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Kano this morning: Friday 21.12.18

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By Mukhtar Yahaya Usman

Top story: Police investigates Wudil/Garko representative of masterminding political murders

Kano state police command says it is investigating a federal legislator Muhammad Ali Wudil representing Wudil/Garko constitueny in the House of Representatives for allegedly masterminding political unrest leading to the death of some people in Rano local government.

KANO TODAY recalls that about three people were said to have died in the crisis during the flag-off of the All Peoples’ Congress (APC) campaign in Kano South senatorial zone.

Magaji Musa Majiya, Kano state police spokesperson said Muhammad Ali Wudil was adviced by the police not to attend the political rally due to security reports against him but he refused to accept the advice.

He said the police command has evidence that Muhammad Ali Wudil went to the rally with political thugs who are now accused of killing three persons at the event.

He added that the command would invite the politician for interrogation and subsequent trial as soon as it gathers enough evidence against him.

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60-year old jailed for raping 9-year old – Kano state high court sitting at Miller Road under Justice Aisha Mahmud has sentenced one Bala Sa’adu, 60, to seven years in prison for raping a nine-year-old girl.

The court found Bala Sa’adu guilty of seducing the little girl with money contrary to section 283 of the Penal Code.

Prosecution counsel Zakariyya Muhammad presented six witnesses before the court to prove his case.

Giving the judgment Aisha Muhammad said she will consider minimal verdict to him for his old age, thus, sentence him to seven year in jail.

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Hisbah rearrests Kano ‘same-sex marriage’ suspect – Kano State Hisbah Command has re-arrested, Fatima Jaririyar Zuciya, one of the 11 women arrested in Sabon Gari area for allegedly organizing a ‘lesbian marriage’.

KANO TODAY reports that the 11 women were arraigned before a Shari’a court and have been remanded in prison custody awaiting trial.

A director of the Hisbah command, Abba Sa’id Sufi said a prison officer unlawfully released Fatima Jaririyar Zucya was but she has been rearrested by Hisbah officers.

Spokesperson Kano state high court Baba Jibo Ibrahim, said they will investigate the issue and bring the suspected prison officer to justice.

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Muhammadu Buhari visits Kano – The president, Muhammad Buhari was in Kano Thursday for the maiden graduation of degree-holding Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASPs) at the Police Academy Wudil.

Muhammad Buhari charged the 602 new ASPs to commit themselves to ensuring the security of lives and safety of property in Nigeria.

Buhari also warned the newly commissioned police officers, that anyone caught colleting bribes will face severe punishment.

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Buhari welcomes Kwankwaso’s associates back to APC – Professor Hafiz Abubakar, former deputy governor of Kano state, who resigned recently to join Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, in the Peoples’ Democratic Party is back in the All Progressives Congress.

He was among the staunch allies of Kwankwaso, members of his Kwankwasiyya Movement, who have retraced their steps to the APC and who met with President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday night in Abuja.

In welcoming the party leaders back to the APC, President Buhari said the house was large enough to accommodate everyone and promised to speak to the leadership of the party and government in Kano to accommodate and work with the returnees.

Other returnees at the meeting include a former Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Aminu Dabo; the immediate past National Treasurer, Bala Mohammed Gwagwarwa; Security Adviser to Kwankwaso, retired Gen. Danjuma Dambazau; Eng. Mu’azu Magaji, all of them staunch members of Kwankwasiyya, as well as Sen. Isa Zarewa who left in protest against the last primaries.

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Kano gets 3,148 new polling units

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expanded the polling units in Kano state from 8,074 to 11,222 to create easy access to polling units.

Kano Focus reports that the INEC chairman, Mahmoud Yakubu revealed this to journalists on Wednesday in Abuja.

Mr Yakubu revealed that Kano Central has 1,978 more polling units while Kano South and Kano North have 658 and 513 respectively.

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The 10 local governments that have the highest number of additional polling units are Nassarawa 334, Kumbotso 220, Gwale 207, Tarauni 207, and Ungoggo 179.

Others are Dala 163, Fagge 163, Kano Municipal 160, Danbatta 94, and Dawakin Kudu 92.

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Nigerian Navy to establish desert warfare institute in Kano

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The Chief of Naval Staff CNS Real Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, has agreed to move Desert Warfare Institute to Kano.

