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CIVIL SOCIETY ADVOCATES ASK GOVERNORS IN NIGERIA TO EMULATE ZAMFARA GOVERNOR’S PEACE INITIATIVE

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Non governmental organization Civil Society Groups for Good Governance (CSGGG) have called on other state Govenors especially those battling with insecurity to emulate the peace initiative of Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State arguing that it has helped in solving critical aspect of the security challenges bidevelling the state.

Addressing a press conference in Gusau on Thursday, the President of the groups, Comrade Ogakwu Dominic said, everybody in Zamfara knows how deeply the sunk in to crises and how the crises almost consumss the state before the coming of the Matawalle’s government.

“When Matawalle came to power, the state was almost grounded due to high level of insecurity as a result of banditry, but with the introduction of peace initiative by the Governor, everybody can see that, peace is now gradually returning to the state”.

He maintained that, if the peace initiative introduced by Governor Matawalle was equally initiated or emulated by other state governors the insecurity faced by Nigeria would have been addressed.

Comrade Dominic also called on the Federal Government to give Governor Matawalle the maximum support he neeee to ensure that peace has fully returned to the state.

He added that, security is sensitive to ensuring a safer business environment noting that, nobody could do business if there is no peace in the land, as such, he appealed to all and sundry to support the peace initiative of Governor Matawalle.

He also commended the RUGA project embarked often by Governor Matawalle, describing it as a welcome development

He maintained that, the Federal Government has also wanted to build RUGA settlements across the country but had to abandon the idea due to the outcry of some people who didn’t mean well for the country.

“When the Federal Government pronounced its plan to introduce RUGA settlements, the entire country was thrown into chaos. A lot of interpretations were given to the initiative, but for us as civil society, we saw it as the best initiative”.

“We have severally defended the RUGA project. The Ruga project we have seen in Zamfara is a model of what we have in mind”.

We come to understand that through the RUGA project the issue of farmers-fulani clash will be resolved.

“I commended Governor Matawalle for the courage and for taking bold step of going ahead with the RUGA initiative after everybody rejected the idea.

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GUNMEN BLOCKED HIGHWAY IN ZAMFARA, KILL TWO AND INJURED FOUR OTHERS

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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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KUJE ATTACK: 600 INMATES MISSING

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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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POLICE ACP KILLS BY GUNMEN IN KATSINA

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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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