Abdullahi Abubakar, was later arrested and is believed to be an accomplice of a notorious bandit named Buharin Daji.

 

While the 1 Division has intensified its efforts to rid Zamfara State of illegal activities, it is also engaged in peace talks with relevant stakeholders in the region. According to Mr. Usman, cooperative cattle rustlers have provided valuable information to the Division and the Zamfara State government.

Nigerian Senator ‘secures’ federal jobs for 300 graduates

A Zamfara Senator, Kabiru Marafa, says he has secured employment for more than 300 unemployed graduates in the past five years.

 

The chairman of the Senator’s Relief and Assistance Committee, Ahmad Mai’aya, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Gusau.

 

Mr. Mai’aya said that from 2011 to date “we have over 300 graduates with degree, HND and Diploma/NCE who got employment with various Federal Government organizations through Senator Kabiru Marafa”.

 

“We are now making arrangements to come up with special skills acquisition and entrepreneurship scheme for secondary school leavers which we hope to commence in 2017.

 

“We have provided capital to women in Gusau, Maru, Bungudu and Tsafe local government councils aimed at supporting them to improve their businesses,” Mr. Mai’aya said.

 

According to him, “we are very serious on providing employment to our teeming youth in fulfilment of promises made to people during our campaigns”.

 

He said the provision of employment to youth was among the promises of the APC.

 

“I am therefore calling on political office holders to emulate the Senator and introduce relevant programmes to improve the lives of our people,” he said.

PMB, Yari Meet Over Killings In Zamfara

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met behind closed doors with Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja over the recent killings and abductions in his state.

Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Yari disclosed that he came to brief the president about the security situation in his state which has reached alarming proportions.

He said, “As you are aware, some villages in Zamfara State have been under attacks by bandits and the President has carried out his constitutional responsibility by sending security men to the state.

“So I am here to brief him on the security situation in the state. The operation is ongoing and is going on successfully. I am rushing back there to visit the troops in order to boast their morale.

“I will be with them throughout the week. In this kind of situation, you have to be with the people in order to show them that you are concerned as a leader.

“I believe the security agencies are doing their best and we will continue as government to give them the support needed to make the operation successful.

He expressed hope that the military will remain there for longer time adding that the state is  ready to take care of their logistics.

“The problem we have is that the state is surrounded by forests. The military men there are currently in about six camps. We hope they will stay there for a while.

“We thank God that the 40 people are back with their families. We have retrieved them from their abductors and we have returned them to their families without any injury. We also did not pay any ransom,” he added.

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Zamfara officials convicted for fraud.

Justice Fatima Murtala of the Federal High Court Gusau has convicted and sentenced two officials of Zamfara State Universal Basic Education Board, Gambo Tsafe and Kasimu Mohammed for fraud.

 

The convicts, Director and Accountant respectively of the Zamfara State Universal Basic Education Board, ZASUBEB, were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on June 12 on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy and money laundering.

 

Upon their arraignment, they pleaded ‘not guilty.’

 

But at the resumed hearing on Tuesday November 22, they changed their plea, as they pleaded ‘guilty’ to a two-count amended charge. This followed a plea bargain agreement they entered with the prosecution.

 

In view of their latest plea, counsel for the prosecution, M.S. Abubakar urged the court to convict them accordingly.

 

While reviewing the facts of the case, Mr. Abubakar told the court that one Nasiru Nahoro, a contractor with the Zamfara State Universal Basic Education Board (ZASUBEB) was awarded a contract by the board under the chairmanship of one Murtala Adamu who is facing a ten-count charge of money laundering before the same court to the tune of over N30 million . The contract was for the construction of office block at the board in the sum of N74 million. However, it was gathered that the chairman of the board, Murtala Adamu, received the sum of N7.4 million as gratification which is 10 per cent of the total contract sum through the account of the first convict, Gambo Lawal.

 

The first convict after taking his share of N160,000, transferred the remaining N7,165,000 to the second convict. Subsequently, the second convict, withdrew cash in the sum of N7,145,000 and took same to the board chairman. In the process, the second convict retained the sum of N20,000 as his own share.

 

Justice Murtala on Wednesday handed various fines to the convicts. The first convict, Gambo Lawal, got a fine of N800,000 which is equivalent to five times the amount he benefitted, while the second convict, Kasimu Mohammed, was fine N100,000, five times equivalent of the N20,000 he benefitted.

