Emir Sanusi Raises Alarm Over Increasing Debt In Nigeria

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II has raised alarm over the increasing debt in the country.

He stated that among other producing countries in Africa, Nigeria has been on a borrowing bench, “Borrowing domestically to fund current expenditure”.

He added that the growth of Nigeria was driven largely by rising commodity prices and debt, and the module has reached the logical limit such as the collapse in oil price.

He said according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) the Federal Government of Nigeria is spending 66% of its interest revenue on debt, which means only 34% of its revenue is available for capital expenditure, recurrent expenditure and development.

The Emir made this known at the Kaduna State Investment Summit with the theme “Making Kaduna Investment Destination of Choice”.

He said the 2017 budget presented by the Federal Government is a budget that goes for more debt.

He noted that, “As a country, we must understand that the module of government borrowing and spending has reached its limit, therefore growth must only come from investment”.

The Emir crtiticised leaders that go to China to sign MoU and come back with debts forgetting their areas of development.

“A nation and a state is only transformed by vision, once that vision is lost every other thing around the vision collapses”.

He added that the growth of an economy will not come by borrowing.

In his keynote address, he urged the northern leaders to focus more on education and health sector especially in the north.

He asked them to use their resources to deal with the issues of poverty in their region.

The occasion was well attended by industrialists, traditional rulers, media owners and government functionaries.

 

Source: Channels TV

Kano police commissioner vows to discipline officers who collect money for bail

Rabiu Yusuf, commissioner of police in Kano state, has warned officers against demanding for money or any form of favour before granting bail to suspects.

Yusuf cautioned against illegal investigation of cases, unlawful detention of suspects and prolonged detention, saying that the officers should respect human rights in the course of all investigations.

The police chief spoke at a lecture/ parade with officers and men working at state criminal investigation and intelligence department, divisional crime officers and investigation police officers in the state.

Yusuf, according to a statement issued by the command’s spokesperson, Magaji Majiya, said that the era of bribery and corruption was over in the police circle.

“Nobody should accept or demand money or any form of favour for bail.

“Any senior police officer found to be engaged in corrupt practices will be queried and sent to the Force Headquarters for disciplinary action.

“Inspectors and rank and file found wanting will be sanctioned appropriately,” Yusuf said.

He urged them to exhibit professionalism and diligence during investigation by collating all relevant evidences and witnesses and forward the case files to the director of public prosecution for legal advice where applicable.

Yusuf urged the legal/prosecution department to ensure diligence and logical prosecution of cases in the court of Law and that cases should be judiciously followed up to gain conviction of criminals.

 

Source: The Cable

BREAKING: Customs impounds 13 vehicles from Kano Senator – The Cable

The comptroller-general of customs (CGC) compliance task force has sealed off the residence of a senator from Kano state after seizing 13 vehicles allegedly hidden there.

Bala Dole, task force zonal commander, made this known on Monday, revealing that the vehicles were 12 new Toyota Hilux and one Land Cruiser Jeep.

Dole, who declined to name the senator, said the vehicles were trailed from Maigatari in Jigawa, following an intelligence report.

He said 210 other vehicles were seized, alongside other items, including foodstuff worth N269.5 million in Kano and Jigawa states, within eight months.

“Based on the intelligence report, the vehicles were 30 in number but we were able to trail 13 of them 12 of which were hidden in the senator’s compound,” he said.

“We sealed the house and retrieved the vehicles and they are now in our custody.”

He said the other items the task force confiscated during special operations include; 9,757 bags of rice, 2,916 of foreign supergetti, 2,770 cartons of foreign vegetable oil and 999 cartons of macaroni.

Dole said others were; 889 veils of second hand clothes, 50 used school bags, 110 cartons of new foreign shoes, 956 bags of mosquito coil and six fairly used cars.

“The total value of the seizure made by the task force since it was established in July 2016, excluding the 13 Senator’s vehicles, is N269.5 million,” he said.

“We are yet to determine the cost of the 13 vehicles belonging to the senator.”

 

Source: The Cable

FG To Embark On Construction Of Four New Runways

The Federal Government says four new runways will soon be constructed at four international airports in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano and Lagos.

The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this on Tuesday when he led the Minister of Information around facilities at the Kaduna International Airport.

The Minister added that the expansion of the runways at the four airports would offer more direct local and international flights, as well as eliminate delays often experienced in the course of landing and taking off of aircraft.

“There will be a second runway in Abuja. Hopefully within the next 24 months, we would have a new runway.

“And then there is a second runway in Kano (the military runway), a second runway in Lagos and a second runway in Port Harcourt,” Mr Sirika said.

The Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, on his part briefed reporters on the Federal Government’s plan of a complete makeover on some of the airports across the country.

“As a government, we’ve put in place to the best of our ability, arrangements that will ensure security and also guarantee safety of operation both on tarmac and off tarmac, and on route,” he said.

 

Source: Channels TV

JUST IN: Kano singer, Sadiq Zazzabi, released on bail.

Detained Kano State musician, Sadiq Zazzabi, has been released.

Zazzabi was arraigned by the Kano State Censorship Board for releasing a song for former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, without the approval of the censorship board.

The court which sat on Wednesday directed that Zazzabi be remanded in prison until last week Friday.

However, the court did not sit on Friday which resulted in the singer remaining in prison custody until Monday 6.

On Monday, the musician was granted bail on three conditions: the sum of N100,000, a member of the music writers association of Kano State, and a civil servant of not lower than grade level 14.

Zazzabi met with the bail conditions and has since been released.

The court sitting will continue on March 27.

?Zazzabi has, however, said he is being targeted because of his support for Mr. Kwankwaso, an allegation the government denies, saying he violated state censorship laws.

Mr. Kwankwaso and incumbent Governor Abdullahi Ganduje have been at odds with each other, and their supporters have often clashed.

Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES from Kano, the chairman of the censors board, Ismaila Afakallahu, also confirmed that the musician has met the bail conditions.

Asked if the board has any agenda on the matter, Mr. Afakallahu said “what we are doing is what we are expected to do as regulatory commission. We are not witch-hunting anybody. We are doing this for the benefit of all of us.” He said.

A call to Sadiq Zazzabi could not go through.

 

Source: Premium Times

Court sends Kano musician to prison over new song

A court has remanded the embattled Kano singer, Sadiq Zazzabi, over his newly-released song.

The singer was arraigned before the censorship court in Kano for allegedly violating the state’s censorship board law which requires that a songs or movies should pass a censorship screening before it is released.

Sadiq released his song before the approval of the censorship board.

But the singer told PREMIUM TIMES he was being targeted because of his support for former Gov. Rabiu Kwankwaso. The government denies the allegation.

Mr. Kwankwaso and incumbent Governor Abdullahi Ganduje have been at odds with each other, and their supporters have often clashed.

A summons seen by PREMIUM TIMES, said Sadiq was to present himself at the court at 10 a.m. Wednesday to defend himself for launching a song that was before the censors’ board.

The chairman Kano state censors board, Ismaila Afakallahu, confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that Sadiq will remain in prison till Friday.

“The sitting took place today and Sadiq was asked to be remanded in prison until Friday when the court will resume hearing on the case,” he said.

He insisted the matter was not about politics.

“Yes he actually brought the song for censorship and before we can grant him a certificate of approval, he went ahead to launch the song. For doing that he has faulted the censors’ board rule and we are charging him for that.

“Censoring a movie or song can take up to three weeks or more depending on the complexity of the song or film.”

 

Source: Premium Times

Kano State set to outlaw forced marriages, regulate polygamy.

Muhammadu Sanusi II, emir of Kano, has said a family law will soon be put in place to outlaw forced marriages in the state.

He said the law will also recommend certain conditions to be met before a man can marry a second wife.

Speaking on Sunday at the 50th anniversary of the demise of Isa Wali, a former Nigerian ambassador to Ghana, Sanusi said the conditions were contained in a new family law that will soon be introduced.

He said the economic consequence of men marrying more than one wife and giving birth to many children is evident in the north.

The monarch said such type of children end up on the streets as “as thugs and terrorists.”

“It perhaps a tribute to Mallam Isa that today as I speak, in the palace in Kano, a sub-committee which I set up of scholars which has been working for one year is finalising sections of a family law we intend to introduce to Kano which would address some of the issues Mallam Isa was concerned about,” the emir said.

“The law will set up what Islam says about the minimum age of marriage, it will outlaw forced marriages, it will make domestic violence illegal, it will put in the conditions that you must fulfil before you can marry a second wife, it will introduce protection for divorced women, it sets out the responsibilities of a father beyond producing the child and the role of the court in taking care of children.

“It is a very big one because the law ranges from consent to marriage, to maintenance to divorce, to maintenance of children to inheritance.

“We have all seen the economic consequence of men who are not capable of maintaining one wife marrying four, producing 20 children, not educating them, leaving them on the streets end up as thugs and terrorists.”

Sanusi said the law addressed some of the concerns raised by Wali in his writings.

“He was very controversial in his writings for a conservative northern Muslim society, he was the son of an Islamic scholar, the Wali who doubled as Waziri and write against the institution of the concubine, he wrote against polygamy, he wrote for the equality of men and women in Islam, he supported the education of women,” he said.

“Even if there was no consensus for some of his views, if you take the issue of concubine, the matter was not settled in theory but it has been settled in practise because nobody has concubines anymore.

“Now polygamy is a different matter but at least he drew attention to a lot of the injustices in the manner of culture that was practised.”

 

Source: The Cable

Kano state government to resuscitate Triumph Newspaper

The Kano State Government on Wednesday pledged to rehabilitate the abandoned structures of Triumph Publishing Company, publishers of Triumph newspapers, preparatory to resuscitating the company’s operations.

The Commissioners for Works, Housing and Transport, Shehu Haruna, and that of Information, Sports and Culture, Muhammadu Garba, gave the indication when they visited the company in Kano.

A statement by the state Ministry of Information signed by Ismaila Garba said that the visit by the commissioners was to assess the level of dilapidation of the company’s structure ahead of intervention by the government.

It reported the Commissioner of information as saying that the visit was at the instance of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, as part of efforts to revive the media house and restore its past glory.

The statement also said that the Works Commissioner pledged to mobilise his ministry’s team of engineers to site for the rehabilitation work.

 

Source: NAN

Ganduje: I can’t have an associate like Kwankwaso for the rest of my life

Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, says he cannot have a political associate like Rabiu Kwankwaso, his predecessor, for the rest of his life.

Ganduje succeeded Kwankwaso in 2015 after serving as his deputy for eight years.

The unique thing about their working relationship is that Kwankwaso still chose him when he returned to power after eight years.

But both men fell apart shortly after the 2015 election.

But speaking to select journalists in Kano, the incumbent governor said both of them cannot be in the same camp for the rest of their lives.

“I cannot have ?a political associate like him for the rest of my like him; he too can’t have an associate like me, for the rest of his life,” he said.

He also spoke about the vacation of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the nation’s number one citizen deserves a good rest.

“We pray for the president to be back home safely. His sickness was not an agenda and could not also be an agenda?, so you see the issue is,” he said.

“I know Nigeria is a big country with multi-religious, multi ethnic, multi everything that you can think about, so is easy to politicise issues that are not supposed to be politicised.

“What we believe is that everybody can get sick. So you want to us to start calling him while he is sick, he needs some rest. If he is to talk with every governor, why is he there to get treatment and rest?

“People seize the opportunity to talk rubbish. Some are not wishing him well, so they are expressing their mind that he is sick, he is this and he is that. But he wrote formally that he would go for a vacation and medical treatment. So what kind of information are we looking more than that?”

On the policy of his administration towards education, he said: “Let me start with the challenge? first. First of all as I have been saying, if you have a large population, then you have problem both in education and health, even with the provision of infrastructural facilities. But education is the first victim when the population is large because you have to provide for every child, and it has to be sustained.

“So, in basic education, what we observed is that government cannot do alone, and therefore, there is one segment that is being neglected, that is community participation in education. If you look within the highest number of government schools. This is because apart from the population, not many people are interested in investing in education, that is why we have the value like that.

“Education is so voluminous. Sometimes you become confused on where to start. But I think if you want to start building, you have to start with a foundation, that is why we are putting emphasis on basic education, to ensure that we get it right, to have as many pupils as possible in school to reduce the ones outside the school, and to also invite married people, some organisations that could undertake corporate social responsibilities to ensure that this concept is embraced by the members of the public and I think we are succeeding.”

Horrible car accident claims 22 lives on Kano-Kaduna Expressway.

No fewer than 22 people lost their lives when an articulated vehicle with registration No: WDL 502 XA suffered a tyre blowout on the Kano-Kaduna Expressway on Friday.

The FRSC Unit Commander in Tashar-Yari, Ahmed Sa’idu-Daura, who was at the scene of the accident at Tashar-Musa, Makarfi Local Government, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Mr. Sa’idu-Daura said 58 others sustained varying degrees of injuries from the accident.

He said the truck overloaded with both people and wood.

Mr. Sa’idu-Daura said the injured persons were taken to a primary healthcare centre at Tashar-Yari.

Those found to be seriously would be referred to the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Shika, Zaria from the primary healthcare centre, he said.

Mr. Saidu-Daura cautioned motorists against speeding, overloading and all other forms of reckless driving to ensure safety of lives and properties.

“I want to use this medium to call on motorists to be mindful of the fact that lives of those people onboard their vehicles are in their hands.

 

Source: NAN

Kano state government to sponsor wedding of 1500 widows

The Kano State government has announced plans to sponsor the wedding of 1,500 widows in the state.

The plans which were confirmed by the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, will see the state government spend millions of naira on wedding packages for the widow brides.

Mr. Ganduje disclosed this while distributing empowerment tools worth over N130 million to 1560 women and youth at Government House, Kano.

Governor Ganduje said the empowerment initiative was to make the youth and women self reliant under the current economic recession in the country.

He said the government had also procured over 520 farm implements and distributed them to young farmers, with N5000 each of the beneficiaries to help them kick start irrigation farming.

The governor warned beneficiaries of the empowerment tools that include popcorn making machines, sewing machines and barbing tools not to sell them off.

He said a giant vocational centre that would train over 24 different skills would soon be completed in the state.

 

Source: Premium Times

Gunshots Rock Kano As Road Transport Workers Clash With Traffic Officials

An early morning clash between officials of the Kano State Road Traffic Agency ( KAROTA) and members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) caused huge panic in the Kano metropolis on Wednesday. The clash, which took place on Zaria Road, featured sporadic gunshots.

 

Policemen attached to KAROTA shot into the air for about 20 minutes, with passers-by fleeing at the sound of gunshots and sign of billowing gunsmoke.

 

SaharaReporters gathered that the clash was a result of KAROTA officials’ attempt to stop NURTW members from loading their vehicles with passengers at the Zaria Road Roundabout.

 

In protest, NURTW members made bonfires and started yelling at KAROTA officials, who were accompanied to Zaria Road by policemen.

 

Kano State Police Command spokesman, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Magaji Musa Majia, said he had not received the full report of the incident as at the time of filing this report.

 

Source: Sahara Reporters

85-year-old woman commits suicide in Kano

Salamatu Hassan, an 85-year-old resident of Jar-Kuka village in Gezawa local government area of Kano, has committed suicide.

 

According to Magaji Musa Majia, a deputy superintendent of police and spokesman of the Kano state police command, the octogenarian hanged herself on a tree.

 

He said the mother of six was suffering from mental disorder.

 

Majia added that the police took the victim’s body to the Sir Muhammadu Sanusi General Hospital, where she was confirmed dead.

 

Someone resident in the nighbourhood said the lifeless body of the woman was found in the early hours of Sunday.

 

Muhammad Ibrahim, her grandson, said she had been missing for two days, before her corpse was found on the outskirts of the village.

 

Hassan has been buried in accordance with Islamic rites.

Kano Hisbah Board destroys 1,000 bottles of beer

The Kano State Hisbah Board says it destroyed over 1, 000 bottles of assorted beer which it confiscated in 2016.

