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I am a Bandit by Murtala Rufa’i



Murtala Rufa’i, a lecturer at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, says according to a 10-year research he conducted on banditry in Zamfara, people make money from transporting arms.

He titled his report, ”I am a Bandit’:
A Decade of Research on Armed Banditry in Zamfara State’, Rufa’i said studies have shown that there are over 60,000 weapons in circulation in the north-west. Weapons like anti-aircraft guns, rocket propelled grenade tubes, general purpose machine guns, AK-47, AK-49, G3 magazines, among others, were found across different bandits’ camps in the state, he said.

According to the researcher, Rufa’i, he conducted interviews with bandits and also visited some areas across the state, adding that the gunmen generate income through arms trading, while a significant percentage of such funds are spent on drugs, women, betting, phones and other goods.

“Most arguments on the source of weapons revolve around the porous border thesis and the inability of the security to man the over 1,950 official borders.”

“There is absolute shortage of manpower and officers want to be posted to lucrative borders. The armed smugglers mostly used these minor entries for the supply of arms into the country.”

“Thus, the wider assumption is that arms supply in Zamfara is majorly from the Nigeria-Niger borders located around Zamfara, Sokoto and Katsina axis,” according to report.

“This is a plausible assumption as there are some border communities within these states with substantial number of individual gunrunners, whose main role is to simply move arms across the borders.

“Some of these illicit traffickers are well-known in their communities, while others remain unknown. Calamity could befall any community that expose these suppliers to security agencies.

“Since the Nigerian security operatives have complained of grossly inadequate personnel, in addition to proving incapable of defending the people from the rural war-lords, the best thing is to observe ‘conspiracy of silence’ for peace to reign in the villages.

“There is also the use of women and children as couriers of arms along the border. It is very difficult to get a woman arm courier, but if you have any, they are the safest and easiest ways of cross-border arms movement.

“Depending on the distance and terrain, an AK47 rifle is transported into a nearby village from the border at the rate of N20,000, while a bag containing 100 rounds of ammunition at the cost of N5,000.

“Thus, transporting the ammunition is much easier due to its size and could be divided into different portions, what the locals called Geron Hajiya.”

Rufa’i quoted an informant who spent five years as a bandit around Dan-Sadau area, as saying:
“I have wasted five years for nothing. Had it been I knew, I could have been a gunrunner earlier. There is more money, peace and pride to be in the arm supplying chain”.

Bello Matawalle, governor of Zamfara as said that his administration will no longer offer amnesty to bandits since they have “refused to embrace peace”.

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Kill Bandits And Bring Their Corpses – COAS Order



Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya Commissioning TRADOC Officers’ Transit Accommodation in Minna. He ordered troops to gun down bandits and criminals terrorizing the state and bring their corpses and weapons.

Giving the order during his visit to the 31 Artillery Brigade and Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Minna, and the commissioning of the TRADOC Officers’ transit accommodation, on Sunday.

It read:
“I am here in Niger today as part of my operation visit to 31 Artillery Brigade and TRADOC.

“I commend the troops for the job they are doing. Don’t relent but continue and be more resolute and more decisive in dealing with criminals.

“When we engage the criminals and bandits, we kill them and bring their corpses and their weapons and that is what we will continue to do.”

Lieutenant General Yahaya said the visit enabled them to have first-hand relations with the troops and know their challenges and motivate them to put in their best for the betterment of Nigeria.

Appeal citizens to provide the Army and other security agencies with valid information to enable them to deal with the criminals.

Further added:
“I urged all to lay their helping hand in the passage of accurate information to the Army and other security agencies.

“These criminals, many of them live with us. I want the public to operate and take it that security is everybody’s business. With synergy, we will be able to improve in what we are doing.”

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Nigerian Professors Earn Less — UNILAG ASUU Chairman



The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of Lagos chapter, Dr Dele Ashiru, has revealed that Nigerian professors do not earn more than N416,000 as monthly salary.

He said:
“No Nigerian professor earns more than N416,000 in a month as the total package. We are saying let us renegotiate this agreement so that people’s conditions of service will improve.

“As I speak to you, our members have been earning the same salary since 2009 till date. I don’t think there is any section of the Nigerian economy and society that has been so treated.

“The highest-paid professor which means that if he remains in the university system for the next 10-15 years will not earn more than the same amount he’s been earning since 2009.”

On Monday, ASUU issued a 21-day ultimatum to the federal government to implement the agreement that they had reached in 2020 following their strike action that lasted for nine months.

The federal government and ASUU had reached an agreement to enhance the welfare and remuneration of university lecturers, settle unpaid allowances, and supply a fund to revitalize Nigeria’s universities.

Ashiru, however, noted that the federal government had not signed the Memorandum of Agreement since May, despite a renegotiation.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021, has been declared a work-free day in Anambra in honour of Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Nigeria’s first president who was born on November 16, 1904.

This is the third consecutive year Anambra State is celebrating the birthday anniversary of the man who led Nigeria to independence on October 1, 1960, and is popularly known as The Great Zik of Africa because of his extraordinary Pan-African vision and commitments.

“It was the Great Zik of Africa who inspired such outstanding Pan-African leaders as Dr Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana who led his country to freedom from colonial rule on March 6, 1957”, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State declared in a statement signed on his behalf by the state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba.

“Zik, who was born in Zungeru in Niger State and grew up in Calabar and Lagos, studied various disciplines in the United States and remains the most urbane, cosmopolitan and intellectually engaging of all Nigerian leaders.

“He remains an unrivalled trailblazer, having established Nigeria’s first indigenous bank, African Continental Bank and Nigeria’s first indigenous university, University of Nigeria at Nsukka, among other monumental and farsighted achievements”.

Governor Obiano reiterated his call on the Federal Government to declare November 16 a national holiday in memory of The Great Zik of Africa.

After all, argued Chief Obiano, the Ghanaians observe the birthday of Dr Nkrumah as a national holiday, just the way Tanzanians observe President Julius Nyerere’s birthday as a national holiday .
“It is a huge national embarrassment”, observed the Anambra leader, “that Nigeria has yet to declare November 16 a national holiday”.


C. Don Adinuba
Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment

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