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Why we arrested social media activist Galadanci–Kano Police



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.


Kano Covid-19 cases step-up to 230



COVID-19 Update

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The number of people infected with Coronavirus in Kano has stepped-up from 227 to 230 on Monday according to the Ministry of Health.

Kano focus reports that 5 new cases were confirmed after testing 280 people while no patient was discharged on Monday.

So far Kano state has tested 17,568 people of which 1,309 turned out positive.

However, 1,030 have been discharged while 52 have died.

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Meanwhile, the number of infected persons in Nigeria had risen from 18,202 on Sunday to 19482 on Monday.

According to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) the country on Monday recorded 595 news cases of Covid-19.

So far 33,153 persons have tested positive to Coronavirus in Nigeria.

However 13,671 have recovered, while 744 have died.

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Emir Bayero reverses father, returns Dan Agundi to Emirate Council




Maude Rabiu Gwadabe

The Emir of Kano Aminu Ado Bayero has approved the appointment of deposed Sarkin Dawaki Mai Tuta Aminu Babba Dan Agundi as Sarkin Dawaki Babba and member of Kano Emirate council.

Kano Focus reports that this is a reversal of the decision taken by the monarch’s late father, Emir Ado Bayero who deposed Mr Dan Agundi for insubordination.

Mr Dan Agundi’s new appointment is contained in a letter obtained by Kano Focus on Monday written to secretary to the state government Alhaji Usman Alhaji by deputy secretary of Kano Emirate council Sarki Waziri (Dan Rimin Kano).

The late Emir Bayero had in 2003 dethroned Dan Agundi as District Head of Gabasawa and Sarkin Dawaki Maituta over alleged insubordination.

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Mr Dan Agundi was accused of disobeying an order from the late emir, who invited him to appear before him.

Shortly after his dethronement, Mr Dan Agundi dragged the late emir and Kano emirate council to a state high court for redress.

The high court judge, Sadi Mato ruled that Dan Agundi be reinstated and be paid all his entitlements.

However, the Kano Emirate Council appealed the judgment but the Court of Appeal also affirmed the verdict of the lower court.

The Emirate Council under deposed Emir Sanusi II, filed an appeal at the Supreme Court challenging the judgments of the two lower courts.

On June 5, 2020 – six years after the death of late Ado Bayero – the Supreme Court affirmed Emir Ado Bayero’s decision of sacking Aminu Babba Dan’agundi as Sarkin Dawaki Mai Tuta and District head of Gabasawa.

Neither Emir Aminu Ado Bayero nor the Kano state Emirate Council has explained their reasons for returning Mr Dan Agundi as Council Member with the new title of Sarkin Dawaki Babba.

Meanwhile Emir Bayero has also appointed his elder brother deposed Chiroman Kano Sanusi Ado Bayero as Wamban Kano and member of Kano Emirate council.

Mr Sanusi Bayero was appointed Chiroman Kano by his father, former Emir Ado Bayero, and was believed to be his favored successor.

However, when he failed to secure the throne after his father’s death, Mr Sanusi Bayero exiled himself to Abuja and refused to pay homage to Emir Sanusi II in line with Kano Emirate tradition.

His action prompted Mr Sanusi to sack him and replace him with his younger brother the present Emir of Bichi, Nasiru Ado Bayero.

The new Wamban Kano has since paid homage to Emir Bayero which signaled his resumption to the Kano Emirate fold.

Kano state government is yet to approve the new appointments.

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College of Education donates house to staff who converted to Islam



Abubakar Miller SRCOE

Nasiru Yusuf

Sa’adatu Rimi College of Education, Kumbotso through its Charity Trust Fund, SAR-TA’AWUN, has donated a 3- Bedroom flat at Wailari Na’ibawa to one of its staff Abubakar Miller.

Kano Focus reports that Abubakar Miller accepted Islam on Thursday July 2, 2020.

Provost of the college, Yahaya Isa Bunkure said the gift was to strengthen the Islamic brotherhood.

Mr Bunkure described Malam Abubakar as a hardworking and dedicated staff who has done a lot to the development of the College and urged him to maintain the tempo.

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The beneficiary, Abubakar Miller described the day as a memorable one which he will never forget.

He said he was overwhelmed by the love, care, and brotherhood shown to him.

Mr Miller pledged to be more dedicated to his duties and prayed to Allah to grant his mercy to the college community.

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