The Director General of the board, Abba Sufi, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Kano.

He said the products were intercepted by the staff of the board in Dawakin Kudu Local Government Area of the state last year.

“The commodity was destroyed on Tuesday at Dawakin Kudu under the watchful eyes of our staff and other officials of the board,” he said.

He said all those arrested in connection with the illegal importation of the products into the state had been charged to court.

According to him, the board has put in place additional stringent measures to check importation of beer and other intoxicants into the state.

“We have taken measures to arrest those who are bent on violating the Sharia which prohibits consumption, carrying, sale or transportation of the commodity in the state,” Mr. Sufi said.

He said Hisba operatives in the 44 local government areas of the state would intensify patrol to arrest violators of the law.

He attributed the reduction in sale and importation of the commodity into the state to some of the measures taken by the board in 2016.

“As we enter 2017, we will intensify effort to check the excesses of such recalcitrant persons who violate the Sharia.’’

He advised those who are in the habit of bringing the commodity in the state to stop or face the wrath of the law.

Police declares Chinese wanted for attempted murder in Kano

The Kano State Police Command has declared Yang Zhong, a Chinese national wanted over alleged attempted murder of another Chinese.

 

The command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Magaji Majiya, said that Zhong was declared wanted in connection with attempted murder of a Kano-based Chinese businessman, Mr Wu Haiwang, on July 17.

 

“Mr Yang Zhong, also a businessman, is suspected to be behind the murder attempt made on Mr Wu Haiwang,’’ he said.

 

“As a result, Mr Yang Zhong, holder of Passport No. G58738024, suspected to be the brain behind the murder attempt, has been declared wanted by the police,’’ Majiya added.

 

Majiya said the Chinese embassy has been contacted to help track down the suspect.

 

He said three other suspects had been arrested and charged to court in connection with the murder attempt while efforts were being made to arrest the remaining suspects.

Blasphemy Killing: Kano govt refuses to explain why ‘killers’ of Bridget Agbahime were freed

Six weeks after setting free all the ‘prime’ suspects nabbed in connection to the gruesome murder of Bridget Agbahime, the Kano State Government has refused to give any useful explanation for its action.

Several efforts by PREMIUM TIMES within this period to obtain information from the Abdullahi Ganduje administration were frustrated.

Accused by a mob of committing blasphemy against Islam, Mrs. Agbahime, 74, was murdered in broad daylight in downtown Kano on June 2.

The murder, which took place at Kofar Wambai Market, cut deep into Nigeria’s religious and tribal fault lines.

It was roundly condemned by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Sultan of Sokoto; both of whom urged an urgent and diligent investigation by concerned authorities.

On June 4, Mr. Ganduje announced the arrest of one Dauda Ahmad as a ‘prime’ suspect in the murder, which helped douse sectarian tensions that were brewing at the time.

Mr. Ganduje, who announced the arrest at a meeting with a delegate of Christian leaders in the state, promised a thorough prosecution of anyone charged in connection to the murder.

On June 10, the police arraigned five suspects, including Mr. Ahmad, before a Chief Magistrate’s Court in Kano.

The remaining four were: Abdullahi Mustapha, Zubairu Abubakar, Abdullahi Abubakar and Musa Abdullahi.

They were all charged with four counts of incitement, culpable homicide and mischief, based on sections 144, 80, 51 and 327 of the state penal code. If convicted, the offences could attract a death penalty.

At the opening of the trial, state prosecutor, Dauda Jibrin, submitted to the trial judge that Mr. Ahmad led his alleged accomplices to confront Mrs. Agbahime.

After slapping her several times while chanting ‘Allahu Akbar,’ the suspects then started hitting her with sticks, causing bruises and other bodily injuries to her until she struggled to death, Mr. Jibrin said.

Mr. Jibrin, who was representing the Kano State Attorney-General, Haruna Falali, told the court that even more suspects were at large.

He identified them as: Salawiyu, Ibrahim, Dini, Isiyaku Mada, Mallam Sani and Yunusa Sufi.

Shortly after the suspects were arraigned, the police transferred all the case files to Mr. Falali’s office for legal advice and continued prosecution.

But on November 3, Mr. Falali abruptly withdrew the case and asked the court to discharge all suspects.

Mr. Falali said he discharged them because there was “no case to answer as the suspects are all innocent.” He ordered the court to “discharge all the suspects.”

The announcement sparked a nationwide outrage, with the Christian Association of Nigeria describing it as “highly provocative and insulting act on our collective sensitivities as a democratic nation.”

But efforts by PREMIUM TIMES to get the Kano State Government to give further explanation about its action were rebuffed.

Questions such as who the state believed was responsible for the act since those it initially described as ‘prime’ suspects had been freed, why it failed to move the matter to a high court for prosecution after several months —since the Magistrate Court can not try capital offences— and how it arrived at the decision to exonerate the suspects were left unanswered.

Mike Agbahime, Bridget’s husband, said he identified all the five suspects arraigned in connection to the murder of his wife.

“Yes, I know all of them.  Even at the police station, I identified all of them. All of us were in the same market (some of them in the same line),” he told The Punch in an interview last month.

When contacted, Mr. Falali told PREMIUM TIMES that he won’t be able to comment on the matter due to its sensitivity.

The Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, also declined to comment on the matter despite repeated enquiries from this newspaper.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Salihu Tanko-Yakasai, also declined comments, saying he could not obtain any information from the Attorney-General.

But some officials of the administration who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES on the condition of anonymity blamed Mr. Falali for the withdrawal.

One source said Mr. Falali was determined to hush up the case out of bias even though he was warned not to do so but to charge it to the high court in Kano instead.

“He had made up his mind to silence the case which is the reason he withdrew it when the governor travelled to Cairo,” one official said. “His action will do a lot of damage to this government.”

Mr. Falali declined PREMIUM TIMES’ request for his reaction to the allegations from his cabinet colleagues.

Another source said the governor had not been able to compel Mr. Falali for further explanation because he had been too busy.

“The governor has been very busy and I am sure that must have been the reason he could not force the attorney-general to give Nigerians and the world any explanation,” the source said. “I know this excuse will sound lazy to you because the story is a very big one and the governor had promised to do something about it and clearly failed.”

The police in Kano absolved themselves of any involvement in the withdrawal of the case.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Musa Magaji, told PREMIUM TIMES they arrested the suspects and ensured they were charged to court before pushing the case to the state government.

“Since the state government had decided to withdraw the matter, we could not do anything about it,” Mr. Magaji said. “Our duty as the police was to arrest the suspects and ensure they were immediately charged to court. We did all of that.”

Mr. Magaji said the options of the police are quite narrow at this point.

PREMIUM TIMES’s efforts to reach Mike Agbahime, Bridget’s husband, fell through because he had gone underground. Deeper Life Bible Church, where he had been a preacher for years, has taken charge of his welfare and will only allow him to make any public statement on an occasional basis.

Kano anti-graft agency recovers N1.15 billion cash, property – Chairman

The Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission has recovered more than N1.150 billion in cash and properties between 2015 and 2016.

Muhuyi Rimingado, the Executive Chairman, Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja.

Mr. Rimingado said the commission has recovered several moveable and immovable property located in different parts of the state, adding that many individuals are under investigation by the commission.

He said, for instance, that the commission was investigating a land situated at Dotsa village that is worth a billion Naira and more than 60 plots at Riga Fada Village worth N365.7 million.

According to him, the commission had received more than 1,486 complaints this year on different aspects of life that involve corruption, contractual and marital disputes.

“From its inception in April 2005 to date, a period of 11-years, the Commission has received over 7,000 complaints and petitions.

“Comparative statistics shows recorded cases numbering 166 in 2005; 534 in 2006; 557 in 2007; 655 in 2008; 741 in 2009, 591 in 2010, 422 in 2011 to December 2013.

“The Commission only received 517 complaints and petitions, with no tentative figure from 2014 to 2015, but from August 2015 to date the Commission received over 3,300 complaints and petitions,’’ he said.

The chairman said that the commission had concluded plans to train 200 personnel at the ICPC Academy to boost its performance.

He added that training and re-training of staff would be continuous to enhance productivity in service.

He said that staff discipline was improved and the commission was able to employ over 120 staff for strengthening its activities in the state.

Besides, he said, the commission was first to introduce electronic attendance machine in the state to control lateness and enhance performance.

Rimingado said the commission was collaboration with the federal anti-graft outfits to complement the national war on corruption.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State had earlier called on his colleagues to replicate the Kano model of Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission to assist the Federal Government in the war against corruption.

The governor explained that the fight against corruption was the cardinal principle of the Kano State Government under his administration.

Mr. Ganduje disclosed that since 2015 when the administration came into power, it had done everything possible to reorganise the commission through the provision of vibrant leadership and non-interference policy.

BREAKING: Bird flu hits Kano, Lagos State again

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on Thursday announced that there had been unusual high mortality in two poultry farms and live bird markets in Kano and Lagos states.

The ministry said the bird’s blood samples forwarded to the National Veterinary Research Institute tested positive for H5 Strain of Avian Influenza virus, otherwise known as bird flu, adding that another confirmatory samples were sent to the International Reference Laboratory in Padova, Italy for further characterization.

Avian influenza, known informally as Avian flu or bird flu, refers to influenza caused by viruses adapted to birds. Influenza, commonly known as ‘flu’ is an infectious disease caused by the influenza virus.

The ministry, in a statement, noted that it had taken some measures in the affected sites to contain the reported outbreaks.

FMARD said it had quarantined the infected premises and placed restriction of movement on poultry and poultry products into and out of areas around infected premises.

It said, “All state Directors of Veterinary Services and the Federal Capital Territory, Poultry Association of Nigeria and other stakeholders have been informed and advised to be on alert with intensified bio-security measures to avert possible spread of the disease to other states.

“The World Organisation for Animal Health and Inter African Bureau for Animal Resource and development partners have been appropriately notified in compliance with our statutory international obligations.”

It added that it had ensured immediate reactivation of all animal health components of the Emergency Preparedness Plan on bird flu for Nigeria, adding that the conduct of surveillance activities around infected areas to determine the level of spread of the disease were being undertaken.

FMARD said, “All stakeholders in the poultry industry are urged to enhance hygienic practices (bio-security measures) which include but not limited to regular disinfection, proper disposal of dead carcasses and poultry products and timely reporting of mortalities in poultry and other bird species to veterinary authorities.

“We wish to assure the public that given our experiences in handling previous outbreaks and with your full cooperation in the implementation of containment measures, we are determined to contain this disease again within a short time. We will keep you informed as events unfold.”

AIG of police charges officers to monitor activities of Shi’ites

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone one comprising Kano, Katsina and Jigawa States, Mr Adamu Ibrahim, has charged police officers and men in the zone to remain vigilant and monitor activities of the Shi’ite group in the zone.

Ibrahim gave the charge while addressing officers and men of Jigawa Police Command in Dutse on Wednesday.

He explained that the recent clash between the Shi’ites and police in Kano indicated that they were a violent group and must be monitored seriously.

The AIG said that intelligence report had shown that the group had members all over the country and had leadership structure in 36 states of the federation, including Jigawa.

According to him, the leader of the group in every state is called ‘Governor’, pointing out that the police would not allow the group to form a parallel government in the country.

Ibrahim, therefore, tasked officers and men of the state Police Command to monitor the Shi’ites before they would begin to constitute nuisance or foment trouble in the peaceful state and the zone.

He commended the command for tackling the menaces of kidnapping, armed robbery as well as farmer/herdsmen clashes in the state.

Senators Protest Removal Of Kano, Plateau From North-East Development Commission

National Assembly has removed Kano and Plateau states from the proposed North-East Development Commission, triggering protest from senators from North-West and North Central zones.
It will be recalled that the Senate, while passing the Bill for an Act to establish North-East Development Commission and other related matters, had included the two states as beneficiaries of the commission because they had also been negatively affected by the activities of Boko Haram insurgents. The removal of the two states was contained in the Conference Report presented by the Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume.

Protesting the removal of Kano and Plateau states, Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano South) contended that the Senate had earlier agreed to include the states, and asked why they should be dropped.

Also, Senator Kabiru Marafa (APC Zamfara), insisted that the recommendation be thrown away, arguing that the two states were affected by the activities of Boko Haram and should be included in the commission.

Senate Leader, Ndume, who explained why the two states were removed, said the commission was to coordinate the development and reconstruction of the area.

President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who appealed to his colleagues to accept the report, said the important thing was commitment to the development of the area.

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Vehicle Importation Ban – Dealers plead for review.

Car dealers in Kano have appealed to the Federal Government to review the law banning the importation of used cars into the country through its land borders. Alhaji Sani Yaro, a prominent dealer of used cars at Olu Obasanjo Way in Kano, said that even before the ban, they were struggling to save the business.
He explained that it was indeed a government policy that brought about the ban, yet they urged the Federal Government to think of their plight and review the policy.
Another dealer, Alhaji Sadiq Idris of Zage Motors in Kano, said many of the dealers would be out of business when the ban takes effect in 2017. cars-queue He noted that not only the dealers would be affected, but rather multiple youths who earned a living through running the errands in the business.
For Alhaji Muttaka Aminu, another car dealer in the Kano metropolis, revealed that he may be compelled to do a total switch to another trade, saying it was a trade he knew while growing up, as his father was into the same business. A security official who pleaded anonymity, however, told NAN that the reason for the ban could either be economic or security-related.
Car dealers in Kano have been in a dilemma since the announcement of the ban on importation of vehicles through the Nigerian land borders by the Nigerian Customs Service on Tuesday. The ban is expected to come into effect next year.

Kano commissioner arraigned for land ‘racketeering’.

Faruk Faruk, Kano state commissioner of lands, was on Thursday arraigned before a high court over alleged land racketeering.

 

Also arraigned were Mahmud Bari, a former permanent secretary of the ministry, and Ahmad Ibrahim, a director.

 

The public complaint and anti-corruption commission of the state charged the trio for criminal breach of trust, which is punishable under section 97 of the penal code.

 

The accused were said to have sold a plot of land to one Baba Sharu Dala in April. They were alleged to have collected N5 million from him.

 

They also allegedly issued two accuracy permits C8 and C21, at Kuyan Tainna covered by layout plan TP/KNUPDA/338 at Kumbotso.

 

The occupancy permits were said to have been issued in the name of one Aisha Kabir and Maryam Ado and sold out to the duo at the rate of N300,000 each.

 

The three of them pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Kano generates N18 billion internal revenue in 2016.

The Kano State Government has realised N18 billion as internally generated revenue from January to date, an official said.

The Chairman of Kano State Board of Internal Revenue, Sani Dembo, disclosed this on Thursday shortly after he defended the board’s 2017 budgetary allocation at the State Assembly.

Mr. Dembo said that in 2015, the board generated N11 billion as tax revenue, while N12 billion was realised in 2016.

He further said “within the 10 month of this year, we also generated non-tax revenue worth N6 billion, making the total of N18 billion generated”.

The Chairman added that some fund recoveries were made which are non-oil revenues which have contributed positively towards the boosting of the state revenue.

He said, the current economic recession has also affected Kano State.

“The State Government had introduced harmonisation system which dictates and streamline the revenues of various State ministries and parastatals revenues into one treasury single account.”

According to him, the system will accumulate Tax Revenue and Non-Tax Revenue.

He also cited example that property tax is a vital source of revenue for developed countries.

The board chairman said the Kano State government is preparing to employ more manpower that will assist in collecting property tax in the near future.

Serving Kano Commissioner, Permanent Secretary arraigned for alleged fraud

The Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, on Tuesday, arraigned the state Commissioner for Land, Faruk Bibi Faruk, in court for alleged criminal breach of trust and illegal acts.

Also arraigned were the permanent secretary, Mahmud Bari, and a director in the ministry, Ahmad Ibrahim.

The trio were arraigned on a three-count charge before Justice Nasiru Saminu of Kano High Court 22 bordering on land deal.

