Alhaji Nasiru Magaji, the newly elected councillor of Gozaki Ward in Kafur Local Government Area of Katsina State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has been shot dead by gunmen suspected to be terrorists.
The incident occurred Wednesday at about 12:15am when the suspected terrorists invaded the deceased hometown, Gozaki, riding on motorcycles.
The attack is yet to be confirmed by the police or the state government, but a member of the community who craved anonymity, told THISDAY on Wednesday that the hoodlums stormed the area when most of the villagers were asleep.
Late Magaji was among the councillors elected on the platform of the ruling APC during the April 11 local government elections in the state.
The source added that the suspected terrorists numbering about 10 had earlier abducted two wives of the slain councillor but later released them while moving to the forest.
He said: “Bandits attacked our town (Gozaki) last night around 12:15am and killed our newly elected councillor, Alhaji Nasiru Magaji, aka Nasiru B.S. I am heading to Gozaki town now for the burial of the slain councillor.
“They shot him and was later taken to Malumfashi General Hospital where he was confirmed dead by doctors in the hospital. The bandits earlier kidnapped his two wives but they later released them.”
He lamented the spate of attacks and abductions in the community, adding that even last year, a newly wedded wife of an Immigration officer was kidnapped by terrorists in the area.
He appealed to the Katsina State Government and security agencies to investigate and fish out the culprits with immediate effect.
COVID-19: Surge forces New York Mayor raises alert
Mayor Eric Adams Tuesday upgraded New York City’s COVID-19 alert status to high because of a recent surge in people being hospitalized for the virus.
The change in status came as the number of hospitalizations in the city due to coronavirus had increased steadily over the past two months and as more and more New Yorkers tested positive.
“New York City has transitioned to a high COVID alert level, meaning now is the time to double down on protecting ourselves and each other by making choices that can keep our friends, neighbors, relatives and coworkers from getting sick,’’ the city’s Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan said in a written statement.
“As a city, we have the tools to blunt the impact of this wave, including distributing tests, masks and promoting treatments.
“Getting back to Low Risk depends on everyone doing their part and if we follow guidance; our forecasts anticipate this wave’s peak will not last long. What we do now can make all the difference.’’
The upgrade also came a day after Adams announced that the city would be distributing an additional 16 million at-home test kits over the next month and after Vasan put out an advisory strongly recommending that New Yorkers mask up when in public settings indoors.
Earlier Monday, city officials hinted that an upgraded COVID status alert might be on the horizon, but Adams pushed back on a reporter’s question later in the day about the possibility of one.
“If there comes a time that our hospitals are now in a state of emergency, or we’re trending that way and my doctors who run the hospitals tell me, ‘Eric, this is what we need to do,’ I’m going to listen to them.
“Right now, they’re telling me, `No, we don’t need to do that. We have this under control.
“We don’t have this crisis in our hospitals that we had previously. We don’t have that anymore. So I’m listening to the team as I win this battle of COVID for all of us.’’