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Zamfara: Shinkafi Chairman cries out as Buhari sends minister to LGA

The Minister for Interior, Mr. Abdulrahaman Dambazau, on Monday, stormed Shinkafi local government area on an assessment visit over rampant killings and kidnappings in the area.

Addressing newsmen at the Emir’s palace, the minister stated that with respect to the recent killings in the local government area, President Muhammadu Buhari sent him to the local government to console the Emir and the people of Shinkafi.

He assured that he would report all he had seen to the president, saying, “We will have alliance and regular meetings with stakeholders including the traditional leaders in the state, the president was very much concerned about the insecurity situation in the state.”

According to him, the President would instruct the chief of Army Staff to increase the deployment in the local government area to beef up security in the area.

“We cannot continue to live in fears even in our own country. This is the time to take the battle to their hideouts and dens, we would no longer tolerate the armed bandits any more,” Dambazau asserted.

In his speech, the chairman of Shinkafi local government council, Hon. Sank Galadi told the minister that just the day, armed bandits wrote a letter to the Shinkafi district head, telling him that they would be storming Shinkafi town in no distant time.

“Our people are now apprehensive as they hear the ugly news,” the chairman said.

Continuing, the council chairman explained that there are only 19 soldiers in the whole local government area, stressing that there are 98 communities in the whole local government and that all the villages are under the siege of armed bandits.

He lamented that the hideouts and dens of the armed bandits cannot be penetrated because the military does not have the kind of arms and ammunition the armed bandits are operating with.

“We are seriously in trouble and the problems are multi-dimensional,” he said.

DAILY POST can authoritatively report that for the past few months, the armed bandits have been focusing their attention on almost all the communities in the local government area.

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Teenager, man drown in Kano within hours

A teenager, Umar Murtala, on Sunday evening, drowned in a pond at Gwazaye, opposite the Abacha Youth Centre in Gwale LGA of Kano State.

Spokesman for the Kano State Fire Service, Alhaji Saidu Mohammed, told the News Agency Of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano, that 18-year-old Murtala drowned at 5pm.

“We received a distress call from one Abubakar Aliyu at 5pm that Murtala’s body was found floating in a pond.

“On receiving the information, we sent our rescue team to the scene at 5:15pm.

“The cause of the incident is still under investigation.

“Murtala was found dead and his corpse was later handed over to his father, Alhaji Murtala Salisu,’’ the spokesman said.

In another development, the fire service spokesman added that 20-year-old Mohammed Shaharali drowned when he fell into an open pool of water on Sunday morning at Ladanai in Nasarawa LGA of Kano State.

The spokesman said that the service received a call from one Mr Ishaiaku Yaro, at 9:22am who said that a body was found floating on the water.

“Upon receiving the information, we quickly dispatched our rescue team to the scene at 9:30am.” he said.

According to him, the deceased was rescued unconscious but later confirmed dead.

The spokesman said that his remains were handed to the Head of Hotoron Arewa Central Ward, Alhaji Murtala Mohammed.

He advised the general public to be careful while bathing in pools, ponds and other sources of water.

NAN reports that there have been increased cases of drowning since the commencement of the heat season in Kano about a month ago.

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Kaduna: ECWA pastor, daughter, 16 others kidnapped

A senior Pastor of Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Dankade, in Igabi local government area of Kaduna State, Rev. Zakariah Ido has been kidnapped.

The Nation reports that the Pastor and 16 others, among whom were his daughter and son of the pastor of Assemblies of God Church, were seized by gunmen within the church premises during service on Sunday.

Zaria DCC Secretary of the church, Rev Nath Waziri said “It is sad to inform you that one of our pastors, his daughter and 15 other members of ECWA Church Dankade were kidnapped in the early hours of today.

“The church hosted a combined choir fellowship Saturday night to early hours of today. Then, this morning (Sunday), kidnappers stormed the church, when the gunmen came, they asked everyone in the church to surrender his or her phones and demanded the whereabouts of the pastor.

“After threatening the choristers they became afraid and showed them the pastor’s home. They took him away and his daughter with 15 others, including the son of the pastor of Assemblies of God Church.”

He added that as at 10 p.m. on Sunday, no contact has been established with the kidnappers.

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Kwara: Gov. Ahmed speaks on ‘moving’ State-owned property out of Government House

The Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed-led Kwara State Government has denied moving State-owned property out of the Government House.

The Government, in a statement to DAILY POST on Monday, dismissed the story making the rounds in some quarters as false news.

It was reported that Gov Ahmed and some other government officials in the Government House, Ilorin were moving government property just few days to the end of their tenure.

However, in a brief statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Dr Muyideen Akorede, the government said what was being erroneously circulated were images of a truck load of charity (Zakat) items provided by Alhaji Aliko Dangote through his foundation which were being taken out of government house for distribution to people in keeping with the annual practice.

The statement added, “Clearly, those were not government property. For the record, all government property inside government house are bar-coded and contained in an inventory which will be handed over to the incoming government.”

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