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This week in Kano History: July 21- 27



Maude Rabiu Gwadabe

1999 – Ibrahim (Imam) Salisu Buhari resigned as Speaker

On July 22, 1999 the first speaker of the House of Representatives in the fourth Republic resigned from his position.

Ibrahim Salisu Buhari, representing Nassarawa constituency in Kano Metropolis resigned after admitting that he falsified his age, and forged his educational qualifications.

Mr Buhari had claimed to be 36 years old when he was actually 29 and had claimed having a Master’s degree from the University of Toronto in Canada as well as serving in the NYSC scheme at the Standard Constructions Limited here in Kano.

After the NEWS magazine exposed his claims as fraudulent he resigned from the House and apologized for his misconduct.

“I apologize to you. I apologize to the nation. I apologize to my family and friends for all the distress I have caused them. I was misled in error by zeal to serve the nation, I hope the nation will forgive me and give me the opportunity to serve again.” He said.

He was charged to court and was found guilty on two counts of fraud but was fined Two thousand Naira (N2,000.00) only and was subsequently granted a presidential pardon.

2005 – 56 people died in a passenger bus crash

About 56 people died on July 25, 2005 when a bus carrying them from Lagos to Maiduguri felled into the Tamburawa Bridge about 20km from Kano.

The driver who died along with the passengers was reported to have fallen asleep before plunging into the river.

A Federal Roads Safety official, Ibrahim Ahmed Ibrahim told reporters at the time that five passengers survived the crash and were taken to Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital.

Speeding, overloading, and poorly maintained vehicles are blamed by authorities for frequent accidents on Nigerian roads.

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Reckless driving by security forces in Kano

2016 – FG cancels film village in Kano

President Muhammadu Buhari cancelled plans to build a N3bn film village at Kofa town in Kano state following criticisms by Islamic scholars.

Member representing Kiru/Bebeji federal constituency, Abdulmumini Jibrin Kofa had announced plans for the film village earlier at Government House, Kano.

Mr. Kofa said the film village would create thousands of job opportunities and promote cultural activities.

However Islamic scholars led by Sheikh Abdallah Usman Gadon Kaya and Sheikh Aminu Ibrahim Daurawa argued that it would promote immorality while people on social media criticized the plan.

Therefore on 25 July, 2016 SSA to the president on National Assembly Matters, Kawu Sumaila conveyed the presidents’ decision to cancel the film village to the Kano state government.

2018 – Kwankwasiyya lawmakers decamped to PDP

On July 24, 2018 then senator representing Kano Central, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso decamped from the APC to the PDP along with supporters of his Kwankwasiyya movement from the House of Representatives.

The members included Garba Muhammad Diso (Gwale), Garba Umar Durbunde (Sumaila/Takai), Ahmad Garba (Bichi), Ali Sani Madakin Gini (Dala).

Others were Usman Shehu (Karaye/Rogo), Abubakar Nuhu Danburam (Kano Municipal), Nasiru Sule Garo (Gwarzo/Kabo), Muhammad Sani (Rano/Bunkure/Kibiya), and Musa Ado Tsamiya (Gezawa/Gabasawa).

On the eve of the defection Mr Kwankwaso met with President Muhammadu Buhari along with APC chairman Adams Oshiomhole and some governors.

Mr Buhari urged Kwankwaso to stay in the party but he refused to do so citing his conflict with incumbent Kano state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

However during the 2019 election, not a single defected member from Kano state won reelection to the National Assembly.

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This week in Kano history: November 10-16



Kano Trade Fair

1980 – First Kano ‘Made-in-Nigeria’ trade fair

On November 16, 1980, the first Kano ‘Made-in-Nigeria’ trade fair came to an end.

The trade fair was opened on November 08, by Kano state governor, Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi, who promised to build a permanent complex for the fair at the cost of N5,000,000.00.

Highlights of the trade fair included a symposium on ECOWAS and regional cooperation at Bayero University Kano sponsored by the Bank of the North.

