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ZAMFARA APC AFFIRMS LOYALTY & SUPPORT FOR GOV. MATAWALLE

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The leadership of All Progressive Congress in Zamfara led by Tukur Umar Danfulani has promised to support Matawalle administration in its bid to tackle armed bandit activities in the state.

This was made known by the Chairman when he featured in Zamfara radio live phone-in programme on Sunday.

The Chairman who commended the Governor for the successes recorded in almost all sectors of development despite the security challenges promised that the administration would continue to accord priority to youth empowerment and job creation.

He noted that with the massive infrastructural development including cargo airport, upgrading of the state government house and several road projects subsequent governments that would come are going to consolidate from his initiative.

He added that, the recent trips often embarked by the Governor are to expose the state solid mineral deposits to multi-billion naira investors so that they can open more opportunities for the citizens of the state.

The chairman explained that the idea of the RUGA settlement initiated by governor Matawalle is one of the best ways of addressing insecurity which was borne out of herder/farmer conflict and urged the federal government and the international community to support the state government to achieve peace in the country.

The Chairman promised to widen consultation with stakeholders and ensure that more opportunities are created for the members of the party.

He further said, his leadership will ensure discipline among members and leaders, as well as enhance respect and recognition to the constituted authority.

According to the party spokesperson Yusuf Idris Gusau the Chairman urged the good people of the state to continue to pray for the success of the Matawalle government and the leadership of the party so that the dividends of democracy will continue to reach all parts 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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