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Cattle rustlers attack 2 communities, kill 20 in Zamfara.


 

Zamfara State police command has disclosed that cat-tle rustlers killed 20 people, including a po-lice corporal who lost his life during the gun battle in the two communities in the state. Saturday Sun gathered that suspected cattle rustlers attacked Tungar Bawo and Bingi communities in Maru Emirate Council in the state at night where 20 people including a police corporal were killed on the spot.

Speaking in an inter-view with Saturday Sun in Gusau, the command’s Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO), DSP Lawal Abdullahi disclosed that the cattle rustlers also suffered casualties. It was learnt that the hoodlums were believed to be on reprisal mission, as two of their members

were recently attacked and killed in the state. According to sources, the hoodlums, who were fully armed with weapons, had entered the two villages with motorcycles and started shooting sporadically be-fore they carted away cattle in the two communities.

It was reported that the police arrived at one of the communities for intervention but finally lost a col-league in a shoot-out with the suspected hoodlums. Meanwhile, APC in the state has sent a delegation to condole with the people of Maru Emirate over the tragic incident and appealed for calm. The APC delegation, headed by the publicity secretary, Alhaji Sani Gwamna Mayanchi, described the incident as tragic and barbaric especially, with the way and manner the victims were gruesomely murdered.

He added that very soon another delegation possibly headed by the governor himself would visit the two communities to tender material and financial support to the families of the victims. According to him, the state Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with its federal counterpart will be coming to issue some relief materials to the families of the victims.

From ATTAHIRU AHMED, Gusau

Source: Radio Biafra.

Northern govs meet over oil exploration.


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Thirteen northern governors, whose states falls under the regions’ sedimentary basin are set to meet today on how to kick start oil and gas exploration activities in the Inland Basin States.

Niger State governor, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, who is also the chairman of the Northern State Governors Forum, NSGF, will declare the meeting of the Association of Petroleum Inland Basin States of Northern Nigeria, APIBONN, open, according to a press statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo.

The statement said Governor Aliyu in his capacity as the chairman of the forum has invited his counterparts whose states fall within the region’s sedimentary basin to direct their relevant commissioners to attend a meeting of the association in Minna, the Niger State capital.

 

The meeting, according to the statement, would enable them brainstorm on the modalities and action plan that would kick start and sustain oil and gas exploration activities in the north.

The forum said; “The meeting will fashion out strategies to harness the resources in Sokoto Basin, Chad Basin, Bida basin and Benue Trough, whose hydrocarbon contents are yet to be properly developed and estimated.”

The forum expressed support for the ongoing efforts by the Federal Government to explore oil in the sedimentary basin of northern Nigeria.

The Inland Basin States comprise of Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Gombe, Kogi, Kebbi, Niger and Sokoto States. Others are Zamfara, Kwara, Nasarawa, Taraba, Yobe and Plateau States.
by PRISCILLA DENNIS

Source: Radio Biafra.

Atiku begins nationwide consultations ahead of 2015.


 

Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar on Sunday started his nationwide consultation ahead of the 2015 presidential election from the North-West geo-political zone of the country.

It was gathered that many of the stakeholders at the consultative meeting urged him to contest the 2015 presidential election under the platform of the All Progressives Congress.

A statement from his office said that the zonal consultative meeting, which took place in Kaduna on Sunday, had delegates from Kaduna, Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states in attendance.

 

The former vice-president, while addressing the delegates was said to have noted that he was very appreciative of the “enormous support he enjoys from the North-West geo-political zone, especially during the 2011 presidential contest.” He added that the idea of instituting a nationwide consultative meetings among his supporters from various political parties became necessary in order for him to respond to certain developments within the polity.

He said, “You are quite aware that recently, I was a host to the leadership of the APC urging me to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party and join the APC in its drive to bring about tangible leadership and national development to our country.

“You are also aware that I am yet to give a response to that call from the APC leadership, until I table the issue before you, my supporters.

“So, the purpose of this meeting is two-pronged. First, I want to formally inform you about the invitation from the APC, and secondly, I want you to speak out your minds over the subject-matter.

“I have decided to split the meeting with North-West stakeholders into two because of the size of the region. My next visit to the region will, by the grace of God, address stakeholders from Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states. I implore you to be frank and very dispassionate as much as you can.”

Several speakers at the meeting were said to have spoken variously of the invitation by the APC leadership, with a vast majority of them urging Atiku to honour the invitation.

