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KATSINA GOVT. ORGANISES SEMINAR ON SECURITY FOR JOURNALISTS, LG INFORMATION OFFICERS AND SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLERS

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A lecturer at the Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic, Katsina, Dr. Ismail Balarabe has recommended for the inclusion of grassroots dwellers’ opinions in ending insurgency in the country.


Dr. Balarabe stated this in a paper he presented at a one day seminar on Security Awareness for Media Practitioners, Local Government Information Officers and Users of Social Media in Katsina State jointly organized by the Katsina state government Office of the Special Adviser on Security and the state Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Thursday.


According to him, talking to the citizens at the grassroots and giving their opinions fair representation on the media would go a long way in addressing security concerns and moulding society for the better.


He said messages aimed at dissuading citizens from being recruited into banditry and other criminal groups must also be given prominence.


Dr. Balarabe in the paper titled ‘Media as a tool in the fight against banditry and other crimes urged journalist to keep watch on social responsibility in the discharge of their professional responsibilities.


Earlier in an opening remarks, the Special Adviser on Security to governor Aminu Bello Masari, Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmad said the seminar was organized in order to create more awareness and patriotism in the participants for a better and safer united Nigeria.


Thunder Blowers Media which covered the event reports that the seminar which was declared open by the state governor, Hon Aminu Bello Masari had two other papers presented by the Head of Mass Communications Department of the Bayero University, Kano, Dr.Mukhtar El-Kasim and Dr. Bashir Usman Ruwan Godiya.


Discussants of the papers were the Waziri of Katsina, Prof. Sani Abubakar Lugga, Abubakar Ahmed of the News Agency of Nigeria and Hamisu Kabir Matazu of the Daily Trust.

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MADAWAKI, BAKAUYE, ONE OTHER WITHDRAW FROM ZAMFARA PDP GUBERNATORIAL RACE

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An hour after the commencement of the PDP primaries in Zamfara three aspirants namely Mal. Wadatau Madawaki, Engr Ibrahim Shehu and Hafiz Nahuche have announced their withdrawal from the race.

They alleged that their withdrawal was as a result of irregularities observed shortly after the commencement of the voting.

One of the Aspirants Malam Wadatau Madawaki said, they are accusing the state party Chairman Col. Bala Mande Rtd of romancing with one of the aspirants alleging that, they have video evidence that, the party Chairman went around the hotels together with the aspirant canvassing for support from the delegates.

He also alleged that, the list brought from the National Headquarters of the party is adulterated with the names of APC members.

He also alleged that one of the members of the committee from the national was captured lobbying for votes from the delegates who cannot write their names on the ballot papers.

They announced that they have withdrawn from race and threaten to file an appeal to the national headquartered of the party for consideration.

They have also announced their readiness to proceed to court if their appeal is not considered.

 

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SERIAL ARMED BANDIT ATTACKS: ZAMFARA COMMUNITY CRIES OUT TO GOVT.

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Residents of Damaga village in Maru local government area of Zamfara state have cried out for help as bandits continue to launch serial attacks on their community, resulting in killing and abduction of many people.

A source who confided on this medium said for the past three weeks there was no day that will pass without the bandits launching attack either on the Damaga community as a whole or on individuals, especially local farmers.

He said, there are many people from Damaga and other neighboring villages who have been in captivity for sometimes and with the exception of those whose relations were able to raise money for ransom, the fate of those that have been in captivity is yet to be established.

He also said, many were killed especially when they went to their farms as the bandits insisted that, no farmer will be allowed to go to the farm for their agricultural activities.

Furthermore he added that, some residents who felt not secured, have already fled out of the Damaga community for safety.

Effort to speak to Zamfara police spokesperson SP Shehu Muhammad on the issue has failed.

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AS ZAMFARA PDP MOVE TO CONDUCT GOVERNORSHIP PRIMARIES, TWO ASPIRANTS STEPS DOWN AMBITION TO SUPPORT EX-BANKER

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Two gubernatorial aspirants of the People’s Democratic Party had stepped down their ambition to support the candidature of Dr. Dauda Lawal Dare Gamjin Gusau.

The immediate past Deputy Governor of Zamfara State Barr. Mahadi Aliyu Gusau has announced his decision to step down for Dr. Dauda Lawal via a statement from his former Principal Private Secretary Aminu Umar Game-Game.

He called on all the delegates who are fully supporting him to direct their vote to Dr. Dauda Lawal in the overall interest of the state.

Two days back, another aspirant Abubakar Nakwada Gusau has also announced his formal step down for Dr. Dauda Lawal.

The party primaries which is scheduled for Wednesday is to be contested between Gamjin Gusau and three other aspirants including a retired Director of Education at the UBEC Malam Wadatau Madawaki and former Federal lawmaker Ibrahim Shehu Gusau.

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