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Kano governorship tribunal orders arrest of INEC witness attackers

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Kano state Governorship Tribunal headed by Justice Halima Shamaki has ordered the arrest of persons accused of attacking an INEC staff who gave evidence before the court.

KANO TODAY reports that Halima Sambo Hassan appeared as a witness on Tuesday.

The judge described the online attack on Halima Sambo Hassan as barbaric and ordered security agencies to investigate the incident.

She further ordered the security operatives to arrest and prosecute those behind the attack.

Justice Shamaki warned that the tribunal would not condone any act of contempt from supporters of the parties before the court.

She cautioned that the court will not accommodate the slightest threat to its proceedings.

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“If the life of a witness is threatened, we cannot sit down and pretend that all is well.

“I want to warn seriously, that I have a letter in my file, written by lead counsels in this matter requesting the tribunal to have initially sat in Abuja because they said  Kano is not safe.

“From now any slightest sign of insecurity, I will write to Abuja for the sitting of this panel to be relocated from Kano.” She said.

Counsel representing INEC, Adedayo Adedeji had informed the court that Halima Sambo Hassan, who testified before the tribunal had become a victim of online attack.

Mr Adedeji alleged that photographs of the witness have gone viral accompanied with threats to her life and indecent comments against her personality.

“My lord the photograph of the witness, when leaving this court was taken.

“This is contempt. We seek the protection of this court. For witness to come and give evidence is not a crime.” He said.

He pleaded to the court to restrain party supporters from attending court sessions, if they fail to desist from their unruly attitude.

“Why should a witness not be able to sleep in his or her house? This has to stop.” He added.

PDP and APC condemn attack

The People’s Democratic Party, Kano state chapter has also condemned the alleged online assaults, threat to life and criminal intimidation vented on the witness.

Counsel representing Abba Kabiru Yusuf the PDP flag bearer in the 2019 governorship elections Maliki Kuliya Umar condemned the attacks on the witness.

Mr Umar called on all party supporters to respect the sanctity of the court of law.

He added that all lawyers in the suit would converge to ensure that similar incidents do not reoccur.

Also Mr Offiong Offiong (SAN), counsel to governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje decried the attack on the witness as contemptuous.

Mr Offiong appealed to the relevant security organs to uncover and drag  the suspected perpetrators before the law.

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Kano domesticate social protection policy

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Kano state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has approved the domestication of National social protection policy in the state.

Kano Focus reports that the Social Protection Policy is designed to show the commitment of the Government to the effective mobilisation and efficient utilisation of state resources to improve the quality of life of its citizens.

The state Commissioner of planning and budget Nura Muhammad Dankadai revealed this on Friday at a one day interactive session with with journalists and civil society organizations.

Alhaji Nura Muhammad Dankadai

Mr Dankadai said governor Ganduje approved the domestication of the policy on Thursday.

According to him when domesticated the policy will provide legal framework for school feeding programme, ante natal and post natal care, addressing gender based violence and protecting people living with disabilities.

On the meeting with journalists, Mr Dankadai said it was aimed at intimating them with on the state government’s projects and received some inputs for possible submission to the government.

The commissioner uses the opportunity to appeal to civil society organizations and journalists to sensitise people on the current economic challenges which made it difficult for the state to pay workers salary for the month of March.

In their separate contributions Akibu Hamisu, I. G Maryam and Wali Ado Rano advised Kano state government on the need to address multiple taxation, grant local government financial autonomy and holding periodic interactive session with CSOs and journalists.

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AKTH honours NCC Boss UG Danbatta

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Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, being presented with an appreciation award by Prof. Abdulrahman Sheshe, Chief Medical Director, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Kano, during the courtesy visit.

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The management of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital has visited the Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communication Commission Umar Garba Danbatta.

Kano Focus reports that during the visit the AKTH team also presented an award to Danbatta as an expression of the hospital’s appreciation for the enormous contributions of the EVC and the Commission to the development of health institutions over the years in the country.

Speaking during the visit, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of AKTH, Abdulrahman Sheshe, who led the delegation on the courtesy call, said, “the objective of our being here today is to appreciate your contribution in person and as EVC of NCC to the growth and development of the teaching hospital.”

According to Sheshe, through the support and donations from Kano people like the EVC and institutions like NCC, the hospital has increased its bed capacity from 250 to 700, as well as performing 57 successful transplant surgeries.

“You have also made enormous contributions in this regard and that has helped us to get new dialysis machines through your assistance and these machines are being put to use, aside from other state-of-the-art equipment already in place,” he said while appreciating the EVC.

The CMD, however, sought NCC’s support in the area of a Health Information Management System (HIMS) and digital capacity for staff.

Responding, however, Danbatta thanked the hospital management for the visit and the award, noting that the Commission supports federal institutions with necessary ICT equipment across the country and is ready to assist AKTH in this regard.

Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta

“As a Commission, we are working to bridge the infrastructure divide, which is an element of the entire digital ecosystem. We do this via a lot of ongoing regulatory initiatives. And, through our training arm, Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), we provide digital literacy to critical sectors of the economy, including the health sector, we also intervene through our Advanced Digital Appreciation Programme,” he said.

According to Danbatta, digital divide can be bridged by making computers available and ICT services accessible to people and key sectors of the economy.

Danbatta (middle) flanked by top management committee of AKTH and NCC staff during the courtesy visit

“Infrastructure that can host this massive flow of information and knowledge is broadband infrastructure and this is top-most in the agenda of the Commission. Indeed, ICT is transforming every sector of the economy and the earlier we embrace the vast opportunity brought by ICT the better,” the EVC pointed out.

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Police arrest bandit who abduct his uncle for one million Naira ransom

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Abubakar Musa displaying the two AK-47 ripples

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Police in Kano said they have arrested a 27 year old Abubukar Musa who confessed to have abducted his uncle and received one million Naira ransom.

Kano Focus reports that the police spokesperson in Kano Abdullahi Kiyawa announced this in a video clip sent to journalists on Sunday.

He said the suspect was arrested with two AK 47 ripple suspected to be used for kidnapping and banditry.

Mr Kiyawa said preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect is among the bandits terrorizing some parts of Kano, Birnin Gwari in Kaduna state and some Northern states.

Mr Musa an indigine of Rurum village in Tudun Wada local government Kano state recalled how in the past abducted his uncle and collected one million Naira ransom before he release him.

The suspect also told police that he borrowed the guns found under his possession from Muhammadu Bakanoma in Zamfara state to confront another bandit called Malam at Birnin Gwari whom he accused with abducting his wife and daughter.

“I am a cattle rustler. I once abducted my uncle Alhaji Haruna and my cousin Bappan Jauro six years ago. These are the only two persons I have ever abducted. I abducted him (Alhaji Haruna) because his two children (Medi and Bappan Jauro) have kidnapped my younger sister Hafsat.

” I released him after receiving one million Naira ransom. We are now living with him (Alhaji Haruna( in the same compound,” Mr Musa said.

Mr Kiyawa said investigation is ongoing and will issue a statement when completed.

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