An unnamed delegate from Kano State particularly noted that Atiku had always been a victim of Nigeria’s dirty politics, saying that “the wise thing for him to do is to follow the wind of change sweeping across the country because the PDP is blind, deaf and dumb.”

At the end of the meeting, the stakeholders were said to have been prompted to cast a ballot on whether or not Atiku should contest the 2015 presidential election, and under the platform of which political party.

An overwhelming majority of the stakeholders believed that Atiku should contest the election – 28 people voted in favour of the APC, five people voted in favour of the Peoples Democratic Movement, three people voted in favour of the PDP while one person abstained.

The statement said that the next consultative meeting of the stakeholders was expected to take place in Lagos and Ibadan on Wednesday and Thursday respectively for the South-West geo-political zone.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Inter-States Muslim Workout Despite B’Haram Attacks,Suicide Mission Or Proof That B’Haram Is A Northern Agenda?.


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Thousands of Muslim brotherhood Movement from Zamfara, Kebbi, Sokoto and parts of Katsina State on Saturday began an 83-kilometre trek to Zaria in Kaduna State.Speaking to newsmen at the starting point in Funtua, Katsina State, leader of the exercise, Malam Qasim Sanda, stated that the exercise was to commemorate the martyrdom of the grandchild of Prophet Muhammad, Imam Hussaini ibn Aliyu, who was killed in Karbala in the present Iraq.He said at least 15,000 people including men, women and children would participate in the exercise, adding that besides Nigerians, people from neighbouring communities in Niger Republic would participate.According to him, adequate arrangements for feeding, health care and relaxing points were designed, adding that the trek commenced in the last two days from other areas of Nigeria.Sanda said the destination was Zaria where lectures and other activities would be conducted to be led by general leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.He explained that the exercise was a symbolic representation of unity of Muslim faithful and further attention of those that were oblivious of the happenings in Islamic history.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Paedophile Senator Yerima on criminal charges.


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THE police in Zamfara State at the weekend filed criminal charges against Senator Yerima Bakura and 29 others at a Zamfara High Court over alleged conspiracy to commit armed robbery. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that counsel to the police, Oloye Torugbene, sought the leave of the court to prosecute the case, pursuant to the Criminal Procedure. He told the court that all relevant documents, including affidavits, exhibits, names and addresses of accused persons, as well as written statements of witnesses and the accused persons, had been submitted to the court. He, therefore, urged the court to proffer a criminal charge based on the evidence provided for prosecution. He said, already, the accused persons who had been served arraignment notice, were released through police administrative bail and pleaded with the court to fix a date for hearing. The Chief Judge of the state, Justice Kulu Aliyu, said in a ruling that the court was competent to handle the case. Aliyu urged the prosecutor to serve the accused persons with all the relevant documents and fixed Jan. 13, 2014 for hearing. The member of the House of Representatives from Gusau/Tsafe,Alhaji Ibrahim Shehu, had, in June, alleged that some people mobilised some thugs to kill him. He alleged that during the incident, the attackers removed large sum of money from his vehicle. He reported the case to the Inspector-General of Police, who set up an investigation that led to the court case. Source: Radio Biafra.

Fraud Allegations Rock Zamfara Govt Over N5billion SURE-P Funds-PREMIUM TIMES.


 

By Premium Times

Allegations of corruption and diversion of funds are spreading in Zamfara state after a youth group went public with a demand that the governor gives account of how he spent over five billion Naira SURE-P funds.

The group, the Zamfara chapter of the Northern Youths Association (NYA), called a press conference Monday where it demanded that the state government give public account of how it spent funds accruing to the state from SURE-P.

“Though funds received by the state government under the SURE-P program stands at over N5 billion now, there is nothing to show for it in terms of youth development,” chairman of the association, Mannir Haidara, said.

He alleged that the state governor, Abdulaziz Yari, may have mismanaged the SURE-P funds and did very little to “empower youths” in the state.

He said despite promises, the state government failed to pay the registration fees for May/June 2013 SSSCE for students from the state to collect their results and seek higher education.

“We cannot boast of being good leaders of tomorrow when we are not even allowed by the present crop of our leaders to go to school,” Mr. Haidara said.

In a swift reaction to the allegation, the Commissioner for Information, Ibrahim Birnin-Magaji, said the state government channelled the SURE-P funds into capital projects, especially roads rehabilitation and construction.

