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Terrorism: Zamfara Lifts Suspension On Telecom Services

GOVERNOR Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State yesterday lifted the suspension imposed on  telecommunications services in the state, just 24 hours after his Kaduna State counterpart, Nasir El-Rufai took a similar action.

“God willing, as from next Monday (tomorrow) we shall have that effected,” Matawalle said in Gusau,the state capital.

The suspension was part of the efforts by states in the Northwest to check the wave of terrorism in the geo-political zone.


The governors had come to the conclusion that terrorists were using mobile phones to communicate and engage in unbridled kidnapping and harassment of the people.

However, Matawalle said yesterday that the decision to lift the suspension of telecoms services followed encouraging reports of peace in different parts of the state.

The Governor who spoke at the convention of the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), thanked the people of the state for their patience and perseverance throughout the trying period and assured them that his administration would continue to take any measure necessary to preserve peace and protect their lives and property.

He asked the  APC members in the state to extend their support to the new executive committee members in the state.

The convention was chaired by the Planning Committee Chairman from the National Headquarters of the APC, Ibrahim Masari, who announced a consensus of the party in all the 36 elective positions.

Senator Sahabi Yau, who represents Zamfara South senatorial district in the National Assembly, moved the motion for consensus, and it was seconded by a frontline member of the party in the state, Sani Jaji.

Mr Tukur Dan Fulani Gusau was returned as the newly elected chairman of the APC in Zamfara while Mr Ibrahim Dangaladima emerged as the new secretary of the party in the state.

The new EXCO members emerged after the Caretaker Committee of the party under Senator Hassan Nasiha was dissolved via a motion moved by a former governor of the state, Mamuda Shinkafi.

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