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EDUCATIONIST CALLS FOR SCRAPPING OF ZAMFARA STATE FEEDING COMMISSION

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A retired Director of Education in Zamfara Alh Samaila Mudi Tsafe has called for scrapping of Zamfara State Feeding Commission even as he urged Governor Bello Matawalle to handed over students feeding programme back to the principals.

Alh Samaila Mudi Tsafe who was speaking as a guest at the Thunder Blowers TV show “Tiryan-Tiryan” said, it is unfortunate the former regime of Abdulazeez Yari Abubakar created the scrapping of feeding programme from school principals deliberately just to frustrate them as custodians of the pupils.

He explained that, if the allegations that some principals are conniving to perpetuate scandals in the feeding programme are true and genuine, the government should find an option of enforcing sanction on any principal indicted but explained that it is very unfair for the government to take away feeding completely from the principals.

“If government can entrust the discipline and moral upbringing of a child to a principal saddled him with the responsibility of managing his education, health condition and moral upbringing then why is government not comfortable in entrusting the feeding of that child to the principal” Samaila Mudi asked.

He said as at now feeding officers are more powerful than the principals noting that there was a time a whole Commissioner for Education in the state ordered for closure of a school while a feeding officer asked for its reopening.

He urged the government of Zamfara State to quickly reverse the system and encourage principals to do the right thing in handling the feeding exercise noting that such is the only step that can guarantee efficiency in the system.

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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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