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GOV. BELLO MATAWALLE APPOINTS ISLAMIC CLERIC CHAIRMAN FIRE INFERNO ASSESSMENT C’TTEE

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Governor Bello Matawalle has conducted an assessment visit of Tudun Wada market in Gusau the state capital to see things for himself and commiserate with the victims of the fire inferno

While urging the victims to consider the tragedy as an act of Allah, Matawalle implored them to always be careful with their electrical appliances while closing for the business of the day.

He directed that all the 63 shops affected by the fire incident be reconstructed by Gusau local government Sole Administrator Alh Sanusi Sarki Gusau.

According to the statement by the Director Public Enlightenment Media and Communication Malam Yusuf Idris said Governor Matawalle also set up an assessment committee to be led by Sheikh Ahmad Ibn Umar Kanoma with a mandate to assess the level of damage done and report back to the government within seven days.

He assured that his administration will continue to support business activities with a view to promoting economic prosperity.

Conducting round the Governor, Chairman of Traders Association of Zamfara Alh Balan Bayis informed the Governor that the fire started around 4:00am on Sunday and since the outbreak of the fire inferno since then all stakeholders have been actively working to ensure that the fire not spread wider.

He thanked the Governor for his concern and for immediately describing the step as morale boost

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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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