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ZAMFARA PROPOSED (600) HOUSING PROJECTS: RESIDENTS STAGES PEACEFUL PROTEST OVER NON PAYMENT OF COMPENSATION

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Over (200) owners of landed properties at Daza village of Gusau local government area of Zamfara state had staged a peaceful protest over what they termed as the “alleged plans by the state Directorate of Lands to seize their landed properties without due valuation and payment of compensation”.

The protestors who were looking visibly angry informed this medium that they have staged their peaceful protest in order for the Governor of Zamfara to know their circumstances and enforce the Directorate of Lands to do the needful by paying them the deserving compensation on their landed properties to be confiscated .

They wondered why the Directorate had started making a lay-out of their landed properties without either contacting them for proper valuation or paying them for compensation as instructed by the Governor.

Chairman of the protestors who spoke angrily during the session recalled how the previous administration of Yari seized component part of their landed properties at Daza and develop housing estates without paying the land owners a dime a circumstances he said which put many families in a very serious hardship.

“Your Excellency we had a terrible experience during the past administration as hundreds of our people lost their landed properties to similar housing projects without recourse to doing justice to our members. That singular incidence caused a very serious hardship to our people and it is our hope that this time around under your watch justice will be done to us”.

“We have laboured hard to secure money and owned these landed properties. Your Excellency some of us are nail cutters, other are Okada riders and all of us are indigenes of Zamfara and we believe we deserved justice. Our collective efforts have attracted many people to come down to Daza area and pick pieces of land and develop it. We are sure this is what attracted the Directorate of Lands to identify this particular portion of Gusau town and recommend it for the proposed (600) units of housing projects”.

“His Excellency we are demanding for justice from the Zamfara Directorate of Lands and we are sure under your watch we shall not be cheated because we are equally important citizens of Zamfara that you needed their support much”.

The Chairman however warned that Zamfara state government shall be concern about the security situation of Zamfara state and try avoid some circumstances that would push the anger of the people as that alone will influence them to became frustrated and by implication resorted to venturing into another form of criminality.

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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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