 

In addition, both convicts were ordered to refund the proceeds of their crime N160,000 and N20,000 respectively to the Federal Government through the EFCC.

Police Rescue 41 Kidnapped Persons In Zamfara

The police in Zamfara have announced the rescue of 41 persons kidnapped last week by armed bandits in Maru local government area of the state.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Shaba Alkali, made the announcement on Wednesday in Gusau while addressing newsmen.

He said that the 41 kidnapped victims including a police inspector from the state command were returned in good condition of health, adding that no ransom was paid to facilitate their release.

He explained that `security strategic measures’ employed by joint security personnel who mounted pressure on the hoodlums facilitated the safe return of the victims.

Alkali warned armed bandits operating in the state to relocate or surrender, saying “very soon we are going to come out in full force to fight them.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the abductors had earlier told Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara to release 400 cows recovered from them by the joint security patrol before they would release the 41 victims.

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155 killed in Zamfara in less than one month – Governor Yari.

Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara has said that155 people have been killed by bandits in less than a month in the state.

Mr. Yari disclosed this on Monday in a state-wide broadcast on the security challenges facing the state.

He also said that over 50 persons had been kidnapped during the period.

He explained that 53 people were killed in Shinkafi Local Government Area; 50 in Maru Local Government Area; 37 in Maradun Local Government Area and 15 in Zurmi Local Government Area.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how the latest of the attacks occurred on Saturday night leading to the death of 25 people, according to a lawmaker.

The governor said even though the Federal Government launched a military operation against the bandits in July, the criminals regrouped and returned with vendetta, killing and kidnapping innocent people and demanding large sums of money as ransom.

He said after a meeting with stakeholders in the state on Monday, the state government had set up a Crisis Management Committee comprising security agents, civil servants, legislators and retired security agents.

He said the body was charged with the responsibility of assessing the damages caused by the activities of the hoodlums to enable the government to assist the victims.

155 Killed In Zamfara In Less Than One Month– Governor Yari

Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara has said that 155 people have been killed by bandits in less than a month in the state.

Mr. Yari disclosed this on Monday in a state-wide broadcast on the security challenges facing the state.

He also said that over 50 persons had been kidnapped during the period.

He explained that 53 people were killed in Shinkafi Local Government Area; 50 in Maru Local Government Area; 37 in Maradun Local Government Area and 15 in Zurmi Local Government Area.

The governor said even though the Federal Government launched a military operation against the bandits in July, the criminals regrouped and returned with vendetta, killing and kidnapping innocent people and demanding large sums of money as ransom.

He said after a meeting with stakeholders in the state on Monday, the state government had set up a Crisis Management Committee comprising security agents, civil servants, legislators and retired security agents.

He said the body was charged with the responsibility of assessing the damages caused by the activities of the hoodlums to enable the government to assist the victims.

Mr. Yari appealed to the federal government to deploy more military personnel to the state to defeat the bandits.

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Buhari condoles with Zamfara over killing of miners

President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the government and people of Zamfara State over the brutal killing of miners at Gidan Ardo village of Bindin District in Maru Local Government Area of the state.

President Buhari, on his Twitter handle on Tuesday, condemned the incident, saying he was being briefed by Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State on the ongoing investigations into the incident.

He gave the assurance that the Federal Government would work closely with the state government to find lasting solution to the problem of armed banditry in the state and beyond.

The Twitter message reads: “I commiserate with the government and people of Zamfara on the cold-blooded murder by armed bandits of 36 persons at Bindin in Maru Local Government Area.

“These killings are utterly condemnable. I am in touch with Gov. Abdulaziz Yari and being briefed on on-going investigations

“We will work with the State Government and security agencies to find a lasting solution to the problem of armed banditry in the state and region.”

The Police in Zamfara State on Tuesday confirmed that several people were killed by gunmen suspected to be cattle rustlers at a mining site in Gidan Ardo village of Bindin district of Maru Local Government Area.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Shehu Muhammad, who confirmed the incident to newsmen in Gusau, said investigation into the killing had just begun.

Muhammad said the Anti-terrorism Squad of the command had already been deployed to the area to join the Army in trailing the gunmen and gave assurance that they would soon be arrested.

Eyewitnesses in the area said the gunmen, numbering over 70, rode into the mining site at about 3pm and shot anyone in sight, killing over 40 persons and injuring several others.

