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GAJAM PICKS APC MEMBERSHIP, DECLARES INTENT TO CONTEST FOR ZAMFARA GOVERNOR

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A young politician Abdulmalik Garba Gajam who has been nursing for gubernatorial ambition since 2020 has finally picked his APC membership card and declared his intent to contest for the post of Governor of Zamfara state.

The politician who made the formal declaration when he featured in Thunder Blowers TV Show “Tirka-Tirka” said his decision to go for the APC is because of its popularity among the people of Zamfara state, especially the masses.

“If you look at the historical precedent since 1999 APP/ANPP have been the leading party and by 2013 it was the ANPP that collapsed into the All Progressive Congress (APC) and since that period it has been the same party that has been winning election in Zamfara state”.

“PDP has always been the party of the rich and most influential people in Zamfara and that is why it has never won election because its ideologies and manifestations are always disconnected with the masses”.

Gajam added “even the former Governor Mahmuda Shibkafi who defect to the PDP after the 2007 election had been defeated eventually by the masses and same thing with Matawalle, especially his first two years after 2019. So, we have to go for the winning party which popular among the majority of the Zamfara populace”.

On why, he refused to go for the new party, he said new political party cannot win election in Zamfara considering the attitude and political behavior of typical Zamfara voter.

When asked which factions of the APC he belongs to he said he belongs to the faction of the masses noting that when the time for the primary election come the party members would decide.

“I will face the seating Governor and any other person who is contesting for the Governor for the primary elections of the party. I am determined and would not step down for anyone because it is a politics” Gajam added

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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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