Armed banditry: FG to overhaul Zamfara’s police

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President Muhammadu Buhari tells his visitors of massive shake-up in Zamfara Police. Above Buhari with Sheikh Abd Rasheed Hadiyyatullah, Leader of the delegation of Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria. Others in the picture are Vice President 11, Sheikh Adam A. Idoko, Jamilu Mu’Azu Haidara, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered massive transfer of police personnel in Zamfara state as part of deliberate measures to address cases of armed banditry in the state.

The President disclosed this when a delegation of the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria visited him at the State House, Abuja, on Monday.

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President Buhari was reacting to the burning issue of violent conflicts in some parts of country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Zamfara state has been battling cattle rustling and kidnapping in recent months.

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Armed bandits and cattle thieves have been terrorizing villages in the state in the past months with many innocent citizens killed and villages burnt or destroyed.

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NAN reports that worried by persistent killings, Gov. Abdul’aziz Yari of Zamfara State had on June 15 said he had dropped his responsibility as Chief Security Officer of the state as he had no control over security machinery in the state.

Yari said that his decision was occasioned by the seeming helplessness of his administration and the people to check the persistent killings in the state.

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He, therefore, frowned at the prevailing situation in the state where as the chief security officer of the state he could not take decisions on strategies for protecting the state and its people, and had it implemented.

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However, President Buhari told the Shari’ah delegation that he was putting in his best to address all security challenges in Zamfara and other parts of the country.

He said that following his dissatisfaction with the performance of the Police in Zamfara State, he ordered a massive transfer of officers and men who had stayed three years and above in the troubled State.

The President also revealed that he had received a “stiff bill” from the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, for the restoration of the dilapidated infrastructure and facilities of the Federal Government-owned radio stations in all states of the federation.

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He pledged that something would be done about the situation.

Spokesman of the delegation and the Vice-President of the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria, Sheikh Hadiyyatullahi Abdulrashid, had commended President Buhari for his efforts toward uplifting the quality of life of all Nigerians.

He, however, appealed to the President to address the pathetic state of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) Kaduna

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