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3 Kano journalists receive national awards

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Three journalists from Kano state have received national awards for excelling intheir profession.

KANO TODAY reports that the three journalists are Abdulaziz Abdulaziz of the PREMIUM TIMES, Nasiru Salisu Zango of FREEDOM and DALA Radio stations in Kano, as well as Jaafar Jaafar of the DAILY NIGERIAN.

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Abdulaziz Abdulaziz, an associate editor at PREMIUM TIMES won the Wole Soyinka award for investigative journalist of the year (online category) as well as investigative reporter of the year award.

 Mr Abdulaziz won the award with a series of six reports which exposed the NYSC certificate forgery by the former finance minister, Kemi Adeosun.

 The series led eventually to the resignation of the British born minister who held office with a fake NYSC exemption certificate.

Mr Abdulaziz, a Bayero University Kano graduate of English hails from Fagge local government area of Kano worked for the Leadership and Blueprint newspapers before joining PREMIUM TIMES.

Nasiru Salisu Zango, manager operations of DALA FM and presenter of FREEDOM FM’s popular Inda Ranka program receives an integrity award from the Youth Alive Foundation.

Mr Zango won the award for championing advocacy journalism and for his crusade against bribery and corruption in Kano.

The journalist, who is also a correspondent for DEUTSCHE WELLE Hausa service hails from Kano municipal local government and is a graduate of Mass Communications from Bayero University Kano.

Jaafar Jaafar, the Publisher/Editor-in-chief of DAILY NIGERIAN online newspaper also receives an Integrity award from the Youth Alive Foundation.

Mr Jaafar won the award for publishing a series of video clips exposing Kano state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje stuffing dollars alleged to be bribes into his pocket.

The publisher has testified before the Kano state House of Assembly and has been sued by the governor for alleged defamation.

Jaafar Jaafar who hails from Fagge local government is a graduate of Mass Communications from Bayero University Kano.

He worked as a reporter with the DAILY TRUST newspaper and served as spokesperson to former Kano state governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso before establishing the DAILY NIGERIAN.

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Kano High Court acquits 2 suspected armed robbers detained for 13 years

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Nasiru Yusuf

A Kano State High Court has disçharged and acquitted two suspected armed robbers accused of killing their victim, Bako Zangina, an offense punishable by death.

Kano Focus reports that Justice Suleman Namalam held that though the court has no doubt that the accused are criminals having been convicted previously, the prosecution has failed to estabilish the ingredient of the offence beyond reasonable doubt in the instant case.

The accused Isyaku Umar otherwise known as ‘Small’ and Ibrahim Suleiman were arraigned in court on three counts charges of conspiracy,attempted armed robbery and culpable homicide punishable by death.

The two accused have been in custody since October 2007 for the alleged killing of Bako Zangina.

The court held that while the prosecution established the death of the victim, it failed to establish three ingredients of offense linking the identity of the accused to the crime thereby creating doubt.

The trial judge held that failure of the prosecution to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt left the court with no option than to discharge and acquitt the two accused.

The two accused persons have been in detention for over 13 years and have previously been tried and convicted for armed robbery.





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Kano wins national award in the fight against TB, leprosy

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Nasiru Yusuf

Kano State Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Program has won the twin National Tuberculosis and Leprosy awards for the year 2020.

Kano Focus reports that, the awards were announced by the Nigeria National TB, Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer Control program during the Annual Review meeting held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State Capital.

Kano get the award as the state with highest consistent quarterly TB case notification for 2020 and the highest TB testing laboratory using GeneXpert Machine.

This is the first time the state have won such National TB and Leprosy Awards.



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FG signs US$1.959bn Kano-Maradi railway project

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The federal government has on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mota-Engil Group for the construction of US$1.959 billion Kano-Maradi Standard gauge railway line.

Kano Focus reports that the Minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi signed on behalf of the federal government while the Managing Director, Mota- Engil, Antonio Gvoea signed on behalf of the contracting firm.

The new railway corridor which is to be located in northern Nigeria will run through Kano, Jigawa and Katsina states and through Niger Republic territory as far as Maradi.

Other cities to benefit directly from the passage of the rail route are Danbatta, Kazaure, Daura, Mashi, Katsina and Jibiya.

A statement signed by Eric Ojiekwe, Director, Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Transportation noted that the 283.750-kilometre rail line besides developing freight and passenger transport, “will be integrated with road transport to make a great contribution to the local economy as well as an important development in the social sector.”

The project duration is for 36 months and the contract type is Engineering, Procurement and Construction.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Magdalene Ajani; Director, Legal Services, Pius Oteh; Managing Director, Mota-Engil Group, Antonio Gvoea; Head of Legal, Mota- Engil Group, Cameron Beverley; Magajin Garin Kano, Muhammad Wada; Director, Mota-Engil Group, Kola Abdulkarim; Vice President, Mota-Engil Group, Mohammed Abdul-Razaq; Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Yusuf Tuggar; Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala-Usman among other personalities.

Mota-Engil is a Portuguese conglomerate with diverse interest in construction, transportation, public works, port operations, waste, water and logistics with presence in 23 countries spread across Africa, Europe and Latin America.



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