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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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Photo News: Emir Sanusi visits Sultan of Sokoto

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Aminu Abdullahi

The former Emir of Kano has on Monday paid a courtesy visit to Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar lll.

Kano Focus reports that the pictures of the visit were published on a Facebook page linked to former Emir named ‘Sanusi ll Dynasty’.

Though the reason of the visit was not stated, but the former Emir has paid similar visit to Lamido of Adamawa in his capacity as leader of Tijjaniyya sect in Nigeria.

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Kano to revive bilateral relationship with Pakistan

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Kano State Government has expressed commitment to revive the long existing relationship with Pakistan.

KANO FOCUS reports that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje gave the assurance on monday while receiving the Pakistani High Commissioner to Nigeria Muhammad Tayyab Azam at the Government House.

Ganduje represented by his deputy Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said Kano endowed with lots of potentials is open for people to come and invest, particularly those from Pakistan.

“We are happy for showing commitment towards reviving the long relationship between us. I can remember the partnership we have in the engagement of Pakistani teachers in our schools which has yielded a lot today.”

“Even in the area of agricultural mechanization we have partnered with Pakistan especially in the supply of tractors to our farmers,therefore I feel if we continue to explore agriculture it will be beneficial to both Kano and Pakistan”.

The Governor also commended Pakistan for showing interest in reviving the bilateral relationship with Kano State.

In his remarks the Pakistani High Commissioner Muhammad Tayyab Azam described the visit to Kano as historic and important being the first state he visited since assuming office.

“I know the importance of Kano as hub of business in Nigeria, after Lagos Kano is next where there is business opportunity”.

“There was a time in Kano when most schools   have many Pakistani teachers..my aim is to bring back that relationship”.

He however pointed out that Kano and Pakistan have similarities in both values and culture therefore it is important to deepen the relationship so as to sustain the partnership in  the areas of health and agriculture as that will create opportunities for our people towards boosting the economy.

The High Commissioner was accompanied during the visit by Pakistani Consul General in Kano Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai.

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ACF revives Kano chapter

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The Arewa Consultative Forum ( ACF) has resuscitated it Kano State chapter and nominated a 14- member Interim Executive Committee to run its affairs for the next six months.

Kano Focus reports that the Forum has mandated the new leadership to organise a general congress that may elect a new council.

A statement issued on Monday by the publicity secretary of the Forum Bello Sani Galadanchi reported that at the inaugural ceremony presided by a member of ACF Board of Trustees, Halliru Akilu, the non- partisan voluntary organization also nominated delegates to its National Executive Committee ( NEC) engagements.

Akilu, a retired Brigadier- General, tasked the new leadership to work in unity, and restore all ACF organs and activities for the betterment of our society.

He stressed that the ACF which is apolitical, believes in the unity of the country, but aspires to see the glory of the north restored, and the economic fortunes of the region tapped for the greater benefit of our people and the nation as a whole.

In his acceptance speech, the new Chairman of the ACF Interim Committee, NaShehu Hassan Abubakar thanked the congregation for finding him worthy of the enormous responsibility.

Abubakar, a retired Air Vice Marshall (AVM) assured the ACF National body and people of Kano State of his determination to steer the ship creditably, selflessly and in strict compliance with ACF desire to improve the lot of our people, as well as agitate for their rights.

Other committee members nominated at the ceremony include Aishatu Yakubu Maijama’a (Deputy Chairperson); Shehu Aliyu (Vice- Chairman); Muhammad Mustapha Yahaya (Secretary); Sani Bala Tela (Assistant Secretary); Rabia Hussein Adamu (Treasurer); and Mairo Bello (Assistant Treasurer).

Others   are Mahadi Sadiq Abubakar, (Financial Secretary);  Hafsat Namadi Bebeji (Assistant Financial Secretary); Bello Sani Galadanchi (Publicity Secretary); Tanimu Ibrahim Getso (Assistant  Publicity Secretary); Kabir Mukhtar (Legal Adviser); Muhammad Kabir Haruna (Assistant Legal Adviser); and Azimi Namadi Bebeji (Auditor).

The inaugural ceremony attracted Youth and Women wings of the ACF whose members were nominated into both the executive committee and the NEC.

Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) is apolitical and socio-cultural association of leaders in Northern Nigeria formed in 2000 to protect Northern interest in the political scene.

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