Emir Sanusi vows to punish imams, title holders who beat their wives

Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi ll has warned Muslims clerics, Islamic title holders and District heads in the state who are in the habit of beating up their wives to desist from such act.

Speaking on Sunday during a mass wedding of 1,520 couples sponsored by the Kano state government, Sanusi warned that any title holder found wanting would “outrightly lose his title.”

According to Sanusi, “You should all come back to your senses and stop these barbaric [acts] because we will not allow these to continue in Kano.

“I have warned all district heads, village heads, ward heads and imams to also desist from the bad habit of beating their wives and whoever among them is reported to me to have beaten up his wife, would outrightly lose his title.”

The former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, noted that he won’t be backing down from making law against poor men seeking to marry more than one wife.

He explained that although the law was not meant to stop Muslims from marrying up to four wives, it regulates how a man should treat his wives and children according to the tenets of Islam.

He said: “We are going meet on Wednesday this week to review the over 80 pages of the law and make the necessary adjustment before presenting it to the State House of Assembly for passage into law.”

Zamfara emir hands over 3 Boko Haram suspects to army.

The Nigerian army says the Zurmi emirate council in Zamfara state has handed over three suspected Boko Haram members to it.


Abdullahi Adamu, commanding officer, 223 light tank batallion of tactical operation unit, Gusau, said the suspects were apprehended by a local vigilante in the area.


He said the three suspects had been moved to the 1 division, Nigerian Army, Kaduna, for interrogation.


“Based on our preliminary investigation, we discovered that the suspects may be connected to the fleeing Boko Haram members who were recently disbanded by the military from Sambisa forest of Borno state,” Adamu said.


The commanding officer further commended the emirate council and local vigilantes for their efforts in arresting the suspects.


He said AK 47 riffles, over 600 ammunition, illicit drugs, charms and other belongings were recovered from the suspects.


Source: The Cable

Boko Haram: Argungu Fishing Festival will hold in 2017 – Emir

The Argungu Emirate Council in Kebbi State has commenced preparations for the hosting of the Argungu International Fishing and Cultural Festival in 2017.

The Emir of Kebbi, Alhaji Samaila Mera, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Argungu on Thursday.

He said the emirate council was collaborating with the State Tourism Board to make proper arrangements for a hitch-free festival, which was among Nigeria’s top tourism events.

The emir said that the fishing festival was suspended for many years due to security concern following Boko Haram attacks on soft targets across the northern part of the country.

NAN reports that the festival was last held in 2009.

Mera said “the dramatic increase in security nationwide” has encouraged them to prepare to host the event, which used to attract tourists from all parts of the world.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for restoring normalcy in the North East, and saluted the courage and determination of the Nigerian military for the successes recorded.

The emir said apart from the main fishing event, the festival showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Kabawa, the main ethnic group living in Argungu Emirate.

NAN reports that the Kebbi State Government had also commenced renovation of the Argungu Fishing and Cultural Festival Village used to accommodate visitors during the festival.

Islamic group warns Christians against dragging Emir over forceful marriage.

An Islamic group, ‘Jama’atu Izalatil Bidah wa Iqamatis Sunnah’, JIBWIS, has warned those dragging the name of the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumuni Usman, into the controversy generated by the marriage between Habiba Isiyaku, the 14-year-old girl who was allegedly converted to Islam and forced into marriage by her alleged abductor, Jamilu Lawal.

The Katsina State branch of the group, on Wednesday, clarified that the royal father had nothing to do with the ‘forceful’ marriage.

Recall that the Emir of Katsina, Abdulmumini Usman had been accused of marrying off Habiba to her kidnapper, although, he dismissed the allegation, saying the girl had indicated interest in the marriage.

Habiba had also dismissed the claims of her forceful marriage, saying that she changed her religion and got married of her own volition.

The Islamic group spoke at a press conference in the state, claiming to have proof that Habiba was born on July 20, 1999, as against the purported date of May 15, 2001, being given as her date of birth.

The group, which spoke through its chairman, Sheikh Yakubu Hassan, said, “In Islam, it is an act of infidelity to force one to a religion. The constitution of the country is, however, in support of any Nigerian who decides to adopt a faith on his or her own wish.

“The allegations recently made by Christian leaders in the state that the Emir of Katsina forcefully converted an underage Christian girl, Habiba Isiyaku, to Islam and then married her, is an insult to Muslims and a deliberate attempt to pollute the peaceful atmosphere that the community enjoys in the state.

“JIBWIS has all the evidence that Habiba is an adult and was neither forced to become Muslim nor to marry Lawal.