According to the prosecuting lawyer, Rabi Waya, the officials allegedly connived sometime in April to sell an already allocated plot of land to Baba Sharu at the cost of N5 million, an offence punishable under section 315 of the Criminal Penal Code.

They were also charged with a breach of trust thus committing an offence punishable under section 97 of the penal code.

The third charge borders on alleged issuance of two Occupancy Permits C8 and C21 at Kunya ta Inna covered by layout plan TP/KNUPDA/338 at Kumbotso in the fictitious name of one Aisha Kabeer and Maryam Ado which were sold out at cost of N300,000 each.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Akinola Kehinde, counsel to the accused persons, asked the court to grant them bail and also requested access to the charge sheets which would allow them defend themselves adequately.

He expressed worry that the charges which were criminal in nature could end the careers of his clients and put a permanent dent on their names forever.

Mr. Saminu granted the accused persons bail on self recognisance and adjourned the case toFebruary 9 and 10, 2017, for further hearing.

The judge also granted the request of the lawyer to have access to the charge sheets.

“Security agencies almost through with Dogara investigation” – Jibrin

Suspended Kano lawmaker Honourable Abdulmumin Jibrin has hit out at the House of Representatives for lifting his suspension just for him to appear before an ethics committee.

In a statement released late on Wednesday, December 7, Jibrin attacked his colleagues after they passed a motion on Wednesday saying his suspension should be lifted just for 24 hours to allow him answer petitions that the Ethics committee received.

Jibrin claimed that the motion was sponsored by Dogara and so were the petitions that he said originated from ‘a nonentity’.

Jibrin wondered why the same committee refused to consider petitions against Dogara about massive fraud yet wanted to grill him about petitions on absenteeism and reportedly owning foreign accounts.

Jibrin claimed that the lifting of his suspension by the House was because of Dogara’s desperation since security agencies investigating the budget padding scandal have reached an important stage.

According to him, the security agencies have already frozen the accounts of some of the leaders of the house of assembly.

Two ‘corpers’ die at NYSC camps two days apart.

Tributes to the deceased corps member, Miss Ifedolapo Amoke Oladepo, who died in Kano NYSC orientation camp on November 29, flow like rivers of water.

 

According to one Sen Ajibolu Marcarony Yusuff, who appears to be a relation of the deceased, Ifedolapo called home five hours to her death and told her older sister, Mrs. Oyeyode Abimbola (a nurse) to start coming to her Kano orientation camp because, as alleged, the NYSC doctors were not giving enough care.

 

Yusuff said the late 26-year-old corps member who graduated with a First Class degree in Transport Management from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, was given injection at the orientation camp’s clinic, but that she called home to say that she had reacted to the injection, as she noticed visible rashes all over her body.
Later, Yusuff claimed, Ifedolapo called home to complain of tongue-twisting, and was reportedly given another injection.

 

Yusuff continued, “When a male doctor agreed to speak with her sister (Oyeyode Abimbola), he explained that Ifedolapo was having anaphylaxis (acute allergic reaction) and that they intended to place her under observation for an hour before transferring her to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital.”

 

Yusuff claimed that it took about five hours before the camp management transferred Ifedolapo to General Hospital, Gwazo, instead of the AKTH as promised.

 

She allegedly became incommunicado, as she could no longer be reached on phone.

 

Thirteen hours later, the family allegedly received a call from the Kano State NYSC camp officials informing them of her death.

 

In reaction to the issue, the Head of the NYSC Press and Public Relations in Abuja, Mrs. Bosede

 

Aderibigbe, said that Ifedolapo was sick when she arrived the Kano orientation camp, and that she did not die of stress as her relations and friends thought.

 

In the same vein, another First Class graduate of Petroleum Engineering from the University of Uyo, Mr. Ukeme Monday, has died in Zamfara State orientation camp.

 

He reportedly died on Thursday, December 1, of yet-to-be-ascertained causes.

 

A classmate of his, one Mr. Patrick Immo, noted that Monday was a committed Christian worker in his local assembly, the Power City International.

 

Immo said the two of them had shopped together a few days to the orientation camp, and that they departed Uyo for their respective orientation camps on November 23.

 

“It was thus a rude shock to me when, on December 1, I heard that Monday had died,” Immo narrated.

 

In addition to his First Class certificate, friends said Monday also won four scholarships and other top academic prizes as a student.

Tragic Tale Of How Corper Ifedolapo Died In Kano NYSC Orientation Camp Clinic

It was a tale of tears, agony and regrets on Thursday in Osogbo the Osun state capital, as a National Youth Service Corps member, Ifedolapo Oladepo was buried.

Like many thousands of young graduates mobilised for the 2016 Batch ‘C’ service year, 26-year-old Ifedolapo Oladepo, a first class Transport Management graduate of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho had said her goodbye to her family members, set for Kano, hoping to see her dreams fulfilled.

However, exactly a week after, it was her corpse that was brought to her family after she was said to have died following complications arising from an ailment few days into the NYSC orientation programme in Kano.

 

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Unsurprisingly, her death has raised suspicion from her family members who now claim Ifedolapo could have been saved if she had been given the necessary attention by the NYSC authorities at the Orientation Camp in Kano.

Said to be in proper health before leaving for the Orientation Camp, the death of Ifedolapo has led to several questions regarding the state of health facilities at NYSC orientation camps across the country.

The family identified particularly lack of qualified medical personnel and wrong medications contributed to the death of the NYSC corps member.

Her elder sister, Oyeyode Abimbola, speaking with Channels Television, gave her account of what transpired between her and her sister before her death:

“She called me five hours to her death and told me to start coming as the NYSC doctors are not doing anything for her. They thought she was pretending in order not to go for parade, so they did not attend to her.

 

How Corps Member Died After Visiting Kano Orientation Camp Clinic
She noticed a lot of rashes on her body after injection, family says

“When she started calling people from home, they eventually gave her an injection (and) immediately after the injection, she called me again that she noticed a lot of rashes on her body that I should speak with the doctor who refused to talk to me.

“She called five minutes later and told me her tongue was twisting, then they sent all her friends out after seeing all the reaction on her body after giving her the unknown injection,” she said amidst tears.

“She said we should get a flight and I called immediately but they told me Abuja flight is Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

“I told her to tell anybody in the clinic that I am a nurse and they should allow me to speak to them. Later a male nurse took the phone from her and told me she was having anaphylactic reaction and they will watch her for just one hour and transfer her to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital but alas they did not transfer her until five hours later when they noticed she was restless and calling people at home.

“I boarded a bus going to Kano with her sister, Kemisola Oladepo, to go pick her from there. I begged them to take her to a teaching hospital around but they took her to a general hospital in Gwazo where they have nothing or little care to render.

“They took her phone from her, claiming she was not resting. From that 5PM I could not talk to her, I took a 16-hour journey to make sure I get to her but I was called around 3AM that she gave up, without any doctor in the hospital to assist her.

“The only nurse on duty told me she tried her best by staying beside her when death was taking her away because there was nothing to use.

“From that 3AM till I got to Kano I was hoping it would only be a mix up somewhere it can’t be her my Dolapo is gone… (Sobs).

“I got to Kano and met her at Aminu Kano mortuary, alas it was her being put in that cold place.”

(Sobs) “Amoke mi you couldn’t withstand the agony, NYSC successfully cut your destiny due to negligence.”

Although they are grieving, the Oladepo family wants the government to restructure the NYSC programme and provide infrastructure needed to prevent the loss of innocent young men and women all in the name of serving their fatherland.

Arrived Sick

How Corps Member Died After Visiting Kano Orientation Camp Clinic
Ifedolapo Oladepo in camp before her death

?The Press and Public Relations Head of the NYSC in Abuja, Mrs Bosede Aderibigbe, when contacted told Channels Television correspondent in Osun state via the telephone that “the deceased corps member from the account I got arrived the Kano orientation camp sick and presented a medical report.

She claimed that it was not the drill in the camp as being alleged that complicated her case.

“We trained all our commandants and officers not to force anyone who is weak to do the drilling exercises.

“Although what happened is a big loss to the family and NYSC as well because we lost a life, we can only console the family.

“I have called for the full medical report and will send it to you immediately I get it.

“What we needed to do we have done. We asked the NYSC in Osun to attend the internment and this is the normal thing to commiserate with the family.

How Corps Member Died After Visiting Kano Orientation Camp Clinic

“The family should please accept our condolences but all reports reaching me indicates that she was not forced to do the regular drills as alleged. That is what I can say for now,” she concluded.

In the meantime, our correspondent is yet to get the medical report which the NYSC official promised to send as evidence.

N-Power: Assembly decries low number of beneficiaries from Kano

The Kano State House of Assembly has expressed concern over the low number of beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s Empowerment Programme, N-power, selected from the state.

 

The Speaker of the House, Alhaji Kabiru Rurum, stated this on Wednesday while briefing newsmen on the issue in Kano.

 

Rurum said: “Despite the fact that Kano is the most populous state in the country, available data has shown that over 20,000 youths from the state applied for the scheme, yet only 4,966 were selected.”


He cited examples of other states that were not as densely populated as Kano but were allocated more chances than the state.

 

Rurum said: “Such selection process is against the spirit of federal character, and we are not satisfied with the selection method.”

 

The Speaker said that the House had written a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, appealing to them to look into the selection process again.

 

Rurum said that the Assembly would not relent in its efforts to ensure that fair play prevailed in the selection process.

Female NYSC Member Dies In Kano Camp Due To Negligence Of Camp Officials

Reports reaching Omojuwa.Com has it that a youth corper simply named Ifedolapo who was serving in the National Youth Service Scheme died while carrying out the usual military drill routine.

According to her colleagues, they had resumed camp a day before. However, the stress of traveling a long distance from Osun state (South-West Nigeria) all the way to Kano state in Northern Nigeria was a huge cause of tiredness and fatigue.

Without given time to rest from the long journey, it was recorded that all participating members of the scheme were forced to partake in military drills the following morning despite complaints of tiredness from the long journey.

Ifedolapo who reluctantly joined in the military drill just like every other person that fateful morning. During the course of what seemed like a rigorous exercise, Ifedolapo lost consciousness and she slumped.

The heartbreaking part of this unfortunate turn of event was that the NYSC staff & military personnel who organized and coordinated the drill were informed of Ifedolapo’s health condition but with the waive of a hand, they dismissed the call for help as a ploy on Ifedolapo’s part to escape the drills.

Further investigations into the story revealed that ifedolapo had earlier complained to some coordinators about her state of health but she her complaints were neglected and she was ordered to join the drills irrespective.

Ifedolapo fought for her life as she lay unconscious on the drill ground with no medical personnel to attend to her simply because those who are charged with the responsibility of ensuring the well-being of participants believed Ifedolapo was only being dramatic so as to be able to exempted from the drill.

This is a sad situation as the corpers have called that justice should be done to the irresponsible camp officials who right under their noses allowed such an unfortunate event take place.

One of Ifedolapo’s colleagues was quoted saying; “Please for God’s sake, if NYSC cannot be scrapped, let it be restructured to give room for service in neighboring States. This is one death too many“.

According to Ngozi Emenike who also reported the case, she said; “So this girl died in Kano camp today due to negligence. They assumed she was pretending to be sick in order to dodge parade, so they refused to treat her until the situation got complicated. When will Nigeria grow? RIP Ifedolapo.”

There have been calls from Nigerians that the issue should be probed and justice should be served. There have been previous complaints about the attitude of NYSC officials especially in camps. From neglect of duty to bribery, extortion and sometimes sexual offenses, the appropriate authorities need to wade into these series of misconducts perpetrated by it’s officials.

Governor Ganduje signs Anti-kidnapping Bill into law

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has signed the Anti-kidnapping, Abduction and Forced Labour Bill into law after its passage by the state’s House of Assembly.

 

Ganduje signed the bill? on Tuesday during the weekly State Executive Council meeting at the Government House, Kano.

 

He said that the signing of the bill into law would reduce rampant cases of kidnapping and abduction in some areas of the state.?

 

Ganduje said: “I am happy to assent to this anti-kidnapping bill as it will help the security agencies in the fight against kidnappers and their sponsors in the state.


“The law has been in existence since colonial era, but it did not provide serious punishment for kidnappers, therefore, the house has to amend it to suit the current situation.”

 

He explained that under the new law, any person found guilty of kidnapping would face life imprisonment without an option of fine.?

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Ganduje also signed the 2016 supplementary appropriation bill of N20 billion into law.

 

The governor commended members of the state assembly for putting the interest of the state first in considering bills.?

SSS clampdown on Bureau De Change continues, 40 arrested in Kano.

The State Security Service has arrested about 40 Bureau de Change operators in Kano for allegedly selling foreign currencies above the official rates.

An official of the Alamant Bureau de Change Association in Kano, Abdulhamid Kabir, said the operators were arrested early Friday.

He said the association had met with officials of the SSS last week on how to ensure that the operators in Kano complied with the official forex rates.

“You know this issue is not affecting only one person, it requires time for us to convince our members to adopt government recognized official rates”, Mr. Kabir said.

“But all of a sudden this morning, the security (agents) raided us, whisking away many of our members”.

A source at the SSS office confirmed the arrest but insisted that those arrested were unlicensed operators who had been trailed for a while.

“I want to assure you that those arrested were touts who sell above official prices”, said the source who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak on the development.

Security agents had last week carried out similar raids on some Bureau De Change operators in Abuja and Lagos.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how a meeting between the SSS, the Bureau De Change and Central Bank agreed that the dollar not be sold beyond N400 to buyers.

The agreement was to help government reduce the exchange rate and enable importers easy access to forex.

Critics have said the clampdown will further make the dollar scarce and reflects government not allowing a free market.

The clampdown has, however, forced some of the money changers to go into hiding to sell at a higher rate to buyers.

KANO: 8 Shiites, 1 Policeman Die in Today’s Clash

Today’s clash between members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and the Police in Kano left eight members of the sect and one police dead.

 

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Rabiu Yusuf, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Kano on Monday.

 

Yusuf said four policemen and many members of the Shi’ites were injured during the clash which occurred along Kano-Zaria road in the city.

 

He said, “During the clash, we were able to arrest many members of the IMN and we are going to conduct an investigation into the incident.

 

“Members of the movement snatched an AK 47 riffle from our men, but we were able to recover it.”

 

The spokesperson of the sect in Kano, Malam Ali Kakaki, said members of the group were on a protest demanding the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky when policemen began shooting.

 

He said, “As our members walked toward the Amana City close to Tamburawa Area, some policemen began to shoot in all directions.

 

“The casualties on our side involved women and children.”

Update On Nigeria Police, Shiites Clash In Kano

The Police have confirmed the death of eight Shiites members and a police sergeant in Monday’s violent clash between the law enforcement agents and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in Kano.

The clash occurred during a procession of the Shiites in the city.

The state Police Commissioner, Rabiu Yusuf, said the Shiites, who were allegedly in possession of dangerous weapons, were the aggressors in the clash.

He said they snatched an Ak47 gun from an officer and used it to kill the sergeant.

Mr. Yusuf said the incident started at about 8:00 a.m. when police officers were invited to a scene of mayhem at Kwanar Dawaki Zaria allegedly caused by the Shiites who, he said, blocked the road and were attacking motorists and vandalizing properties.

The commissioner said the law enforcement agents tried to stop the carnage with tear gas but were repelled by the Shiites with arrows and other dangerous weapons.

Mr. Yusuf said the officers had to resort to “minimal power, resulting in eight confirmed dead by the doctors”.

He said scores of injured Shiites members were receiving treatment at various hospitals.

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One dead, scores injured as police fire teargas on Shiites members in Kano.

Reports reaching our office, has it that one person has been killed and scores injured as operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, on Monday attacked members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN.

 

The members, under the guidance of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky were trekking for the annual Arbaeen Symbolic Trekking from Kano to Zaria in Kaduna state.

We gathered that the police operatives mounted a road block and fired teargas on the peaceful trekkers.

