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Zamfara Rebuffs Bandits’ Belated Peace Overture

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Matawalle Seeks Prayers Over Banditry In Zamfara-Crystal News

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has said that the state government is no longer interested in dialoguing with bandits as they rejected the olive branch stretched at them earlier.

He said in Gusau that instead, security forces would flush them out of the state.

“My administration will no longer grant amnesty to bandits as they have failed to embrace the peace initiative earlier extended to them,’’ the governor said, while addressing a congregation.

He urged residents to be patient and to support new security measures put in place to flush out bandits and their collaborators to restore peace in the state.

The governor said the barrage of attacks on bandits by security forces had made them to make a fresh overture to government seeking dialogue.

He said the bandits’ emissaries informed him that they had repented and would want to dialogue with the government.

He noted that some of the bandits were running out of Zamfara to other states as a result of the new security measures introduced by the state government.

Matawalle warned politicians against giving any form of support to bandits, stressing that: “politicians should fear God and stop buying motorcycles to distribute to people who, in turn, sell to bandits to perpetrate their evil acts.’’

The governor said also that the Zamfara government would prosecute any politician caught in the act.

Recall that Zamfara had cut off food, petroleum products supply and other essential commodities from the reach of the bandits in their various camps.

The government had also incepted several vehicles conveying food, drinks and petroleum products to various bandits’ camps in the state.

The government said earlier that it had also arrested more than 100 violators of Gov. Matawalle’s Executive Order to restore law and order in the state.

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

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

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 transported 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 transported into or outside Zamfara State.

“The sale of petroleum products by fuel stations within the control of a village head is banned.

“Fuel stations shall not sell petroleum products in jerry can or any other container to any customer.

“No fuel station shall sell more than five litres to motorcyclists, tricyclists and not more than 40 litres to any vehicle.

“All shops, kiosks, containers, tents and stands located at Garejin Mailaina, Gusau, are hereby closed.’’

The state government had also established a Special Taskforce to ensure full compliance with the order while mobile courts were set up to prosecute violators.

Meanwhile, commercial activities in the state have been halted following the two weeks suspension of telecommunication networks in the state by the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC).

All banking services, mobile telephone services, internet and other related services have also been suspended.

In a related development, Commissioner of Police in Zamfara, Mr Ayuba Elkanah, announced the suspension of movement of all motorcycles with clutches in 13 local government areas of the state.

In a chat with newsmen, Elkanah urged members of the public to continue to support security agencies by giving them vital information that would assist in fighting crimes and criminally in the state.

“In a bid to achieve this aim, additional measures have been put in place.

“Riding of motorcycles that have clutches have been banned in the 13 local government areas of the state in addition to the earlier enforcement of restrictions on motorcycles and tricycles in Gusau Local Government Area.

“In Gusau area, Damba and Mada are equally affected in the ban on riding motorcycles with clutches,’’ Elkanah said.

The police commissioner said they had authoritative information that some unscrupulous elements use the vehicles, especially Golf III cars and Canter trucks, to supply petroleum products and food items to bandits camps,

Elkanah enjoined residents in Zamfara to bear with the security agencies because the measures put in place are temporarily and are in the best interest of the state.

“We urge residents to remain law-abiding and to collaborate with security agencies in ensuring that peace and security is restored in the state,’’ the police commissioner said.

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Nigeria has defeated Cameroon by 10 wickets with 84 balls left in the International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 Women’s World Cup qualifiers.

The game which was played at the Botswana Cricket Oval Gaborone on Monday, saw the Cameroonian side winning the toss and choosing to bat first in their debut ICC event.

They had majorly Nantia Kenfack to thank for scoring 23 runs in 32 balls ahead Jeanne Ngono, the other best performer in the team, who made seven runs in 13 balls, and together contributing to the team’s tally of 47 runs in 19.3 overs with all wickets out.

Like a walk in the park, a very confident Nigerian side needed only 6.3 overs to score 48 runs in the second innings.

The opening partnership of Esther Sandy and Kehinde Abdulquadri was enough to claim the victory, even though team captain, Blessing Etim, won the Player of the Match by downing four wickets and claiming four maiden overs.

A maiden over is an over in which no runs are scored that count against the bowler.

“This is the first time ever I am bowling four overs, four wickets and no runs. I give glory to God and I appreciate the efforts of my team mates for making this possible.

“ The game was not a very difficult one for us because we listened to our coaches and made our target,’’ an elated Etim said after the game, while also dedicating her award to her team mates.

