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Police shut down Kano Opay office

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By Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Kano state police command has shut down the Kano branch of Opay office–an online payment outlet during a raid over alleged noncompliance with government rules and regulations.

Kano Focus reports that armed police personnel stormed the state office at Lodge road in Kano at about 11:00 am on Thursday.

The police officers also ordered all the staff and scores of Adaidaita Sahu (commercial tricycle) riders to vacate the premises, threatening to arrest anyone who failed to comply with the order. .

An eye witness Kabiru Musa told Kano Focus that, the commercial riders were planning to settle their balance for previous night’s work when the police arrived and dispersed them.

Confirming the report, Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, spokesman of the police command, told our corresponded that the command received an order from Kano state government to close the office.

Mr Haruna, a deputy superintendent police officer said the Opay company didn’t comply with some rules set for it by the state government in order to operate.

It was observed that over 300 hundred Adaidaita Sahu riders were seen apparently stranded at the Kano Opay office after it was closed.

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Corps members sponsor 50 Kano students for WAEC exams

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Nasiru Yusuf

Members of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) serving with the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Kano/Jigawa states command, have donated N697,500 to sponsor the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) registration of 50 underprivileged students.

The NYSC team leader, Akin-Ola Eloghosa, said the Batch A (2019) corps members, decided to raise the funds to support Kano students as part of their Community Development Service (CDS) project.

Mr Eloghosa, who presented a cash sum of N418,500 to the Kano state Commissioner for Education, Muhammad Sanusi Kiru, said 60 percent of the beneficiaries should be females while the remaining 40 should be male students.

He added that a balance of N279,000 would be paid to complete the N697,500 registration fees within a week.

The corp member also noted that the gesture would complement the free and compulsory education policy of the Kano state government.

Receiving the donation, Mr Kiru described the gesture as commendable, urging others to emulate.

He assured to inform Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of the kind support of the corps members to indigent students of the state.

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Kano Focus holds workshop on social media news sourcing

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Mukhtar Yahya Usman

KANO FOCUS, the leading online news platform in Kano state is organizing a training workshop for broadcast journalists in Kano on how to effectively utilize social media platforms for factual and reliable news gathering.

The workshop becomes necessary in view of the pervasive circulation of false, inaccurate and questionable information–a trend that is commonly referred to as “fake news” on various social networking sites such as Facebook, Whatsapp and Twitter among others.

The 1-day training session would be held at the Kano Office of the Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) on Monday, February 24, 2020.

The training is part of our modest contribution to the restoration of sanity and responsibility in journalism practice in Kano state, especially on the use of social media platforms, which have become indispensable tools of news gathering.

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EFCC arrests Kano commissioner over alleged N76m fraud

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Kano Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) on Thursday, arrested a serving Kano State commissioner in the ministry for special duties, Mukhtar Ishaq, for allegedly diverting N76 million.

KANO FOCUS reports that Mr Ishaq was grilled for committing the alleged fraud while he was chairman of Kano Municipal local government area of the state.

A statement issued by EFCC’s spokesperson Tony Orilade on Friday said, Mr Ishaq’s trouble followed “a petition which stated that he allegedly diverted N76,000,000 meant for projects, development and empowerment of the people while he was Chairman, Kano Municipal.”

The petitioner had alleged that the commissioner ordered the deduction of N30,000 from the account of each council member without justification.

According to the statement, the Commissioner is also alleged to have converted property of Kofar Nasarawa Primary School, Kano, into shops and sold same at the rate of N10 million per shop and diverted the money to personal use.

The statement revealed that Mr Ishaq would be charged to court as soon as investigations are completed.

In 2019, a special adviser to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on special duties Hamza Darma presented a petition to EFCC accusing Mr Ishaq of misappropriation of public funds.

Mr Darma is a political associate to Sha’aban Sharada– a former personal assistant to president Buhari on broadcast media and presently chairman, house committee on internal security in the House of Representatives.

Mr Sha’aban is known to be a political rival to Mr Ishaq.

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