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I AM NOT AWARE OF REDEPLOYMENT OF 6000 SOLDIERS TO ZAMFARA: GEN. MONGUNO

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National Security Adviser Gen Babagana Monguno Rtd. Said he was not around when Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle of Zamfara discussed the issues of the release of 6000 soldiers to Zamfara state noting that it may be the that the decision was reached when the Governor met with the President.

General Monguno made the statement while in an interview with the BBC Hausa service on Friday.

On the issue of dialogue with the bandits Monguno said “if you want to embark on dialogue you does that with people who are honest and those with genuine demands”.

He said “it will be wrong to dialogue with people who are not promising and even where you want to do dialogue you don’t waste time reconciling with these type of people whose passion is to kill innocent lives.

He said as a government even where the dialogue become the option it has to be to an extent that the bandits would agree that government is above their supremacy in all ramification.

“These bandits don’t have genuine demands and all they know is to take arms and kill people” Monguno added.

On the ongoing negotiation with the bandits by Zamfara State Governor Monguno said the Federal government has not shut down its doors completely for negotiation, but the emphasis was that the dialogue shall be done with genuine and honest people.

As for the supply of necessary weapons for the Nigerian military to fight these bandits and insurgents Monguno said, to the best of his knowledge the President has released a huge sum of money for the supply of arms and weapons, but they are yet to arrive in the country.

He noted that the President will surely investigate the circumstance behind the reasons for the non-delivery of the weapons even as he said he was not suspecting that the money released for that purpose have been badly mismanaged.

He added that even state governors have to complaint bitterly about the huge amount of money released by the Nigeria’s Federal government on arm supply without much to be seen.

He said the new service have also confirmed that the arms and weapons ordered for by the federal government have not been supplied and delivered to the country.

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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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