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GROUP THREATENS TO DRAG ZAMFARA APGA CHIEFTAIN TO INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT OVER COMMENT

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Chairman of APC Rescue Mission in Zamfara Bello Bakysauwa Maradun has declared that, his group has given two week ultimatum to the former gubernatorial candidate of All Progressive Grand Alliance APGA in Zamfara State Sani Abdullahi Shinkafi to substantiate his allegation against some APC members in the State or be dragged to International Criminal Court (ICC).

Shinkafi had during a Press Conference early this month in his hometown raised an allegation that, some APC members have attempted to induce the bandits with 57 million naira to prevent them from releasing the abducted Jangebe School girls.

But APC rescue movement said security agencies should compel Shinkafi to probe his allegation beyond reasonable doubt since it is something that is not supposed to be taken lightly considering the volatile nature of the state.

Bakyasuwa said, if the security agencies have failed to act and compel Shinkafi to probe his allegations beyond reasonable doubt they are left with no option than to drag him to the International Criminal Court for prosecution.

He noted that, it is demeaning for the former APGA gubernatorial candidate to be making such types of heavy statements and blanket allegations against APC supporters without him being compelled to probe his source of information.

Bakyasuwa also warned Mr. Shinkafi to desist from talking about Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa regarding any political issue in Zamfara State since Senator Marafa has never joined issue with him for once.

In a reaction to the issues raised by the group, Sani Abdullahi Wamban Shinkafi said the threat by the APC rescue movement under the leadership of Bello Bakyasuwa Maradun is an empty one since the jurisdiction of the ICC borders around crimes against International Communities on matters related to genocide and war against humanity.

He cited reference with the cases involving former Liberian President Charles Tylor, Umar El-Bashir of Sudan and Sadamn Hussaini of Iraq noting that these are issues that involves the operation of the ICC not mere allegations on armed bandits activities.

He accused Bakyasuwa and his APC Rescue Mission of being ignorant of jurisdiction of the ICC.

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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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