Banditry and Zamfara elite’s deafening silence

December 3, 2023 Ibrahim Mustapha 0

Whatever may have fuelled banditry in Zamfara state, whether it is poverty, illegal mining or government’s inability to manage farmers/herders crises, the state has become a Golgotha due to the frequent attacks by rapacious bandits. The state is always in the news for bad reasons. The abduction of and imposition of taxes on innocent people by bandits is no longer Read More

NCNE commences critiquing of textbooks for education of pastoralists, migrant farmers

November 20, 2023 Paul Okah 0

The National Commission for Nomadic Education (NCNE), Monday, commenced a four-day workshop to critique the reviewed/developed pupil’s texts in three subject areas, including Islamic Religious Studies (IRS), Christian Religious Studies (CRS) and History for the education of pastoralists and migrant fisherfolk/farmers.  Speaking at the opening ceremony of the workshop in Abuja, the Executive Secretary of (NCNE), Prof. Bashir H. Usman, said the Read More

2024-2027 action plan: NEMA, UNDP, others brainstorm on disaster-risk reduction 

November 15, 2023 Paul Okah 0

  The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and other stakeholders Wednesday brainstormed on the development of National Disaster Risk Reduction Strategy 2024-2030 and Action Plan 2024-2027. Speaking during a stakeholders’ consultative workshop in Abuja, the Director General of NEMA, AVM Mustapha Habib Ahmed (rtd), said the plan is critical to enable Nigeria to align with Read More

Insecurity not properly tackled by previous governments – Matawalle 

November 10, 2023 Taiye Odewale 0

The Minister of State for Defence, Bello Matawalle lamented in Abuja, Thursday, that the problem of insecurity bedeviling the country was not properly tackled by previous governments. Matawalle made the lamentation when he along with the substantive Minister of Defence, Ababakar Badaru, appeared before the Senate Committee on Defence as regards state of security in the country. Matawalle in making Read More

26m Nigerians at risk of food insecurity in 2024 – CH analysis  

November 5, 2023 John Oba 0

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations cadre harmonised food security analysis released on Friday in Abuja has revealed that over 26 million Nigerians in Borno, Sokoto and Zamfara states, including the FCT are expected to have food crisis between June and August, 2024. The October to November round of the cadre harmonised analysis which was conducted in Read More

Zamfara: Between gruesome banditry and apocalyptic elements

October 18, 2023 Abdu Abdullahi 0

While witnessing murderous characters through gruesome banditry to establish the reign of terror, the rule of gun has eventually overwhelmed the rule of law in Zamfara state. Consequently, a new republic of lawlessness is giving us an apocalyptic verdict: Zamfara is on the precipice! Over a decade, the brutish bandits of Zamfara have foisted themselves on one of the poorest Read More

Breaking: Bandits kidnap female students in Zamfara

September 22, 2023 Sanusi Muhammad, Gusau 0

Bandits in their large numbers invaded Sabon Gida area of Gusau the Zamfara state capital, Thursday night, kidnapped yet to be identified and ascertained number of female students of the Federal University Gusau (FUGUS). The students were living outside main campus of the university . Resident of the area who pleaded anonymity in a telephone interview with Blueprint said the Read More

CDS: JTF Commanders’ conference a turning point against terrorists, bandits, others – CASBAT

September 19, 2023 Bode Olagoke 0

The Coalition Against Separatism, Banditry, and Terrorism (CASBAT) has described the recently concluded Joint Task Force Commanders Conference as potentially the turning point in the fight against terrorists, bandits, and other criminals.  CASBAT’s Country Representative, Dr. Abidemi Moses, commended the Chief of Defence Staff General Christopher Musa for the innovation, describing it as the much-needed catalyst to drive the military Read More

Zamfara: APC slams Gov Dauda over onslaught of banditry

August 10, 2023 Sanusi Muhammad 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC), Zamfara state chapter has expressed concern over the lackadaisical manner the state government under Governor Dauda Lawal Dare has been handling security issues in the state. The state publicity secretary of the party Yusuf Idris in a statement made available to Blueprint Wednesday described the wanton killing of innocent citizens as too rampant as the Read More

The resurgence of banditry in Zamfara

August 2, 2023 Audu Shafaatu Abdullahi, 0

For over a decade, Zamfara state has been facing challenges of insecurity as a result of the activities of armed bandits, resulting to killing of over 3,000 people. This ugly trend also caused a lot of predicaments including proliferation of arms and ammunition, destruction of thousands of houses, rendering thousands of citizens homeless, high rate of internally displaced persons, abject Read More

Synergy with security agencies by state govts key to tackling banditry – El-Rufai

May 11, 2023 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state has called for increased synergy between North-west states, DSS and other security agencies, to address banditry and insurgency in the region, as such synergy has led to killing of several bandits in the state. Addressing the First Quarter Security Conference of North West State Security Directors (SDS) of Department of State Services (DSS) at Read More