“Right from the time we started receiving the funds, we sat at council level and resolved that instead of making it merry go round, we will create avenues that will open up opportunities to our unemployed youths and we considered the provision of access roads as one of them.”

Mr. Birnin-Magaji also said the state government utilised the funds by encouraging the establishment of private sanitation outfits, which employed over 200 youths as street cleaners across the state so far, which has “greatly impacted positively in the lives of our youths.”

Mr. Birnin-Magaji is however yet to release a detailed statement of account to back his claims.

A growing demand for accountability and transparency, especially by younger Nigerians, has put the country’s politician on the spot, with many failing to come up with convincing explanations when challenged to render accounts of public funds at their disposal.

Recently, the federal lawmakers – members of the House of Representatives – were unable to account for N750 million they received for a constitution review exercise after another youth group filed a Freedom of Information request demanding financial statements.

The youth group now appear set to head for the courts to extract the desired financial statement from the federal lawmakers.
And so is the Northern Youths Association in Zamfara.

“If the state government fails to render account of how it managed the SURE-P funds, the association will have no option than to take the matter to court,” Mr. Haidara said.

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

Kidnappers target women in the north •For sex, food •Abduct 200 in Kaduna, Sokoto & Zamfara.


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SECURITY operatives in the North were said to have been inundated with reports that armed bandits across the northern states of Zamfara, Sokoto and Kaduna have turned their searchlights on young girls, middle-aged women and housewives.

Reports made available to different agencies working in the states indicated that no fewer than 200 women had been abducted in the three states, with Zamfara accounting for more victims.

It was gathered that insurgents and bandits operating around the Birnin Gwari , Shamshalle and Walo forests in Birni Magaji and Maradun local government areas of Zamfara State, which spread to states of Kaduna and Sokoto, had been taking their victims to the forest as sex slaves, as well as using them as cooks.

Sources close to the Joint Task Force (JTF) in the states confirmed that the government of Zamfara State attempted to clear the Birnin Gwari forest recently, when it got reports of activities of the bandits and some insurgents.

Security sources indicated that the bandits resorted to kidnapping women and young housewives as a result of the heat turned on them across the North in recent times.

It was gathered that because of the increasing danger they had been facing within the towns and villages, the bandits had resolved to operate from the vast forests, though they faced sex starvation and lack of food.

They were said to have resolved to kidnapping young women and girls to satisfy both needs.

It was learnt that the bandits used to target villagers and cattle sellers around Birnin Gwari but that when the villagers stopped carrying cash around, they changed strategy and started kidnapping.

“They started kidnapping girls and young housewives and even old women that they considered attractive enough. Once they kidnap them, the victims are taken to the forests where they are turned to sex slaves and also made to cook for them. Many of the kidnapped women have not been seen for some time,” a source in the know said.

It was gathered that many of the young women had abandoned villages, especially in Zamfara and Kaduna, as many of them were said to have been forced to live with their relations at the council headquarters and cities.

Meanwhile, 20 people were reported to have been killed on Sunday, while 10 others were injured when gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram insurgents launched an attack on Logomani village, in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State, between the hours of 6.00 a.m and 9.00 a.m

Nigerian Tribune gathered that soldiers had pursued the insurgents into the forest around Ngomboru Ngala, but there was no report as to whether they were successful in the operation.

Bukar Alhaji Gana, a resident in the village, told the Nigerian Tribune that about a week before the attack, there was rumour that some members of the Boko Haram group were seen in the area, heading towards Marte area.

“We were told that some of the Boko Haram sect members came around and warned some people, but left almost immediately towards Marte,” Gana told newsmen.

It was learnt that the area attacked was a usual meeting point of truck drivers, where they met to relax in the evening.

Nigerian Tribune learnt that the attackers, dressed in military uniforms, also left with some women and collected money also from some of the truck drivers.

A passenger who escaped the attack told newsmen that the attackers shot three passengers and slaughtered 14 people before someone alerted them that soldiers were coming, forcing them to flee on motorcycles into the bush.

“When they stooped us, we thought they were soldiers. It was when they began to ask us to come out of the car that we realised they are Boko Haram insurgents.

“They were dressed in military uniform and killed about 20 before they fled when they were told soldiers are coming,” he said

As of the time of going to press, there was no report from the military authorities on the issue, as the acting spokesman of the Seven Division, Nigerian Army, Captain Aliyu Danja, could not be reached for comment.

Source: Radio Biafra.

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