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THUNDER BLOWERS AND ADVOCACY NIGERIA ORGANIZES 2022 BUDGET REVIEW FOR ZAMFARA STATE

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As part of the effort to enhance citizen’s participation in Zamfara budget process, Thunder Blowers Multi Media Services together with Advocacy Nigeria a non-governmental organization had organized a one-day technical review meeting on 2021 budget estimate as well as estimation for the year 2022.

Ten representative of various CSO’s and NGO’s were selected for the review meeting and critical issues regarding budgetary projection for the year 2022 as well as inconsistency in the expenditure performance of the 2021 budget were thoroughly discussed.

The meeting also discussed extensively on poor performance in the revenue projection of the state in the year 2021, duplication of projects which were executed in the year2020 fiscal year as well as emergence of capital projects executed without provision in the approved 2021 budget.

In a remark, the Convener of the meeting who doubled as the Managing Editor and Team Lead of Thunder Blowers Multi Media Services Dr. Anas Sani Anka said the objective of the meeting was to among other things try to follow government activities related to revenue and expenditure and make sure that the financial estimate approved by the state lawmakers is followed religiously.

He said soonest the platform will extend a hand of support to MacArthur Foundation through Arewa Research and Development Projects to get support for wider dissemination of the discoveries made to the citizens so that they can be empowered to make positive contribution to budget tracking and monitoring.

On his part Zamfara coordinator of Advocacy Nigeria Rabiu Sambo said the overall interest of the review meeting is to be able to engage budget actors, especially that the budget is undergoing review by the members of the finance and appropriation committee.

He assured that the government would be fully informed of some irregularities identified as a source of concern and follow it up to make sure that certain things have been fixed for the development of the state

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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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