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Attorney General of the federation and Nigeria’s Minister of Justice Abubakar Shehu Malami has led the federal government delegation to Zamfara state to commiserate with the people of the state over the recent fire inferno at Tudun Wada market in Gusau the state capital.

In the e tourage were the Ministers of Aviation Hadi Sirika, that of Police Affairs Maigari Dingyadi, Rauf Aragbesola Minister of Internal Affairs, their counterpart for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management Sadiya Umar Faruk and Presidential Spokesperson Malam Garba Shehu.

Minister Malami said they were in Zamfara on the mandate of the President to sympathize with the government and people of Zamfara State over the fire disaster.

He said the federal government was shocked with the news of the incident and felt it was only better to pay such a sympathy visit.

He said the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs Sadiya Umar Faruk was part of the presidential delegation simply in order to assess the level of damage done and to identify areas of intervention.

He explained that, before their arrival, Zamfara has recorded another remarkable achievement of getting the District Head and a local government Councilor representing Boko and a member of the All Progressive Congress released from abduction nothing that this could have not been possible without the giant effort of the Governor.

On behalf of the federal government delegation, Malami announced the donation of five million naira to the victims of the fire incident in the state.

He also announced the donation of two million naira to the victims on behalf of his foundation based in Kebbi State.

In his remarks, Governor Bello Matawalle thanked the President for sending a powerful ministerial delegation to visit Zamfara State simply to commiserate with the people over the tragedy.

The Governor also told the delegation that his administration has already ordered for the reconstruction of the 63 units of the shops affected by the fire inferno.

He acknowledged that despite party differences the President always allow him to official visit to brief him on matters arising from Zamfara State a situation he considered as commendable.

He emphasized the commitment of his administration of continuing with the existing peace deal with a view to ensuring a sustainable and lasting peace.

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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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