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ZAMFARA POLICE COMMAND DENIES ABDUCTION OF 317 FEMALE PUPILS,

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Zamfara State Police Command has reported that contrary to the initial figure of the abducted school girls in Jangebe which was given at 317, the actual figure is 279.

CP abutu Yaro while addressing journalist on Friday declared that a total of 317 girls were abducted by the suspected gunmen at Government Girls Secondary School Jangebe based on the figure given to him by the Principal of the school.

But in a statement issued to journalists on Tuesday by the state police command public relations officer SP Shehu Muhammad said, the 217 students abducted have been returned safely and Zamfara State Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle accompanied by the State Police Commissioner Abutu Yaro received the abducted students.

SP Shehu Muhammad said, the victims are currently receiving medical attention from the joint medical team of the state government and that of police.

He further said, detectives from the state CID led by DC investigation are currently debriefing the affected victims with a view to tapping accurate information of how the incidence occured.

SP Shehu said the ground and aerial surveillance strategies deployed by the Inspector General of Police would continue to be sustained while assuring the people of the state that, investigation in to cause of the matter has commenced and appropriate sanctions would be applied to any culprits identified.

He said, CP Abutu Yaro had congratulated Zamfara State Governor, the parents of the abductees and indeed the entire people of the state for the safe recovery of the children.

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APC COMMITTEE SCREENS (28) LAWMAKERS IN ZAMFARA

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The APC screening committee sent to Zamfara State has screened (28) aspirants who are going to contest for the posts of members of Zamfara State House of Assembly.

The seven-man committee led by Hon. Babangida Tijjani Banki from Borno State assured that justice would be done to all the aspirants screened.

With the screening of the 28 aspirants, four constituencies may likely go into the primary election if consensus has not been reached between the candidates.

The state House of Assembly has the vacancy of only (24) members representing the (14) local government councils.

The remaining members of the committee include Hon Wakili Aliyu, Hon Abubakar Yarima, Faruk Ibrahim Tsiga, Hon Abdullahi Musa, Hon Adamu Ibrahim and Hajiya Fadima Ibrahim who is to serve as committee Secretary.

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GOV. BELLO MATAWALLE NAMES NEW EMIRS

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Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle has approved the appointment of Alh Muh’d Bello Suleiman as the new Sarkin Zamfaran Zurmi (Emir of Zurmi).

He has also appointed Alh Aliyu Garba Marafa as the new Emir of Birnin Yan doto while Alh Muhd Aliyu was appointed as the new Sarkin Bazai.

The two emirs of Bazai and Birnin Yandoto were appointed following the signing into law the amended Zamfara Emirate Council Act 2022 which led to the creation of the two additional emirate councils of Yandoto and Bazai.

As for the new Emir of Zurmi he was appointed following the dethronement of the former Emir Atiku Abubakar by the current administration of Bello Matawalle

According to the statement signed by the Secretary to the state government Kabiru Balarabe, the Governor also approved the appointment of Alh Habib Lawal Habib khalifa as the new Bunun Tsafe the Senior District Head of Tsafe.

Both appointments take immediate effect.

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STUDENT AFFAIRS OFFICER OF ZAMFARA POLYTECHNIC, KIDNAPPED

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The student Affairs officer of Abdu Gusau Polytechnic Talatar Mafara Malam Sanusi Kaura was among those kidnapped along Abuja-Kaduna express road on Tuesday.

He was kidnapped while on his way to the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) pre-mobilization training in Abuja.

Mr Sanusi Kaura was a former NASUU chairman of Abdu Gusau Polytechnic, Talatar Mafara.

It could be recalled that, some suspected bandits stormed the Abuja-Kaduna highway on Tuesday and kidnapped over forty, according to the reports by some national dailies.

The polytechnic authority through the school website urged the public to include the abductee in prayers.

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