Others include a beauty contest at the Lebanon Club Kano sponsored by North Brewery Limited as well as a raffle draw to win a return air ticket to London sponsored by British Caledonian Airways.

More than 130 manufacturers exhibited their products at the fair.

2016 – Nine die as Police, Shia Muslims clash at Kwanar Dawaki

Shia Muslims IMN

At least eight Shia Muslims and a police officer were confirmed dead on November 16, 2016 at Kwanar Dawaki along Zaria Road during a clash over the annual Ashura procession.

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), organizer of the procession, said the police opened fire on its members without provocation.

However, the Kano state police command said its officers were attacked by IMN members when they attempted to disperse them, thereby forcing the police to use live ammunition.

The killings followed a 2015 massacre of the Shia Muslims in Zaria, Kaduna state where 347 IMN members were killed by soldiers according to official sources.

2017 – Police arrest kidnap-for-recharge-card syndicate

Kano Child Kidnappers

On November 15, 2017, the Kano state police command paraded three suspects accused of kidnapping children and demanding ransom in the form of GSM recharge cards.

The suspects; Khalifah Usman of Layin Pole, Kurna, Idris Aminu of Lokon Sheshe, and Sharu Abdullahi Aminu of Sharifai were accused of kidnapping children from Kano city and taking them to ward heads in neighbouring villages as missing children.

Afterwards, the criminals would call the childrens’ parents and negotiate ransoms in form of recharge cards worth hundreds of thousands Naira, according to the police.

Compiled by Maude Rabiu Gwadabe

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This week in Kano history: October 27 – 02 November



Kano Education Fund

1969 – Kano Education Trust Fund launched a £1Millon appeal

On November 2, 1969, more than £150,000.00 was donated at the launch of £1,000,000.00 Kano Education Development Trust Fund.

Federal Commissioner of Health, Malam Aminu Kano announced the highest donation of £50,000.00 by Kano indigenes resident in Lagos and Western States.

The fund built secondary schools at Gaya, Gumel and Kano Metropolis, among others.

2013 – KEDCO takes over PHCN operations in Kano


On November 1, 2013, the federal government handed over the Kano zone of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria to the Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO).

KEDCO, owned by the Sahelian Power SPV Limited is one of 10 companies that took over the assets of the PHCN.

The federal government said it privatized the electricity sector to enhance its availability in the country.

2014 – Child bride charged with murder for poisoning husband

Wasila Tasi'u

On October 31, 2014, Wasila Tasi’u, a 14-year old bride was charged with murder for allegedly killing her 35-year old husband, Umar Sani  by putting rat poison in his food.

Prosecutors told a High Court in Gezawa that the suspect poisoned her husband in Unguwar ‘Yansoro village.

Four people died after eating the food including, the husband, two friends, and a beggar boy who ate the remaining food.

But defence lawyer Husaina Aliyu argued that the court had no jurisdiction over the matter which should be heard in a juvenile court.

The case was subsequently transferred to the juvenile court.

However, the Kano state branch of the International Federation of Female Lawyers (FIDA) put up a fund with major contribution from the Kano state government and paid compensation to the victims’ families.

As of 2019, Wasila Tasi’u is married with two children.

2015 – Allegation of homosexuality at HIGSS Kano

Hassan Gwarzo Secondary School

On October 28, 2015, a 13-year old pupil of Hassan Ibrahim Gwarzo Secondary School was admitted to hospital after being allegedly raped by some older students.

The boy’s mother told the Inda Ranka program of Freedom Radio that other boys in the school were also serially raped.

The issue generated a lot of controversy while the presenter, Nasiru Salisu Zango was threatened by some persons claiming to be police officers to stop broadcasting the issue.

Kano state government closed the school in December pending reports from police investigations and a panel of inquiry created by the government.

