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Kano this morning: Tuesday 18.12.18

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By Mukhtar Yahaya Usman

Top Story: Hisbah disrupts ‘Lesbian Marriage’ in Kano

The Kano state Hisbah Command has arrested 11 women in Sabon Gari area of Fagge local government on Monday for allegedly organizing a lesbian marriage, a charge which the suspects have denied.

Officer in charge of the operation Nasiru Ibrahim said the Hisbah Command received intelligence report that Safiyya Yobe was about to get married to Fatima Gezawa at the event.

Nasiru Ibrahim said the Hisbah Command raided the event and arrested 11 women including the alleged ‘groom’ and ‘bride’.

However, one of the suspects Fati Jaririyar Zuciya said they organized the party in honor of the appointment of Fatima Gezawa as deputy chairlady of their dance club while the alleged ‘groom’ Safiyya Yobe is the chairlady of the club.

KANO TODAY recalls that in April 2007, there was a similar a case in Kano when a woman called ‘Aunty Maiduguri’ was alleged to have wedded four wives when she organized a party to raise money for a sex worker who was getting married to a man.

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Teachers’ recruitment: Women protest in Gwale – Hundreds of women in Gwale local government have protested the alleged reallocation of their offers of employment as classroom teachers to other candidates favored by the council authorities.

KANO TODAY recalls that the Kano state government has recently recruited 1,239 female teachers across the 44 local governments of the state.

After the public launching of the recruitment exercise at the government house where a few candidates received their offers, the others were instructed to collect theirs at their respective local government secretariats.

The protesting women in Gwale are alleging that the chairman Community Re-orientation Committee (CRC) Sani Jibril Danzara connived with others to replace the names of the successful candidates with others who had not participated in the recruitment exercise.

Sani Danzara admitted that not all the women who were presented before the governor received offers of employment but denied that they were replaced by others.

He explained that the number of offers of employment granted to Gwale local government by the state government was less than the number of successful candidates.

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Potassium Bromate: Court closes bakery – A Kano magistrate court has ordered the closure of a bakery, Sadiq Bread in Jajira, Dala local government and the burning of 796 loaves of bread made with Potassium Bromate.

Potassium bromate is used to strengthen the dough and allow it to rise higher. It also gives the finished bread an appealing white color. But it has been banned by NAFDAC because it can lead to cancer.

Sarkin Tsaftar Kano, Ja’afar Ahmad Gwarzo made the arrest following a tip from residents of the Jajira community.

Ja’afar Gwarzo said the magistrate Hadiza Rabi’u Bello summoned the bakery owner but he refused to appear before the court.

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Electricity supply returns to Sharada Small Scale Industries – The Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) has resumed the supply of electricity to Sharada Small Scale Industries following a power cut lasting more than a fortnight.

Kano Today recalls that the small-scale industrialists had earlier resisted attempts by KEDCO to install meters in their factories preferring a flat monthly payment as estimated billing.

The company however decided to cut its electricity supply alleging that it has been losing about N80million monthly in the area due to unpaid bills.

Following the intervention of Kano state commissioner of commerce, Ahmad Rabiu the small-scale industrialists have now agreed to getting their electricity consumption metered.

KEDCO spokesman, Mohammed Kandi said the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has mandated all distribution companies to meter customers in their networks.

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Sheikh Mahy Niasse denies urging Emir Sanusi to step down

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Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

The Supreme leader of the Tijjaniyya Ibrahimiyya Sect, Sheikh Muhammad Mahi Niasse, has debunked a letter making the round that he appealed to the Reinstated Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II to step down and follow his grandfather’s footsteps.

KANO FOCUS reports that this was just as the organisation said: “This is the second time these kinds of letters have been forged against our Global Tijjaniyya leader; the same things were done during the previous administration of Umar Ganduje, but this time around, anybody who is behind it will have himself to blame.”

