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Why we arrested social media activist Galadanci–Kano Police

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By Nazifi Dawud

The Kano state Police Command has confirmed the arrest of Basheer Galadanci, a social media activist over alleged defamation, public incitement against the police force, insulting innocent persons and exposing operations of the command.

In a statement, accompanied by a video clip on Monday, spokesman of the command, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa said the 28-year-old resident of Sheka quarters in Kumbotso local government area of Kano state,  was using Facebook to malign the police force and its personnel.

“Basheer was arrested over defamation, insults, inciting members of the public against the police and harassing the police command through Facebook,” he said.

DSP Kiyawa said Mr Galadanci has since been arraigned before a court, adding that the suspect has admitted to committing the offenses.

“We will investigate the issue to uncover other persons to ensure they are also arrested and brought to justice”.

“We cannot allow people to use social networks at this time that Kano is enjoying peace to defame, malign, insult, incite members of the public or cause disorder in the state. If anyone is caught doing this, that person would be promptly arrested and prosecuted,” he added.

In the video clip that accompanied Mr Kiyawa’s statement, Basheer, who spoke in Hausa said he was arrested for defaming the Kano Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) without any reason.

“I was arrested for making defamatory comments on Facebook against DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, who is innocent and did not do anything wrong to me,” he said.

When asked about his sponsors, Mr Basheer alleged that he was working for Mr Kiyawa’s predecessor, Magaji Musa Majia, a superintendent of police (SP) who was transferred out of the state last year.

“I usually post comments on Facebook on behalf of (Magaji) Majia. He was not paying me for every writeup but from time to time, he rewards me with money ranging from N2,000 to N3,000,” he confessed.

Mr Basheer said he also defamed the character of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, adding that he was fed with information by some police personnel at the Kano command who he identified as Abdullahi and Kura.

“I regret all that I have done. I admit that I was insensitive for making all those comments the Kano police command and its spokesman DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa. I am seeking forgiveness from Kiyawa, the state commissioner of police and the entire Kano command. I will never repeat this mistake again,” he said.

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Kano state to fully implement TSA by 2020

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Treasury Single Account

Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state government has set January 2020 for full implementation of Treasury Single Account (TSA).

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Zakari Sadiq Buda disclosed this on Monday at a workshop for Directors of Administration and General Services and Heads of Accounts in public institutions.

Mr Buda, who represented the finance commissioner, Shehu Na Allah Kura said the decision was part of the resolutions of the state executive council meeting of November 2017.

He said the state government has contracted Systems Specs to train civil servants on full implementation of the program.

In his remarks the state TSA program manager, Seth David Gana said the training would expose participants to operate the TSA software.

Mr Gana said TSA implementation would enhance transparency in governance as it enables governments to track its finances at any point.

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Only 35% of HIV positive people in Kano are on medication – SACA

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Director General of Kano State Agency for the Control of AIDS, Sabitu Shanono  says only 35 % of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Kano are on medication.

KANO FOCUS reports that Mr. Shanono, a medical doctor, revealed this on Monday when he paid an advocacy visit to Emir of Karaye Ibrahim Abubakar II at his palace.

Mr Shanono said the SACA will launch an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign at the newly created Karaye Emirate  next month.

The Director General said the campaign will complement the compulsory HIV test for pregnant women attending ante-natal clinics.

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He therefore solicited the support of the Karaye Emirate in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

In his remarks the Emir of Karaye, Ibrahim Abubakar affirmed his readiness to provide royal support to ensure the fight against the disease records a huge success.

He also called on his subjects to attend the Heart to Heart centers in public hospitals to verify their HIV status.

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KAROTA to limit Adaidaita Sahu tricycles in Kano

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Bappa Babba Dan Agundi

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Kano State Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) has announced plans to reduce the number of Adaidaita Sahu tricycles in Kano.

KANO FOCUS reports that the KAROTA Managing Director Bappa Babba Dan Agundi disclosed this on Monday while defending the agency’s budget before the Kano state House of Assembly.

Mr Dan Agundi said KAROTA will introduce a new registration regime that will reduce the number of Adaidaita Sahu tricycles operating in Kano from the current 500,000 to a maximum of 200,000.

He also said that KAROTA will install security trackers on registered Adaidaita Sahu tricycles across the state.

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“The decision to commence the installation of the trackers on tricycles followed the state government’s decision to allow them to continue operating in the state.

“Therefore, it is necessary for us to embark on such installation, aimed at monitoring their operations across the state.” He said.

He added that the KAROTA aims to generate a revenue of N6,000,000,000.00 in 2020 via vehicle registration and fines on traffic offenders.

Mr Dan Agundi however said KAROTA will introduce community service as a punishment for traffic regulations offences as its main purpose is not revenue generation.

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