The gunmen were said to have carted away most of the mineral finds and also killed some of those that were in the mining pit.

“Zamfara loses $500 million yearly to illegal mining”, says Yari Abubakar

About $500 million is being lost yearly in Zamfara State to illegal exploration and processing of mineral resources in the state, Governor Abdul’aziz Yari Abubakar has said.

 

The governor who made this known yesterday at a stakeholders’ meeting to commemorate the 20 years of the state’s creation expressed dismay over the zero revenue deposit out of the total sum generated by illegal miners in the state.

 

Yari, who is also the chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, attributed the persistent recession facing the country to the total dependence of the country on the oil sector, stressing the need for the Federal Government to allow states to control their resources.

The governor maintained that records indicate that the Federal Government has issued mining processing licences within Zamfara State to over 1,000 small and large industries from different parts of the country.

 

I want to inform this gathering that our state is in a serious problem. I was briefed that illegal mining business is rapidly increasing in the state leading to over $500 million being generated annually, and to my dismay, no single naira is going into the state account as revenue from this illegal mining,” Yari said.

 

He said if states are given the opportunity to control their resources, Zamfara State will be the most economically vibrant in the country, and called on the citizens to support his administration in building a solid foundation for the future development of the state.Earlier, the Sultan of Sokoto who is also the special guest on the occasion, congratulated the people of the state.

The Jewel In The North, Celebrating #ZamfaraAt20 – Ahmad Abdul Kareem

As Nigerians all over the world celebrated 36 years of Nigeria’s independence from colonial rule on October 1 1960, a different kind of celebration was going on in newly created Zamfara State. In an early nationwide broadcast on that memorable then, the then Head of State and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Late General Sani Abacha announced the creation of Zamfara State out of the old Sokoto State.

The celebration and jubilation in Zamfara on that day was not without due thought to the enormous challenges ahead. The young state was in dire need to aggressive infrastructural development, schools and hospitals had to be built, homes and business had to be powered and the capital, Gusau, rebuilt to fit the image and status of a state capital.

20 years since then we the people of Zamfara have cause to celebrate again. This time a celebration of how far we have come in two decades. The young bare state has developed into one of the most important states in North West Nigeria. Due credit goes to all the former administrators and governors of the state who worked assiduously to set Zamfara on the path of lasting development.

In the last five years the smell perceived in the North-Western part of the country as changed from what it used to be, of interest is Zamfara State. The land of farming used to portray a weather-beaten appearance when it comes to economic and socio-economic development; which is not unconnected with the fact that corruption and mismanagement used to be the order in the land that finds farming its pride. The state which clocks twenty in Octoberhas recorded history, significant of which is the brilliant effort of the incumbent Governor, Governor Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari in transforming the state into a progressive, accelerating and more prosperous one.

The insecurity in our country, which stands tall in the Northern part of Nigeria, is one of the bits of troubles for administrations in Zamfara State. The incident of the 276 female students kidnapped by Boko Haram sects remains one element that has continued to keep children particularly female children away from school. There is no doubt that the incident caused damaged to the psyche of parents in this region. The global figure for out-of-school children is estimated at 121 million, 65 million being girls and over 80 percent of these girls live in the Sub Saharan Africa. According to UNICEF, 40 percent of Nigerian children aged 6-11 do not attend any primary school with the Northern region recording the lowest school attendance rate in the country, particularly for girls. (The Daily Times)

In recent time, Zamfara State has proved to be positive in the cloud of female education in the Northern part of Nigeria. The state is known to have the highest figure for primary and secondary school enrolment in North West, also the third highest in North-West and North-East combined. The farming land is the only state that has the highest number of girls in school in the North-East and North-West. The numbers of girls that read up to WAEC level has increased by 40%. Government has tried everything in her capacity to ensure and effect that children go to school, particularly the girls. Most parents in this region have the fear and consternation of their children going to school; instead they prefer that they go to Arabic schools. Government then taught of providing an alternative school structure and curriculum, an example which is the Arabic primary and secondary school in the State.

The story of these unfaltering and unflagging girls in pursuit of education wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the investments by Governor Yari Abubakr. Governor Yari took brilliant steps in raising the standard of education in Zamfara. He was the brain behind the construction and commissioning of more than 300 blocks of classroom in his first year. He also saw to the building of a 7, 000 capacity teachers training centre, which was built in Gusau, fully equipped with ICT facilities. Zamfara is no longer a part of the bottom dwellers in external examinations, like we used to have it before. In 2016, the state’s budget shows the government is serious in reducing the number of out-of-school children.