 

The Kano Police spokespersons, DSP Musa Magaji, could not be reached for comments as at press time.

 

More to follow…

Godwin Onyeacholem: Kano blasphemy killing: Where is justice for Bridget Agbahime?

Indeed, for any keen observer of governance in post-colonial Africa, Nigeria must be a very depressing address. And this is more so for the simple reason that no country, in many people’s reckoning, has done so much as Nigeria in consistently consciously making itself an object of perpetual ridicule in the comity of civilized countries of the world. That explains why those who argue that Africa’s backwardness is a function of Nigeria’s pathetic leadership vision cannot be entirely wrong after all. Even Nigeria’s own citizens, who look up to their country to provide the required domestic and international leadership, have continued to be utterly disappointed and embarrassed in very many ways.

Take for example the case of Bridget Agbahime. On June 2, the 74-year-old kitchen utensils trader from Imo State was brutally attacked and killed at Kofar Wambai Market in Kano by a Muslim mob who accused her of blasphemy. According to reports, she was pounced upon and murdered after she refused to allow a Muslim man perform ablution in front of her shop. As expected, the circumstances of Bridget’s death sparked outrage within secular, Christian and progressive Muslim circles across the country and beyond, provoking once again that troubling question as to when these ignorant killings in the northern part of the country in the name of Allah would come to an end.

On behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, promptly issued a statement describing the incident as “sad and regrettable.” In the usual tone of such statements, it urged the people not to take the laws into their hands and affirmed that justice would be done in the matter.

On his part, Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, also called a meeting attended by prominent personalities including state chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Ransome Bello, the husband of the deceased, Pastor Mike Agbahime, of Deeper Life Bible Church, Igbo leaders in Kano, Islamic scholars and security agencies. At that meeting the governor named the prime suspect in that heinous crime as one Alhaji Dauda. He said the killing was “unjustifiable” and that justice would be done in accordance with the provisions of the Nigerian constitution.

The Police corroborated the governor as regards Dauda. Olabisi Okuwobi, Assistant Commissioner of Police who was then Force Public Relations Officer, issued a statement saying two key suspects, Dauda Ahmed and Zubairu Abdullahi, were already in custody and would be speedily prosecuted. Added Okuwobi: “In order to ensure a diligent and professional investigation the Inspector General of Police has directed the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID) to deploy the Homicide Section of the Department to immediately take over the investigation of the case and ensure a meticulous investigation and speedy prosecution of arrested suspects.”

Apart from Dauda and Zubair, the investigation led to the arrest of three more suspects namely Abdulmumeen Mustafa, Abdullahi Abubakar and Musa Abdullahi. The five suspects were charged at the Kano Magistrate court on a four-count allegation of allegedly inciting disturbance, culpable homicide, joint act and mischief.

And five months into the incident, more than enough time for Nigerians and the Agbahime family to have arrived at a closure on that act of bestiality, what did the people get? Just when they were bracing for a firm prosecution that will lead to conviction, they were treated to the familiar abracadabra that is peculiar to the country’s legal system. In what must go down as a classic judicial swindle, the chief magistrate, Muhammad Jibril, acting on the advice of the Attorney General of Kano State, discharged the suspects and terminated the case.

According to the Kano State government, “There is no case to answer as all the suspects are innocent.” Really? And this from a State whose governor had called the killing “unjustifiable” and vowed to go all out to ensure that the culprits are treated in line with the country’s laws? Where is the justice Buhari promised in his reaction to Bridget Agbahime’s killing? What the Kano government did to this case is not the kind of thing that should happen in a government that professes “change.”

Surely now, the widower, Mike Agbahime, and the entire Agbahime family must be heartbroken. It would not be surprising to hear that the man has suddenly developed some serious health problem, for this is the sort of perversion of justice that led to the death of Justice Atinuke Ige, whose husband, Bola Ige, was assassinated at their Bodija residence in Ibadan in 2001. Sixteen months later, the woman died from a heartbreak resulting from glaring manipulation of justice by state prosecutors who deliberately messed up the trial of suspects arrested in connection with her husband’s gruesome murder.

This is not the first time blasphemy killings would occur in the northern part of the country. In 1995, in the same Kano, a young Igbo trader, Gideon Akaluka, was beheaded by Muslim fanatics who stormed the police station where he was being held for alleged blasphemy. The head was hoisted on a stick and used as trophy which the mob carried round the streets in a chilling victory parade. There was neither arrest nor prosecution.

In 2007 Christiana Oluwasesin, teacher and mother of two, was beaten to death by her own students at Government Day Secondary School, Gandu, Gombe State. The sixteen suspects arrested in connection with the crime were released without any charge. In addition to the Agbahime case, this year has also witnessed blasphemy killings in Talata Mafara in Zamfara State, and Padongari in Rafi local government area of Niger State. In these two cases as in others, not one person was arrested and made to face the law.

Suffice to say that blasphemy killers in Nigeria, a secular, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural country are never brought to justice. Yet without justice there can never be peace. And the absence of peace means there is no unity. Agbahime’s case happens to be the first time an attempt, no matter how idle and unenthusiastic, has been made to arraign alleged perpetrators of blasphemy execution.

But against all expectations, the case has decidedly been bungled by the government which ought to protect citizens, messed up in a manner that powerfully vindicates those who insist that Nigeria is not yet a nation, that much as the people desire to live together as one, there is an urgent need for a roundtable meeting of its various stakeholders to fashion out a modern nation by agreeing on terms for the people’s coexistence. Call it whatever name, Nigerians has to work towards arriving at an acceptable framework that determines the basis of a much desired unity in a re-invented country.

A cornerstone of that framework must be justice for all, regardless of your background or where you come from. As it is now, no matter what any Nigerian leader at whatever level preaches about Nigeria, with the way they have been denied justice, the Agbahime family, or the children of Oluwasesin, for instance, will never, ever feel that they belong to this country.

But this government can still redeem itself and that is what it should do by revisiting the Agbahime case and making sure those who needlessly killed that woman are truly punished. Otherwise, not only that this country will continue to be a laughing stock in the eyes of the world, one would be persuaded to queue behind those who still argue with candid vehemence that we are yet to have a country.

Godwin Onyeacholem is a journalist. He can be reached on gonyeacholem@gmail.com

World Bank supports 11, 000 tomato farmers in Kano.

In the last 10 months, the FADAMA II Additional Financing project financed by the World Bank has supported 10845 farmers comprising 585 youths, 1575 females and 8685 males.

The support, according to Kano State Coordination Office of the programme, was facilitated through the signing of memorandum of understanding between Dangote Tomato Company and Fadama Production Cluster Group on profitable marketing of tomato.

In its Project Implementation Report presented to the Dr. Adetunji Oredipe-led World Bank/FGN 6th Mission on Fadama II Additional
Financing (AF), which visited Kano State, the State Project Coordinator, Alhaji Sha’aibu Sulaiman, said the project similarly, in 2016 cropping season, recorded a disbursement of 89, 195 and 110 for rice, sorghum and tomato production groups respectively.

Sorghum and rice farmers were equally well linked to Grand Cereal and popular rice farm off takers and through collaboration with ICRISAT, sorghum farmers were also linked to Honeywell Company, demanding 150,000mt of sorghum from Fadama farmers in Kano.

In its effort to meet up with the objective of providing employment to youth, the project has prepared four spraying groups comprising ten members each earn a living of N58,500 per month for each person.

In order to build the capacity of farmers toward efficient production, twelve consultants on capacity building have been engaged and they have conducted the Train-of-Trainers seminars for 120 Farmers across eight production clusters of rice, sorghum and tomato.

After screening of 20 youth and women processing groups, eight were supported with tricycles and processing machines. Additionally, eight groups on tomato were also supported with crates.

Kano is among the six core states chosen to participate in Fadama III AF Project, possessing a comparative advantage of large irrigable land and irrigation facilities, high production potentials and large market, as well as Kadawa, the largest producers of tomato in Nigeria. This provided Kano with an advantage to promote sorghum, rice, and tomato value chain over other core states.

Governor Ganduje of Kano sponsors students to study in Egypt.

His Excellency Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR the Executive Governor of Kano State on Sunday (6/11/2016) visited Kano State Students that are studying in October 6 University in Egypt sponsored by the state government. He was received by the Vice Chancellor of the University, the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and other top management officials of the University.
 
The Governor is in Egypt to see for himself the academic performance of the students, their wellbeing and overall situation they are in. There are 40 students in this institution that are studying Medicine, Pharmacy & Radiology most of whom are in their 400 level.
 
Governor Ganduje expressed his satisfaction on the condition he found the students to be in as well as their academic performances which the school management disclosed are excellent with 80% of the students having distinction in their results. He also stated that despite the economic hardship back in Nigeria and in Kano in particular due to the decline in revenue from the federation account, his administration will continue to settle the huge debt he inherited of their fees till they graduate.
 
Governor Ganduje urged the students to remain focused on their studies so that they will graduate with flying colors and return home to render their services so as to fill the vacuum in the health sector of the state, especially now that the governor is determined to complete the 2 abandoned hospital projects of Zoo road and Giginyu.
 
On their part, the students who spoke through one of them Isiaku Umar Faruk thanked the Governor for the visit which he said showed that his Excellency is concerned about their situation but most importantly the Governor’s efforts in settling their outstanding fees and allowances and also appealed to the governor to settle the outstanding payments.
 
The school management and the students gave his Excellency a plaque each, to honor him for his exemplary leadership in the education sector. 
 
Governor Ganduje was accompanied by the Deputy Ambassador of Nigeria in Egypt His Excellency Mohammed Abdulkadir Maccido, Hon Abubakar Uba Galadima representing Bebeji Local Govt in the state Assembly and also the chairman House committee on Higher Education, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Higher Education Hon Jarma and the Executive Secretary Kano State Scholarship Board.

Release of killers of Igbo woman in Kano provocative – HURIWA

Branding it “a primitive attempt to stoke up inter-ethnic conflict”, the Pro-democracy Non-Governmental Organization, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, has condemned the Kano State Government for nullifying the prosecution of the suspected killers of Bridget Agbahime, the 74-year-old Igbo woman in Kano State.

The group’s position was made known in a statement made available to the media in Abuja by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the National Director of Media, Zainab Yusuf.

HURIWA also totally condemned the Nigeria Police Force, Kano State Command for colluding to bungle the prosecution of the suspected killers of Agbahime, who was killed in the presence of armed policemen by Islamic zealots for alleged blasphemy.

HURIWA said the “illogical, unconstitutional and compromised decision of the Kano State Attorney General to terminate the prosecution amounted to directly rewarding the riotous and unruly armed street urchins who allegedly decapitated this innocent Igbo woman only because she is of a different ethno-religious affiliation but doing legitimate trading business in Kano State”.

Citing Section 14(2) (b) of the Nigerian Constitution, which specifies that “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government”, the Rights group has therefore asked both the Governor of Kano State, Dr. Ibrahim Ganduje, and President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Commissioner of Police in Kano State and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Kpodum Idris, “to rapidly refile the matter in a proper court system so that the killers of this Nigerian citizen are charged and punished for the unprovoked murder of this innocent Igbo woman in Kano State”.

The Rights group warned that the refusal of government of Kano and the Nigerian State to punish the killers promptly could spark off inter-ethnic and inter-religious uprising and reprisals since the person murdered was a human being with blood flowing in her veins before her precious life was terminated by unchained brutes in Kano State who are now offered Kano State Government’s reward for this gruesome hate crime.

Besides, HURIWA has tasked the national leadership of both the Christian Association of Nigeria and the Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, to mount coordinated pressures to compel both the Kano State and Federal Government to stop this clear injustice about to be perpetrated against the family of the assassinated Agbahime who was murdered in broad daylight by armed Islamic fanatics on the streets of Kano State.

The statement said: “We are by this statement to the media challenging the political leaders of the South East and specifically the governor of Imo State Mr. Rochas Okorocha to wake up from slumber and seek for redress for the family of this Imo State woman killed in Kano State by street urchins in the full glare of the police.”

On Thursday, a Kano State Magistrate Court presided over by Jibrin Muhammad freed five suspected killers of Agbahime.

The 74-year-old trader was killed at Kofar Wambai Market for alleged blasphemy.

Muhammad’s decision was based on the directive of the Kano State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.

The freed suspects – Dauda Ahmed, Abdulmumeen Mustafa, Zubairu Abubakar, Abdullahi Abubakar and Musa Abdullahi – were charged with a four-count charge of allegedly inciting disturbance, culpable homicide, joint act and mischief.

The woman, who hailed from Imo State, was murdered on June 2, 2016 at Kofar Wambai Market over alleged blasphemy.

In his submission earlier, the state counsel, Rabiu Yusuf, who represented the attorney-general of the state, told the court that they have no case against the suspects.

Yusuf said: “The legal advice presented to the court, dated June 24, states that there is no case to answer as the suspects are all innocent, and orders the court to discharge all the suspects.”

Blasphemy Killing: Kano Court Frees All Suspects

A Kano Magistrates’ Court on Thursday discharged all the five suspects, who allegedly killed a trader, Mrs. Bridget Agbahime, in Kano on June 2 over allegations of blasphemy.

The suspects, Dauda Ahmed, Abdulmumeen Mustafa, Zubairu Abubakar, Abdullahi Abubakar and Musa Abdullahi were slammed with a four counts of inciting disturbance, culpable homicide, joint act and mischief.

Agbahime, 74, an Imo indigene, was murdered in Kofar Wambai Market in Kano over alleged blasphemy.

The Chief Magistrate, Muhammad Jibril, discharged the five suspects and terminated the case as advised by the attorney-general of Kano State.

Earlier, the Principal State Counsel, Mr. Rabiu Yusuf, representing the attorney-general of Kano State, told the court that “we received the case diary from the police on June 8.

“Having gone through the case diary, the attorney-general of Kano State evaluated the facts in accordance with Sections 130 and 150 of the Criminal Procedure Code, presented the legal advice.

“The legal advice presented to the court, dated June 24, states that there is no case to answer as the suspects are all innocent and orders the court to discharge all the suspects,” Yusuf said.

Counsel to the suspects, Abdulsalam Gambo, commended the attorney-general for the judgment in the case.

The suspects and their families expressed gratitude to Allah for the judgment and for their freedom.

NAN

 

Court frees all suspects in Kano blasphemy killing.

A Kano Magistrates’ Court on Thursday discharged all the five suspects, who allegedly killed a trader, Bridget Agbahime in Kano on June 2 over allegations of blasphemy.

The suspects, Dauda Ahmed, Abdulmumeen Mustafa, Zubairu Abubakar, Abdullahi Abubakar and Musa Abdullahi were slammed with a four-count charge of allegedly inciting disturbance, culpable homicide, joint act and mischief.

Mrs. Agbahime, 74, an Imo indigene, was murdered in Kofar Wambai Market in Kano over alleged blasphemy.

The Chief Magistrate, Muhammad Jibril, discharged the five suspects and terminated the case as advised by the attorney-general of Kano State.

Earlier, the Principal State Counsel, Rabiu Yusuf, representing the attorney-general of Kano State, told the court that they received the case diary from the police on June 8.

“Having gone through the case diary, the attorney- general of Kano State evaluated the facts in accordance with Sections 130 and150 of the Criminal Procedure Code, presented the legal advice,” Mr. Yusuf said.

“The legal advice presented to the court, dated June 24, states that there is no case to answer as the suspects are all innocent and orders the court to discharge all the suspects.”

The counsel to the suspects, Abdulsalam Gambo, commended the attorney-general for the judgment in the case.

NAN reports that the suspects and their families expressed gratitude to God for the judgment and for their freedom.

#SultanAt10: Don’t build airports when you can’t pay salaries – Sultan tells Governors

The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar 11 has enjoined Nigerian leaders especially the State Governors to check themselves and focus more on projects that could be of benefit to the people.

He gave the advice on Thursday, while speaking at the International Symposium on the Sokoto Caliphate as part of the activities marking his 10th anniversary of ascension to the throne as the 20th Sultan of Sokoto.

