‘Shameful Sophistry’: BMO Blasts PDP’s Zamfara Attack Story

The claim by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at the Presidential Election Tribunal that its witnesses were attacked on their way to Abuja from Zamfara, which has been debunked by the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), is a reflection of the party’s lack of a moral compass, its zero values and a worrisome desperation. 

In a statement signed by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) noted that the PDP had extended its bad habit of deception to the courtroom by bracingly lying to the court that its witnesses were attacked when nothing of that sort ever happened.

“As usual, and we are not surprised as this is not new, the PDP has taken its art of deception to the courtroom. In an attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of members of the Presidential Election Tribunal, the party blatantly created a fictional story that its witnesses were attacked by bandits. An event that never happened.

“This is shameful sophistry. It is a contempt of the court. And as much as it is offensive to the hallowed chambers of the courts it is a vexatious insult to the sensibilities of the Nigerian people. The PDP and Atiku take Nigerians for granted and think we are fools, gullible to their fictional creations. But this outright lie is one taken too far.

“When the story first made its way to the media, we were suspicious; and like everything coming out of the PDP, we treated it with caution. It was, therefore, no surprise when the NPF announced that no such attack took place as none was reported. In fact, the Police stated that on that fateful day, no records of crimes were made on that expressway.”

BMO stated that the PDP would go to any length to deceive Nigerians, even using the most sensitive issues like an attack by bandits to further their deceit.

It went further to remind Nigerians that this false story cooked up by the PDP was similar to its unfortunate fictional creation of an INEC server that it claimed results were transmitted to.

“The Presidential Election Tribunal has been filled with a litany of falsehood and fiction by the PDP. First, we have the absurd story of a non-existent server peddled by the PDP to the astonishment of all stakeholders and participants in the 2019 general elections, now the same party comes up with a cock and bull story that its witnesses were attacked – meanwhile nothing like that ever happened.” 

The pro-Buhari group stated that the PDP was cooking up these stories because it knew it had no case that could stand the test of the rigorous processes of the courts.

“Given the way and manner the witnesses of the PDP have consistently contradicted themselves, how they have shaken and presented brazen and inconsistent testimonies under the heat of cross-examination, the opposition party has re-affirmed the fact that indeed it has no case whatsoever.” 

The group called on the judiciary to remain steadfast, firm and unswayed by the antics of Atiku who had taken to social media to make derogatory comments imputing prejudice by the judiciary.

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Zamfara: Placing Gov Yari On Responsibility Scale, By Mukhtar Jarmajo

I have seen bad students of history say that when it was Jonathan, we blamed him and never blamed Kashim Shettima. But today, “due to hypocritical tendencies,” we are sharing the blame for Zamfara between Buhari and Yari. This for me, amounts so much unfairness to Shettima.

Recall that Jonathan and Kashim were at loggerheads simply because Kashim wanted the BH problem to be solved while Jonathan hardly even believe there was a problem. A pointer to this was when Chibok girls were abducted. It took Jonathan two weeks to even believe there were any abductions. This was how it went on with Jonathan’s presidency frustrating every Shettima’s attempts at curbing the BH insurgency. 

This is opposite of Zamfara’s case. Yari is never ready to face the challenge. At some point he announced his resignation as the chief security officer of the state. Funny enough however, he neither vacated from the seat nor resigned as the chief accounting officer of the state also. He is yet to take any responsibility as far as the insecurity of Zamfara state is concerned.

Now compare Yari with his neighbour, el-Rufai of Kaduna state. Nasiru has been up and doing. Aside that he is taking preventive measures, at any point crisis erupts, he rises to the occasion to thwart it. He holds security Council meetings frequently and when ever the need arises to seek federal assistance, he does so willingly. Only recently, he personally foiled an attempt at a kidnap on the Abuja-Kaduna Road.

While Kaduna state is not entirely bereft of kidnappings and attacks, fairness demands that we note here that Nasiru’s commitment towards curbing the security challenges have reduced the rate at which the crimes are being perpetrated. Assuming he is like Yari, Kaduna state would have been a terrible place to live today.

My point of emphasis is a governor is very instrumental in the administration of a state. Without their willingness and commitment to promote peaceful coexistence thereby placing the foundations for development, little can be done to them to foster peace.

However, on his part, the president has a constitutional tool that allows him to declare state of emergency in Zamfara state to have Yari off the stage and secure the place.

This is what the president has failed to do.

Jarmajo wrote from Bauchi. 

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Appeal Court Sets Aside Zamfara APC Primaries That Produced All Candidates

Sokoto division of Court of Appeal has set aside the primaries of the All Progressives Congress that produced the state assembly, national Assembly and governorship candidates in Zamfara State.

Led by Justice Tom Yakubu, the three-man panel set aside the Zamfara State High Court judgement affirming the candidacy of all APC candidates.

