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US Reacts To Shekau's Death

The US State Department, on Thursday, noted that the Islamic State in West Africa Province, ISWAP, will not get the $7 million bounty placed on the leader of Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau.

The State Department while reacting to the reports on the death of Shekau, said the bounty is not meant for a group under ISIS.

News reports indicate that Boko Haram terrorist Abubakar Shekau blew himself up in a confrontation with ISIS affiliates.

The Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle on Thursday inspected the ongoing construction work at the Zamfara state International Cargo Airport to access the quality and progress of work.

Governor Bello Matawalle who expressed satisfaction with the progress of work at the site assured that aircraft will commence before the end of this year.

He directed the company handling the project to ensure that the runway, all terminal sections commence operations before the end of this year, hoping that all airport facilities and equipment will be on the ground before the stipulated time.

We’re Flexing Diplomatic Muscle In Africa - U.S.

The permanent representative of the United States to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, has reestablished the United States’ stand on Africa’s conflicts and security concerns.

She commented on Africa’s situation during a telephonic briefing on Tuesday.

“We’re using our diplomatic muscle in places like Ethiopia. We have engaged with a number of African leaders and will continue to engage with African leaders to address broader issues related to peacekeeping and terrorism on the continent of Africa,” said Ms Thomas-Greenfield in response to a question about peace-building on the continent.

FG Sets Up Female Squad To Tackle Bandits

Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has established a Female Squad to enhance security in schools susceptible to bandits’ attack.

The NSCDC Commandant-General, Ahmed Audi, disclosed this on Friday at the squad’s passing out parade at the corps’ training college in Katsina.

“Female Squad is a child of necessity borne out of the need to effectively curtail the recent upsurge of insecurity occasioned by armed banditry, kidnapping, insurgency, and the need to effectively implement government’s proposed Safe School Initiative", the NSCDC boss stated.

Gunmen Strike In Umuahia

Residents of Umuahia, the capital of Abia State, have been thrown into panic as unknown armed men stormed the area, shooting sporadically.

DAILY POST gathered that traders and motorists in the area have taken to their heels with their wares to avoid being hit by bullets.

As at the time of this report, DAILY POST could not confirm exact casualties, but a tricycle operator who pleaded anonymity, claimed that two lives, including that of a police officer at the Okpara Square.

He stated that the police officer was killed during a gun duel between the police and the unknown bandits around the busy Okpara Square/Mission Hill road when the gunmen attempted to attack government assets.