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GUNMEN INVADE COMMUNITIES IN ZAMFARA, KILLED OVER FORTY

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Some suspected bandits armed with deadly weapons have invaded Kangon Farun Mana and Yardoka villages in Magami district of Gusau local government and killed over fourty people mostly members of the vigilante groups.

An eyewitness who spoke to this medium said the gunmen invaded the communities at the early hours of Wednesday and started shooting sporadically.

He said most of the people killed are members of the vigilante groups (Yansakai) who attempted to repel the attack by the invaders.

“One of those killed by the bandits is a close friend of mine we had spoken with him for some minutes yesterday but only for me to be told that he was killed by the bandits” the source added.

In a related development, another set of gunmen have also invaded Bayan Banki, Gobirawa and Biyabiki communities in Tsafe local government area of the state.

During the attack the eyewitness said they have succeeded in killing one person at Gobirawa  and left two others wounded at Bayan Banki.

The source said those killed and wounded were initially targeted by the bandits and they were members of the vigilante groups (Yan Sakai).

This development arises less than 24 hours after members of the vigilante groups at Gidan Zuma repelled another attack by some suspected bandits and killed two of their members on Monday.

Another eyewitness who spoke to this medium said, earlier than the Monday’s encounter the bandits had attempted to invade the same Gidan Zuma but they were resisted by the members of the vigilante where they lost five of their members.

Zamfara State Police Command says it has actually received a distress calls at the apex of the attack in Magami but could not respond and repel the attack due to the unaccessibility of the area.

The spokes person of the command SP Shehu Muhammad said the location where the incident occurred does not have cellular network coverage making communication very difficult to the police operative for quick response.

 He further said, “PMF 19 Contingent attached to Puff Adder II that are based in Magami responded to the locations on foot with a view to forestalling  further attacks on the neighbouring communities and their response is being awaited to ascertain the level of damage done by the assailants”.

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ZMHA AMEND LAW ON AREA DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL.

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Members of Zamfara state house of assembly has passed into law amended Bill for a Law to amend the Area Development Council Establishment Act Law No(7).

The development followed the delivery of
committee report by the house leader Faruk Musa Dosara who doubled as the Chairman of the house standing committee on local government.

With the new development, the qualifications for someone to be appointed as administrator of Area Development Council is senior living certificate .

The new law also stated that, the person to be appointed as Administrator for the Area Development Council must attain the age of (25) years.

The new amendment had also provided that, funds for the execution of development projects be credited to the account of the area development Council directly.

 

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ZMHA SCREEN FMR. BBC STAFF, TWO OTHERS AS SPECIAL ADVISERS.

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Three additional nominees for the post of Special Advisers have been screened by the members of the state house of assembly.

The nominees are Malam Sahabi Ahmad Mada, Dr. Nura Makwashe and Malan Shehu Garba.

Until his appointment, Dr. Makwashe is an academic staff working with the Bayero University Kano and also worked with BBC London during his study days in the United Kingdom.

According to the House Spokesperson Nasiru Usman Biyabiki the screening followed an executive communication received from the office of the Secretary to the State Government.

Presenting the nominees before the members, the house leader, Hon. Faruk Musa Dosara urged his colleagues to accept the nomination and confirm the appointment of the nominees.

Speaker Nasiru Magarya confirmed the nomination of the candidates as unanimous decision of the house.

Magarya urged the nominees to bring their experience to bear and justify the confidence reposed on them in ensuring the sustainable development of the state.

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BILL ON ZAMFARA ANTI-THURGGERY AGENCY SCALES THROUGH FIRST & SECOND READING

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A Bill for an act to establish Zamfara State Anti Thuggery Agency scales through first and second readings on the floor of the state house of assembly on Tuesday.

According to the House Spokesperson Nasiru Usman Biyabiki, the proposed executive Bill was presented on the floor of the house by the House Leader Faruk Musa Dosara.

After extensive deliberation, Biyabiki said, the Bill scales through first and second readings and later presented before the standing Committee on justice and security for further legislative consideration.

“Hon. Magarya said, if established vthe Agency will among other things complement the security agencies’ efforts in curtailing anti-thuggery activities and other social vices in the state” Biyabiki added.

Speaker Magarya called on the committee members to work hard and accomplish the assigned responsibilities within the stipulated period.

 

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