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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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370 bag PhD, 180 first class as BUK holds 38th convocation

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The Vice Chancellor of Bayero University Kano (BUK), Professor Sagir Adamu Abbas, has said that during the 38th convocation of the BUK commencing Tuesday over 11,284 students will graduate, while 180 students will be graduating with First Class Honours.

KANO FOCUS reports that 370 postgraduate students are graduating with PhDs and 3,770 are going out with Masters degrees.

This was just as the university would award honorary doctorate degrees to the Deputy Senate President, Barau Jibrin, and the President of the African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adeshina, to complement their efforts in supporting their community and the nation at large.

Professor Abbas, disclosed this on Monday while briefing journalists on the preparations for the forthcoming convocation.

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According to him,” This year the university is introducing a stager’s convocation, aimed at ensuring that every student feels the impact of his graduation.

He maintained that this year the university is graduating a total of 11,284 students, which would cut across different faculties and departments.

He, however, disclosed that the richest man in Africa, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, would deliver a lecture with the title ” The Role of the Private Sector in Building a Sustainable Economy in Nigeria.”

He further disclosed that “the convocation would commence with 6 faculties: Agriculture 307, Art and Islamic Studies, Education, Law, and Pharmaceutical Sciences and that this year’s convocation would be done with a pampered”.

Speaking further, Prof. Abbas hinted that the university currently has 379 professors teaching at BUK, with 18 faculties and 16 research centres.

BUK is now ranked 5th in Nigeria based on a ranking body based in the UK. It ranked fifth after Covenant University, the University of Ibadan, the University of Lagos, and Ekiti, all based in the South West. So, by this, BUK is leading in 5 other regions: South East, South-South, North West, North East and North Central

According to him, the BuK had a breakthrough in research on the sex of date seed, which has increased the farming capacity of the date in Jigawa State from 45 per cent to almost 80 per cent.

The BUK also recorded another giant stride in a breakthrough in the E-Motive at the Centre of Excellence, Africa Centre of Excellence—Population and Policies, ACE-PAP. It saved 60 per cent of maternal mortality.“

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NPFL: Kano Pillars beats Sunshine Stars 5-1

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Kano Pillars Football Club on Sunday thrashed Sunshine Stars of Akure 5-1 in the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League match.

KANO FOCUS reports that the match day 21 which was played at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kofar-Mata, Kano, was watched by a large crowd.

Mustapha Ibrahim scored a brace with goals in the 48th and 52nd minutes, while Rabiu Ali, Auwalu Malam and Umar Shehu scored a goal each in the encounter.

The visitors scored a consolation goal in the 82nd through a penalty.

Speaking after the match, Chief Coach of Kano Pillars, Audu Maikaba, commended his players for what he described as an excellent performance.

“You know every match comes with its challenges, and we always take it as it comes. Today’s encounter was interesting and our boys played well and thank God we won the game,” said Mr Maikaba.

He assured that the team would perform better in its subsequent matches.

The coach explained that the team had put modalities on ground to win its upcoming away match against Katsina United.

On his part, Assistant Coach of Sunshine Stars, Ifeanyi Nwachukwu, said his team tried their best but lost to a good side.

“It is unfortunate that we lost the match but that’s football, you win some you lose some. We are going to work hard to cover up our lapses in our next encounter,” he said.

Kano Pillars now have 36 points from 21 matches, occupying third position on the table.

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EFCC arrests 11 suspects accused of selling new Naira notes in Kano

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Operatives of the Kano Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 11 suspects for their alleged involvement in the sale of new naira notes for commercial purposes.

KANO FOCUS reports that the suspects were arrested on Monday, February 19, following fruitful intelligence that un-masked a syndicate of fraudsters operating along Lagos Street, adjacent to the Central Bank of Nigeria, Kano.

A statement published on EFCC Facebook said the syndicate allegedly specialized in selling naira notes.

It added that five members of the syndicate were arrested with new naira notes being sold to the public. Six bankers who were alleged to be selling the naira notes to the sellers on commission were also arrested.

The statement noted that the suspects will soon be arraigned in court upon conclusion of the investigation.

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