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BANDITS INVADED FIVE COMMUNITIES IN ZAMFARA, KILLS OVER FORTY PERSONS

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Some suspected bandits numbering over 100 have invaded five communities in Maradun local government area of Zamfara State and killed over forty persons.

According to an eyewitness who craved for anonymity said the villages which were invaded include Gidan Adamu, Gidan Baushi, Gidan Maidaji, Tsauni, and Wari all in Faru district of Maradun local government area of the state.

He said they came to the affected villages via more than two hundred motorcycles and started shooting sporadically, a circumstance that create serious panic among the residents.

He explained that they spent close to five hours conducting the operation, saying, they came to the villages around 12:30pm on Thursday and left for their hideouts after 5:00pm.

According to him, the attack left over 43 persons killed while several others were badly wounded and are currently receiving treatment at hospitals in Maradun and Gusau local government areas respectively.

He said within those hours which the operation lasted, security operatives, especially military have actively engaged the bandits through an encounter which left some of the bandits and military wounded.

He added that, even while the funeral prayer was ongoing in the morning, the sounds of gunshots were heard ringing the air and many became scared.

He also said they have carted away undisclosed number of cattle during the operation, even as he lamented that they burnt many places and valuable properties.

He stated that last week they raided many villages in Kaya district of Maradun and killed over 21 persons in the operations noting that it has been long when bandits attack the district.

He added that because people of the area become scared, they have deserted their homes and take refuge at Maradun and other neighboring towns.

He lamented that even with the effects of what happened, government has not made ready a designated camp for the refugees as people had to look for safe homes of their relations to lodge for the temporary.

Zamfara State Police Command confirmed the killing of thirty-five to BBC Hausa service and assured that it has taken appropriate security measures aimed at containing the situation.

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AHEAD OF THE APC PRIMARIES, ZAMFARA FMR. FED. LAWMAKER MEETS PARTY DELEGATES.

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The former lawmaker who represented Maru and Bungudu Federal constituency Abdulmalik Zubairu Zannan Bungudu has met with party stakeholders from his constituency in his bid to woe their support ahead of the forthcoming APC primaries.

Zannan Bungudu is re-contesting for the same post of member representing Maru/Bungudu at the federal house of reps under the umbrella of All Progressive Congress.

His bid to contest the post followed the recent reconciliation effort between the serving Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle and the former Governor Abdulazeez Yari Abubakar.

The meeting which took place at the conference hall of City King Hotel Gusau on Wednesday was attended by the APC Chairmen for Maru and Bungud and all the delegates from the two local government areas.

During the interface, vital issues regarding the progress of the APC, Bello Matawalle and all the party aspirants were discussed.

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APC COMMITTEE SCREENS (28) LAWMAKERS IN ZAMFARA

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The APC screening committee sent to Zamfara State has screened (28) aspirants who are going to contest for the posts of members of Zamfara State House of Assembly.

The seven-man committee led by Hon. Babangida Tijjani Banki from Borno State assured that justice would be done to all the aspirants screened.

With the screening of the 28 aspirants, four constituencies may likely go into the primary election if consensus has not been reached between the candidates.

The state House of Assembly has the vacancy of only (24) members representing the (14) local government councils.

The remaining members of the committee include Hon Wakili Aliyu, Hon Abubakar Yarima, Faruk Ibrahim Tsiga, Hon Abdullahi Musa, Hon Adamu Ibrahim and Hajiya Fadima Ibrahim who is to serve as committee Secretary.

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GOV. BELLO MATAWALLE NAMES NEW EMIRS

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Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle has approved the appointment of Alh Muh’d Bello Suleiman as the new Sarkin Zamfaran Zurmi (Emir of Zurmi).

He has also appointed Alh Aliyu Garba Marafa as the new Emir of Birnin Yan doto while Alh Muhd Aliyu was appointed as the new Sarkin Bazai.

The two emirs of Bazai and Birnin Yandoto were appointed following the signing into law the amended Zamfara Emirate Council Act 2022 which led to the creation of the two additional emirate councils of Yandoto and Bazai.

As for the new Emir of Zurmi he was appointed following the dethronement of the former Emir Atiku Abubakar by the current administration of Bello Matawalle

According to the statement signed by the Secretary to the state government Kabiru Balarabe, the Governor also approved the appointment of Alh Habib Lawal Habib khalifa as the new Bunun Tsafe the Senior District Head of Tsafe.

Both appointments take immediate effect.

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