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Zamfara State Police Command has arrested a political ally of former Governor Abdulazeez Yari Abubakar Alh Abubakar Dantabawa and sixteen others over allegation of meeting with some repentant bandits with an intention of recruiting them back to their former evil acts.

The arrest of the APC supporters this weekend has generated tension as party supporters took to the street to protest what they termed as act of injustice by the State Police Command on APC supporters.

The party supporters were allegedly teargassed at the headquarters of the State Police Command in Gusau when they attempted to access its premises were the politicians were allegedly kept.

It took much time of hited arguement between the police on duty at the state force headquarters and party supporters led by the State Chairman Lawal M. Liman and former member of the Federal House of Representatives Aminu Sani Jaji before few of them could be allowed access to the state police headquarters.

The arrested APC supporters were later released on condition which is not yet clear but the party leadership was asked to return on Monday by 11:00pm to lodge their formal complaint to the State Police Command.

Confirming the incident, the State Police Command Public Relations Officer SP Shehu Muhammad said the arrest was actually made based on some intelligent reports received by the command on the plan meeting by Abu Dantabawa and some of those arrested with some repentant bandits.

He denied that, the insinuation that, the arrest is politically motivated saying, the command has acted professionally based on the intelligence information received.

On why the APC members were denied access to the state Police Command, Shehu Muhammad said, there is no way a political crowd of that nature can be allow in to a secured area like state police headquarters for security reasons.

He said if they are at the police Command to lodge complaint they have the right but the procedure for lodging complaint has to be followed.
“Police are ready to receive complaint from anybody be it individual or group but it has to be lodge in an orderly manner” Shehu 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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