The Sultan decried a situation where political leaders do lots of wrong things hiding under politics.

He particularly frowned at misplaced priorities, wondering why a governor that is struggling to pay workers salaries for months now woukd be considering building an airport.

It will be recalled that the Governor of Benue state, Samuel Orton, has announced the resolve of his administration to build a N38 billion cargo airport in Makurdi.

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In series of tweets, Imam Imam, Media Aide to Governor Aminu Tambuwal, quoted the Sultan as saying, “We want to call on our leaders to check themselves especially the Governors and I am very serious about this.

“Why should we have proliferation of airports when the roads used by the common is in terrible shape?

Governors, please check yourselves. You have many misplaced priorities.

“Why should a Governor build an airport of N38 billion when you can’t pay salary?

“Injustice by leaders at all levels is a threat to our existence. Without justice we can’t make progress.

“People hide under politics to do lots of wrong things against the state. Don’t let them get away with it.

“There are many issues in this country that require adequate attention. Among the most important is to tackle security.

“It is our duties to tell our political leaders that this is what the common man is saying.

“Please, our leaders , do what is right.”

Sultan Abubakar also lamented insecurity across the country, calling on the federal government to consider convening security summit that will have all stakeholders in attendance and devoid of a jamboree.

Imam tweeted further, “There are many issues in this country that require adequate attention. Among the most important is to tackle security.”

The Sultan said he has in the last 10 years been focusing “on education, health of our people, and building understanding among all Nigerians.”

He assured that “We will continue to do more for our people, much more than what we have done in the last 10 years.”

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who declared the symposium open, commended the Sultan’s efforts in promoting peaceful co-existence among Nigerians in the last 10 years.

He prayed to God to continue to guide and give him more wisdom to carry on with the task of promoting harmonious relationship among Nigerians irrespective of ethnic and religious differences.

Earlier in their different speeches, the keynote speaker, Prof Murray Last; Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi 11, chairman of the occasion, Prof Shehu Galadanchi and the host Governor Aminu Tambuwal, had congratulated Sultan Abubakar and appreciated his commitment to peace and peaceful coexistence.

World Bank supports 11,000 tomato farmers in Kano.

The FADAMA II Additional Financing project financed by the World Bank has supported a total of 10,845 farmers in the last 10 months.

Out of these beneficiaries, 585 were youth and 1,575 female, while 8,685 were male.

The support, according to the Kano State Coordination office of Fadama, was facilitated through the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between Dangote Tomato Company and Fadama Production Cluster Group on profitable marketing of tomato.

In its Project Implementation Report presented to the Dr. Adetunji Oredipe-led World Bank/FGN 6th Mission on Fadama II Additional Financing, which visited Kano State on Monday, the Fadama State Project Coordinator, Alhaji Sha’aibu Sulaiman, informed that the project similarly in the 2016 cropping season recorded a disbursement of 89,195 and 110 for rice, sorghum and tomato production groups respectively.

In the same vein, sorghum and rice farmers were equally well linked to Grand Cereal and popular rice farm off takers and through collaboration with ICRISAT, sorghum farmers were also linked to Honeywell Company, demanding 150,000mt of sorghum from Fadama farmers in Kano.

In its effort to meet up with project objective of providing employment to the youth, the project has prepared four youth spraying groups comprising of 10 members each earn a living of N58,500 per month for each person.

In other to build the capacity of farmers toward efficient production, 12 consultants on capacity building have been engaged and they have conducted the Train-of-Trainers seminars for 120 farmers across eight production clusters of rice, sorghum and tomato.

The project commitment on youths and women empowerment has been demonstrated through screening of 20 youth and women processing groups, out of which eight groups were supported with tricycles and processing machines.

Additionally, eight groups on tomato were also supported with crates.

Kano State is among the six core States chosen to participate in Fadama III AF Project.

Kano State has been found to possess a comparative advantage of large irrigable land and irrigation facilities, high production potentials and large market, as well as Kadawa, the largest producers of tomato in Nigeria.

This provided Kano State with an advantage to promote sorghum, rice, and tomato value chain over other core States.

Gov. Ganduje flags off October round of polio immunization exercise.

Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, on Saturday, personally immunised six children with polio vaccine to flag off the October round of National Immunisation Exercise against poliomyelitis in Rano local government area of the state.

The governor equally demonstrated hand washing openly to mark this years United Nations Hand Washing Day during the event.

Governor Ganduje disclosed that the routine exercise was to ensure that 100 percent children equivalent to over 3.2 million are adequately captured to stem the spread of the virus.

He noted that for almost two and half years now, the state has not recorded any new polio case, hence the need for unrelenting campaigns to maintain the status.

Ganduje commended the traditional rulers and other key stakeholders for working hand in hand with health workers towards ensuring that all children are immunised, adding that there are no cases of resistance in recent time in the State.

In his speech, the State Commissioner for health, Dr Kabiru Ibrahim Getso said that enough vaccines were provided and qualified staff were engaged in ensuring adequate implementation of the Polio immunisation across the state.

He also inspected the exercise in Bunkure and Dawakin Kudu local government areas shortly after the flag off exercise.

In his remarks, the Emir of Kano represented by the district head of Ajingi, Alh. Wada Aliyu said the emirate council and other stakeholders are much concerned over the permanent effect of disability being caused by the polio virus, therefore directing all traditional leaders to enforce compliance by ensuring that their people present their wards for adequate immunisation against the virus.

Also in her remarks, UNICEF Chief Officer from Katsina Zonal Office, Mrs Padmah Wetty charged parents to inculcate the habit of hygienic protection by embracing the culture of frequent hand washing, pointing out that due to unhygienic lifestyle, millions of people die of diarrhea each year.

On Polio immunisation, Mrs Wetty said she was impressed that the Kano State is really committed towards polio eradication, appreciating the fact that since 2014 no new case was recorded in the state.

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.

 

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Man drags 8-year-old girl to farm, rapes her countless times in Kano

A 40-year-old man, Abdulhamid Danbala, on Friday appeared before a Magistrates’ Court in Kano for allegedly raping an 8-year-old girl in a farm.

The labourer, a resident of Shakayi Village, Shanono Local Government Area of the state, allegedly committed the act on November 15, 2015.

According to the prosecutor, Sale Nakawu, the accused, who is facing a count charge of rape, dragged the girl to a farm in the village and raped her at about 9 pm on the said date.

The accused trailed the girl and forcefully had sexual intercourse with her several times.

The prosecutor said, “As a result of the large size of his manhood and forceful penetration, the victim sustained injuries in her private part.

“The victim was rushed to the Gwarzo General Hospital for treatment.

“The girl’s father reported the case to the Shanono Police Division on the same date,” the prosecutor said, adding that the offence contravened Section 283 of the Penal Code.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty.

In her ruling, the Senior Magistrate, Halima Wali, adjourned the case till October 20 for mention, ordering that the accused person be remanded in prison custody

Black market petrol dealers in Kano out of business – NAN survey

Most black market petrol dealers in Kano are out of business, following the availability of the product in the state.

A survey by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano and other major towns in the state, showed that most filling stations had the product in stock.

Following this development, several filling stations had reduced the official pump price of petrol from N145 per litre to between N143 and N140 per litre.

Motorists and other commercial vehicle operators, who usually patronise the black marketers, have since stopped, preferring to buy the product at filling stations.

A four-litre gallon of petrol costs between N560 and N570 at filling stations while the same quantity cost between N750 and N800 at the black market.

Hassan Sani, who sells petrol in the black market and operates along the popular Audu Bako Way, told NAN that he would soon switch to another business.

He said before the new price regime, he used to sell up to 75 litres of petrol every day.

“But with the availability of the product now, I can hardly sell one (25 litre) jerry can,” he said.

“Most of my customers have stopped patronising me as the product is available at filling stations, and more so it is cheaper to buy at filling stations,” he said.

Abdul, another black market operator who operates near Pyramid Radio along Audu Bako Way, said he had abandoned the sale of petrol and taken to vulcanizing to survive and cater for him family.

Kano spends N7.8bn on salaries monthly

The Kano State Government says it is spending N7.8 billion monthly on the payment of salaries to civil servants.

The State Acting Governor, Prof Hafiz Abubakar, disclosed this on Wednesday when the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II, paid him the traditional Sallah homage at the Government House.

He said that over N3 billion was for salaries of state government workers, N2.5 billion for primary school teachers and N1.5 billion for local council workers.

Abubakar said the government always pay the workers as at when due despite the economic condition.

He said, “I want to inform his Royal Highness, the Emir that despite the economic recession in the country, the state government does not owe workers a single Kobo as at today.

“It is our stance that payment of salary is an obligation to any serious government, hence our decision to ensure that workers are paid as at when due.”

The acting governor said the administration was also determined to complete all ongoing major projects initiated by the immediate past administration.

“It is our intention to complete all the ongoing projects which have direct impact on the lives of our people”, he said.

He added that the administration had initiated new projects to enhance the living condition of residents.

Abubakar listed the projects to include the construction of Madobi under-path, and rehabilitation of Sabon Gari, Court Road, Kings Road and Rijiyar Zaki road among others.

“In fact we are trying to ensure that we fulfill our campaign promises in order to improve the living standard of our people”, he said.

Earlier, the Emir of Kano, expressed delight on the government’s effort to provide necessary infrastructure for the socio-economic development of the state.

Sanusi urged his subjects to support the government with ceaseless prayer to enable it deliver full democratic dividend to them.

The traditional Sallah homage popularly known as ‘Hawan Nasarawa’, was attended by traditional rulers from across the 44 Local Government Areas of the state.

The occasion was also graced by prominent personalities including politicians, top government functionaries, members of the Diplomatic Corps and business community, among others.

Kano DISCO losses N108.8m to vandalism

The Kano Electricity Distribution Company said it had lost transformer oil, aluminium conductors, upriser cables and other valuables worth N108.8 million to activities of vandals in three states, Kano, Katsina and Jigawa, from August to date.

 

This is contained in statement signed by the company’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Mohammed Kandi, and issued to newsmen in Kano on Thursday.

 

According to Kandi, the spate of vandalism, energy theft and meter bypass had recently risen extremely in the company’s areas of operation and was becoming unbearable.

 

The appalling development has caused the company huge losses and setbacks within a period of six weeks,” he said.

 

He called on customers of the company, “who bear the brunt” to watch over the installations in their areas and report to the appropriate security agencies any suspicious move for action.

The spokesman quoted KEDCO’s Chief Technical Officer, David Omoloye, as saying “the quantity of vandalised materials include: 46.5 drums of transformer oil, 2, 130 aluminium conductors (150mm2), 4, 500 aluminium conductors (100mm2), 535 and 15 (150mm2&70mm2)”.

 

Other materials, the CTO said, are: “825 XLPE Cable (35mm2), 529 (500mm2) &161 (300mm2) Incomer Cables and 40 Busbar”.

 

Omoloye said that the nefarious acts took place in Sabon Gari, Sharada, Tudun Wada, Dala, Dakata, Dutse, Funtua, Hadejia, Kabuga, Katsina, Kumbotso, Malumfashi, Mariri and Nasarawa.

 

I am appealing to all our esteemed customers in Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states to watch over our installations as their own because when the damage is done they suffer weeks of blackout,”he said.

Cancelled Kano Mass Wedding Leaves Couples Frustrated- Report

Twenty-two-year-old Inuwa Inuwa and his 16-year-old girlfriend Kaishia Yunusa are in love.

“I met him three years ago when I was 13. Other suitors were coming, but I fell in love with him and now he is the only one,” says Kaishia.

“I liked her because she is very kind and she has a very good upbringing. She upholds the teachings of Islam,” Inuwa says.

Both are from agrarian families in a rural community in Kano state in northern Nigeria. They were supposed to be married last Saturday, but the event was cancelled.

Their families had prepared a wedding banquet. A goat had been slaughtered. Chicken had begun roasting. Bags of rice had been purchased.

“I had already invited my friends and many of them have come from far away places, only to come to Kano to hear that the wedding will not be taking place,” says Inuwa.

About 100 couples were supposed to get married there in a single ceremony organized by a state senator. But political tensions between the state governor and the senator resulted in the event being indefinitely postponed.

To re-enforce the decision, the state police department said it received intelligence that the mass wedding could be a security threat.

Thousands of people were expected to attend, including five governors from other states, according to the organizers.

More than 4,000 women have gotten married in the mass wedding program over the past four years. The government pays all the wedding costs – the venue, traditional bridal gifts, the dowry, food for the guests, furniture for the matrimonial home and even some starter cash for the couple.

The state governor’s administration says it will try to organize a mass wedding as soon as possible. The Sharia board says 10,000 women have already registered. The Sharia board plays a central role as a matchmaker and wedding coordinator. A single man or woman can come to the Sharia board office and look through stacks of photos to find an attractive person. Or a couple who cannot afford a wedding can come to the Sharia board to register to get married.

The Sharia board ensures that the couples are medically screened. Before the mass weddings, health screenings for potential couples was not common.

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Boko Haram Members Planning Attacks In Kano, Kaduna & Kogi Nabbed

The Department of State Service (DSS) says it has arrested Boko Haram members planning attacks in Kano, Kaduna and Kogi states.

A statement today from a DSS official, Tony Opuiyo, said a Boko Haram leader Mudaisiru Jibrin, was arrested on the 17th  of July 2016 at Sauna quarters in the Yankaba area of Kano.

Opuiyo said preliminary investigation revealed that he was also the mastermind of the shooting of some students at Government Secondary School (GSS), Mamudo village near Potiskum, Yobe State, in 2013.

He added that the service also arrested a notorious Boko Haram fighter Mukhtar Tijani and three of his accomplices Isiaku Salihu, Abdullahi Isah and Hindu Isah at Kinkinau area in Unguwar Mua’azu, Kaduna metropolis.

He said the four suspects were apprehended while perfecting arrangements for major coordinated attacks on selected targets and locations in Kaduna State.

Opuiyo also said the Service arrested three members of the Ansaru terrorist group in Kogi state. He said they were arrested on 12th August 2016.

He explained that Usman Abdullahi, Abdulmumuni Sadio and Ahmad Salihu were arrested while making arrangements to launch attacks on some selected targets in Edo and Kogi states, before escaping to join ISIS in Libya.

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Kano State Gets First Female Accountant General After 49 Years

Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has approved the appointment of Mrs Aisha Bello Muhammad as the new Accountant General. Until her appointment, Mrs Muhammad was the Commissioner of Planning and Budget in the state.
A graduate of Financial Management and Accounting, Mrs Aisha held several managerial positions in the banking sector including Manager, Kaduna South, First Bank Nigeria Limited, Operation Manager, Minna branch, Head of Credit Risk, and Manager, Area office, Abuja all with Habib Nigeria Bank Limited.
Mrs Aisha Bello Muhammad was born in 1965 and is married with children. A statement  by the state commissioner of Information, Muhammad Garba said the appointment is with immediate effect. The erstwhile Acting Accountant General, Ibrahim A. M. Kura, retains his position as Director Treasury.

 

“Settle In One Location” – Police In Kano Advises Falgore Herdsmen

The Kano State Police Command has advised Herdsmen living around the notorious Falgore forest in Doguwa Local Government Area of the state to settle in one place to make security operations easier.

 

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Rabi’u Yusuf, gave the advice during his visit to some communities affected by the activities of kidnappers and bandits in the area.

 

Rabiu said if the Herdsmen could settle in one place, it would assist the police in checking the activities of hoodlums in the affected areas.

 

“If the Herdsmen are based in one location, it will assist the police in tackling the rampant kidnapping of people in the area,” he said.
The Commissioner, who visited the area to assess the security situation, also called on the residents to continue to give the security operatives deployed to the area maximum support to achieve the desired objective.

He also urged them to always be security conscious and report any suspicious movement to security agents for appropriate action.

 

He called on the officers and men deployed to the area to redouble their efforts in the discharge of their duties.

