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ARMED BANDITS KILL (41) PERSONS IN ZAMFARA, POLICE CONFIRMS DEAD OF ONE OF THEIR OPERATIVES DURING EXCHANGE OF GUN-FIRE WITH BANDITS

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Suspected armed bandits have invaded Tofa and Samawa villages in Bungudu local government area of Zamfara State and allegedly killed 41 people.

The police authority have not confirmed the figure of those killed in the attack yet but Punch Newspaper reported that 41 persons were killed in the twin attacks which lasted for several hours.

According to the source from one of the affected villages, the bandits arrived invaded the two villages while the majority of the residents were conducting preparation for the farming activities in their farms.

“On arrival they continue firing gunshots and killed many people while several others sustained various degrees of injury”.

It was also confirmed that some of those killed were trapped by the bandits along the road while returning home from their respective farms

SP Shehu Muhammad Zamfara State Police Spokes person confirmed the incident but explained that, the tactical operatives of the Nigerian police were not alerted until after the bandits have finished their onslaught on the people of Tofa community.

Shehu however said, as the bandits left Tofa on their way to Samawa village for a similar attack, Police Tactical operatives Stationed at Samawa village were quickly alerted where they mobilized and engaged the assailants in a serious gun battle that lasted for hours.

He added that as a result of the encounter, an unspecified number of bandits were fatally injured, while others escaped with possible gun shot wounds.

He noted that no life was lost at Samawa as a result of the attack, but explained that a police operative regrettably paid the supreme price while in gun battle with the bandits.

According to Shehu, the Commissioner of Police, CP Hussaini Rabiu has condoled with the families of the deceased and directed the immediate deployment of additional Police tactical operatives to the affected villages to complement the ongoing efforts of safeguarding the lives and properties of the citizens.

Shehu said the CP urged the communities to be quick in informing the security agencies on movement of criminal elements for them to be battle ready and assured that, discreet investigation that will fish out the perpetrators of this bizarre crime for justice to take its course.

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ZMHA AMEND LAW ON AREA DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL.

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Members of Zamfara state house of assembly has passed into law amended Bill for a Law to amend the Area Development Council Establishment Act Law No(7).

The development followed the delivery of
committee report by the house leader Faruk Musa Dosara who doubled as the Chairman of the house standing committee on local government.

With the new development, the qualifications for someone to be appointed as administrator of Area Development Council is senior living certificate .

The new law also stated that, the person to be appointed as Administrator for the Area Development Council must attain the age of (25) years.

The new amendment had also provided that, funds for the execution of development projects be credited to the account of the area development Council directly.

 

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ZMHA SCREEN FMR. BBC STAFF, TWO OTHERS AS SPECIAL ADVISERS.

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Three additional nominees for the post of Special Advisers have been screened by the members of the state house of assembly.

The nominees are Malam Sahabi Ahmad Mada, Dr. Nura Makwashe and Malan Shehu Garba.

Until his appointment, Dr. Makwashe is an academic staff working with the Bayero University Kano and also worked with BBC London during his study days in the United Kingdom.

According to the House Spokesperson Nasiru Usman Biyabiki the screening followed an executive communication received from the office of the Secretary to the State Government.

Presenting the nominees before the members, the house leader, Hon. Faruk Musa Dosara urged his colleagues to accept the nomination and confirm the appointment of the nominees.

Speaker Nasiru Magarya confirmed the nomination of the candidates as unanimous decision of the house.

Magarya urged the nominees to bring their experience to bear and justify the confidence reposed on them in ensuring the sustainable development of the state.

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BILL ON ZAMFARA ANTI-THURGGERY AGENCY SCALES THROUGH FIRST & SECOND READING

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A Bill for an act to establish Zamfara State Anti Thuggery Agency scales through first and second readings on the floor of the state house of assembly on Tuesday.

According to the House Spokesperson Nasiru Usman Biyabiki, the proposed executive Bill was presented on the floor of the house by the House Leader Faruk Musa Dosara.

After extensive deliberation, Biyabiki said, the Bill scales through first and second readings and later presented before the standing Committee on justice and security for further legislative consideration.

“Hon. Magarya said, if established vthe Agency will among other things complement the security agencies’ efforts in curtailing anti-thuggery activities and other social vices in the state” Biyabiki added.

Speaker Magarya called on the committee members to work hard and accomplish the assigned responsibilities within the stipulated period.

 

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