KANO FOCUS reports that this was disclosed by, Chief of Policy and Plans, Nigerian Navy, COR Ezekobe

when he led a delegation to governor Ganduje at his office, in Kano, Wednesday, to brief the governor about development so far.

He said “We are here to actualize the fruitful engagement we had when His Excellency visited us on the 3rd of June. He Chief of Naval Staff directed me to lead this team in actualising some of the promises made to you when you visited the Naval headquarters.”

“Our project standing on 12 hectares of land, is a multi-purpose project. We are moving our Desert Warfare of our Special unit to Kano Your Excellency. This unit is highly trained in both United States of America and Britain. And they are recognized to be of best performance.”

“This is where we will use for a garment industry and other things that will be of significant benefit to the society.”

“We would like to develop a Barack, so that when the need arises we can defend ourselves and also the state. That will definitely help in improving the security of the state in particular and the nation in general.”

He requested that, the Chief of Naval Staff would want to deliver a lecture on Maritime in either Bayero University, Kano, for people here up North to understand the activities of the Nigerian Navy in the national scheme of things.

Ezkobe, a rear admiral in Nigerian Navy, requested another piece of land on behalf of the Naval Officers Wives Association (NOWA) for the establishment of hospital in the state.

“Naval Officers Wives Association (NOWA) is desirous of establishing a 200-bedded hospital in Kano. We also need to get a piece of land for this effort to see the light of the day,” he requested.

“Your Excellency we witnessed the tremendous development in your state. This is highly commendable Sir,” he concluded.

In his response, governor Ganduje appreciated the speed of the process for the visibility of the Nigerian Navy in the state, appreciating that, “We are so happy to have you here. I can see that the return match is so quick. This shows the level of seriousness from your part.”

“Your presence in Kano will definitely boost the morale of our youth in joining the Nigerian Navy. It will also improve our security of the state generally,” he stated.

“We are very much ready for all the requests you came with pertaining this and other projects for the development of the state. And for improving the security of our dear state. We are always ready.”

Concerning the Chief of Naval State Conference, Ganduje said the state would always be ready to see to the realisation of the proposed Conference, adding that, “For the Conference we will create an enabling environment for it to hold.”

“We will also facilitate for the proposed Maritime lecture by the Chief of Naval Staff in one of our universities. There is no doubt about this. Tell him he is always welcome.”

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NCC begins review of telecoms license structure

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has initiated the process for the review of existing licensing structure in the Nigerian telecommunications industry. 

KANO FOCUS reports that an important step towards achieving this was taken recently by the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta when he inaugurated an in-house Standing Committee to carry out the task.

In a statement sent to KANO FOCUS by commission’s spokesperson Ikechukwu Adinde, Danbatta, while inaugurating the Committee, said the need for the review of the existing license structure was informed by the wide range of technological advances, convergence of technologies and services which have characterized the global telecoms space over the years, and which impact is increasingly being experienced in Nigeria.

According to him, the current license structure is almost 20 years old, hence the need for an urgent review of the existing license pattern to reflect new licensing trends in line with international standards while providing opportunities for improved revenue for government.

“Therefore, it is evidently clear that this Standing Committee, drawn up from competent hands in various departments of the Commission, is perfectly suited and capable of addressing the enormous task of reviewing the existing license structure of  telecom licensees in Nigeria,” he said.

While noting that the work of the Standing Committee will be carried out in phases, Danbatta said effective delivery of the Committee’s task will help the Commission to institute a process, which will culminate in the review of the terms and conditions of the various license categories.

These, he said, will include licensing fee, as well as identification of the limitations of the various license categories, with a view to clearly determining licenses that should be phased out or amended.

Specifically, Danbatta outlined Management’s seven-point deliverables from the Committee to include a comprehensive review/report on existing licenses; report and recommendations on consultative fora; and report on recommended new license undertakings.

Others include a report on recommended amendment to license fees and durations; a report on benchmarking of license with similar jurisdictions, a report on the impact of certain licenses on other license holders.

The Committee is also expected to recommend solutions as well as the develop updated regulatory framework for new and amended licenses as the case may be; and a final report on the project with all recommendations.

Also speaking during the inauguration of the Committee, the Director, Licensing and Authorisation, NCC and Chairman of the Committee, Mohammad Babajika, assured the Commission’s Management of the Committee’s resolve to deliver on the terms of their assignment.

At the end of the Committee’s assignment, and following due consultations with industry stakeholders, the Commission envisages a new draft framework for new and amended licenses.

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