 

In his remarks, the District Head of Doguwa, Alhaji Aliyu Harazimi, commended the efforts of the Commissioner and pledged to give him all necessary support.

 

Harazimi called on the Commissioner to deploy additional armed personnel, especially in the affected areas, to bring an end to the activities of the hoodlums.

Police Arrest Killer Of 21 Year Old Woman In Kano

The Police in Kano on Wednesday arrested a 35-year-old barber, Mr Shamsu Isah, for allegedly killing a 21-year-old lady at Karkasara quarters in Kano metropolis.

The Police Public Relation Officer?, DSP Magaji Majiya, confirmed the arrest of the suspect in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano.

Majiya said the deceased, Miss Rejoice Isaac, was allegedly murdered by the suspect on Aug. 3, and buried her in an uncompleted building at Karkasara Quarters.

He said after the arrest of the suspect, he led policemen to the area where he buried the deceased after killing her.

“The suspect confessed to burying Isaac but denied killing her. He had attempted to rape her but as she was trying to run away, she was hit by a wood on the head and that led to her death.

“We invited doctors from Murtala Muhammad specialist Hospital to conduct autopsy on the deceased’s body. We are now waiting for the result,” Majiya said.

According to him, the police commissioner, Mr Rabi’u Yusuf had ordered the transfer of the suspect from the Special Anti-kidnapping Unit to Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for appropriate investigation.

“The suspect is currently with the police undergoing interrogation to ascertain the cause of the deceased’s death,’’ the police spokesman said.

He said as soon as investigation was completed the suspect would be charged to court.

Credit: NAN

Flood Destroys 5,300 Houses In Kano

Kano State Relief and Emergency Agency on Tuesday confirmed that at least 5,300 houses were destroyed by flood in six Local Government Areas of Kano State.

Executive Secretary of SREA, Aliyu Bashir, who confirmed the disaster in Kano said, the affected Local Government Areas include, Bebeji, Dawakin Kudu, Kiru Shanono, Bagwai and Garun Mallam.

In Dawakin Kudu, over 2,300 houses were affected while not less than 600 houses in each of the remaining five areas were also destroyed by the flood.

Bashir disclosed that officials of the agency had undertaken an assessment visit to all the affected areas, so as to determine the extent of damage caused by the flood.

Also, he revealed that the State Government will come to their aid of the victims as an interim measure, as soon as the Agency concludes and submits its report.

As at the time of filing this report, our Report in Kano had not gone round the metropolis to ascertain any destruction that may have been caused by Monday’s downpour, which started at about 6pm and lasted to the early hours of Tuesday morning.

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Man Abandons Son For Bag Of Rice In Kano

A middle-aged man, identified as Mallam Yusuf Bala, on Sunday at Singer Market, Fagge Local Government Area of Kano State forfeited his five-year-old son for a bag of rice.

According to an eyewitness account, Bala approached the rice dealer, Alhaji Suleiman Bagudu, to buy a bag of rice, which he carried home but left his son, with a promise to rush home to bring the money for the foodstuff.

This, he said, was because the money on him was not enough to pay for the bag of rice, selling for N14,000 per 50kg bag.

However, six hours after, the said man failed to show up as promised to settle the rice dealer and collect his son.

According to the source, the rice dealer became suspicious, following the Bala’s prolonged absence, a situation that prompted the trader to interrogate the toddler he left behind.

On interrogation, the five-year-old boy innocently led the rice dealer to their home, located at the abattoir area of Koki in Dala Local Government Area of the state.

Despite expressing embarrassment when the rice dealer arrived his home, alongside his child, Bala openly confessed that he was financially handicapped, hence his unbecoming conduct by abandoning his son as a last resort.

Shortly after listening to Bala’s explanation, the rice dealer donated the bag of rice to him and handed over the boy to his father.

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Buhari Promises Justice Will Be Done In Killing Of Woman In Kano

President Muhammadu Buhari has described as sad and regrettable the developments that led to the killing of Mrs Bridget Agbahime, an Igbo market woman in Kano.
A statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said Buhari condoled with the husband of the deceased, Pastor Mike Agbahime, the family and relations, praying that God would give them the fortitude to bear the loss.

He also commended the law enforcement agents for apprehending the prime suspect behind the killing, as well as the Kano State government which summoned a meeting of Christian and Islamic leaders, widower of the deceased, and security agencies, as soon as the sad event occurred.

Adesina said Buhari promised that justice would be done in the matter, and urged the people not to take the law into their hands.

He equally charged those who might want to use the development to fan the embers of religious or ethnic hatred to remember that two wrongs never make a right, and that when law and order break down, the victims are never distinguished on the basis of religion or ethnicity.

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Four Missing Kids Found Dead Inside Car In Kano

Four kids have died of suffocation in a suburb of Kano State after they were found trapped in­side a parked vehicle. The tragedy, which had shaken the state, happened at the weekend.

A Deputy Director in the state Fire Service, who was part of the res­cue team, said that the kids were found unconscious inside the ve­hicle, which was parked in Geidam area, but died lat­er after they were rushed to the Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital for at­tention

He said the four of them, all boys, had been missing from the respective homes since the morning of the fateful day but were even­tually found trapped inside the parked vehicle at about 5.00pm.

Witnesses said the tem­perature, which had been very high in the state capi­tal in the last few weeks, contributed to the suffoca­tion of the kids.

Police spokesman in the state, DSP Magaji Musa Majiya, said that the owner of the ve­hicle reported the matter to the police. According to him, the vehicle was parked by its owner after it developed a battery fault, saying the owner returned later in the day to fix the battery only to find the kids trapped inside his car. It is believed that the four victims, who were aged between three and five, might have entered the parked vehicle but were unable to open the vehicle due to their age.

The police, however, said they were investigat­ing the incident.

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Kano Discovers 7,629 Ghost Workers On Payroll- HoS

Kano State Government has discovered 7,629 “ghost workers” on its payroll, the state  Head of Service, Alhaji  Muhammad Awwal Naiya has announced.

Speaking at a press conference in his office, yesterday, he said the “ghost workers” were discovered following a Biometric Data Capture exercise which was conducted by a team of consultants hired by the state government.

The HoS, who described the exercise as on-going, said of 86,373 forms submitted to the consultants handling the exercise,  only 71,479 workers were captured while 7,629 purported to be workers had so far not appeared to be captured.

He disclosed that the workers, who did not show up for the exercise, despite being placed on several notices, were presumed to be non-existing until a contrary evidence emerged, adding that their names had, therefore been deleted from the state’s payroll with effect from this month.

With the removal of a total of 7,629 names from the state’s payroll, Naiya said the state government would be saving an estimated figure of N284 million on a monthly basis, adding that the saved money will be reallocated to other needs of the government.

Naiya also announced the discovery of 17 staff who were identified as collecting salaries from both the state Hospital Management Board and the Primary HealthCare Management Board respectively, resulting in an estimated monthly saving of N1,010,053.15.

He said the salaries of the affected staff had been removed from the payroll,  adding that they were following due process to ensure that the staff returned the excess payments that they had collected, after which they would be prosecuted.

He said that the state government was committed to reinvigorate the State Public Service to bring it in tandem with global best practices adding that the Data Capturing exercise initiated was one of the efforts undertaken to realize this goal.

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NAPTIP Rescues 50 Victims Of Human Trafficking In Kano

The Kano Zonal Command of National Agency for the prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other Related Matters (NAPTIP) on Sunday said it had rescued no fewer than 50 victims of human trafficking within two months.

 

The NAPTIP Zonal Commander, Mr Shehu Umar said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano that the victims were rescued from February to date.

 

He said the victims who comprised males and females, had since been reunited with their respective families.

 

He disclosed that the command had recorded 23 cases of trafficking, child labour, sexual exploitation and other related cases within the period under review.

He said out of the cases, 11 female suspects were involved while the remaining suspects were males.

 

“The cases have been investigated and one was on sexual abuse, two on child labour, one on abduction and another one on stolen baby.

“Among the cases, some do not fall within our jurisdiction so were transferred them to police for proper prosecution “, he said.

 

Umar said the command had within the period secured two convictions at the Federal High Court, Kano pointing out that the remaining cases were still pending in the court.

He called on the Federal Government to come to the aid of the agency by allocating more funds to enable it carry out its activities effectively.

 

“Our activities require a lot of funding if we are to carry out investigation, rescued victims have to be transported to their states and some times we have to take care of them.

“We also conduct counselling exercise for the rescued victims, identify their needs and even rehabilitate them”, he said.

 

He called on the people particularly parents to support the agency in the fight against human trafficking and other related offences.

 

 

(NAN)

Kano To Replace Famous Groundnut Pyramids With Rice Pyramids – Ganduje

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State says the government is making concerted efforts to replace the famous groundnut pyramids with rice pyramids.

 

According to the governor, it is for this reason the state government is providing the environment that will encourage the massive production of rice, wheat, and tomatoes.

 

Ganduje stated this on Friday while answering State House correspondents’ questions after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

 

He said the state government would provide rice farmers with the incentives they would need to be able to increase the production of the product.

 

“Now, we are soon going to talk about rice pyramids not groundnut pyramids because rice is the order of the day now.

“The groundnut you are talking about in those years it was the production of groundnut to be exported to the foreign land and be processed and be brought back to Nigeria.

“But now it is a different issue. We have a lot of oil mills that consume the groundnut. So, you will not expect to see the groundnut pyramids as you used to see because the economic situation has change.

“The industrialisation is much better than those days.

“So, you better stop dreaming of groundnut pyramids now. But when you are talking of rice; that is where we need the pyramids now.

“So, we assure you that in Kano we are providing an enabling environment for the production of rice, wheat, and tomatoes.’’
The governor said that during the meeting, he brought the President up to date with the security situation in the state, particularly the issues relating to cattle rustling and kidnapping.

 

According to him, cattle rustling and kidnapping have been brought under control.

 

He also said that he briefed the President on the state’s amnesty and empowerment programmes extended to repentant cattle rustlers and kidnappers in the state.

 

“I briefed the President about the security situation in Kano, in particular cattle rustling and kidnapping which is under control.

“We talked about the amnesty package extended to those that have decided to be born again and the empowerment programme for them and how we are helping the police in order to arrest the situation.

“We talked about irrigation, especially the production of wheat with dry farming. Now, we are getting ready for the production of rice.

“So, Kano State is providing an enabling environment for farmers, cutting off the middlemen; the farmers are getting the best out of it.’’

 

The governor revealed that the state security apparatus has so far recovered more than 10,000 stolen cattle and returned them to the rightful owners free of charge.

 

He said that 39 repentant cattle rustlers were being rehabilitated in the state.

“We granted amnesty to those who decided to quit crime. 39 of them came forward to surrender all their arms ammunition, including AK47, with hard drugs like Indian hemp and so on.

“We are planning an empowerment scheme for them.’’

 

On the row between him and Kwankwaso, Ganduje stated that the situation is under control, saying that efforts have been intensified to address the problem.

 

“The situation is under control, it is an in-house problem which is under control. We are talking about it.

“Yes, reconciliation is ongoing and it will work. We have been together for long; we are politically brothers and friends.

“Therefore, we will make sure that we don’t allow things to continue to fall apart.’’

 

(NAN)

Abduction: 14-Yr-old Ese Oruru Allegedly 5 Months Pregnant

14 year old Ese Rita Oruru, the Bayelsa born girl child who was abducted by Yunusa Dahiru, alias Yellow but rescued by the Police in Kano, has been discovered to be about 5 months pregnant.

 

It was gathered that the white Hijab dress she wore on her arrival from Kano on Tuesday, was used to conceal the pregnancy even though her physical condition and looks created a suspicion.

 

According to reports by Vanguard, it was the condition in which Police authorities discovered about Ese that informed the IGP, Solomon Arase’s directive that she should be handed over to the Gender and Child Protection Unit and later, a team from the Medical Department of the Force to carry out a comprehensive medical examination of the girl-child at the Police Medical Facility in Area 1, Garki.

 

Upon certifying her medical status and emotional state, Vanguard gathered that the Inspector General of Police feeling uncomfortable with the transport arrangement of the mother that they return by road, cancelled the arrangement and directed that both Ese and her mother be flown to Yenegoa by air.

 

Meanwhile, the IGP has directed the Bayelsa State Police Command to take over investigation in the child violence offense saga because according to sources, the offense was committed in Bayelsa which is the place of residence of the abductor, Yunusa Dahiru.

 

Consequently, Vanguard was told the Yunusa will be moved to Yenegoa to face interrogation and prosecution for kidnapping and child abuse as well as violence
against a girl-child.

 

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Police Hand Over Ese To Parents; Dad Says She’s Hypnotised, Will Take Her To TB Joshua

Police authorities in Abuja yesterday night said Ese Oruru, freed Monday, will now be officially handed over to her mother, Mrs. Oruru, today.

 

14 years old Ese Rita Oruru was brought to Police headquarters at Louis Edet House at about 12. 55pm amid tight police protection.

 
Her dad, Mr Charles Oruru, however disclosed that he has concluded plans to seek spiritual assistance from Lagos cleric, Pastor T.B. Joshua, founder of The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN).

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Ese would have been handed over to her mother yesterday, but for inability of the woman to arrive Abuja by 8.00p.m. last night as she travelled from Yenagoa, Bayelsa State by road.

 

She was immediately ushered into the office of the Force Public Relations Officer, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Olabisi Kolawole, for what sources said was a debriefing exercise. Also arrested and brought to Abuja by a Special Police team from Zone 1 headquarters, Kano, led by an Assistant Commissioner of Police, was the abductor of Ese, Yunusa, alias Yellow.

 

Both the abductor and the abductee were escorted by three representatives of the Emir of Kano to brief the police authorities about the roles the Emir and Kano Emirate Council played in getting Ese released.

 

At exactly 1 25pm, the Force Public Relations Officer was seen leading the freed Ese Oruru to the office of the Inspector General of Police for further briefing. Attempts by newsmen to talk with Ese were rebuffed as the FPRO assured that as soon as Ese’s mother, who was being expected from Bayelsa arrived, the Police will brief the media on the matter by 4 pm.

 

Recall that Ese was abducted by one Yinusa, from her mother’s shop in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State on August 12, 2015, and whisked away to Kano State without the consent of her parents.

 

She was rescued Monday night, following a directive by the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to the Commissioner of Police, Kano State, Mohammed Katsina, to liaise with the state’s Emirate Council and relevant persons in the state.

 

 

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“Abducted” Bayelsa Girl Leaves Kano Under Tight Security

Ese Oruru, the teenager who was abducted from her Bayelsa home and moved to Kano for a forced marriage to one Yunusa Yellow, has left Kano and is on her way to the police headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The spokesperson for the Zone 1 Police Command, Rabilu Ringim, told a reporter who visited his office that a police team conveying Miss Oruru to the police headquarters in Abuja left Kano by road at 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

The team, he said, comprised an assistant commissioner of police and other top ranking officers who were travelling under tight security.

“They are on their way already, and the parents are expected in Abuja today where they would be reunited,” Mr. Ringim said. “She is being taken to Abuja based on the express instruction of the IG.”

The police spokesperson said Miss Oruru was taken thorough medical check late Monday night to enable her to commence her journey back home early on Tuesday morning.

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Fire Razes Over 200 Shops In Kano Commodity Market

A fire outbreak at the wee hours of Thursday gutted the popular singer market in Kano, destroying no fewer than 200 shops.

 

The State director of the fire service,Alhaji Balarabe Kabara confirmed that the fire outbreak was recorded around 6:00am and unspecified number of shops had been affected.

 

Kabara said “We are yet to ascertain the actual number of shops destroyed as we are still battling to put out the inferno.” The fire service chief added “We cannot give you the number of shops affected but the fire had destroyed many shops”.

 

However, an eyewitness who identified himself as Aminu Inuwa said the fire started around 4:15 am, and a particular structutre containing over 200 shops were completely affected. Aminu said that the fire had also razed a number of ware houses of food stuff and essential commodities located within the vicinity of market.