On his part, Onome Oghenekevwe, the team coach, said the team’s victory showed that they were no push overs.

“Today’s victory was good. Ten wickets victory shows how strong the players are and as far as am concerned, this team is one of the best sides in this tournament.

“ I think that they need more time together as a team and gather as much experiences as possible so that they can go places,’’ Oghenekevwe said.

Nigeria had played four matches, winning two, but will have to await the outcome of the Uganda vs Sierra Leone match on Tuesday, to determine a spot in the semi-finals.

Namibia is currently top of the group and has already qualified with three wins in three matches, while Uganda is second with two wins in three matches, pending the outcome of their last game on Tuesday.

Nigeria, in third place, could have a fighting chance for a semis spot, if Sierra Leone defeats Uganda.

Four teams are expected to qualify from both groups, with Zimbabwe leading the pack in group A.

 

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Minister Cautions NYSC Members Against Influencing Redeployments

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Dr Ramatu Aliyu, Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory on Tuesday, cautioned youth corps members against influencing their postings to their preferred places of assignments.

Aliyu gave the advice when the management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) led by the FCT Coordinator, Alhaji Abdul Suleman,  visited her office in Abuja .

The minister urged the corps members to desist from influencing their posting to rural communities to their places of interest.

According to her, corps members are not only needed in rural communities but gained more recognition in hard-to-reach communities.

“Corps members responsiveness to the plight of the people depicts a very high quality of leadership,  that is missing among our youths.

” So in essence,  it is in those rural areas that offer you the opportunity to show your leadership qualities.

“It is only in those remote areas that you can think out of the box for the benefit of the people. These are areas that often lack portable water, and other social amenities.

“Seeing the condition of the people can give you the necessary push to come up with ideas on what to do for the benefit of mankind, “she said.

Aliyu said that Garki and Wuse environments, would not offer corps members the opportunity to think of what to do.

” So for you to get all the latitudes to hit the ground running,  you have to serve in rural communities. Please, I urge you all not to work your ways to be redeployed,” she said.

Aliyu gave them the assurance that the FCT would continue to serve as home, to all corps members posted their for the youth service scheme.

Earlier, the NYSC FCT Coordinator, Alhaji Abdul Suleman, said that the 2021Batch ‘B’ Stream II Orientation Course had commenced as scheduled.

Suleman said the corps members had been exposed to the COVID-19 preventive protocols, adding that the camp officials and the entire camp community had been screened.

He said that a total of 1,340 corps members had been registered and sworn in by the representative of the Chief Judge of the FCT.

The coordinator said that the corps members had so far, exhibited a high level of discipline and resilience.

Suleman commended the FCT’s administration and the community, for providing the enabling environment for hosting the orientation course.

The highpoint of the event, was the presentation of an artwork, by a youth corps member, Okon Lawrence Idim, to the minister.

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Customs Accuses Elite Government Agencies Of Patronising Smuggled Cars

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The Assistant Comptroller General (ACG) in charge of modernization of Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Mr. Saidu Galadima, has accused some Nigerian elites, including government agencies, of patronizing smuggled cars.

Galadima said this during an interactive session with the House of Representatives Committee on Customs and Excise Duty on Tuesday in Abuja.

According to him, “unfortunately, the big men today in Nigeria, I didn’t say National Assembly members, all their escort Hilux are smuggled vehicles.

He said that any officer involved in allowing such smuggled cars were being penalized and punished by the service.

Galadima stated that though, the number of Hilux importation had dropped, hundreds of them were still in town.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Leke Abejide, disclosed that they were working towards repealing some provisions in the Customs and Excise Management Act, to reduce the cumbersome process of containers transfer in the agency.

He also told the customs delegates that the committee was proposing three stages for the transfer of containers which include, Controller, DC revenue, and Exit.

“One of the reasons we are doing this interactive session is because we are already working on the Customs and Excise Management Act.

“We want to have an agreement with Customs on common ground, like all these transfer processes, it is going to be there.

“But we don’t want to do it alone; we want to do it with them. We should receive it in this committee by this week.

“So when the Act comes, we are going to sit down and look at it and see how we can help them. We are working on the Act,” he said.

He stated that Customs were short of the workforce, stressing that when the committee went out to the command, the complaints were that they were short of men.

According to him, Customs was supposed to be 30,000 men, but they are 15,000, they cannot recruit the remaining 50 per cent unless they have money.

“Customs is underfunded, they are taking seven per cent of duty on items, this cannot help Customs to recruit. This is one of the things we are doing.

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