Just like other foresighted Governors, Governor Yari tabled a number of means to save the State from the shackles of economic decline currently affecting our country Nigeria. This is evident in the 2016 Appropriation Bill he presented to the State House of Assembly on the 10th of February, 2016. He said the grim of realities in term of economic situation has forced the state to intensify efforts to reduce over dependence on the Federal allocation. According to Governor Yari, Zamfara State will respond to these challenges by designing new measures and articulating new policy objectives armed at meeting the State’s financial requirements for effective implementation of the  2016 Budget.

The change maker didn’t baggy on their mean source of sustenance at all; as the 2016 Budget stressed the effective reintroduction of Zamfara comprehensive agricultural revolution programme (ZACAREP) which was initiated by former Governor Ahmad Sani on the grounds of demand by the farmers, which will further help there farming. This scheme would afford farmers the opportunity of getting loan of bags and fertilizers. According to the budget, the higher number of target farmers will be obtained as majority of the ZACAREP community will be participating farmers. Again the Budget said Governor Yari’s administration will improve rice production with a view to ensuring sufficiency in rice production in particular and boost food security not only in Zamfara but Nigeria as a whole.

According to the Blue print the Yari led administration has put in place for the design of industrial developments of the state, noting that the government will aim at the utilization and facilitation of the State’s economic growth, job creations and poverty alleviation efforts, while reducing the state’s over dependence on the Federal allocations and grants. One begins to sense that a government that really has the interest of its people in mind is that of Governor Yari.

As the state looks back to recount all that history has recorded, it can today smile, as the lover of the mases is doing all in his capacity and capability to take the gloomy State of Zamfara to the ranks of the shinning States. Corruption which used to be the regalia of the State is fast becoming something of the past which stays with the past. The last five years of Zamfara State are memorable ones in the hearts of the good people of Zamfara.

As we the people of Zamfara celebrate the occasion of 20 years anniversary of the creation of our dear state, we acknowledge the efforts and contributions of our former leaders who built the foundation for the beautiful mansion in the making.

 

Ahmad Abdul Kareem writes from Gusau.

#UNGA: Zamfara will benefit from my UN General Assembly trip – Yari Abubakar

The governor of Zamfara state, Yari Abubakar, who embarked on an official trip to New York for the 71st session of the UN General Assembly has promised to put to great use, some of the deductions he made at the session which lasted for several days.

 

Also in attendance, was the President himself who spoke so much about poverty, terrorism, unemployment, security & climate change among others.

 

Mr Yari Abubakar reiterated in a statement made available to the media, the importance of his trip to his state, Zamfara.

 

He also said; “the need for the international community to work together to liberate humanity from poverty, save our planet from the devastation of climate change and rid the world of terrorism for a more peaceful and prosperous future cannot be over-emphasized considering how deep Nigeria is in poverty and the negative consequences of climate change“.

 

The plight of the displaced people especially in the North-Eastern Nigeria is of particular concern to the governor, who reiterated the efforts of his government in reaching out to IDPs in Northern Nigeria.

 

Governor Yari described his attendance of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly as an eye-opener. He also stated that there is much work to be done and of course the help of the international community is highly needed.

 

At this point when diversification of the economy is non-negotiable and inevitable, Zamfara state will do nothing less than to embark on creating a stable and healthy economy, being one of the budding Northern States“, he stated.

 

Climate change has had it’s toll on Zamfara State and the government is reinforcing it’s commitment to ensure it does all it can to fight back and also create alternative solutions tot he crisis.

 

Zamfara state is a fast developing state in Northern Nigeria with huge potentials to take the lead among it’s contemporaries. She will be celebrating her 20 years anniversary since creation on the 1st of October, 1996.

 

The trip is one of the very few which is hugely beneficial to the development of Zamfara State in terms of eradicating poverty, fighting crime, creating employment, diversifying the economy and of course stimulating investment and development“, the governor said in a closing remark.

