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Gov. Matawalle vows not to pardon armed bandits again!


The executive Governor of zamfara state ” Bello Matawalle” (matawallen maradun) says that the state government will no longer pardon or hold a dialogue with bandits again.The governor said that to engage with bandits again, instead security operatives would flush them out of the state.

He added “My administration will no longer pardon or grant amnesty to bandits as they have failed to cherish the peace initiative earlier extended to them,’’ the governor made the statement while addressing a congregation.

Moreover, He urged residents to be patient and adhere tot new security measures put in place to illiminate the bandits and their collaborators to restore peace and normalcy in the state.

Governor matawalle also said the barrage of attacks on bandits by security operatives had made them to make a fresh proposal to government seeking dialogue again.
He said the bandits’ representative informed him that they had repented and would want to dialogue with government.

Furthermore, he said some of the arm bandits were running out of Zamfara to other states as a result of the new security measures introduced by the state government in collaboration with Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC).

The governor further issued a warning to politicians against giving any form of support to bandits, he said: “politicians should fear God and stop buying motorcycles to distribute to people who, in turn, sell it to bandits to perpetuate their criminal acts.’’ The governor said also that Zamfara government would prosecute any politician caugh redt handed in the act.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Zamfara state had cut off food, selling of petroleum in Jerrycans and other essential commodities from the reach of the bandits in their various hideouts.

The state government had also incepted several vehicles conveying food, drinks and petroleum products to various bandits’ camps in the state. The government said as of now, it had arrested more than 100 violators of Gov. Matawalle’s Executive Order to restore law and order across the state.

Gov.Matawalle had established a Special Taskforce to enforce measures to address the lingering security challenges of mass kidnapping and asking for ransom and cattle rustling in the state.

On Aug. 26, the governor gave an Executive Order, suspending all weekly markets, banned bicycles and motorcycles from carrying more than one passenger and not more than three passengers in the case of tricycles across the state.

The order read in part: “No bicycle, motorcycle or tricycle shall ply any road or run within Zamfara State between 6.30 p.m. and 6 a.m., while in Gusau metropolis, the ban shall be between 8 p.m. and 6a.m.

“No firewood or charcoal shall be imported 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 imported into or exported out of the State.

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The Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KADSIECOM) on Friday, declared the September 4 local government elections in some government areas within the state inconclusive.

The affected local governments are Jaba, Kauru Jema’a, Kachia, Soba LGAs. Recall that local government elections were hold on 19 local governments areas of the state. However, the elections were postponed in four other local governments areas due to insecurity.

According to the Chairman of KADSIECOM, Dr. Saratu Binta Dikko-Audu said the results of the affected LG’s are inconclusive because elections couldn’t hold in some wards. She said this in a news conference.

She added, “In the case of Jaba LGA, the tribunal are going to be left to work out the matter because two conflicting results were announced.”

She also said one end in Jaba was announced in favour of APC, while another was announced in favour of PDP.

On people who are confirmed winners, she listed Kauru where the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) scored 19,509 to defeat the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) with 10,941 votes.

She said that APC won 14 local government out of 19 that the election happened .

“Giwa, APC won with the very best vote of twenty-two ,896 while PDP got 3,534, Igabi, APC 29,804, PDP 10,865, Sanga government APC scored 21,854 and PDP 12,832 votes, Kaduna North government , APC scored 16,575 while PDP scored 15,474 votes, Kaduna South government APC scored 19,568 while PDP 17,998 votes, Kagarko government APC scored 20,558 while PDP14,494 votes, Kaura government APC score 10,941 PDP 19,509 votes.

“Kuaru government APC score 27,691 PDP 21,800 votes, Kubau government APC score 23,973 PDP 9038 votes, Kudan government APC score 18,129 PDP 16,123 votes, Lere government APC scored 36,389 PDP 24,294 vote, Makarfi government APC scored 16,328 PDP 14,739 votes. Sabon Gari government APC scored 32,405 PDP 13,777 votes.

“Soba local government, only results of six ward were received by the commission and it didn’t constitute two third of the votes within the government . The results was unable to be declared.”

She noted that in Zaria local government APC scored 34,06 while PDP got 14,19 votes.

Meanwhile! Dr. Saratu said the commission is scheduled to conduct elections in Birnin Gwari, Chikun, Kajuru and Zangon Kataf on September 25.

She added that the commission also will conduct elections within the wards where elections couldn’t hold.

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