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ZAMFARA FINANCE COMMISSIONER ACCUSES JOURNALISTS OF REACH-OUT FOR MONEY TO COMPROMISE REPORTS

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Zamfara State Commissioner for Finance Rabiu Garba has declared that some journalists in the state have developed the habit of reaching out to politicians and other prominent personalities for money whenever they have some revelations they do not want published or broadcast against them.

He said what he usually informed such type of media people is to ask them to go on with the story and publish or broadcast.

The Commissioner who stated this when he received in audience the Acting State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ who paid him a courtesy visit on Monday called on the union to take appropriate actions against its members involved in such acts.

The Commissioner also accused some journalists of being parcial and always attempting to change the pattern of stories and events as they unfold noting that there is nothing wrong in telling the truth, but it shall be the real truth.

He cited the example with a journalist from BBC who proudly said he masterminded the provision of supply of water for the people of one community noting that this is how good journalists should practice.

He urged that anytime a reporter wants to report attack or invasion on any part of Zamfara, he should endeavor to mention the distance of kilometers between the affected community and Gusau, the state capital noting that this would help in eliminating the fear of the private investors who are interested in coming to invest in Zamfara State.

Earlier the Chairman of the union, Comrade Bello Ibrahim Boko assured the Commissioner of the Union’s resolve to fight the spread of fake new especially on matters that border around security in the state.

He assured that the union would firmly investigate every allegation brought against a journalist who is a member of the union for any unethical conduct.

On his own part, the State Secretary of NUJ Zamfara, Abubakar Ahmed commended the Commissioner for his consideration of the plight of the journalists in the state especially on his frequent consultation with the members of the press whenever there are critical issues that required urgent attention.

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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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