Soldiers Kill 20 Cattle Rustlers In Zamfara

At least 20 cattle rustlers were killed at the weekend in a military operation in Zamfara State.  The soldiers also recovered 200, 10 AK 47 rifles ammunition.
The Commanding Officer, 223 Light Tank Battalion, Lt-Col Aliyu Adamu who disclosed that the rustlers’ den was also destroyed in Dansadau forest
“We have succeeded in our battle with cattle rustlers, 20 of them were gunned down. We are also able to recover live ammunition, 10 AK 47 and 1 AK 49 riffles from the bandits,” he said.
Other villages raided include Malele, Yarwutsiya, Babar doka, Ruwan Tofa and some neibouring villages.

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Zamfara ‘Blasphemy’ Killings: What Really Happened

Further details has been obtained of the killings in the Talata Marafa town of Zamfara State, where eight residents were burnt to death by a mob suspected to be students of Abdu Gusau Polytechnic.

Reporters spoke to a resident of Talata Mafara, Salisu Mafara on Tuesday. He said trouble began when a student of the Polytechnic was accused of blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad.

“The young man was a Muslim before he converted to Christianity and fellow students always accused him of saying nasty things about Islam.

“However, he reportedly said terrible things about the prophet and the students around descended on him and he was seriously injured,” he said.

Mr. Mafara said another resident of the town who speaks the same language with the accused student came to his rescue.

“When they noticed that he was not moving at all, they thought he was dead, but one man who is from the same tribe with him now came and took him to hospital in his car.

“When the mob got to know what happened, they now began to rush to the General Hospital. However, that man just dropped the boy in the hospital and left.

“But before the mob could reach the hospital, another young man, who is an indigene of Mafara, but is a boyfriend to the sister of the attacked student, reached the Hospital before them and took away the injured man before the mob got there.

“When they reached the hospital and realised that the injured man was not there they came back to town and when they saw the vehicle used in taking him to the Hospital the first time, they burnt it down.

“They also went to the man’s House and burnt it down with all the occupants inside. About eight people were in the house and they all died,” he said.

Mr. Mafara also said three other persons may have died when security agents opened fire on the crowd that became uncontrollable.

When contacted, the spokesperson of the Police in the state, Mohammed Shehu said a state security council meeting was held immediately after the incident and a dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed.

He also said security was heightened in the town and that everywhere was now calm.

He however, failed to confirm the burning of the house and the killing of occupants.

He said his attention was needed by the Commissioner of Police, Adoge Gabriel, and be abruptly ended the call.

Subsequent efforts to speak with him failed as he did not answer calls or respond to a text message.

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“No Place For Religious Violence Under My Watch”, Buhari Talks Tough

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that religious violence would not be tolerated by his administration.

 

The President said this on Tuesday, while condemning the killing of eight people in Zamfara State on Monday.

 

A mob had set the house of a man ablaze for rescuing an undergraduate, who was accused of blasphemy, resulting in their deaths and those of six others.

 

However, on his Twitter handle on Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the violence.

 

I received news of the mob killings in Zamfara with great dismay. It is barbaric and unacceptable,” he said.

 

I assure Nigerians that the law will take its course. Under my watch, we will work to ensure that there is no place for violence in the name of religion, ethnicity, or in any guise whatsoever.

Zamfara ‘Blasphemy’ Killings “Barbaric & Unacceptable”, Buhari Pledges Justice

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killing of at eight persons in Zamfara State on the allegation of “blasphemy”.

A mob, suspected to be students of Abdu Gusau Polytechnic, on Monday descended on a man they accused of blaspheming the Prophet of Islam. They later set those who tried to help him alight.

The attack occurred at Talata Mafara, a town in Zamfara.

Mr. Buhari described the attack as “barbaric and unacceptable”.

Writing on Twitter, the president said he “received news of the mob killings in Zamfara with great dismay”.

“I assure that the law will take its course. My prayers are with the families of the victims,” he said.

Mr. Buhari, who has been widely criticized for failing to speak out or condemn similar attacks in the past, said “Under my watch we will work to ensure that there is no place for violence in the name of religion, ethnicity, or in any guise whatsoever”.

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How Gunmen Massacred 50 Villagers In Zamfara

About 50 persons were reportedly killed on Saturday night by a group of unknown gunmen suspected to be cattle rustlers.

The armed bandits who besieged Kwanar Dutse community under Maru local government area of Zamfara state also razed half the number of houses in the community.

Witnesses said the gunmen attacked the community while majority of the residents were asleep.

A resident, Salisu Musa, said the bandits came prepared to wreak havoc.

