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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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TCN creates Kano transmission region

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THE Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has carved out a new Kano transmission region from the old Kaduna Region. 

KANO FOCUS reports that the newly established unit brings the number of TCN regional centres to 10.

The TCN believes the step will improve commercial activities in the state.

A statement issued by TCN General manager of Public Affairs Ndidi Mbah explained that the creation of the Kano Transmission Region became necessary owing to the rapid economic and industrial development being witnessed within Kano State and its environs, as well as the gradual implementation of TCN’s strategic ‘Nigerian Electricity Grid Maintenance, Expansion and Rehabilitation Programme (NEGMERP),’ which has enabled the transmission company to complete some ongoing projects and increase the number of substations within that axis.

He said the  Kano Transmission Region had, under its supervision, one sub-regional office and several work centers, all housing 13 transmission substations (TS), including the Kumbotso TS, Dan Agundi TS, Dakata TS, Tamburawa TS, Kwanar Dangora TS, Wudil TS, Kankia TS, Katsina TS, Daura TS, Dutse TS, Hadejia TS, Azare TS, and Gagarawa TS.

The new Kano region currently according to the statement has ongoing transmission substation projects which when completed would further increase bulk transmission capacity in the new region.

The new Kano Transmission Region, the company said, would deepen operational efficiency within the region and enable its engineers to readily access and resolve technical issues within the new region.

Mbah explained that prior to the creation of the new Kano Region, major decisions had to be referred to Kaduna Region for directives, and the supply of materials was sometimes delayed due to logistic issues from Kaduna.

Mbah noted that the proximity of the new region would radically reduce downtime and eliminate time lost when materials had to be conveyed from the Kaduna Region.

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DSS arrests singer accuse of blasphemy

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The Department of State Services have arrested another blasphemous singer, Ahmad Abdul, whose song was perceived to create chaos in Kano state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Singer Ahmad Abdul was detained by the DSS because his free movement may likely cause violence reaction from Kano residents.

While in detention, Mr Abdul tender apology to entire Muslims, Kano state government and Islamic Scholars.

He told DSS operatives that he never thought that the song has violated Islamic teachings.

Commenting while witnessing the bail condition granted to Mr Abdul at the DSS Headquarters, Kano, the Executive Secretary of the Kano state Censorship Board Ismaila Naaba Afakallah recalled that he had received hundreds of petitions against the song from concerned citizens.

Afakallah said having realized the gravity of the song’s blasphemy, he reported the singer to DSS who swung into action and arrested him at a Hotel where he was hiding for days.

Mr Abdul Father, Abdullahi Isa thanked the DSS for their timely response on the matter which saved possible outbreak of law and order.

Also in August last year, An upper Sharia court in the Hausawa Filin Hockey area of the state has found one Yahaya Sharif-Aminu guilty of committing blasphemy for a song he circulated via WhatsApp.

However, the appellate division of the High Court of Kano State had on January 21 quashed the death sentence passed on Mr Sharif-Aminu and freed him.

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I’ll not run for President – Muhammadu Sanusi II

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The deposed Emir of Kano Malam Muhammadu Sunusi II says he is not interested in contesting for the presidency of Nigeria.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Sunusi revealed this at a Tijjnaniyya zikir held in Abuja on Thursday.

Muhammadu Sanusi said his current position as Tijjaniyya Khalifa in Nigeria is superior to the presidency.

The deposed Emir however said he is ready to help those he believe in their competence to win elections without his participation in politics.

“If we trust a candidate is out to serve the people, we will come out and help them.

“That is not joining politics but a civic duty to the nation and its citizens” Mr. Sanusi said.

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