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GUNMEN INVADES RESIDENTS OF A COMMUNITY IN ZAMFARA WHILE OBSERVING ASR PRAYER

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Some suspected gunmen invaded Hayin Dan Machiji village of Ruwan Bore District in Gusau at around 4:00pm on Tuesday.

As at the early hours of Monday, the majority of the residents have fled out of the Hayin Dan Machiji village and move to places that are safer.

“Majority of us do not know where their family members are since we all ran for our dear life. Many of us sustained injuries including fractures as a result of running away from bandits”.

“They have fired shots at many of us and as a result, we have to run to neighboring villages for our safety”.

Some people were shots while many have been injured but some of us have been able to manage and escape.

They came while observing Asr prayer with heavy guns and opened fire on those sighted, it was a terrible and horrific situation.

They are used to invading our village, but this one came with a difference because they opened fire randomly”.

Another woman interviewed by BBC Hausa service said, she run away to Kwatarkwashi and abandoned her four children to their fate.

About ten of us in the group are on the run to Kwatarkwashi and many have left as I speak to you, no one would tell you the where about of anyone.”

Ask if they have seen those who were shot by the gunmen, the woman said they have seen some people being conveyed on motorcycles to the hospital as a result of gunshot injuries they have sustained.

Effort to speak to the police spokesperson in Zamfara SP Shehu Muhammad was not successful as at the time of filing this report.

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AHEAD OF THE APC PRIMARIES, ZAMFARA FMR. FED. LAWMAKER MEETS PARTY DELEGATES.

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The former lawmaker who represented Maru and Bungudu Federal constituency Abdulmalik Zubairu Zannan Bungudu has met with party stakeholders from his constituency in his bid to woe their support ahead of the forthcoming APC primaries.

Zannan Bungudu is re-contesting for the same post of member representing Maru/Bungudu at the federal house of reps under the umbrella of All Progressive Congress.

His bid to contest the post followed the recent reconciliation effort between the serving Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle and the former Governor Abdulazeez Yari Abubakar.

The meeting which took place at the conference hall of City King Hotel Gusau on Wednesday was attended by the APC Chairmen for Maru and Bungud and all the delegates from the two local government areas.

During the interface, vital issues regarding the progress of the APC, Bello Matawalle and all the party aspirants were discussed.

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APC COMMITTEE SCREENS (28) LAWMAKERS IN ZAMFARA

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The APC screening committee sent to Zamfara State has screened (28) aspirants who are going to contest for the posts of members of Zamfara State House of Assembly.

The seven-man committee led by Hon. Babangida Tijjani Banki from Borno State assured that justice would be done to all the aspirants screened.

With the screening of the 28 aspirants, four constituencies may likely go into the primary election if consensus has not been reached between the candidates.

The state House of Assembly has the vacancy of only (24) members representing the (14) local government councils.

The remaining members of the committee include Hon Wakili Aliyu, Hon Abubakar Yarima, Faruk Ibrahim Tsiga, Hon Abdullahi Musa, Hon Adamu Ibrahim and Hajiya Fadima Ibrahim who is to serve as committee Secretary.

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GOV. BELLO MATAWALLE NAMES NEW EMIRS

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Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle has approved the appointment of Alh Muh’d Bello Suleiman as the new Sarkin Zamfaran Zurmi (Emir of Zurmi).

He has also appointed Alh Aliyu Garba Marafa as the new Emir of Birnin Yan doto while Alh Muhd Aliyu was appointed as the new Sarkin Bazai.

The two emirs of Bazai and Birnin Yandoto were appointed following the signing into law the amended Zamfara Emirate Council Act 2022 which led to the creation of the two additional emirate councils of Yandoto and Bazai.

As for the new Emir of Zurmi he was appointed following the dethronement of the former Emir Atiku Abubakar by the current administration of Bello Matawalle

According to the statement signed by the Secretary to the state government Kabiru Balarabe, the Governor also approved the appointment of Alh Habib Lawal Habib khalifa as the new Bunun Tsafe the Senior District Head of Tsafe.

Both appointments take immediate effect.

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