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3 Kano journalists receive national awards



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.

Abdulaziz Abdulaziz

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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Abba Kabir Yusuf asks Fuel Marketers to reverse to old price



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim




Kano state Governor, Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf has urged petroleum marketers to reverse the prices of petroleum goods to its old rate in order to lessen the current hardship experienced by the general public.

KANO FOCUS reports that the appeal is contained in a statement issued by Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, the chief press secretary to the governor.

The governor said he is aware that the marketers still had old products in stock that were supposed to be sold at the previous pricing.

“To reduce the needless hardship on the state’s citizens, the marketers should exercise some restraint and quickly reopen all filling stations with available products in stock to sell at the former price.

“As a concerned Governor, I am disheartened to see our dear People of Kano suffering as a result of an unjustified fuel hike, and the situation must be stopped right away,” the governor said.

Kano, according to governor, is the commercial hub for the country’s northern region as well as certain countries in West Africa, and its bustling populace continues to enjoy favorable business conditions.

The Governor urged the good citizens of Kano state to maintain their composure and uphold the law because the government is always prepared to make sure that people are doing their affairs conveniently.

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Abba Kabir Yusuf appoints Rahila Mukhtar to head KSCHMA




Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim




Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has announced the appointment of Rahila Mukhtar as executive secretary of the Kano State Healthcare Contributory Management Agency (KCHMA).


KANO FOCUS reports that this is contained in a statement by his chief press secretary Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa on Thursday.


Yusuf also approved the appointment of Garba Bichi as managing director of the Kano State Water Board, Hassan Danbaffa as managing director of the Kano State Road Maintenance Agency (KARMA), Ibrahim Yakubu as managing director of the Kano State Urban Planning and Development Authority (KNUPDA) and Abdulkadir Abdussalam as the accountant-general.


KANO FOCUS reports that the government said a date for their swearing-in would be announced soon to enable them to assume the new responsibilities.




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Police arrest ninety-six suspects in Kano over attempts to disrupt inauguration activities








Ninety- six suspects were arrested by the Nigeria Police in Kano following alleged attempts to disrupt peace in the state during Monday’s inauguration ceremony.


KANO FOCUS reports that State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Usaini Gumel, who disclosed this at a press conference held at the Command’s Bompai headquarters, Wednesday remarked that the arrest followed a series of crackdowns by his men.


He noted that the suspects, who were picked up differently across the state within the last one week included 56 suspected mobile phone robbers, 17 illicit drug related suspects, and 20 suspects who were arrested on account of attempts to commit violent crimes.


Items recovered from the suspects included five cartons of suspected Tramadol tablets, 83 sachets of suspected Diazepam and 371 pieces of rubber solution, including 12 parcels and 303 wraps of dried leaves.


Other recoveries from the suspects included 157 weapons, four locally made guns, one toy gun and 18 mobile phones as well as 34 ATMs .


He explained that preliminary investigations had led them to conclude that the suspects were saboteurs and sponsored criminals given that they were found with dangerous weapons and were also under the influence of drugs during their arrest


Usaini added that all the suspects would soon be charged to court even as he advised the members of the public to be law abiding.


He insisted that the Police would continue to match its words with actions until all the criminally minded persons in the state repented or decided to leave the state.



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