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Police arrest Zamfara Legislator, LG chairman in connection to banditry

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Muhammad Dalijan, the Commissioner of Police in Zamfara State, has announced the arrest of a member of the State House of Assembly and a former local government chairman in connection with banditry in the state.

Dalijan made this known on Wednesday while hosting Thomas Parker, the officer in charge of the Counterterrorism Unit, under the United Nations Office On Drugs and Crime, at the command headquarters in Gusau, the state capital, punch reported.

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However, the commissioner withheld the identities of the legislator and former council chairman who were detained in connection with the crime.

To overcome the difficulty of travelling to Lagos to perform forensic analysis, Dalijan also pleaded with the UN to assist in the establishment of a forensic laboratory and urged the UN to replicate in Zamfara what they did in Maiduguri.

The commissioner also sought the global body’s assistance in training on investigation and establishing forensic laboratories to accelerate the investigation and prosecution of suspected criminals.

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He, however, noted that crime rates have reduced in the state due to the ongoing efforts of security agencies, in collaboration with Community Protection Guards, to flush out the suspected terrorists who migrated from Maiduguri to Zamfara in Northwest Nigeria.

In his remarks, Parker said the UN delegation was in the state on the appeal that Governor Dauda Lawal had made to the UN to assist the state in tackling the insecurity surrounding it.