 

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67 Years Old Lebanese Slaughtered In Kano

Police authority in Kano Tuesday confirmed the death of a 67 years old Lebanese allegedly slaughtered by his close associate. The Commissioner of police, Muhammad Musa Katsina told Vanguard on phone that the incident occured at the deceased resident located at Unity road of Kano Central Business District. Mr. Katsina said that already 4 suspects have been arrested in connection with the gruesome murder of the Lebanese, adding that “they have so offered useful information”.

The Commissioner of police refused to volunteer the name of the decease as he pleaded “details of the crime would be made known to public in due course”. The latest incident was coming on the heel of similar incident last week where unknown assailants slaughtered one Kabir Umar Gumel in his Yakasai home in the municipality barely 4 days he was declared missing by the family.

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Student Stabs Colleague To Death In Kano

A student of First Grade College in Kano, Sadik Ado-maje, has stabbed his colleague, Usman Salisu, to death.

 

An eyewitness told the News Agency of Nigeria in Kano on Thursday that the incident happened around 11am on Wednesday.

 

According to the witness, the incident happened during a fight that ensued between the deceased’s brother and Ado-maje at the school gate.

 

The witness added that the deceased, who was transferred to another school to complete his SSS studies, was in the school to collect his JSS 3 Placement Examination result.

It was learnt that when he reached the school area, he met his brother in an ensuing fight with Ado-maje and decided to settle the quarrel between them.

 

The intervention of Salisu angered the suspect (Ado-maje), who thought that he intervened in the matter in favour of his brother, when he quickly stabbed him with a knife in his stomach.

 

Salisu was rushed to the hospital where he was later confirmed dead.

 

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Kano State Command, DSP Magaji Majiya, confirmed the incident.

 

He said the suspect ran away but was later apprehended, adding that “the suspect is now cooling his feet at the Kwalli Police Division.”

 

 

Majiya said as soon as investigations were completed, the suspect would be charged to court.

Police Arrest Lamido Bayero’s 5 Children, Ex-Governor’s Son, 11 Other Youths For Illegal Car Racing In Kano

The Kano State Police Command says it has arrested 17 youths, including sons of prominent personalities in the state for illegally racing with posh cars on new year eve.

 

The state Police Commissioner, Mr Muhammad Katsina, made this known while briefing newsmen on Tuesday in Kano.

 

He said that the suspects were apprehended by the police on patrol while driving at what he described as ‘killer speed’ which led to the death of two persons on the road.

 

“The suspects were arrested for failure to obtain Police permission before embarking on the race.”

 

He said that as soon as investigation was completed, the suspects would be charged to court for proper prosecution.

 

According to him, it is unlawful for anyone to block the road with no justifiable reasons.

 

“They flagrantly violated the law for illegally racing at the wee hours of the night which will not be tolerated.”

 

He said those arrested included five children of the Turakin Kano and District Head of Dala, Alhaji Lamido Bayero, that of
the pioneer governor of Katsina State, Gen. Abdullahi Sarki Mukhtar (retd) as well as children of Prof. Danjuma Maiwada, a senior lecturer with Bayero University, Kano.

 

 

(NAN)

Digitisation: Kano Govt. To Spend N300m On Radio Station

The Kano State Commissioner for Information, Mr Muhammed Garba, has said that more than N300 million has been set aside to digitise the state’s radio station in 2016.

 

The commissioner said the money was out of the N517 million proposed for the ministry in the 2016 budget proposal.

 

Garba made this disclosure to newsmen on Tuesday after he appeared before the state House of Assembly to defend the budget estimate for the ministry.

 

According to him, the effort to digitise the radio station is to meet the target for the digitisation of all media outfits in the country.

 

The commissioner also disclosed that the state’s newspaper, Triumph Publishing Company Ltd would begin full time digital operation by March 2016.

 

Garba explained that more than N80m was also proposed in the budget to ensure the completion of the ongoing digitisation of the Abubakar Rimi Television.

 

According to him, the project is part of the measures by the State Government to boost the socio-economic and revenue generation in the state.

 

Similarly, the State Commissioner of Budget and Planning, Hajiya Aisha Muhammad, has reaffirmed the state’s commitment to support women empowerment and rural development.

 

The commissioner said the State Government would do this through the Sustainable Development Programme (SDP) initiated by the Federal Government.

 

The Commissioner, who also appeared for her ministry’s budget, said that out of the N2.5b proposed for the programme, N1.5b would come from the Federal Government intervention.

 

According to her, the other key areas under the programme include, health, education and water sanitation.

 

 

(NAN)

15 Blocks Of Shops Razed In Kano Night Fire

Goods worth billions of naira were consumed in the inferno which started at about 10pm.

One of the traders whose shop was affected Mallam Garba Abdullahi told Daily Trust that the fire is suspected to have started from a shop used for commercial charging point by mobile phone users.

“We are suspecting that the fire started from a commercial GSM phones charging joint,” he said.

Due to poor electricity supply, many mobile phone users in Nigeria often resort to recharge their batteries with vendors who use power ?generators and charge money in return.

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7 Students Killed, 21 Injured In Kano Dormitory Fire

At least seven students died, while 21 others were injured in a night fire at Government Girls Secondary School, Jogana, 20 kilometers from the city of Kano.

Hospital and school officials confirmed the deaths of the seven female students, saying their bodies were deposited at Murtala Mohammed Specialists Hospital.

A source at the school told reporters the fire occurred at the biggest hostel of the school when the students were sleeping, and that the cause of the fire was still not known.

The Executive Secretary of Secondary Schools Management Board, Husaini Ganduje, also confirmed death of seven students in the fire, saying those who sustained injuries were currently receiving treatment.

A statement Sunday night by Usman Bello, the director of press to the deputy governor, Hafiz Abubakar, said the fire had been put under control in the night, and the affected students were rushed to hospital.

“Firemen have quenched the fire that broke out at the hostel of the Government Girls Secondary School Jogana,” the statement said.

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UN Condemns Yola Attack

United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, on Thursday condemned Tuesday’s bomb attack in Yola, Adamawa, North-East of Nigeria, which claimed many lives and left others injured.

Ban, in a statement issued by UN Information Centre in Lagos, said no political or ideological objective whatsoever, should justify the killing of people.

“The Secretary-General condemns the bomb attack on 17 November in the city of Yola, in the North-Eastern state of Adamawa, Nigeria, which resulted in death of dozens and scores injured.

“He extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims as well as to the government and people of Nigeria, and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.

“The Secretary-General reiterates that no political or ideological objective whatsoever justifies the loss of life and terror to which civilians are being subjected,” the statement said.

The statement also restated UN’s support to the Nigerian government in its fight against terrorism.

It also said that for the government’s effort at fighting terrorism to be effective, such effort must be grounded in international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law.

Kano Shuts Down Over 50 Clubs, 100 Game Centres After Pregnant Cases Of 2 Teenagers

The Kano State Film Censorship Board has closed down over 50 solo dance houses and 100 games clubs for exposing underage girls to prostitution and encouraging truancy among pupils and students.

The agency said apart from enticing innocent girls to indulge in prostitution and other social vices, some of the girls were impregnated in the clubs.

The executive secretary of the board, Ismail Afakallah, noted that only last week before they effected the closure of the dance houses, there was a case of two teenage girls impregnated in one of the houses.

He said the government took “harsh position” to ensure that the state was free of vices that corrupt the morals of the society.

Commenting on the closure of the game centres, Mr. Afakallah said the addictive tendencies of the game clubs encourage theft and truancy among pupils and students.

“Because of the hazard of such game clubs in breeding delinquent elements in Kano, the censorship board had no option but to close down the houses,” he said.

Mr. Afakallah disclosed that the board would soon open offices at the 44 Local Government Areas of the state to serve as liaison offices to the head office.

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Lady Who Offered Car For Marriage Admitted In Psychiatric Hospital In Kano

The lady who offered House and a Car for marriage, Zainab Abdulmalik has been admitted at the Dawanau Psychiatric Hospital, Daily Trust learnt from her family and hospital sources.

Zainab who lured hundreds of youth with a car and house offer last Wednesday was admitted on Sunday at the hospital.
Last week Tuesday, she announced on a local radio station, her intention to offer a gift of car to anybody who would marry her.
In a telephone interview, the head of the hospital, Malam Abubakar Ibrahim confirmed the admission
of the lady, saying she has been their patient for long.

“Yes she is on admission in our hospital but this is not the first time she would be brought here. She has been an outpatient for long but she was brought here at the weekend,” he said.

One of her relatives (name withheld) said she was taken to the hospital because her mental challenge worsened after she picked one of the suitors that thronged to the freedom radio to marry her.

“She was stable until when she was betrayed by somebody who promised to marry her after collecting money from her last year. Since then she developed mental problem and she has been on and off at the psychiatric hospital. “Her condition relapsed at the weekend that was why she was taken to the hospital. If you go there now, you will see her because she is on admission,” he said.

Our correspondent gathered from one of her neighbours in Ayagi area of Kano state that the person that jilted her has been sued to court. “The guy’s parents live in Gandun Albasa area of Kano. When he was taken to court, he promise to be paying N50,000 monthly to refund her money,” he said.

He added that “we grew up with her and she was not having mental challenge until when the guy betrayed her. I used to be accompanying her to the guy’s parents house,” Jazuli Rabiu said.

When contacted on phone, her father hissed and put off his phone.

Men Besiege Kano Radio Station After A Girl On Air Promised To Buy A Car & House For Whoever Marries Her

According to the Kano-based OAP who shared the story, this incident happened in Kano today. A girl who came to Freedom FM Kano as a guest in Keke Napep, jokingly said she’ll give a car and a house to any man who marries her.

Men took her seriously because not long after she said this, they trooped to the radio station, saying they want to marry her. The men even wrote down their name so she can interview them on first come first serve basis. The police had to be called in to disperse the men after they refused to leave. Lol. Can you imagine this?

Kano,Zamfara,Others, Close IDP Camps As Inmates Re-Unite With Relations

The various camps established for Internally Displaced Persons in Kaduna, Kano and Zamfara States, have been closed down following the reunion of the inmates with their families.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that more than 2,000 IDPs affected by Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East, were in the various camps at different times.

In Kano, Alhaji Ali Bashir, the Executive Secretary of the state Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation Agency, said the temporary camp established in Dawakin Kudu Local Government area of the state, was closed down in January.

He said that the camp was closed after all the IDPs from Mubi in Adamawa, Taraba and Borno, returned to their respective local government areas, or went to stay with their relations.

Bashir however said that the camp was recently reopened for two days when about 518 IDPs were evacuated from Geidam in Yobe, after they returned from Niger Republic.

“They were part of the 6, 000 persons who returned to the country from Niger Republic recently.

“The affected IDPs were kept at the temporary camp in Dawakin Kudu, but have since returned to their respective local government areas of origin, as they stayed for only one or two days,” he said.

According to him, each of the IDPs was given N2, 500 as transport and feeding allowance, in addition to 50 bags of maize donated to them to alleviate their sufferings.

“As I am talking to you now, the camp is closed because all the 518 IDPs from Niger Republic, have returned to their respective homes in 22 local government areas of the state,” Bashir said.

In Zamfara all the 143 IDPs have successfully rejoined their families, according to the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency, Mr Salisu Kwatarkwashi.

He said that most of the affected persons, comprising women, children and the aged, were evacuated from Niger Republic, through Gaidam in Yobe.

“All the displaced persons that were confirmed to be indigenes of Zamfara, numbering 143, were transported from NEMA camp in Sokoto, after which we took them to their respective emirate councils.

“At this moment, all the 143 persons have been re-integrated into their communities of origin, and we have not received any complaint since their resettlement,” he said.

He said his office had screened the IDPs health and mental status, and were certified to be in good health condition.

He urged communities where such IDPs were received in the state, not to discriminate against the returnees.

In Kaduna, there was no official camp for IDPs from the conflict in the Northeast, but the state government had set up various camps for those displaced by conflicts within the state.

More than 23, 890 people were affected by communal clashes since 2014 in Kaura, Kachia and Sanga Local Government areas of the state, all of whom had been rehabilitated and allowed to return to their homes.

The spokesman of the state Emergency Management Agency, Abubakar Zakari-Adamu, said presently, there was no IDPs camp anywhere in the state.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna Zonal office of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), also said it had no IDP camp in the states under it.

It would be recalled that in January this year, the agency’s Zonal Coordinator, Malam Musa Ilallah, had said that they had catered for 44, 398 IDPs, who were mostly displaced due to communal clashes and attacks by unknown gunmen.

He said that the IDPs were from Kaduna, Zamfara, Katsina and a few from the North East, who settled in Jigawa, Kano and Kaduna States.

Ilallah said 20, 508 of the IDPs were victims of attacks by gunmen in Zamfara, Katsina and Kaduna, while 23, 890 people were displaced by communal clashes in Kaura, Kachia and Sanga Local Government areas of Kaduna state.

He said thousands of others were dispersed by persistent attacks in Sanga Gocal Government area, where NEMA had set up seven camps to support those affected.

According to him, 10 bomb blasts were recorded in 2014 during which 248 persons died and 435 others were injured.

He said eight of the bomb blasts and suicide attacks, were recorded in Kano city while two occurred in Kaduna.

Ilallah said the total number of those killed during the period as a result of bomb blasts, communal clashes and attacks by gunmen in the three states, was 945.

The NEMA coordinator disclosed that 7, 692 households were affected by the attacks, which left many houses, shops and schools, destroyed.

He said that NEMA had provided assistance to all the victims, and would continue to render vital emergency services to victims of disasters at all times.

In Kebbi, the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) established a temporary camp to resettle about 513 Internally Displaced Persons that came from Karanga town in Niger Republic.

Alhaji Cindo Jega, the Director of the agency, said in Birnin Kebbi that the displaced persons, most of them fishermen resident in Karanga and victims of insurgent attack, were hosted at a camp for few days, and reunited with their relations in the state.

In another development, a transit camp established in Giedam town of Yobe for displaced persons relocated from Niger Republic had also been closed.

Air Commodore Charles Otegbade, Director Search and Rescue, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said about 11,000 Nigerians relocated from Islands on Lake Chad, had returned to Nigeria, through Giedam.

Speakership: Tambuwal’s Purported Endorsement Of Dogara Divides Kano APC Rep Members

As the race for who becomes the next Speaker of the House of Representatives gathers momentum, some federal lawmakers from Kano State have condemned the attack on Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal over his reported backing of the Chairman, House Services and Welfare Committee, Yakubu Dogara, as his successor.

Speaking to journalists yesterday, a returning member of the House, Aliyu Sani Madaki (Kano/APC) accused Tambuwal of backing Dogara for “selfish interests”.

Madaki, who is a vocal supporter of Minority Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila’s bid to be Speaker, accused Tambuwal of “instigating” House members to snub the yet-to-be announced All Progressive Congress (APC) zoning formula if it does not favour his candidate.

However, in a scathing reaction, three Kano House members – Aminu Suleiman Goro, Nasiru Baballe Ila and Mustapha Bala Dawaki accused Madaki of “playing to the gallery through parliamentary thuggery”.

“We want to use this opportunity to draw the attention of all the progressive members of the House to disregard the current utterances by Ali Madaki as only self-serving, indecent, uncivilized and just an attempt to register his presence”.

Produce Talents That Can Compete Internationally, Atiku Tells Kano Sports Institute

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar on Thursday in Kano called on the Kano Institute of Sport to produce sports men and women to attain international repute

Atiku made the call while inaugurating the institute in Karfi, Kura Local Government Area.

He urged the management of the institute to ensure that it trained and harnessed youths to participate in sports.

“The country is endowed with abundant talents that can be trained in the institute to produce sports men and women to attain international repute,” he said.

The former vice-president commended Gov. Rabiu Kwankwaso for his developmental achievements in the state in the last four years.

He also commended the governor for his strides in sports development and youth empowerment.

Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso said the state government spent over N1billion to build the institute.

