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Former Federal lawmaker and a Chieftain of All Progressives Congress in Zamfara, Abdul Malik Zubairu Zannan Bungudu has described the recent petition filed against Zamfara former Governor Abdulazeez Yari Abubakar and other APC members by Sani Abdullahi Wamban Shinkafi as mischievous and deliberate attempt to continue to fool Governor Bello Matawalle.

Zannan Bungudu in an interview with the Managing Editor of Thunder Blowers on Sunday said it is laughable that, the same Shinkafi who called the sitting Governor names during the 2019 general elections is now coming in the public to tell the other side of the story about Matawalle simply because he has turned his political attitude into a money making venture.

Zannan Bungudu reacted to the recent petition filed to the new EFCC Chairman Abdul Rashid Bawa against Zamfara former Governor Abdulazeez Yari by the APGA chieftain Sani Abdullahi Wamban Shinkafi

“Same Wamban Shinkafi went public to call Governor Matawalle a “thief” via video that went viral during 2019 campaign, he accused him of diverting funds meant for procurement of weapons, and yet he is now telling a different story about Matawalle and insulting others just to please the Governor over what he has done to him in the past”.

“In that same viral video, Wambai threatened to drag EFCC to court if it failed to probe Governor Matawalle for corruption, and yet he has turned his eyes toward Abdulazeez Yari the former Governor”.

“Same Sani Shinkafi accused Matawalle of not having genuine SSCE result and embarrassed the Governor before the whole world, yet Matawalle is politically romancing this type of politician, Wamban Shinkafi”.

“Unless he is able to tell the public what has changed over his description of Matawalle as a “thief” in the same viral video, nobody would take him serious”.

“Governor Matawalle should be extra careful, this same Shinkafi would continue to hit him with political hammer after he leaves office because this is his political attitude and his own ways of making money by insulting and reigning abusive words and raising baseless allegations against personalities who have been to power.

“Everybody knows that Wamban Shinkafi is against the former Governor because he has refused to open the state treasury for him. It is his political strategy to always allow himself to be used by political stooges in blackmailing prominent sons of Zamfara State and former Governor Yari chose not to go that way and Wambai took offense of that and continued blackmailing Abdulazeez Yari left, right and center.

“He has been making baseless allegations mentioning figures that common sense cannot reason. This is the same person who accused former Governor Yari of mismanaging 900 billion naira in eight years. How much has Zamfara State collected from federation account and other sources all together between 2011 and 2019?” Zanna asked.

“Remember he called you people and addressed Press Conference in Shinkafi where he accused some APC members of attempting to induce bandits with 57 million naira in order to prevent them from releasing Jangebe abducted girls but when asked by the state chairman of the APC Lawal Liman on channels TV to prove his allegations by mentioning names, he became embarrassed and started beating around the bush” Zanna added.

He added that Sani Shinkafi is politically incapacitated and has no relevance since in the history after the return to politics in 1999, Shinkafi has never won his polling unit and APGA the party he has been contesting election has never won a polling unit in Zamfara state and challenged Sani Shinkafi to prove him wrong.

To strengthen his argument, Zanna added that in the just concluded bye election in Bakura, APGA scored a total of 26 votes noting that if not Matawallen Maradun, who would take Sani Abdullahi Shinkafi as a serious politician .

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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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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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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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