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Marafa reacts to report linking him with bandit

Former Senator representing Zamfara Central Senatorial District, Kabir Garba Marafa Former Senator representing Zamfara Central Senatorial District, Kabir Garba Marafa

The former Senator representing Zamfara Central Senatorial District, Kabir Garba Marafa has reacted to reports linking him with the arrested bandit, Abdulmuminu Moossa, a Chadian.

He described the report linking him with the said bandit as malicious, wicked, and misleading, noting that although the report was published in an obscure news platform, “he didn’t find it funny.”

In a statement issued by his press office, the former senator insisted that the report was concocted by called, “disgruntled All Progressives Congress members in Zamfara” who wanted to weaken his political clout.“

The attention of the Media Office of Senator Kabir Garba Marafa has been drawn to a malicious, concocted, wicked lies and misleading report published in an obscure platform created by the agents of some disgruntled APC leaders.

“The report, alleging that one Abdulmuminu Moossa, a citizen of Chad Republic, reported having been arrested by the Nigerian security operatives in Sabon Birni LGA of Sokoto State, confessed to knowing Senator Marafa for more than seven years, was nothing but lies, concocted to dent the hard-earned reputation of the former lawmaker.

Marafa said a preliminary investigation has been conducted on the matter. He noted that the investigation discovered some foot soldiers working for some highly placed political elements whose goal was to diminish his popularity.“Their machinations cannot stop what Almighty Allah has ordained.”

The former senator reminded the public that his intervention in the 8th Senate brought about the massive deployment of security agents which paved way for the peaceful conduct of the 2019 general elections.

The statement asserted, “It is on record that Senator Marafa was the first to raise the issue of banditry, at its infancy on the floor of the Nigerian Senate, drawing the attention of the federal government and the global community to the activities of the criminals.

Marafa, on many occasions, raised the issue on the floor of the Senate at the time these agents of falsehood were busy looting funds meant to procure arms to fight the twin evil of Boko Haram and banditry.”

He insisted that security agents should tackle the security challenges with a high sense of commitment by refusing to be politicised in the state. He also urged them to be merciless with criminals because of the human casualties caused by their activities.

Maraca, who lost the 2019 governorship elections in the state, warned security agents who are fond of acting as the mouthpiece of some security agencies to desist from engaging in dangerous political comments as the nation approaches the 2023 general elections.