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Saudi doctors conduct free surgery in Kano



By Mukhtar Yahya Usman

More than 60 patients have received free urinary tract surgery in Kano state.

Director General, Kano State Agency for the Control of AIDS, Usman Bashir said the surgery was conducted by Saudi Arabian charity organization, International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO) in collaboration with the state government.

Usman Bashir stated that the male and female patients were suffering from various ailments affecting the urinary tract such as cancer, birth defects and enlargement of the prostate.

A team of 10 urologists from IIRO Saudi Arabia and some Kano based urologists conducted the surgery at the Abubakar Imam Urology Centre between December 21-28, 2018, he stated.

Kabir Ibrahim Getso, a medical doctor and Kano state commissioner of health explained that the IIRO supplied expertise, equipment and consumables worth about N20 million while the state government provided accommodation, feeding, transportation and other logistics to the visiting doctors.

Most of the patients have been discharged while some are receiving medication at the centre, according to the commissioner.

Some of the beneficiaries, Alhaji Saidu Ibrahim with five years urinary problems and Bilkisu Umar who suffered from kidney stones thanked the IIRO and Kano state government for treating them free of charge. 

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In appreciation, Kano state government has organized a dinner for the IIRO team.

Speaking at the event, Kano deputy governor, Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna thanked the team for supporting healthcare delivery in the state.

In his response, IIRO team leader, Jamal Al Barry expressed satisfaction with the logistics provided by Kano state government and assured that the relationship would be solidified.

Also speaking, IIRO regional officer, Abdallah bn Salem Al-Howairini said the organization is willing to continue collaborating with Kano state government in providing healthcare services.

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AIG orders investigation of Policeman seen voting in Kano APC Congress



Aminu Abdullahi

The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone Abubakar Sadiq Bello has ordered the investigation of unprofessional conduct of a policeman caught on camera voting during state congress of All progressive Congress (APC) in Kano.

KANO FOCUS reportsthat in view of the unprofessional conduct of the policeman, the AIG has referred the matter to the Zonal X-Squad for investigation.

A statement issued on Monday by Zonal Police Public Relations Officer Abubakar Zayyanu identified the police officer as Bashir Mohammed attached to the government house, Kano, from where he was deployed to work with the state Chairman of APC Abdullahi Abbas as a security aide.

Mr Zayyanu noted that if the inspector is found to have committed an offence by this action, the appropriate disciplinary measure will be taken against him.

He further assured the general public that further development on the matter will be communicated.

The statement reads in part.

“The attention of the Inspector-General of Police Zone one Headquarters, Kano has been drawn to a trending picture on social media, of an inspector of police casting vote at the recently conducted Kano State congress of the APC along with his principal, the state party chairman, Abdullahi Abbas.

“The inspector of police has been identified as Bashir Mohammed of the Special Protection Unit, Base One, Kano. The inspector is attached to the government house, Kano from where he was deployed to work with the said Abdullahi Abbas as a security aide.

“In view of this seemingly unprofessional conduct of the inspector, the AIG has referred the matter to the Zonal X-Squad for investigation.

“If the inspector is found to have committed a disciplinary offence by this action, the appropriate disciplinary measure will be taken against him.

“Finally,  we want assure members of the public that further development on the matter will be communicated please.”

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EFCC Grills Rabiu Kwankwaso



Rabiu Kwankwaso

Nasiru Yusuf

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Saturday grilled former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso over allegations of abuse of office, diversion of public funds and fraudulent allocation of government properties to cronies.

KANO FOCUS reports that Kwankwaso, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, was first invited by the EFCC in September but failed to honour the invitation as reported by Channels TV.

An associate of the politician informed Channels Television that Kwankwanso may have been invited in relation to a petition by some retired employees of the Kano State Government.

The retired employees had told the EFCC that the former governor mismanaged pension remittances to the tune of N10 billion between 2011 and 2015, to fund a housing project for his cronies.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren did not comment on the interrogation of the former governor when contacted on Saturday.

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Crisis rocks Kano APC as Ganduje, Shekarau hold parallel Congress



Aminu Abdullahi

Crisis rocked Kano chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC), as Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and faction loyal to former governor of Kano and serving Senator Ibrahim Shekarau held parallel state congress.

KANO FOCUS reports that while Ganduje group held their congress at Sani Abacha stadium, faction loyal to Shekarau had their own at Janguza town, Tofa local government area.

Ganduje’s led group endorsed Abdullahi Abbas as state chairman of APC for a second term in a consensus arrangement, while the faction loyal to Shekarau announced Ahmadu Haruna Zago as newly elected chairman of APC in Kano state.

Reports shows that the security have earlier disrupted Shekarau’s camp congress at Sani Abacha youth centre and sealed the premises before they moved to Janguza where they held the election.

Below are some pictures of the parallel Congress.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje while voting at Sani Abacha stadium


Governor Abdullahi Ganduje with APC chieftains


Delegates at Sani Abacha stadium

Ballot box

Factional chairman of Kano APC Ahmadu Haruna Zago

Ahmadu Haruna Zago and Abdilkadir Jobe

APC factional congress at Janguza

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