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Police confirms abduction of 9 women, children by bandits in Zamfara

April 8, 2023 Admin III 0

Zamfara state police command has confirmed the abduction of 9 women and many children in Wanzamai village, Tsafe local government area of the state by armed bandits. The command spokesperson, CSP Muhammad Shehu, stated this in a statement made available to Blueprint on Saturday in Gusau, the state capital. He said: “Information received by the Command from village head of Read More

2023: North East stakeholders back Obi-Datti presidential bid

December 6, 2022 Adeola Akinbobola 0

As the 2023 general elections draw closer, the North Easterners across the country under the Umbrella of North East Stakeholders has thrown its weight behind Labour Party presidential candidates, Peter Obi and Senator Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed. During the interactive session on the theme: “Good Governance: The Gateway to Secure our People and the Land, the Convener of the group, Isaac Read More

Matawalle’s efforts against banditry in Zamfara state

September 19, 2022 Zailani Bappa 0

Now that we are witnessing an improved security situation in the state, it is pertinent to have flashback on efforts employed at various times to end, specifically, banditry in the state. Banditry in Zamfara state started with simple cattle rustling and became a real threat in 2011. Nine years on when Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle assumed office, it was at Read More

Submission to bandits’ authority

September 7, 2022 Prof. Abdussamad Umar Jibia 0

On September 6, 2022 when I switched on my mobile data the first Whatsapp message that caught my attention was one from a long term friend. The professor of Business administration from a sister university forwarded a video clip seeking to know the veracity of its contents. Like others who have known me for a long time, he believes I Read More

‘#ZamfaraBandits’: Beyond the root causes

August 11, 2022 Ismail Misbahu 0

On July 26, 2022, the BBCAfrica News, on Twitter, programmed an interactive discourse hash-tagged #ZamfaraBandits, which was audio-taped for an hour, and hosted by Dr. Aliyu Tanko, with experienced voices dialoguuing the current dimension of banditry and kidnapping in the North-west of Nigeria. Being a student of history, I am impressed by the way some of our advocates begin to Read More

Of banditry and a shared sovereignty

June 12, 2022 Hassan Gimba 0

Last week, they attacked an estate within Abuja. Gunmen, bandits, Boko Haram, those who “drag” sovereignty with Nigeria, attacked Genuine Estate, within the vicinity of Gwarimpa, Nigeria’s (some accounts say south of the Sahara’s) largest housing estate. They did this undisturbed and calmly, between 1 and 4am on Sunday. The police said it was a robbery attack. Residents, however, said Read More

Presidency: I ‘ll end insurgency, banditry like I did in Rwanda, Sri Lanka – Fayemi 

May 20, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

Ekiti State Governor and presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Kayode Fayemi, has promised to bring to bear all the wealth of experience garnered  while resolving internecine wars in Siera Leone, Liberia, Rwanda and Sri Lanka towards the resolution of insurgency and banditry in the country. The governor was in Kaduna state Thursday to Read More

Banditry: Matawalle seeks new approach, urges collective effort

January 18, 2022 Matawalle 0

The Zamfara State governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle has called for a new approach in the fight against banditry in the state, urging stakeholders to redouble efforts in order to end banditry. The governor stated this on Tuesday while addressing participants at a retreat organised for members of the Zamfara state executive council, special advisers and other relevant public office holders. Read More

Pay us N24m or face attacks, bandits tell 9 Zamfara communities

January 18, 2022 Admin III 0

Bandits operating in Gando forest in Bukkuyum local government area of Zamfara state have written to nine communities asking them to pay their levies or face deadly attacks. This is coming a few weeks after bandits massacred at least 58 people in Bukkuyum and Anka local government areas. In that carnage, he bandits burnt down five villages, killed many residents Read More

ANEM calls for a decisive action to tackle terrorism, banditry

December 19, 2021 Admin III 0

All Nations Evangelical Ministries (ANEM), Sunday expressed worry over the high rate of insecurity in the country, which it says has affected the day- to- day activities of common Nigerians. Briefing journalists after the ministry’s synod in Makurdi, Arch Bishop Yiman Orkwagh, said the present level of insecurity has affected every segment of the lives of Nigerians and needed to Read More

Letter to Mr President

December 13, 2021 Admin III 0

Dear Sir, I write to you this letter at the most disturbing epoch. This is glaring. I highly doubt this message will reach you or even any of your numerous aides. But it is the least I can do for the only country I have, I truly believe in, and love a lot.  Even as I write this long letter,  Nigeria Read More

FG seeks multi-sectoral approach to youth development

November 7, 2021 Admin III 0

The federal government has said that the issue of advancing youth development is a multi-faceted phenomenon which requires a multi-sectoral approach as no one agency or organ of government can adequately address youth issues and challenges in the country. The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, made the statement weekend, on the occasion of the maiden International Read More