HOW ILLEGAL MINING FUEL ZAMFARA CRISIS- LAI MOHAMMED

Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, has blamed illegal miners for the killings in Zamfara State. Mohammed made the comments when he featured on the Nigerian Television Authority Programme, Good Morning Nigeria, in Abuja on Wednesday. On April 7, the Nigerian government had prohibited illegal mining operations in Zamfara State after nationwide protests over the killings, an action the Minister feels is justified. “People begin to ask what is the nexus between instability in Zamfara, kidnapping and banditry and illegal mining,” he said. “There is a lot.…

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SENATOR SHEHU SANI WARNS TOURISTS: DONT COME TO THE NORTH FOR TOURSIM OR SIGHTSEEING

Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani has advised people not to come to the North for tourism or sightseeing owing to the insecurity plaguing the region. Although Shehu Sani made no mention of the north, the tweet which he typed in pidgin, it was easy to connect it with the north, as that is the region  where bandits and gunmen have been wrecking havoc for a while now – especially because he said “una wey wan come here” and he is a lawmaker from the north. He also said that…

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WHY I WILL NOT APOLOGISE TO VILLAGERS WHO RELATIONS WERE KILLED BY AIR STRIKES

NAF Helicopter Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, says the government will not apologize over the alleged killing of villagers in the state during bombardment of suspected bandits camps in Dumburum village in Zurmi local government area of the state. The governor, who made the statement when a 7-man investigation team on the matter visited him at his Talata-Mafara private residence, said Dunburum village had served as hideout for criminals over the last three years. The state’s Council of Chiefs had a fortnight ago alleged that innocent citizens were recently bombarded…

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MILITARY AIR STRIKES CANNOT KILL US, WE GET INFORMATION, BANDITS REVAL

Military Airstrikes Cannot Kill Us Because We Get Information Ahead Of Attack, Bandit Reveals During the phone conversation, the bandit also claimed that there would continue to be bloodshed as long as the Nigerian government continues to send in more troops to the state. Bandit ravaging Zamfara communities have disclosed that they have information feeding them with every move of the military against them. This was disclosed in a tape recording the conversation of a bandit (yet to be identified) with an emir in Zamfara, obtained by the Punch newspaper.…

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BANDITRY: 7 ZAMFARA EMIRS UNDER SECURITY WATCH

NO fewer than seven Emirs in Zamfara State believed to have links to bandits involved in the rising insecurity plaguing the state are currently being closely watched by security operatives. At the core of the suspected involvement of the Emirs in banditry is illegal gold mining in their domains which, it is gathered, they may be profiting from. The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, had recently declared that some highly placed traditional rulers in the restive communities were assisting bandits to perpetrate crimes. Snakes chase Liberian President, George Weah out…

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‘THERE WILL BE MORE BLOODSHED’, ZAMFARA BANDITS THREATEN IN NEW TAPES SENT TO EMIR

Olaleye Aluko, Adeniyi Olugbemi and Olaide Oyelude A suspected  leader of the bandits responsible for the killings  in Zamfara State has vowed that there will be more killings in the state as long as the Federal Government continues to deploy military and other security forces in the troubled area. He  made this known during a secret conversation with an emir in  Zamfara State, a copy of  the recording was obtained exclusively by Saturday PUNCH. In the secret tape, the bandit opposed the deployment of troops  in their  communities, saying  it  would…

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SOLDIERS ARREST ZAMFARA COUNCIL BOSS FOR AIDING BANDITS

Troops of operation Sharan Daji in Zamfara State have arrested the vice chairman of Anka Local Government Zamfara State Yahuza Ibrahim Wuya for “seamlessly assisting” bandits attack Wuya and Sunke communities of the state. Spokesman of the operation Clement Abiade said “Yahuza Ibrahim was allegedly reported to seamlessly assist in selling rustled/stolen cows and donkeys as well as giving information about troops, other security agencies and vigilantes’ movement to the bandits.” Abiade said Ibrahim was also accused of aiding the release of a notorious gun runner one Sani Yaro from…

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BANDITS RETURN TO ZAMFARA COMMUNITIES, WALK FREELY

Suspected armed bandits are currently walking freely with arms in some communities in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State after military began airstrikes, residents in the areas have said. The residents say since the armed bandits fled the ongoing military airstrikes in several of their hideouts in the bush, they have been forced to accommodate them in their communities out of fear. “As I am speaking to you now, in Jaja, Rukudawa, and Tsanu communities all in Zurmi Local Government Area, armed bandits are being sighted with guns walking…

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YARI REVEALS WHOP BENEFITS FROM MINING ACTIVITIES IN THE STATE

By Ripples Nigeria The governor of Zamfara State Abdul’aziz Yari has alleged that miners in the state are behind the recent mass killings witnessed within his domain. Gov Yari suggested that much on Sunday in Talata-Mafara after a meeting with security chiefs in the state, where he commended the Federal Government for banning mining activities to help in tackling insecurity in the state. After the meeting, governor Yari said; “Zamfara as host of these miners have not been benefiting from them and mining activities must be suspected because most of them…

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ZAMFARA EMIRS REPLY AIR FORCE: WE ARE COMPILING NAMES OF THOSE YOU BOMBED TO DEATH

Niyi Odebode, Olaleye Aluko, Adeniyi Olugbemi and Kayode Idowu The Zamfara State Council of Chiefs again on Sunday berated the Nigerian Air Force over the bombing of innocent villagers in the state. The Emir of Bungudu and spokesman for the traditional rulers, Alhaji Hassan Attahiru, in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents, restated the position of council that NAF “concocted names and figure” of neutralised bandits He said the traditional rulers had accepted NAF’s challenge to provide the names of civilian victims killed during its air strikes on supposed…

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