ZMSG denies taking N14.2b loan

GUSAU- The Zamfara government on Monday denied taking a N14.2 billion loan as indicated in a report by the Debt Management Office (DMO). A statement issued in Gusau on Monday by Sulaiman Idris, Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Media and Publicity, debunked the claim it described as false. “This is to clarify the DMO report which said that the Zamfara state government borrowed N14.26 billion naira. “The Zamfara government has never applied for loan or approached the State Assembly or National Assembly with such request,” Idris said. According to the statement, the sum of 14.26 billion, as stated in the DMO report, was not borrowed by Gov Lawal’s administration. “The amount was part of the proceeds from a 20 billion naira loan floated by previous administrations in the state. “No domestic or external loans have been borrowed since Gov Dauda Lawal came in. “It is important to note that the previous Zamfara state government floated a N20 billion bond but failed to collect the total amount. “The immediate past government received N4 billion naira out of the N20 …

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APC condemns incessant attacks on Zamfara communities

GUSAU- The Zamfara Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the incessant attacks on communities in the state and lamented the nonchalant attitude to the situation by the state government. This is contained in a statement issued by the state State APC Publicity Secretary, Malam Yusuf Idris in Gusau on Wednesday. Idris was reacting to the recent bandits’ attack in the Zurmi Local Government Area of the state, which led to the killing and kidnapping of innocent persons. “We condole the families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate attacks. “We pray to Allah to accommodate them in Jannaatu Firdausi and give their families the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss. “We will continue to push the governments at all levels to ensure the return of lasting peace in all our communities”, Idris said. “We will also continue to assist in our best efforts to cushion the effects of the suffering faced by our people”, he added. The APC spokesperson also expressed dismay over the recurring attacks on communities and security agents leading to killing of …

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Zamfara’s Gov. Lawal appeals for continuous prayers to end insecurity

GUSAU- Gov. Dauda Lawal of Zamfara on Sunday in Gusau enjoined residents to continue to pray and seek divine intervention to end lingering insecurity in the state. Lawal made the call in a message he sent through his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Mukhtar Lugga, to the opening of the state’s 27th Qur’anic recitation competition. Terrorists abducted 100 men, women and children from Mutunji in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara on Friday. The terrorists reportedly raided the community over the failure of the villagers to pay a N50 million protection levy the leader of the group earlier demanded. Led by their kingpin, known as Damina, the terrorists rode on motorcycles and surrounded the community after evening prayers on Friday. Gov. Lawal said in his message to the Qur’anic recitation competition that: “on behalf of the state government, I extend condolences to families of those who lost their lives recently due to insecurity. “The state government is aware of the challenges faced by some communities in the state.’’ He said the state government had recruited operatives of Community Protection Guards, a …

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‘We are happy with Appeal Court’s decision’ – Sacked Zamfara Governor, Lawal speaks

Zamfara State Governor, Dauda Lawal, has stated that he is happy with the ruling of the Appeal Court which sacked him as the governor of the state. He also said that he is ready to contest against the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate, Bello Matawalle, as he is sure to defeat him in a landslide victory. Recall that the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Thursday, sacked the state Governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lawal, and declared the March 18 governorship election in the state inconclusive. The court also ordered a rerun in three local government areas: Maradun, Birnin-Magaji, and Bukkuyum. The Governor, while addressing his teeming supporters at the State’s PDP secretariat in Gusau, the State capital, after his return from a foreign trip, expressed confidence about winning the governorship rerun election. Lawal added that Allah had already made him the Governor of Zamfara State, and it would remain so, no matter what the opposition APC members and other hypocrites would do. He said, “I am very optimistic that even if the election …

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