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POLICE NEUTRALISES NOTORIOUS ARMED BANDIT IN ZAMFARA, RECOVERS AK-47 RIFLE AND LIVE AMMUNITION

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Zamfara State Police Command has neutralises a notorious armed bandit in Tsibiri community Maradun local government area of the state.

Items recovered according to the Police Spokes Person SP Shehu Muhammad include AK 47 rifle with Breech Number AK 103 2051361627 and magazine containing four round of live ammunition one (1) operational motorcycle and a bag containing bundle of charms and military camouflage uniform.

“The command in continuation of such kinetic actions against the recalcitrant bandits has succeeded in neutralizing a notorious armed bandit kingpin who specialized and has been on the radar of the Police for terrorizing the innocent people of Maradun and other neighboring local governments of Zamfara State”.

“On 4th April 2021, operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder II of the command while on confidence building patrol along Tsibiri village, near Sububu forest in Maradun LGA intercepted a group of armed bandits who were believed to be on attack mission to the village. On sighting the Police operatives, they engaged them in a gun duel to which the personnel quickly returned fire. As a result, one of the bandits was gunned down, while other bandits fled into the forest with possible gun shot wounds” Shehu added.

“In the course of profiling the scene, an AK-47 rifle with breech no. AK 103 – 2051361627 and one Magazine containing Four (4) rounds of live ammunition, one operational Motorcycle and a bag containing a bundle of charms and set of Military Camouflage uniform were recovered”.

The command assures members of the public that, the ongoing operations against the recalcitrant bandits who refused to embrace the ongoing peace accord of Governor Mohammed Bello Matawalle will be effectively sustained to rid the state of all forms of criminal elements.

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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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