“I rushed to the main entrance and peeped through a hole and spotted many motorcycles, each loaded with three persons armed with heavy rifles” he said.

He said he was horrified when he heard sporadic gunshots followed by horrible wailing sounds of men, women and children being killed in cold blood.

He said the gunmen operated till dawn without the intervention of the military, the police or any other security organ.

Though he could not ascertain the number of casualties, Musa said from his estimation during the burial of the deceased, ‘about 50 persons have lost their lives in the attack.’

Another witness, Hamza Bula, said he was awoken by the sounds of gunshots all over the community.

“I quickly realized that our community was under house to house attack by insurgents.’’

He told our reporter that the insurgents moved from house to house in a highly coordinated operation, killing everyone in sight.

It was gathered that the death merchants, at the end of the deadly operation, left unchallenged with an unspecified number of cattle.

Meanwhile, the state police command,  spokesperson, DSP Sanusi Amiru, confirmed that only 12 people were killed in the attack, adding that police and military squads have been drafted in the area to restore peace and provide security for the community.

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50,000 Farmers In Zamfara To Benefit From CBN Agric Loan – Commissioner

Over 50,000 farmers in Zamfara state are expected to benefit from the Anchor Borrower’s loan programme introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

 

 

Hajiya Fatima Shinkafi, the Commissioner of Commerce and Industry, made the disclosure on Friday in Gusau in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

 

 

She said that the Anchor borrower’s programme was introduced by the federal government through the CBN in collaboration with state governments to assist Nigerians farmers boost food production.

 

 

“The programme was launched by Mr President in Kebbi state in November last year. It is aimed at assisting farmers engaged in the production of rice, cotton, wheat, tomatoes palm oil and fish farming.

The farmers will be given loan to purchase agricultural inputs such as improved seeds, fertilizers, pumping machines among others to improve productivity,’’ she said.

 

 

Shinkafi said that the state government had commenced the training of 1,000 agricultural extension workers who would train the farmers on how to judiciously utilise the loan.

 

 

According to the Commissioner, the training is in line with the efforts of the government to ensure effective implementation of the programme in the state.

 

 

She called on farmers, extension workers and other stakeholders to ensure the success of the programme in the state.

 

 

(NAN)

River Basin, Legislators Collaborate To Construct 70 Boreholes In Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara

Alhaji Ahmed Anka, Managing Director of Sokoto Rima Basin Development Authority (SRRBDA) said on Thursday about N1.2 billion would be spent to construct over 70 boreholes in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara.

 

Anka told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto that the projects would be executed with support by members of the House of Representatives from various constituencies in the states.

 

He said that 46 bore holes would be constructed in Sokoto State while Kebbi and Zamfara would have 12 each to boost irrigation farming.

 

He explained that 27 various contractors were handling the projects to ensure their speedy execution.

 

He said the legislators facilitated the projects to create job opportunities through irrigation farming system.

 

Anka explained that already, the Federal Government, in collaboration with the World Bank, had begun rehabilitation of Bakolori and Goronyo Dams in Zamfara and Sokoto states,respectively .

 

He said that the projects, if completed, would boost irrigation farming.

 

“Bakolori Dam will provide irrigation services for farmers in Sokoto and Zamfara states.”

 

He said the dam would provide irrigation services to cover 15,000 hectares while Goronyo Dam would offer similar services to cover 4,000 hectares.

 

 

 

(NAN )

NDE Trains 60 Unemployed Graduates In Zamfara

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Zamfara would train 60 unemployed graduates and secondary school leavers in solar installation, poultry farming and commercial gardening.

The State Coordinator, Alhaji Muhammad Alhassan disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gusau on Tuesday.

Alhassan said out of the number, 30 graduates of various science courses who completed their National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) would be trained under a ”three months Solar Energy Training Scheme” introduced by the directorate.

”Under this program the participants would be trained on solar energy installation,management and maintenance and already, registration of such graduates have commenced yesterday while the training will start soon after,” he stated.

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Kidnapped Zamfara Emir Rescued

Police have rescued kidnapped Zamfara Emir following a massive manhunt about his whereabouts by security agencies. Zamfara State Police Commissioner, Femi Ogunbayode, confirmed the release of the 60-year-old ruler.

He was found in Gajazema village, a town bordering Zamfara and Kebbi State in the early hours of today as the kidnappers were crossing the border. No arrests have been made as the men fled into the bushes before police could make an arrest.

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