However, in a counter letter written in Arabic and translated to Hausa, signed by the Commissioner of Religious Matters of Kano State and who also doubled as the Nigeria spokesperson of the Global Tijjaniyya Leader, Sani Auwalu Ahmad Tijjani, the purported letter asking Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II to step down is a forged one and does not emanate from their leader.

The letter reads: In fact, the purported letter touches on the integrity of our leader, who sees Muhammadu Sanusi II as his disciple in Nigeria and a person of humble background with sound religious character.”.

He said, “We have given those behind the purported letter to, within 24 hours, show themselves and explain from where it’s emanated and to whom it was sent; otherwise, we will not hesitate in taking legal action against them.”

He said already that security has been detailed on the matter, and anybody who is behind it will soon face the full wrath of the laws, “because we ask him to be arrested and prosecuted duly.”

Tijjani stated that they will not allow the continued destruction of the names of their religious leader and will always link him to things that he has never written.

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NUP presents Gov Yusuf with Outstanding Governor of the Year award

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….Acknowledged him as the “Most friendly Governor for pensioners

The national leadership of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners has bestowed upon the Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, the title of the most pensioner-friendly Governor of the year.

This was contained in a statement issued by governor’s spokesperson Sunusi Bature Dawakin Tofa on Thursday.

In presenting the accolade to the Governor, the national chairman of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Mazi Godwin Ikechuku Abumisi, expressed that it was incumbent upon the union to acknowledge the Governor due to his steadfast dedication to the welfare of pensioners in the state.

“Your Excellency, you shine brightly as a beacon of support to our members.

“Over the past year, you have authorized and disbursed eleven billion naira to clear the backlog of pension gratuity payments.

“This milestone is unparalleled; no other governor has accomplished such a feat within a single year since the restoration of democracy in Nigeria.”

In their messages of goodwill earlier, the state chairmen of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) in Kano expressed gratitude to the Governor for his unwavering commitment to addressing the pension liabilities amounting to N43 billion left by the previous administration.

Responding to the honor, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf reiterated his unwavering dedication to supporting pensioners by the settlement of their gratuities and the timely disbursement of monthly pension allowances.

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Kano emirate tussle: Police ban Sallah durbar

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The Kano State Police Command has prohibited the planned Durbar celebrations by both dethroned Emir Aminu Ado Bayero and reinstated Emir Muhammad Sanusi ll.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Durbar, a traditional ceremony typically held a day after Sallah, involves the Emir riding on horseback through major areas of Kano city.

Despite both Emirs having made preparations and requested security permission from the state police command, the police have denied their requests due to potential security concerns.

The Kano State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Haruna Kiyawa, confirmed the ban in a statement issued on Thursday.

The statement, titled “Ban on Durbar Activities and Other Security Restraints During Sallah Festivities,” emphasized that the police command has issued security advisories to residents in preparation for the forthcoming Sallah celebrations.

The police decision aims to prevent any potential conflicts or security breaches that could arise from the ongoing emirship dispute.

The Kano State Police Command congratulates Muslim faithful and all law-abiding residents of the State for witnessing yet another Eid-El-Kabir Sallah period and assures that adequate security deployments have been put in place to ensure no breakdown of law and order in all parts of the State before, during and after the festive period.

SP Kiyawa added “This is part of the commitment to sustenance of the peace by the Kano State Police Command in conjunction with all the relevant security stakeholders.

He state that “in furtherance, a ban has been placed on ALL DURBAR activities throughout the State for the upcoming Eid-El-Kabir celebrations”.

This measure is taken as a result of series security reports obtained and wide consultations made with relevant security stakeholders to ensure the safety of the larger community.

However, worshippers are advised to conduct their normal Eid Prayers at the various designated Eid praying grounds, traditionally done in the past.

On a final note, the Command encourages continued collaboration and cooperation from all stakeholders to collectively work together to build a safer and more secure environment.

The Command also urges everyone to keep reporting any suspicious movement of person(s) or item(s) they come across to the nearest Police Station or through the following Kano State Police Command emergency contact numbers:- 08032419754, 08123821575, 09029292926.

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