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Security concerns mount in Zamfara; meetings, processions, banned over Boko Haram threats




In response to concerns of an imminent attack by Boko Haram insurgents, all forms of meetings, procession, partying and unlawful gatherings have been suspended in Zamfara by the state police command.

Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Mohammed Matawalle, had earlier raised the alarm over alleged plans by Boko Haram to infiltrate and wreak havoc on lives and property in seven local government areas.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, SP Muhammed Shehu, said on Tuesday that suspension of gatherings was necessary considering the prevailing security situation, coupled with the threat by Boko Haram and other criminal elements to destabilise the relative peace in the state.

The Zamfara State Police Command cautioned that all hands must be on deck to normalise the current security concern.

“Consequently, all forms of meetings, processions, partying and all forms of gatherings by all manners of people in the state are hereby banned until further notice,” the police spokesman said.

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He noted that the Command sought continued support and cooperation of all and sundry to prevent the calamity, saying that security is the responsibility of everybody.

Commissioner of police, CP Usman Nagogo explained that the people of Zamfara State deserved a secured environment that would boost the socio-economic situation of the state.

SP Muhammed Shehu appealed to the citizens to endeavour to report any suspected movement of person or persons to the nearest security agency for immediate action.

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