By January 2016, Kano state government allowed the school to reopen while the proprietor, Ibrahim Ayagi, the principal, and two staff of the school were arraigned before a Senior Magistrate Court  on allegation of condoning sodomy.

On August 6, 2018 the court dismissed the case after the complainants failed to appear before it.

Compiled by Maude Rabiu Gwadabe

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This week in Kano History September 29 – 05 October



Hassan Katsina, Ado Bayero, Aguiyi Ironsi

1966 – Ado Bayero, Hassan Katsina quell army mutiny in Kano

On October 1, 1966, troops of the 5th battalion of the Nigerian Army mutinied in Kano and killed the second in command Captain Auna and the RSM Dauda Mumuni.

The mutiny was an attempt to avenge the killing of Northern Nigerian leaders by Igbo officers during the first military coup in Nigeria.

The troops broke out of the barracks and attacked Igbos in Sabon Gari area as well as Kano Airport and train station.

The military governor of the Northern Region, Lt-Colonel Hassan Usman Katsina, put down the mutiny by driving round Kano in an open Jeep accompanied by Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero.

1969 – World of Paperbacks book exhibition opens

Sarkin Bai at World of Paperbacks Exhibition

On October 1, 1969, a five-day exhibition of paperback books was opened in Kano.

The exhibition was sponsored by the United States Information Service (USIS).

Kano state commissioner of education, Alhaji Mukhtar Sarkin Bai declared the exhibition open.

Sarkin Bai called for the production of Hausa books in paperback.

1979 – Abubakar Rimi became 1st civilian governor of Kano

Abubakar Rimi

On October 1, 1979, Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi of the Peoples’ Redemption Party (PRP) was sworn-in as the first civilian governor of Kano state.

Rimi’s administration was outstanding for its cancellation of poll tax and human development projects.

Abubakar Rimi established among others the Kano State Agricultural Supply Company (KASCO), Kano Agricultural Rural Development Agency (KNARDA), Rural Electricity Agency, the Agency for Mass Education, the Science and Technical Schools Board, the Primary Education Board, as well as Kano State Environmental Protection Board.

He also introduced the Workers’ Day Holiday in Nigeria and sponsored Kano state students on overseas scholarships.

Rimi also established the Triumph Publishing Company and Kano state television (CTV) known named after him.

However he failed to win re-election after falling out with his political mentor Malam Aminu Kano.

He was sentenced to 10 years in jail by the Buhari military administration but the Babangida administration commuted the term to three years.

Rimi was Minister of Communication during the Abacha regime but was later jailed after starting the movement that transformed into the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) after Abacha’s death.

Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi died on April 4, 2010 after a confrontation with armed robbers.

1983 – Sabo Bakin Zuwo takes office as Kano state governor

Sabo Bakin Zuwo

On October 1, 1983, Aliyu Sabo Bakin Zuwo took office as Kano state governor after defeating Abubakar Rimi who had defected from the PRP.

Bakin Zuwo ruled for only three months before the Second Republic was toppled in an army coup.

Highlights of his tenure include the downgrading of the four first class emirates created by the Rimi administration and sacking of civil servants loyal to the former governor.

He also converted the Palace Cinema at Jakara Kano city into a clinic which was later christened Sabo Bakin Zuwo Maternity Hospital.

Bakin Zuwo was arrested by the Buhari administration and sentenced to 21 years but his sentence was commuted to three years by the Babangida administration.

He died on February 15, 1989 following a domestic accident.

2012 – Kano state government closes Triumph newspaper

Triumph Newspaper

On October 3, 2012, Kano state government led by Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso shut down the Triumph Publishing Company established by the Abubakar Rimi administration.

The moribund company was the publisher of Daily Triumph, Weekend Triumph, Sunday Triumph, and the Hausa Albishir newspaper as well as Alfijir written in Ajami script.

However, the Abdullahi Ganduje administration resuscitated the company in May 2017 with the maiden edition commemorating the 50th anniversary of Kano state.

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