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#FALSE. Zamfara Governor’s Convoy Not Attacked!

Photo Credit: Daily Post 2 mins read

CLAIM: Media publications say Zamfara State Governor, Matawelle’s convoy was attacked, leaving two dead policemen and many injured.

FALSE: Gov. Matawalle’s convoy was not attacked. However, two policemen did die in a car accident; but not by bandits as reports allege.

FULL TEXT: 

The news regarding the alleged attack on Matawalle arrived in the media on Friday, 30th of August. Circulated by Daily Post and some blogs like legit.ng, arewa.ng; who alleged that the Zamfara state governor’s convoy was attacked by thugs suspected to belong to an unnamed political party.

Apparently, this took place very close to Funtua in Katsina State; a boundary town with Zamfara state. According to reports, two policemen were killed in the attack while many were left with varying degrees of injury.

Additionally, it was reported that Gov. Bello Matawalle is currently in a running battle with the preceding administration. This allegedly led to the governor setting up a committee headed by the immediate past deputy governor, Mallam Ibrahim Wakalla to investigate the administration of quondam Gov. Yari.

Verification

The allegations above were still unverified at the time; as efforts to reach the Governor were futile. This was the disclaimer given by Daily Post in their publication; and rightly so… owing to the fact that Dr Matawalle’s twitter handle completely nullifies the claims.

On Sat, Aug 31, Dr Bello Matawalle’s responded to this post on his twitter handle. He referred to the claims as fakenews.

“This is fake news, my convoy wasn’t attacked, Two policemen were left behind to oversee the repairs of a broken vehicle from our convoy in Zaria, on their way back to Gusau they had an accident which claimed the lives of Aminu Usman and Nura Mohammed, May their soul Rest In Peace”

Dr Bello Matawalle

He also said that the former governor doesn’t have a hand in the accident, neither do thugs or bandits. Furthermore, he cautioned the media platform against the spread of this story as it only soils their reputation.

CONCLUSION:

Gov. Matawalle’s convoy was not attacked. However, two policemen did die in a car accident; but not by bandits as reports allege.

Ebere Agozie is a Senior Correspondent with the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) with a staff strength of about 880, Joined in 2014 as a correspondent. Currently covering Agriculture and Environment beats from the headquarters of the Agency in Abuja. She had covered other beats including Culture and Entertainment, and Science and Technology, with reportage on different themes. Her works were aired on multiple networks through the NAN platform. She is also the winner of the 2018 COORDINATOR'S OPEN FORUM FOR AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY(OFAB) MEDIA AWARD FOR BEST PRINT REPORTER". Prior to joining NAN, she was the Operations Manager, AULIC Nigeria Limited, the concessionaire of the Lagos International Trade Fair Complex - 2012; Head, Public Relations and Corporate Affairs, Aulic Nigeria Limited from 2009 to 2012. She rose from the position of the Public Relations Officer to Head of Public Affairs at FABER Expressions, a Radio/Television Production firm – 2000-2009. She is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Institute of Management and Technology(IMT), Enugu, (HND) -1998. And holds a Master of Business Administration(MBA) from the Lagos State University (LASU) - 2007.

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