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Gunmen Attack Nyako's Hometown, Kill Two Policemen, Free Inmates

Published by Guardian on Sat, 27 Apr 2013

IT was tears and bloodbath on Thursday night in Mayo-Belwa in Mayo-Belwa Council, the hometown of Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako, as heavily armed gunmen took over the town attacking government agencies, banks and people.The incident which occurred two weeks after gunmen attacked, the deputy governor, James Bala Ngillari's house in Madagali Local Government, claimed the lives of two policemen, while the younger brother to the governor, Mallam Inusa Isa Hammanyero and nine others were severely injured during the attack.The Mayo-Belwa Council chairman, Mallam Mohammed Bako, told journalists that the gunmen attacked two commercial banks in the area and the prison and the police station using explosive devices.The Guardian gathered that when the gunmen arrived the Divisional Police Station in Mayo-Belwa, the policemen on duty fled into the nearby bush abandoning the Divisional Police Officer and two other officers who overpowered the gunmen in the gunbattle that lasted about 30minutes.The policemen on duty at both First Bank and Union bank also repelled the gunmen who came with explosive devices.Meanwhile the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, in charge of the North East Region of the country, Atiku Yusuf Kafur, yesterday disclosed that the Police force had recorded a major breakthrough with the arrest of 24 suspects who have confessed to last month's Ganye massacred where 27 persons killed.According to him, 'when we arrested them we had a meeting with the leader of Muslim Council of Nigeria, Adamawa State Chapter and the representative of Lamido Adamawa. The culprits confessed in their presence that they were responsible for the Genye attack. On this premise, we were able to establish facts before we took them to court. For security reason we will not disclosed the name of the court they are being arranged,'' he stated.Kafur added that the Nigeria Police was still investigating the recent attacks at Madagali, another local government headquarters in Adamawa State, which resulted in the death of 14 persons, including two security aides of the Deputy Governor of the state.
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