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One Killed, 18 Injured As Suspected APC And PDP Thugs Clash In Zamfara

 

  • One man has been killed while 18 others sustained injuries during a clash by political thugs in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital on Saturday.

Spokesman for the state Police Command, Muhammad Shehu, who confirmed the incident on Sunday, October 16, said the groups were suspected to be members of APC and PDP in the state.

“Discreet investigation into the case has commenced aimed at ensuring that the perpetrators face the full wrath of the law.” he added.

Mr Shehu’s confirmation followed an allegation by the APC that thugs suspected to have been hired by the PDP attacked and killed one man and injured 18 others without reason.

The APC’s allegation is contained in a statement issued by Yusuf Idris, the party’s publicity secretary in Gusau on Saturday.

“It is highly disheartening and worrisome the attack with firearms perpetrated by PDP thugs. The thugs came as the PDP Zamfara Governorship candidate’s boys and shot at innocent youths who were carrying out their monthly sanitation work in GRA area of Gusau, the Zamfara state capital,” Idris said.

He claimed that victims were attacked because they were APC supporters.

“We are calling for calm by the good citizens of the state who were angered by the thugs. We wish to call on both the state government and security agents to urgently fish out the culprits and bring them to book to prevent reprisals,” he added.

Mr Idris urged security agencies to also uncover how and where the alleged attackers secured such dangerous firearms.

“A stitch in time, saves nine and a word is always enough for the wise,” he said.

Meanwhile, the state deputy governor, Hassan Nasiha, had visited the victims of the attack at the Specialist Hospital, Gusau to ascertain their condition.

Meanwhile, the state deputy governor, Hassan Nasiha, had visited the victims of the attack at the Specialist Hospital, Gusau to ascertain their condition.

He confirmed that one live was lost while 18 others sustained various degrees of bullet wounds.

He said it was the fear of such breach of law and order that the Zamfara Government announced a halt on campaign activities and rallies by political parties in the state.

The deputy governor, however, said that the state government would investigate the matter and resolve on next line of action.

He assured of government’s resolve to punish whoever was found involved in the attack.

Nasiha consoled with the victims of the incident and promised that the government would not fold it’s arms and watch that happen again.

Meanwhile the PDP in its response, said that its governorship candidate, Dauda Lawal-Dare, only had a small meeting to receive defectors from the 14 local government areas of the state.

The party’s deputy chairman, Mukhtar Lugga, said shortly after the event, that the party received 50 defectors from each of the 14 local government areas.

On the issue of halting rallies as announced by the state government, Lugga said PDP’s activity was within the ambit of the law and in line with the Electoral Act 2022 as amended.

According to him, the party was guided by the Independent National Electoral Commission’s guidelines and time table for rallies and electioneering campaigns.

“We have applied for security and the Commissioner of Police and the Commandant Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps deployed their men that ensured successful activity of our great party,” he said.

Mr Lugga expressed concern at the activities of some criminal elements who allegedly attacked some PDP youths during the event.

He claimed that two of its youths were also reportedly shot in front of the Campaign Office of the governorship candidate in the state capital.

The PDP officials conducted newsmen round the emergency unit of the Specialist hospital where two victims with fractured legs and other wounds were also receiving medical attention.

Mr Lugga, however, said that the party would investigate the alleged killing of an APC youth and injuring of 18 others and take appropriate action.

The vice chairman said the party was a law-abiding institution, assuring that their activity did not go against the INEC guidelines.

“There was no information from the INEC halting political rallies or political events in Zamfara state,” Mr Lugga added.

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Cholera Outbreak: Over 500 Persons Died In Four Months In Jigawa State

 

In Jigawa state, “Northwest Nigeria”, Over 500 people have been confirmed dead within the period of four months, following the outbreak of Cholera virus in the state.

 

Despite this, authorities say the state has continued to record a massive number of cholera cases with over 20,000 cases confirmed so far.

Twenty-two out of the 27 local government areas in state are said to be battling cases of cholera virus.

The state capital “Dutse”, as well as Birninkudu and Hadejia, are the most affected and worsen parts by the outbreak.

The Executive Secretary of the Primary Health Care Agency in the state, “Kabir Ibrahim”, has assured residents that the state government had been making efforts to curb the disturbing number of infections.

Ibrahim gave the assurance on Friday while addressing news reporters in Dutse, saying the state has provide vaccines for 720 people in three of the most worsen local governments.

File photo of some persons affected with cholera virus

He said, “We have received over 1.4 million doses (of vaccine) from the Federal Government through the World Health Organisation (WHO)”. “Everyone from the age of one to adulthood are capable to take this vaccine.

“For now, our target is the three local governments that are worst hit. Each victim is entitled to two doses separated by four weeks.

“We are targeting 720 persons for the first dose and another 720 persons for the second dose which will be separated by four weeks.” Kabir Ibrahim said.

He urged residents to cooperate with the government’s effort in curtailing the virus and to maintain proper hygiene as well as compliance with the guidelines laid by health professionals.

According to the World Health Organisation, researchers have estimated that each year, there are 1.3 to four million cases of cholera and 21,000 to 143,000 deaths are recorded.

WHO also said most of those infected had no or mild symptoms and can be successfully treated with oral rehydration solution.

The provision of clean and safe water and good sanitation is a key to prevent, control and tackle the transmission of cholera virus and other waterborne diseases, says experts.

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