The Big 5: Gunmen kidnap 15 in Zamfara, Family of Dasuki wants Malami probed I More stories

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Unknown gunmen have kidnapped 15 persons in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara.

Speaker of the Zamfara House of Assembly, Alhaji Sanusi Rikiji, told newsmen in Gusau on Sunday, stressing that the security situation in the state called for serious review.

The family of detained former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), has petitioned the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) against the Attorney-General of Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), asking that he is investigated and sanctioned for unprofessional conduct.

In the petition dated July 23, 2018 was signed by Dasuki’s wife, his son and his nephew, Senator Umar Dahiru, the family requested a probe of Malami for allegedly making “an unprofessional statement to denigrate the court, violate the Constitution and encourage the continued breach of the fundamental human rights of Dasuki, who has been clamped into detention since December 29, 2015.”

Malami was on July 19 quoted to have told the BBC in an interview, that based on public interest, and the death of 100, 000 persons in the Boko Haram insurgency while Dasuki was in office as NSA, the Federal Government would never comply with the six separate court orders that gave Dasuki bail, pending his trial.

The Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, has said that contrary to reports that he was abducted on Thursday, it was an attack by gunmen who wanted to kill him.

Melaye who spoke to journalists in Abuja on Sunday, said having escaped the alleged assassination attempt around Gwagwalada along the Abuja-Lokoja Road on his way to attend a court case in Lokoja, the state capital, he ran into the bush and hid on a tree for 11 hours.

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Bode George, has said political parties in the country lack ideological differences.


The Federal Government has directed a deployment of 1000-strong mixed force, comprising the Army, Air Force, Police and the Civil Defence to launch counter attacks on the bandits terrorising the villages and towns in Zamfara.

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