He reiterated his government’s resolve to continue to provide the enabling environment that would stimulate grassroots sports development for young people to achieve excellence in life.

Kwankwaso also said that the government placed high premium on harnessing sports talents at the grassroots level in the state.

No Bridge Collapsed In Kano – Commissioner

Against the backdrop of the media report that a bridge collapsed in Kano, the Kano State commissioner for works, housing and transport, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, has described the media report as inaccurate, considering the fact that it was a concrete beam that slipped and not a bridge collapse.

In his address to newsmen in his office, the commissioner said what happened was an accident which happens in many construction sites.

He said the construction company was not at fault and there was no evidence of substandard work that caused the slip of the concrete beam which killed three people.

Yusuf stated that the incident was the will of Allah who destined for the deceased to die the way they did.

“As the incident occurred, we had to deploy heavy duty vehicles to be able to move the concrete beam but we couldn’t, and this proved the quality of the work. We had to bring in heavy duty hacksaw machines to divide the concrete beam into three before it was moved”, he narrated.

Yusuf added that there were four similar concrete beams already mounted on the pillars of the pedestrian bridge and they had been there for days; the last one was mounted and technical work was ongoing to tie it up when the taxi encroached and accidentally, the beam fell on it.

He said that the construction company has done quite a number of quality construction works for Kano State government including the same Sheikh Jaafar road, where the pedestrian bridge was under construction.

He stressed that only biased minds would call for the technical audit of all the bridges that were constructed and already handed over to government, adding that what should be taken into cognisance is that the pedestrian bridge in question is still under construction.

Pedestrian Bridge Collapses, Kills 7 In Kano

No fewer than seven people were killed in Kano when a pedestrian bridge at Dorayi quarters, Kano, collapsed, the state Police Command said. The command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Magaji Majiya, confirmed the incident in an interview on Sunday.

Majiya said the incident happened around 4:45 p.m. when the bridge, which was still under construction, caved in and collapsed on a car, which was passing underneath it. “The workers at the site had warned motorists not to pass because they were working on the bridge but the driver of the taxi allegedly ignored the warning.

“So, the moment he moved; before he passed, the bridge caved in and collapsed on the vehicle, which led to the death of seven persons,” he said.

According to him, the vehicle has since been evacuated from the scene while the corpses have been deposited at a hospital morgue. Majiya said the police had also commenced investigation into the cause of the incident.

 Credit: NAN

More Kidnappers Nabbed In Police Net

Kano Command of the Nigeria Police has arrested three suspects in the state in connection with the kidnap of a four year old boy, Umar Aminu Ibrahim.

The three suspects, who were paraded at the Bompai Police headquarters of the police, on Thursday, included Aliyu Tasiu, Bello Wada and a female, Hajia Fauziyya Bello One other suspect, Hamisu SNU , according to the police, was still at large.

Briefing the press on the incident, Kano State Police Command’s spokesman, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Magaji Majiya explained that the said the gang leader, Bello Wada criminally conspired with the rest of the suspects to kidnap the minor.

He disclosed that the suspects abducted the boy on the 14th of April , 2015, at the residence of his grandmother in Tudun Wada, adding that Aliyu Tasiu, who is a family member, blocked the view of the boy’s grandmother as he was being taken away.by Bello Wada.

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New Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Posted To Kano

A new Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been posted to Kano State to replace the late REC, Munkaila Abdullahi, who died in a fire incident. Alhaji Hussain Halilu Pai, an indigene of Niger State was redeployed from Kogi State and is expected to supervise tomorrow’s gubernatorial and state Assembly elections.

The late REC, Munkaila Abdul-lahi, who supervised the presidential and National Assembly elections that took place on March 28, died last week in an early morning fire incident that engulfed his residence. His wife and  two children also died in the incident. Spokesperson of INEC in Kano, Garba Lawal Muhammad, confirmed the development to newsmen.

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Kwankwaso Lauds Jonathan For Accepting Defeat

Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano, has applauded President Goodluck Jonathan for his magnanimity by conceding defeat to Gen. Muhammadu Buhari in the March 28 Presidential Election.

The governor commended Jonathan on Sunday while briefing newsmen in Kano, on the outcome of the last Presidential and National Assembly Elections in the country.

“I want to commend the President’s action in conceding defeat. This shows that President Jonathan is a true statesman,” he said.

The governor, who also congratulated Buhari on his victory, attributed the success of the election to the determination of Nigerians to have a change in leadership.

Kwakwanso assured Nigerians that Buhari would run a transparent government.

He said the new administration would fight corruption and provide maximum security to citizens of the country.

Kwankwaso then urged the President-elect, to live up to his campaign promises to justify the confidence reposed in him.

PDP Calls For Cancellation Of Election Results In Kano

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Kano State chapter, has called for the cancellation of results of Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections in the state.

This is contained in a petition signed by the party’s Secretary, Alhaji Auwalu Danzabuwa, and made available to journalists in Kano on Monday. “The PDP hereby protest the way, manner and procedure adopted by your commission in the conduct of the above exercise.

“The party hereby demand the cancellation of the election in its totality in Kano State,” the petition said.

The party said that the number of votes in many of the polling units exceeded the number of accredited voters as captured in the card reader and manual accreditation. “We hereby put forward the following as examples, Gurjiya Cikin Gari Polling Unit (006), Dagumawa Cikin Gari Polling Unit (007) and Dagumawa Bayan Sakateriya (004).”

The petition also alleged that many voters were deliberately denied the right to vote by APC supporters. It alleged that the commission in some areas did not provide adequate number of ballot papers needed at the polling units and other voting materials at Dawakin Tofa Local Government.

According to the petition, Dawakin Tofa and Rimin Gado local governments received 40,000 and 15, 000 ballot papers respectively. It said that the figure was short of the number needed to conduct free and fair election in the areas. “In addition, a car Renault model belonging to one Alhaji Bilya of Bachirawa Quarters was loaded with APC thump printed ballot papers; the case was reported to Bachirawa Police Division.

“Violent conduct by APC members chased out eligible voters from polling units and stuffing of ballot papers, thump printed by APC agents while INEC officials were made to endorse same under duress,” the petition alleged.

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Buhari Will Get 90% Of Votes In Kano, Says Kwankwaso

Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State, yesterday predicted that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Mohammadu Buhari, would get 90% of votes cast in Kano State during this Saturday’s presidential election.

Kwankwaso stated this when the wife of the APC presidential candidate, Aishatu Buhari paid him a courtesy visit at the government house in Kano.

The governor pointed out that the state has always been pro-Buhari, adding that the people are determined to vote only for APC in the elections.

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Suicide Bomber Nabbed in Kano

A suspected suicide bomber was lynched by a mob at the Ungwa Uku bus station in Kano. According to reports, the middle aged man had refused being screened at the bus stop check point by officials of the National Union of Road Transport Workers.

Police had to be called to the scene as the mob wanted the man dead. He was taken to hospital and is allegedly in a coma due to the severity of his injuries. According to police medical personnel are doing all they can to revive the suspected suicide bomber.

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Hisbah Crash Gay Wedding in Kano, Arrests “Groom”

The Sharia police command (Hisbah) in Kano has disrupted an alleged wedding ceremony between two men and arrested one of the grooms.

The arrested was confirmed by the Hisbah Sharia Guard commander, Aminu Daurawa, who told reporters that the other groom in the illegal union is at large. The arrested groom, Faruk Maiduguri, was paraded alongside fourteen others who were at the venue of the ‘wedding ceremony’.

Sheik Daruwa told reporters that the Sharia police swooped down on the men at a recreational resort in Dawakin Kudu local government area of the state. Hisbah commander said,“we got intelligence report that some youth, all men were planing a wedding of two of their friends, and that Faruk and Abba (bride) who is on the run had under the guise of celebrating Faruk’s birthday sent out invitation on WhatsApp and printed out cards that friends should join them in the epoch-making event.”

In response to the accusation, the suspected homosexual Maiduguri denied getting married to his alleged partner, Abba. He said that they were at the venue to celebrate his birthday and that he is not a homosexual as being accused by men of the Hisbah board.

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Jonathan Begs Sanusi For Support In Feb Polls

As part of his ongoing presidential campaign in the northern part of the country, President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday visited the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, in his palace, seeking for his royal blessing and support for his second term aspiration.

Recall that the duo fell apart after the President suspended Sanusi as the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Prior to his emergence as the Emir, reports say there were unconfirmed moves by Presidency moved ensure that he did not emerge.

DAILY POST learnt that during the Wednesday visit, Jonathan congratulated Sanusi on his installation and condoled with him and the people of the emirate on Bayero’s demise.

He told the traditional ruler that he was in his palace to formally introduce himself, Vice President Namadi Sambo and other PDP candidates in the election.

“I am here to seek your royal blessing and to reassure the people of Kano that the PDP is totally committed to developing the country,” he told the monarch.

In his response, Sanusi thanked Jonathan for the visit and expressed the hope that his campaign in the state would be hitch-free.

Source – Daily Post Ng

U.S Condemns Jos, Kano Bombings

The United States has condemned this week bomb attacks in Kano and Jos, describing the incidents as unfortunate.

Seven people were killed in Kano earlier in the week, while several others died in a similar attack in Jos, the capital of Plateau State, on Thursday.

The U.S in a statement issued in Abuja said, “This senseless attack on the innocents in Jos’s commercial Terminus district follows on the heels of another bombing attack in Nigeria’s second largest city of Kano on December 10, in which four persons were killed and seven injured when two female suicide bombers attacked the Kantin Kawari Textile Market.

“The United States offers its deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the persons killed and injured.

“The United States remains committed to supporting the people of Nigeria in their struggle to stop the depraved actions of Boko Haram and associated terrorist groups.

Source – Global news

Bomb in Kano Food Market Discovered & Detonated by Police

Reports reaching us reveals that a high calibre Improvised Explosive Device at Dawnau, a popular food market in the ancient town. Sources say that the bomb was concealed in a sack that was hidden at the busy market.

Kano state police commissioner, Adelenre Shinaba confirmed the report to be true,  adding that “we have successfully detonated the bomb and I can assure you that we have restored normalcy to the market.”

 

Updates from the Kano Central Mosque Attack

Following the three bomb explosions at the Kano central mosque today, rescue official, speaking to Agence France-Presse, put the casualty toll at 64 dead and 126 hurt, although this has not been independently confirmed.

Aside the three bomb explosions, the attackers also turned gunfire on worshippers, firing randomly at people.

One eyewitness told the BBC’s Focus on Africa that “The imam was about to start prayer when he saw somebody in a car trying to force himself into the mosque. But when people stopped him, he detonated the explosions. People started running helter-skelter.”

BBC Hausa editor Mansur Liman said one witness at a local hospital had described the scenes there as being the most horrible he had ever seen.

Today’s attack is assumed to be targeted at  Emir Muhammad Sanusi II, who has criticised Boko Haram barely a week ago, urging civilians to take up arms against the group. However, the Emir who has been said to be a regular worshipper at the mosque was out of the country during the attack, leaving the assumption ineffective.

 

Father of Kano Child Bride Appeals to Court to Spare Daughter’s Death Sentence

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The father of a 14-year-old child bride accused of murdering her husband said Thursday he was appealing to a Nigerian court to spare his daughter the death sentence.

Wasilat Tasi’u is on trial for the murder of her 35-year-old husband, Umar Sani, who died after eating food that Tasi’u allegedly laced with rat poison.

“We are appealing to the judge to consider Wasilat’s plea,” her father, Isyaku Tasi’u, told The Associated Press on Thursday.

On Wednesday witnesses told the High Court in Gezawa, a town 60 miles outside Nigeria’s second largest city of Kano, that Tasi’u killed her husband two weeks after their wedding in April. Three others allegedly died after eating the poisoned meal.

The prosecution, led by Lamido Soron-Dinki, senior state council from the Kano State Ministry of Justice, is seeking the death penalty.

The case calls into question the legality of trying a 14-year-old for murder under criminal law and the rights of child brides, who are common in the poverty-stricken, predominantly Muslim northern Nigeria region.

“She was married to a man that she didn’t love. She protested but her parents forced her to marry him,” Zubeida Nagee, a women’s rights activist in Kano, told AP. Nagee and other activists have written a letter of protest to the Kano state deputy governor.

Nagee said Tasi’u was a victim of systematic abuse endured by millions of girls in the region. Activists say the blend of traditional customs, Islamic law and Nigeria’s constitutional law poses a challenge when advocating for the rights of young girls in Nigeria.

Justice Mohammed Yahaya adjourned the court until December 22. Tasi’u is in state juvenile custody.

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Rich Kids, Poor Kids: States And The Pot Called Federal Allocation – Ogunyemi Bukola

Yesterday budget and public data analysis platform BudgIT shared how much in total each state in Nigeria received as Federal Allocation in 2013. The list was divided into two. The top ten earner states:

Top 10 States

And the bottom ten:

Bottom 10 States

So this morning I decided to dance around the data a bit and see if numbers could talk. Here’s what numbers said:

My analysis is centred on the Top Four, and Top Six, states (the rich kids), and the Bottom Four, and Bottom Six, states (the poor kids). Figures are approximates.

The Top Four states (Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Delta, and Bayelsa) received a total of N928.2 billion in Federation Allocations in 2013. This is 5 times the total allocation of the Bottom Four (Nassarawa, Osun, Ekiti and Ebonyi) who received N176.6 billion.

The Top Six states (Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Delta, Bayelsa, Lagos and Kano) received a total of N1.1 trillion in Federal Allocations in 2013. This is 4 times the total allocation of the Bottom Six (Kwara, Gombe, Nassarawa, Osun, Ekiti and Ebonyi) who received N272.4 billion.

Bayelsa’s N182.5 billion is more than the combined allocation of Nassarawa, Osun, Ekiti and Ebonyi (bottom four) – N176.6 billion. The N237.8 billion Rivers got is more than the combined allocation of Gombe, Nassarawa, Osun, Ekiti and Ebonyi (bottom five) – N223.1 billion. While top earner Akwa Ibom got N293.5 billion in 2013, the bottom six of Kwara, Gombe, Nassarawa, Osun, Ekiti and Ebonyi got N272.4 billion combined.

 

It gets even better.

Akwa Ibom got 7 times the total allocation of Ebonyi. This means Akwa Ibom got in one year what Ebonyi will get in 7 years if rates are fixed. Rich Kid Bayelsa got 4 times the allocation of Poor Kid Osun.

Numbers wouldnt stop talking so I went online to get the population data of the Rick Kids, and the Poor Kids. Here’s what I found:

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What did numbers say?

The Top Four earner states have a combined population of 17.5 million (2011 projection figures), add Lagos and Kano to that and the population more than doubles, to 39.3 million. Divide the total allocation received by population and you realize the Top Four got about N53,ooo per citizen. This figure comes down to N28,000 per citizen when Lagos and Kano are considered.

Let’s see what the poor folks are up to:

Bottom 6Bottom Four total population is about 11.5 million, this goes up to 17 million when Gombe and Kwara states enter the fray. N15,000 per citizen is what you get when total allocation of bottom four states is divided by the total population, this goes up to N16,000 per citizen when all six states are considered.

For individual states, Akwa Ibom: N64,000 per citizen is what Akwa Ibom got, Bayelsa is N93,000 per citizen, more than 5 times the N17,000 per citizen for Ebonyi.

A quick look at the map of Nigeria shows that Top Four states are from the oil-rich South-South region. That is not surprising. What is surprising is that only one state from the North, Nassawara (North-Central), is in the Bottom Four, with two from South-West (Osun and Ekiti) and one from South-East.

Numbers started speaking French when I compared the data with primary school enrollment figures, state GDP, WAEC pass rates, health reports etc.

Instead of having all 36 come to him every month, one wearing Louboutins, the other rubber slippers, to give one money for private jet back home and the other just enough to board a train, why cant Big Daddy just let the mothers of these kids take care of them?

 

Ogunyemi Bukola (@zebbook) writes from Lagos. www.zebbook.com