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Gov. Matawalle Is Restoring Peace, Transforming Economy Of Zamfara — Aide

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Dr Rabi Ibrahim, Special Adviser on Investment and Public Private Partnership to Zamfara Gov. Bello Matawalle says the governor has curbed the rates of insecurity in the state.

Ibrahim, who made the assertion at an interactive session with newsmen on Monday in Abuja, said that Matawalle had reduced the level of insecurity to the barest minimum since assumption of duty in 2019.

She described the governor as the “political saviour of Zamfara,” who is working round-the-clock to transform the economy of the state through investment in real estate development in some cities in the country.

Ibrahim said that Zamfara had joined the league of states like Lagos, Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, Kaduna, Nasarawa and Kwara that generate huge internal revenue from their real estate investments in Abuja.

She recalled that in the past, Zamfara was in the news for all the wrong reasons but now the governor had transformed the state to “a safe haven with investors flooding in like never before.”

Ibrahim disclosed that the Investment Directorate under her stewardship had been able to make investments in properties worth a little above N10 billion.

She also revealed that the investment directorate was able to make gold deposits worth N2 billion, adding that the total investment made by the directorate amounted to the tune of N12.035 billion under one and a half years.

According to her, the investment directorate is till negotiating to acquire more properties for the state to increase the Internally Generated Revenue.

”This has never happened in the past with any administration in the state.

”Upon taking the mantle of leadership as the Executive Governor of Zamfara on May 29, 2019, Gov. Bello Matawalle, did not waste time in indicating his interest and passion in restoring peace to the state.

”The governor is also working assiduously to transform the economy of the state and creating a conducive atmosphere for investment, business development and partnerships for the state and prospective foreign and local investors.

”Gov. Matawalle swung into action, by setting machineries in motion to enable him achieve his vision, by quickly establishing the Investment and Public Private Partnership Directorate, and appointing a Special Adviser to head the Directorate.

”The truth is that the vision and investment ideas of the governor is yielding the desired fruits as the Investment Directorate has become very busy attracting various investments to the state.

“And, investing the resources of the state in profitable Real Estate investments in FCT and Kaduna State, which serves as the Headquarters of Northwestern region,” she said.

The special adviser said that due to the tireless efforts of the governor, the Zamfara Investment and Property Development Company Ltd. was not only wearing a very good corporate image but also had started trading in shares and other businesses.

”Such as, obtaining license for ecosystem registration from NIMC, that will commence soon in matter of days.

”The success being recorded by the governor is not far connected to the fact that his is an all-rounder and a man on a mission to change the narrative in Zamfara in terms of providing adequate infrastructures, and developmental projects in the education, health and economic sectors .”

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Agric Minister Shield’s Factional AFAN Leader From Police Invitation

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The minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, on Friday, 17th June, 2021 at the ICC (International Conference Centre), in Abuja prevented policemen on duty from taking factional leader of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) Mr Farouk Rabiu for questioning on fraud related matters.


According to reliable sources and eye witnesses at the scene which was the venue of the 2021, Council on Agriculture, the police were there to invite Farouk to Force headquarters following a petition against him for acts that bordered on criminality.


Recently a federal high court sitting in Abuja had cautioned the renegade group led by Farouk through their lawyer, on Wednesday,15/2/2021, against parading themselves as leaders of AFAN until the matter is determined in court.


Farouk had been accused of defrauding investors using the name of AFAN Kano branch which he illegally registered, a matter which had been brought before the Corporate Affairs Commission, who revoked the registration.


However, Farouk has been continuously recognised as the leader of AFAN, by the Minister who hails from the same state with him despite several petitions from the Arc Kabir Ibrahim led executive.


The minister’s actions in siding with Farouk despite a case in court to resolve the leadership tussle of AFAN, has been allegedly linked to the minister’s shameful removal as chairman of AFAN Kano, long before he became appointed minister.


Witnesses at the scene stated that the minister after frantic efforts to get the Inspector General on phone to call off his men failed, resorted to giving an unhindered exit to Farouk in his official car, tantamount to obstruction of justice, much to the chagrin of the police officers.


A reliable source further disclosed that the policemen declined to follow the minister to his office.

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Three Soldiers Injured as Troops Kill ISWAP Terrorists in Borno

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Troops of the Nigerian Army under the Operation Hadin Kai have killed several ISWAP Terrorists in Dikwa town, Borno State.

According to a statement issued on Wednesday by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, the gallant troops decisively dealt with the terrorists who were attempting to infiltrate the town on Tuesday.

The terrorist elements were said to have mounted five gun trucks, others mounted motorcycles, while others moved by foot.

They were, however, met with superior fire power by troops in conjunction with air bombardment by Air Task Force.

“The marauding terrorists were thoroughly vanquished forcing them to withdraw in high state of confusion abandoning their truck, guns and ammunition,” the statement read.

“During the encounter, six members of the terrorists groups were neutralized, several others were severely injured while the survivors withdrew in total disarray leaving behind their deceased colleagues”.

Three soldiers, however, sustained various degrees of injuries but have now been stabilised.

Items recovered during the encounter included one gun truck, eight AK 47 rifles, 40 rounds of 7.62mm Special, 39 special ammo, three motorcycles and six magazines.

To mop up the area, troops conducted exploitation in the early hours of Wednesday in conjunction with the Civilian Joint Task Force and hunters along the terrorists’ withdrawal routes and recovered 90 rounds of 7.62 mm x 54 on links belonging to the fleeing terrorists.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Faruk Yahaya, has commended the gallant troops over the feat and charged them to remain resolute and steadfast.

He urged them to maintain the tempo in order to ensure total obliteration of terrorist groups within the North East region.

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Onion Marketers Threaten to Stop Supply to Southern Nigeria

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The Onion Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria has threatened to stop the supply of onions down to the South from June 7, 2021.

The group said it would carry out the threat if the government fails to compensate its members who have suffered losses in recent times following attacks in some parts of the country.

President of the association, Aliyu Umar, made this known to journalists at a press briefing on Sunday in Sokoto State.

He explained that the government under a committee led by the Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello had promised to compensate their members, many of whom suffered huge losses in Abia, Imo and Oyo States during the #EndSARS and Shasha market crisis.

However, according to him, the promise has not been kept and the members have reportedly lost over 4 billion naira.

“We are calling on the state and Federal Government to restore law and order in the state, and we are calling on the good people of the southern part of Nigeria to live with the Hausa community in peace as we are only there for our lawful businesses,” Umar said.

“We also call on state governments to collaborate with fed govt to set up a committee to investigate the incident that led to the loss of lives and property of the Onion Association members.

“Furthermore, if the government fails to adhere to what we are saying, we are shutting the supply of onion to the entire south by Monday the 7th of June 2021”.

In recent times, the price of Onions skyrocketed from just about ₦20,000 to nearly a hundred thousand, in less than a year – a situation which quickly gave it the reputation of ‘new gold’.

While the price hike could not be understood by many, some traders have attributed the increment to seasonal fluctuations, a general increase in prices of fertilizers among other items, strike actions as well as insecurity arising from the #EndSARS protests.

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