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Customs Distributes Seized Items To IDPs, Orhanages In Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Monday began the distribution of seized items to the internal displaced persons (IDPs) and orphanages in Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi States.

Briefing journalists at the NCS Area Command headquarters in Sokoto on Tuesday, the chairman of the committee set up by the Comptroller General of Customs Yakubu Salihu said President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), to distribute seized items which are perishable to IDPs and orphanages to ameliorate their suffering.

According to Salihu, the committee has finished the distribution of the items in zone A for phase one, which comprised Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Oyo, Ekiti and Osun States.

The committee was in Sokoto Tuesday to commence distribution for zone B. He added that the distribution would continue till the committee goes round the four zones of the country.Salihu said the criterion for the distribution is to screen and accredit genuine or registered orphanages with the administrators of those orphanages or IDPs would come forward for collection.

He warned people to beware of unpatriotic elements who went around deceiving people that they were mediating between the committee and the recipients, stressing that there is no third party in the distribution process.

He further urged the media to sensitise the people about the distribution process.Salihu said so far, over 300 jerrican of vegetable oil, 450 bales of used clothes, 2,675 used shoes, 155 cartons of tomatoes paste, 56 cartons of soaps/detergents, 45 cartons of spaghetti, and 65 cartons of mosquito coils have been distributed.

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Many Killed As Bandits Attack Zamfara Communities

Armed bandits, Tuesday, reportedly invade Kawaye in Bagega village of Anka local government in Zamfara state, and kill about sixteen people and abducted forty others.

The Nation newspaper reported that several cars, houses and shops were burnt to ashes and an unspecified number of animals and foodstuffs carted away.

Army Spokesman of operation Sharar Daji Major Clement Abiade confirmed the incident but disclosed to The Nation that the army could not be specific on the number of persons killed, the amount of property damaged and the number of persons injured at the time of compiling this report.

Abiade who also confirmed that it was a reprisal attack disclosed that the military attached to operation sharar daji were immediately deployed to the area and succeeded in killing five of the bandits, stressed that they are investigating and compiling the damage.

He however disclosed that the army will interact with journalists on Thursday by 2pm.

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Zamfara Sharia Court Sworn-In 17 Judges

Seventeen new sharia court judges were sworn in in Zamfara state to run the affairs of various courts across the state.

At the occasion, the Acting State Grand Khadi, Alhaji Dahiru Mohammed Gusau who sworn in the judges urged them to discharge their duties in accordance with the ethics of the profession.

He also advised them to shun any act that will tarnished their image and that of judicial system in the state and the country at Large.

Alhaji Mohammed Gusau further enumerated some qualities of judicial staff which are expected on them too.

In her speech, the State Chief judge, Justice Kulu Aliyu warned them against collecting extinction or bribe from plaintiffs adding that any one found wanting will be dismissed.

She also warned judges against lateness, personal interest, and other unwanted behaviors during and after their court proceedings.

The Chief judge also declared a two day refresher course for the newly sharia court judges.

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NAF Neutralises Scores Of Bandits In Zamfara

The Nigerian Air Force, says Air Task Force (ATF), of Operation DIRAN MIKIYA has destroyed another armed bandits’ hideout and neutralised several of their fighters near Doumbourou Hill in Zamfara.

Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, who announced this in Abuja, said the operation was carried out on Wednesday.

“The attack was executed yesterday, Jan. 2 , following human intelligence (HUMINT) reports, which were later confirmed by Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), missions, indicating that a large number of bandits, armed with high calibre weapons, regularly assemble at a compound around the foot of the hill before going out on operations.

“Accordingly, the ATF scrambled two Nigerian Air Force (NAF) attack helicopters, supported by an ISR platform, to engage the bandits and destroy their compound.

“The helicopters strafed the target area in successive waves of attack, with the first wave causing some damage to the structures and neutralising some of their fighters.

“The second wave was sequenced to engage the armed bandits as they re-emerged out of their hiding places, thus inflicting further fatalities on them,” he said.

Daramola said that credible HUMINT sources later revealed that the leader of the group was among those killed during the attack.

He said the ATF, would continue to work in close coordination with surface forces and other security agencies, to conduct reconnaissance and air interdiction missions with a view to restoring normalcy to the affected States in the North West.

NAN

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Zamfara Gets New Police Commissioner

A new commissioner of police has been posted to Zamfara state police command.

A statement by the Command PPRO Muhammed Shehu made available to the press in Gusau said the new CP, Zannah Mohd Ibrahim has assumed duties from 1st January 2019.

The statement said the new CP has served in various commands and locations across the including Yobe and Delta States.

The new CP had however solicited for the support of men of the command to secure the state from activities of criminal elements.

