By Mukhtar Yahya Usman
An unspecified number of students and residents have been injured in a stampede, which occurred around Kabuga, Tal-udu and Gadon Kaya axis in Kano city, after a team of Nigerian Army soldiers riding through the area in a convoy, fired sporadically into the air.
KANO FOCUS reports that the soldiers, arrived at the scene in a convoy of over 10 Hilux pickup vans and buses, singing and shooting their guns intermittently at about 2:00 pm on Saturday.
It was gathered that most of the vehicles the soldiers were riding in, were branded with the insignia of Yobe state government.
This resulted in panic among students of the Federal College of Education (FCE) Kano,, which is located at Kofar Famfo near Kabuga road. Other residents particularly traders and passersby started running helter-skelter to escape from the scene.
It was gathered that some of the residents lost their mobile phones and other valuables in the pandemonium.
An eye witness, Nasiru Muhammad, a student of FCE from the department of Business education told Kano Focus that, they were in examination hall when they started hearing the sound of gunshots from a distance, which gradually came closer to them.
He said out of fear, they quickly ran away from the examination hall with their booklets in their hands.
“ I was in the examination hall when we heard the shooting sporadically, and we started running to escape. We felt like we were under attack” he said.
Another student, Zainab Hassan Ibrahim, who sustained injuries in the rush, said she couldn’t explain how terrible she felt, saying she couldn’t imagine how she scaled the wall of the college in an attempt to escape.
The army authorities in Kano could not be reached for comments on this report.
Police in Kano arrest two persons accused of supplying fuel to bandits
Police in Kano on Tuesday said they have arrested two suspects accused of supplying fuels to bandits in neighbouring Katsina State.
KANO FOCUS reports that the suspects were identified as Jamilu Abdullahi, driver of the vehicle, J5 conveying the product and the other, Musbahu Rabi’u.
The spokesperson of the Kano Police Command, Abdullahi Haruna who confirmed the arrest, said the suspects were intercepted based on tip off while transporting the product concealed inside empty sack of sugar to the bandits in Jibia area of Katsina State.
Mr Kiyawa said, “On the 15/10/2021 at about 1230 hours, team of Policemen led by CSP Abubakar Hamma while on intelligence-led patrol at Fagge LGA, Kano State intercepted two (2) J5 Motor Vehicles loaded with Food Stuffs. On stop and search, five (5) Jerricans of 25 liters each filled with PMS concealed inside an empty sack of sugar were recovered from one of the vehicles.
“Similarly, two suspects were arrested namely, one Musbahu Rabi’u, 31 years old, of Jibiya LGA, Katsina State and the driver of the J5 Motor vehicle, one Jamilu Abdullahi, 37 years old of Jibiya, Katsina State.
“On preliminary investigation, Jamilu confessed that, he once came to Kano from Katsina and bought PMS in Jerricans and transported it to Jibiya, Katsina State where he sold it at higher rate. He also confessed that, he was arrested while trying to transport the PMS for the second time.
“The Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command has ordered for discreet investigation, after which the suspect will be charged to court upon completion of investigation.
“The Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko urged the good people of the State to be conscious and watchful of their immediate environment and report any suspicion and incidences to the nearest Police Station. He also called on Petroleum Filling Station Operators in the State to desist from selling PMS to unknown buyers in large quantities in Jerricans and report any suspicious buyers to the nearest Police Station.
“The Commissioner promised that rigorous patrol and Raids of Criminal hideouts and black spots will continue throughout the State, and the Command will sustain the tempo in ensuring safety of lives and properties,” DSP Haruna however stated.
AIG orders investigation of Policeman seen voting in Kano APC Congress
The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone Abubakar Sadiq Bello has ordered the investigation of unprofessional conduct of a policeman caught on camera voting during state congress of All progressive Congress (APC) in Kano.
KANO FOCUS reportsthat in view of the unprofessional conduct of the policeman, the AIG has referred the matter to the Zonal X-Squad for investigation.
A statement issued on Monday by Zonal Police Public Relations Officer Abubakar Zayyanu identified the police officer as Bashir Mohammed attached to the government house, Kano, from where he was deployed to work with the state Chairman of APC Abdullahi Abbas as a security aide.
Mr Zayyanu noted that if the inspector is found to have committed an offence by this action, the appropriate disciplinary measure will be taken against him.
He further assured the general public that further development on the matter will be communicated.
The statement reads in part.
“The attention of the Inspector-General of Police Zone one Headquarters, Kano has been drawn to a trending picture on social media, of an inspector of police casting vote at the recently conducted Kano State congress of the APC along with his principal, the state party chairman, Abdullahi Abbas.
“The inspector of police has been identified as Bashir Mohammed of the Special Protection Unit, Base One, Kano. The inspector is attached to the government house, Kano from where he was deployed to work with the said Abdullahi Abbas as a security aide.
“In view of this seemingly unprofessional conduct of the inspector, the AIG has referred the matter to the Zonal X-Squad for investigation.
“If the inspector is found to have committed a disciplinary offence by this action, the appropriate disciplinary measure will be taken against him.
“Finally, we want assure members of the public that further development on the matter will be communicated please.”
EFCC Grills Rabiu Kwankwaso
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Saturday grilled former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso over allegations of abuse of office, diversion of public funds and fraudulent allocation of government properties to cronies.
KANO FOCUS reports that Kwankwaso, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, was first invited by the EFCC in September but failed to honour the invitation as reported by Channels TV.
An associate of the politician informed Channels Television that Kwankwanso may have been invited in relation to a petition by some retired employees of the Kano State Government.
The retired employees had told the EFCC that the former governor mismanaged pension remittances to the tune of N10 billion between 2011 and 2015, to fund a housing project for his cronies.
EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren did not comment on the interrogation of the former governor when contacted on Saturday.
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