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Hajj 2019: First batch of Kano pilgrims return home

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Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The first batch of Kano state pilgrims who performed the 2019 Hajj have arrived the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport on Wednesday.

KANO TODAY reports that, the 534 pilgrims left the King Abdul’azeez airport Jedda on a Boeing 737 Max Air flight   at about 10:20am.

It could be recalled that the Kano State Pilgrims Board had airlifted 3, 170 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for the 2019 Hajj exercise.

Briefing journalists in Jedda, Saudi Arabia, Executive Secretary of the Board, Mohammad Abba Danbatta said all arrangements have been concluded for the successful return flight of the Kano state pilgrims.

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Mr Danbatta urged the pilgrims to be law abiding especially concerning their baggage limitation of 32kg and 8kg hand bags.

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Kano refutes trending story on women driving ban

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Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje

Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state government has described as fallacious a trending story on social media platforms on a purported plan to officially disallow women regardless of any faith from getting behind the wheel.

KANO FOCUS reports that the state commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba who made the clarification in a statement issued on Thursday, said government had at no time contemplate on the matter.

He said the story, which could not be traced to any credible source, was nothing but the imaginary thinking of the authors.

“The trending story lacks any credibility and that is why it is wholly attributed to a source that cannot be substantiated,’’ it added.

Mr Garba pointed out that if at all there was such plan, the state government does not have to be involved in any secretive meeting to decide on a critical issue that has to do its teeming populace.

The commissioner stated further that even Saudi Arabia which for decades had laws that sanctioned women from driving has, after all, lifted the ban in 2018.

He said it was interesting that some of the scholars quoted to have supported the alleged ban have already dissociated themselves from the story.

Clerics denied the story

Earlie on Wednesday, some clerics alleged to have floated the ban Salisu Shehu, Abdallah Gadonkaya and Sani Rijiyar Lemo have all refuted the story.

In a text message sent to KANO FOCUS Shehu described the story as ‘completely false and mischief.’

“It is completely false. It is a mischief. I think some wicked people are desperate about causing unnecessary confusion, controversies and disaffection among Kano Scholars,” he said.

Rijiyar Lemo alleged that the story was concocted by Shiites who were not happy with the outcome of clerics debate with controversial Kano preacher Abduljabbar Kabara.

“Our attention has been drawn to a fake news in circulation, claiming that some ulama in Kano, including my humble self, have tabled a plan to stop women from driving in the state.

“This story, in all certainty, was hatched and being peddled by some Shi’ite elements, who are not happy with the outcome of AbdulJabbar’s saga.

“You are urged to discard this false story. May the Almighty protect us from the evils of our enemies,” Rijiyar Lemo said.

Gadonkaya, on a Facebook post described the story as ‘fake news’.

“I, Abdullah Usman Umar Gadon Kaya strongly say that this is a fake news. I don’t have any hands in it. It’s the act of enemies who want to  crack peace in our dear state (Kano) and Nigeria at large,” Gadonkaya said.

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Court sends undergraduate to Prison for N1m fraud in Kano

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Nosa Ekhatoro

Nasiru Yusuf

The Kano Zonal Command of the  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC today has on Wednesday secured the conviction of one Nosa Ekhatoro before Justice Hafsat Yahaya Sani of the Kano State High Court.

KANO FOCUS reports that the convict was arraigned on a two count charge of conspiracy and theft to the tune of one million Naira.

The convict’s journey to prison started when the Commission received petition alleging that he and one Ogie (who is still at large) conspired and stole one million Naira from the bank account of the complainant through hacking.

Count two of the charge read that “You Nosa Ekhatoro on the 9th of November, 2020 at Kano within the jurisdiction of the Kano State High Court committed theft of the sum of N1, 000,000 by taking it out of the possession of Nagarba General Enterprises from his bank account domiciled in UBA and you thereby committed an offence punishable under section 287 of the Penal Code”.

The convict pleaded guilty to the two counts.

In view of his plea, counsel for the prosecution, Douglas Gift, urged the court to convict him accordingly.

Subsequently, Justice Sani convicted and sentenced the defendant to six months imprisonment with the option of N100, 000 one hundred thousand Naira fine.

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Kano experiences blackout as National grid suffers system collapse – official

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KEDCO

Nasiru Yusuf

Nigeria’s electricity grid experienced another system collapse, an official of Kano Electricity Distribution Company, KEDCO has said.

KANO FOCUS reports that Nura Shawai, KEDCO’s head of corporate Communications said this in a statement in Kano on Wednesday.

Shawai said “This is to kindly inform the general public of another system collapse based on information available to us.

“This occurred today at 12:20 pm as the National Grid was disrupted, resulting in National blackout.

“The Grid Controllers have, however, assured that effort towards restoring supply is ongoing and will ensure speedy reconnection of Kano and other locations back to the grid once the fault is fixed.”

According to him KEDCO regret any inconveniences this might have caused it’s numerous customers.

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