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Airforce Destroys Zamfara Bandits Hideout

The air wing of the operation combating bandits in Zamfara state says it has successfully destroyed one of the bandits’ hideouts in Tsamari, Birnin Magaji local government.

The attack was conducted following intelligence reports that the group to launch attacks against villagers was using the compound.

Several members of the gang were killed, and their weapons and equipment destroyed in the air strike.

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Gov Yari Backs State Of Emergency In Zamfara

Governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, says he wholeheartedly supported the call on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in the state.

Addressing newsmen at a press briefing in the capital, Gusau on Thursday, Governor Yari said that he would do anything humanly possible within his power to bring an end to the security situation.

Governor Yari called on politicians to desist from politicizing the security situation in the state.

Zamfara state has been one of the hotpots of insurgency, recently fresh attack on two communities claimed 17 lives.

The suspected bandits attacked Birnin Magaji community in Tsafe Local Government Area and Magami community in Faru District of Maradun Local Government Area of the state on Saturday evening.

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How We Are Tackling Insecurity In The North West – FG

Following the incessant bandit attack in Zamfara State, and some other parts of the North West region, the federal government has said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration had committed troops and resources into the fight against bandits in the country.

The Minister of Defence, Mansur Mohammed Dan Ali in a response to the latest bandit attack in Zamfara State emphasized that series of military/security measures have been taken by the government to tackle the problem.

In a statement signed by the Minister’s Public Relations officer, Colonel Tukur Gusau,  the Minister insisted  that the Ministry of Defence went as far as approving creation of Army Division and a Brigade among other measures to address the challenges of bandit attacks in the zone.

He added that the setting up of Operation Sharan Daji, contributed over 1000 troops from the Armed Forces and other Security agencies towards addressing the problem.

Said the Minister :”The Ministry of Defence under the leadership of Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali commiserates with the government and people of Zamfara and Kaduna States over the recent attacks that claim the lives of law abiding citizens in the states and also lost of properties.

“The Hon Minister prays to Almighty Allah to grant the lives lost an eternal rest and also grant their families the fortitude to bear this unfortunate lost.

“However, it is imperative to state that Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces of Nigeria have remained committed and resolute in tackling current security challenges across the country, ensure safety of lives and properties as well as protect the nation from both external and internal aggression.

“It is pertinent to state that the Armed Forces of Nigeria is currently engaged in various Internal Security operations across the country and has made concerted efforts in tackling the incessant killings by armed bandits and other criminal activities in the North-West particularly in Zamfara and Kaduna states.

“It is worthy to note that some of the efforts made by the Federal Government include the creation of 8 Division, Nigerian Army in Sokoto and the establishment of a Brigade in Gusau and another one to be located in Birnin Kebbi to address security challenges in the North-West.

“Also, the Nigerian Air Force Quick Response Force was established in Gusau to give air support to the ground troops. Additionally, 500 troops of Nigerian Armed Forces and 500 other security agents were recently deployed to join Operation SHARAN DAJI to curb the activities of armed bandits and other security challenges in Zamfara and Kaduna states and the region in general.

“Recently, the Ministry directed the General Officer Commanding 8 Division to relocate his Tactical Headquarters from Sokoto to Gusau to adequately coordinate activities of Operation SHARAN DAJI until normalcy returns in the State.

“These are all geared towards realizing the mandate of the Ministry of Defence and achieving the Federal Government’s drive on security of its citizens and properties.

“However, it is noteworthy to state that the issue of drug abuse, unemployment and governance amongst others contributes to the deplorable security situation in Zamfara State.

“It is therefore suggested that the all necessary stakeholders should come together and take necessary steps to address these issues and to provide adequate support to security agencies so as to get maximum cooperation. “

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Zamfara Govt Rewards Three For Recovering Arms

Zamfara state government has presented one million naira cash each to three persons who recovered two AK 47, two double barrel guns from armed bandits at different locations in the state.

Commissioner of local government and chieftaincy affairs, Bello Dankande who made the presentation, said it is part of the state government’s efforts to end wanton killing of innocent persons and destruction of property by bandits.

One of the primary responsibilities of either the federal or state government is the protection of life and property of its citizens from criminal element.

it is in recognition of this, that the Zamfara state government is taking measures to eliminate the activities of armed bandits which have claimed many lives and wanton destruction of property in the state.

The state government had earlier promised one-million naira cash reward to anyone who is able to recover arms or arrest any of the armed bandits.

The government made well its promise by offering the one million naira cash reward each to three persons who recovered two AK 47 and two double barrel guns at different locations in the state.

The commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, Bello Dankande noted that the recruitment of about eight thousand vigilantes to assist the security agencies in the state is yielding positive results in the fight against armed banditry.

The state government also used the opportunity to call on traditional rulers and member of the public to support government’s efforts at ending the armed banditry in the state.

 

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