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A group under the umbrella of Patriots for the Advancement of Peace and Social Development (PAPSD) has charged the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Abdulrashid Bawa to walk the talk by arresting and prosecuting the former Governor of Zamfara State Abdulazeez Yari and his cohorts over alleged diversion of N37.4 billion promissory notes being the refund of the rehabilitation of Federal Government roads in Zamfara State.

The group stated that Bawa during his Senate screening had vowed to bring to book all corrupt officials without fear or favour, noting that it had written several petitions to the Commission without any action from the agency.

In a petition to the Chairman of the Commission, Abulrasheed Bawa and signed by the Executive Director, Dr. Abdulahi Sani Shinkafi, and made available to journalists stated that despite several petitions and the conclusion of investigations by the Sokoto office of the Commission, adding that the former Chairman of the Commission Ibrahim Magu had refused to arraign the suspects even when a prima facie case was established against them.

The group, however, called on the new EFCC boss to investigate the fraudulent misappropriation and diversion of the N37.400,263,782:33 billion promissory notes belonging to Zamfara State as a refund for federal roads projects executed by the state government.

Shinkafi pointed out that those to be prosecuted by the Commission include the former governor, Abdulazeez Yari, his commissioners, branch manager of UBA in Zamfara, DMO office, and others.

The petition to the EFCC reads: “I hereby wish to forward a petition to the Commission for a thorough investigation and possible prosecution of the case of the fraudulent and criminal diversion of the N37,400,263,781 being the promissory notes which were issued by the Federal Government through the Debt Management Office ((DMO).

“The said N37,400,263,781 is a refund of the Federal rehabilitated roads in Zamfara state which was issued on December 28th, 2018 with face value N14,960,105,512:93 with a maturity date: 28th December 2020 and the 1st April 2019 with a face value of promissory note: N22,440,158,269:00 promissory note reference FGN /PN/2019/SG/21 with a maturity date of 1st April 2022.

“The promissory notes were however discounted to the United Bank for Africa (UBA) by former Governor Abdulazeez Yari ahead of the maturity dates without the approval of the State Executive Council or the resolution of the Zamfara State House of Assembly. The Zamfara State government lost billions of naira after the promissory notes were acquired at undisclosed discounted rates.

In his desperate bid to cash out the N37.400,263,781 that has not matured he terminated the deal by signing up undisclosed discounted rate percent per annum. We call for the investigation and possible prosecution of the following people for their active roles in the misappropriation of the promissory notes belonging to the good people of Zamfara State.

“Hon. Abdulazeez Yari, former Governor Of Zamfara State, Hon. Mukhtar Idris former Commissioner Of Finance Zamfara State and former Director Of Finance Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Adamu Mohammed Ahmed former Accountant General Zamfara State.

Others include: “Abubakar Bello R/Doruwa former Permanent Secretary Ministry Of Finance Zamfara State, Mrs. Patience Oniha Director General Debt Management Office (DMO), Mr. Asiahana Bayo Okaurau Director-General Nigeria Governors Forum, Mrs. Chinwe Juliet Chima and the Branch Manager United Bank for Africa (UBA) Gusau.”

He noted that the question for determination is why the hurry to cash out the money before the maturity dates, stressing that the former governor Yari should explain what he did with the money he collected after making the state lose billions of naira as a discount.

“Why the DG and staff of the Nigerian Governors Forum should collect the promissory notes on behalf of the Zamfara State government having not been a staff of the state government.

“We hereby urge the Commission to invite the above-mentioned persons for interrogation, investigation, and prosecution” he added. 

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Some suspected gunmen blocked the Kaura Namoda-Shinkafi Highway on Wednesday at around 12:00pm and opened fire on a Golf car which was driving toward Shinkafi from Kaura Namoda.

According to a source, the bandits laid ambush on the incoming car and opened fire on the passengers conveyed inside the car.

Two persons were killed instantly while four others were wounded and rushed to the General Hospital, Kaura Namoda.

According to the source, the injured after receiving first aid treatment were later moved to an advance health facility in Gusau for advance medical attention.

Effort to speak to the Police Spokesperson SP Shehu Muhammad has failed as at the time of filing this report

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The Minister of Defence, Maj Gen Bashir Magashi, has confirmed the missing of about 600 inmates from the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje, as 300 inmates were retrieved from bushes.

Speaking with newsmen, in Abuja, Magashi said they suspect the attack was carried out by the Boko-Haram terrorist sect.

He said, “They attempted the initial entry with a very high explosive, but they were unsuccessful”.

According to him, after the unsuccessful first attempt, then they attacked another section of the wall with even higher grade explosive which brought the wall down.

He explained that the forces on the ground did everything they could to repel them but the number of the terrorists they came with was overwhelming which they were not able to fight against.

“The incident took about 30 minutes, before the reinforcements arrived”.
The Minister gave the figure of the inmates at about 994 inmates in the prison.

“We understand, the attackers were Boko Haram, and they came specifically to get their co-conspirators freed”, he added.
He lamented that majority of the terrorists freed from the prison are now in the general population.

“But many of them have returned, they have reported themselves to the police, some we have successfully retrieved from the bushes where they were hiding”, The Minister added.

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Katsina state police command has announced the murder of ACP Aminu Umar during a special operation along at Zakka village in Safana local government area of the state.

The Spokesperson of the police in Katsina SP Gambo Isah said in a statement that, one other police operative also lost his life during the operation.

“ A distress call was received that terrorists numbering over three hundred (300), on motorcycles, shooting sporadically with AK 47 rifles and General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMG), ambushed ACP Aminu Umar, Area Commander, Dutsinma and team, while on clearance operation of recalcitrant bandits/terrorists, in Zakka forest, Safana LGA of Katsina state”.

“Consequently, the Area Commander and one other gallantly lost their lives during a cross exchange of gun fire”.

According to Gambo Isah the Police Commissioner condoles the families of the deceased and prayed for God almighty to grant the deceased eternal rest.

He re-affirms the commitment of the police in fighting insecurity and insurgency and ensure that peace has returned to the state.

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