“The emir as a father to all Muslims in the emirate only endorsed the marriage of Habiba to a young man she chose for herself, and that is one of the functions of Muslim leaders in Islam.

“It will therefore be a mistake for Christian leaders in the state to connive with outside forces in trading false allegations against such leaders,” the religious group stated.

Meanwhile, Habiba’s her father, Tanko Isiyaku, had said he wants his daughter returned a virgin, and the state Police Command had on Monday, ordered the girl to return to her parent’s house, saying at her age, she was too young to take any decision on religion and marriage.

BREAKING: Arrest of judges: Akpabio, Udom desperate to bribe Emir of Kano

In another dramatic and desperate move to escape President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war, Senator Godswill Akpabio and Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State are reaching out to the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. They want the emir, who they believe has the president’s ears, to intervene and get them off the hook in the ongoing probe of corruption in the judiciary. Akpabio, immediate past governor of the state, and Udom are said to have paid over $20 million to the justices of the Supreme Court to procure a favourable judgment in the controversial Akwa Ibom election petition filed by Umana Okon Umana, the APC Governorship candidate.

Justice John Inyang Okoro, a Supreme Court justice from Akwa Ibom state (nominated for the job by Akpabio in 2013), was arrested by the DSS Friday night for being the facilitator of these dollar-for-judgment schemes. It is expected that the former governor and his successor would be implicated by the 57-year-old jurist.

Impeccable sources say Akpabio is sending a brand new Rolls Royce car to the Emir in addition to a payment of $10 million to the revered royal father if he agrees to talk to the president. It is not yet clear if the Rolls Royce the Emir recently acquired is the one from the former Akwa Ibom State governor.

To reach the emir easily, Akpabio and Udom have assembled two groups of foot soldiers who are mostly their family members, acolytes and friends. In one group, led by Akpabio himself, are Prince Ukpong Akpabio, the former governor’s cousin who is a fresh graduate from the Nigeria Law School, Abuja, and Mr Ini Ekong, a dismissed military officer who served the former governor as Special Assistant on security. He holds the same portfolio in the Udom administration. Prince is working through a network of contacts like his law school classmates who are from Kano to reach the emir.

In the other group, led by Gov Udom Emmanuel, are Finance Commissioner Akan Okon; Accountant general Linus Nkang and Engr Ufot Ebong.

The key objective of the two groups is to reach out to all manner of influential persons across the country, including Emir Sanusi to ensure that Justice Okoro is released from detention and the matter is not brought to trial.


Source: Idongesit Okpon


El-Rufai’s Inauguration Ends Abruptly As Youths Attack Emir, Chief Judge

The inauguration of Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State ended abruptly on Friday after angry youth pelted some prominent indigenes of the state, including the revered Emir of Zaria, Shehu Idris, and the state chief judge, Taminu Zailani, at the venue of the inauguration. The rampaging youth accused them of colluding with the previous administration of Governor Ramalan Yero to plunder the resources of the state.

They specifically demanded the dethronement of the Emir who in the ensuing pandemonium that enveloped the venue of the inauguration was rescued and smuggled out of the venue by his palace guards. A senator-elect, Shehu Sani, used his car to smuggle the chief judge out of the venue. He then drove him to his home in the Riga Chikun area of Kaduna.

Mr. El-Rufai could not review the parade mounted by the police as some youth pelted dignitaries with water in sachets, stones and other objects in the pavilion. This prompted security agents to fire tear gas into the crowd at the Murtala Square, Kaduna.

Some dignitaries in the pavilion included the Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris, and other traditional rulers in the State. The incident occurred when the new governor had concluded his address and was about to mount an open van to review the parade mounted by the police.

While the crowds were dispersed by the police, dignitaries remained seated, but the occasion ended abruptly without the governor reviewing the parade. The Murtala Square was filled to capacity.

Credit: NAN

Kidnapped Zamfara Emir Rescued

Police have rescued kidnapped Zamfara Emir following a massive manhunt about his whereabouts by security agencies. Zamfara State Police Commissioner, Femi Ogunbayode, confirmed the release of the 60-year-old ruler.

He was found in Gajazema village, a town bordering Zamfara and Kebbi State in the early hours of today as the kidnappers were crossing the border. No arrests have been made as the men fled into the bushes before police could make an arrest.

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Defend Yourselves Against Boko Haram – Emir Sanusi Urges Nigerians

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has advised Nigerians to defend themselves against the Boko Haram sect.

The monarch made the call while making the closing remarks at the weekly recitation of the Holy Qu’ran as part of prayers for peace in the country.

He urged religious and community leaders to undertake the immediate task of re-infusing courage in their people, particularly the youths, in order to prepare for self defence against Boko Haram attacks.