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Supreme Court dismisses Ganduje’s appeal to stop 8 PDP witnesses




By Nasiru Yusuf

The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal of Governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje against the Court of Appeal ruling that granted People Democratic Party’s (PDP’s) Kano governorship candidate Abba Kabir-Yusuf leave to present eight witnesses.

The court on Friday affirmed that the eight ‘star witnesses’ of the PDP and its Candidate Mr Kabir-Yusuf whose depositions were filed along with the petition before the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Kano, can be heard.

It could be recalled that Mr Ganduje, his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)  had objected to the prayers of the PDP which sought to add eight witnesses to the list it had earlier presented.

The respondents argued that the names of the eight witnesses were not accompanied with the petition, a prayer which was upheld by Justice Halima Shamaki, chairman of the tribunal.

However, the Court of Appeal, sitting in Kaduna, set aside the tribunal’s decision, and upheld that admitting the eight witnesses whose depositions were filed alongside the petition was not an amendment of the petition as claimed by Mr Ganduje, INEC and the APC.

The three respondents then challenged the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Kaduna at the Supreme Court, noting that, the request is an amendment of the entire petition.

However, in its judgment on Friday, the 5-man panel of the Supreme Court presided over by Justice Mary Odili upheld that denying PDP the right to call additional witnesses, whose depositions were filed alongside the original petition, was a denial of the petitioners’ right to fair hearing.

Barrister Bashir Yusuf, counsel to PDP and it’s governorship candidate Mr Kabir-Yusuf, expressed happiness with the judgment.

But counsel to Mr Ganduje, Barrister M A Lawan opined that the testimonies of the PDP witnesses will not change the verdict of the tribunal.

Kano Focus recalls that the Kano governorship tribunal had adjourned its sitting, saying a date for judgement will be communicated to each party.

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UNICEF applauds Kano State for enacting Child Protection Law, calls for effective implementation



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim 

United Nations Children’s Funds (UNICEF) has commended the Government and citizens of Kano State for the recent enactment of the Child Protection Law, signed into law by former Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

KANO FOCUS reports that the commendation was contained in a statement issued by Samuel Kaalu UNICEF spokesperson in Kano.

The statement quoted Mr. Rahama R.M. Farah, Chief of UNICEF Field Office Kano, saying “The Kano State Child Protection Law is a remarkable achievement that benefits the children and people of Kano. It establishes a legal framework to ensure the protection of children’s rights within the state.

“Now that the law has been established, it is crucial to allocate the necessary resources and establish mechanisms for its effective implementation. We urge the new administration in Kano State to take this vital step and provide adequate resources to ensure the comprehensive enforcement of the law.

Mr. Farah added that with the enactment of this law, Kano State joins other states that have successfully incorporated the Nigeria Child Rights Act, originally enacted by the National Assembly in 2003, into their legal frameworks.

He said “It is important to note that this Act is derived from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), of which Nigeria is a signatory. Extensive consultations were conducted with key stakeholders, including faith-based and community leaders, during the development of the bill.

“This collaborative effort ensured that the law reflects the values and aspirations of the people of Kano.”


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APC condemns Kano demolition exercise



Aminu Abdullahi






The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State has implored the victims of the recent demolition exercise embarked upon by the Kano State government to seek legal redress while describing the action of the new NNPP administration as barbaric and unacceptable.


KANO FOCUS reports that the Ag. State Chairman of the opposition party, Shehu Maiagari made the condemnation while Speaking at a press conference held on Tuesday at the NUJ Press Centre, Kano.

The politician condemned the spate of demolition of business interests and property across the state by the Governor, Engineer Abba Kabir Yusuf.

“The action of the state government has brought unnecessary chaos, rampant vandalism, daylight robbery and grabbing of property belonging to innocent members of the Kano society” he lamented.

The opposition party insisted that the demolition has destroyed the means of livelihood of the people of the state while lamenting that it has equally tarnished the reputation of the state as a safe commercial centre for secured business investment.

The APC appealed to security agencies in the state to step up action and restore the people’s confidence in light of the shock they had experienced while imploring parents and guardians to caution their children against being used as agents of destruction by the state government.

“We assure the good people of the state of our prayers and support in this trying period; we also implore those affected directly or indirectly, to seek redress in the court of law,” they stated.

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Kano Governor Appoints Habu Fagge as Pension Boss



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

Kano State Governor Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf has approved the appointment of Alhaji Habu Muhammad Fagge  as Executive Chairman, Kano State Pension Board Trustee.

KANO FOCUS reports that the appointment takes effect immediately as the governor directed for handing over and taking over within  24 hours.

A statement issued by Chief Press Secretary to the governor Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa said Alhaji Habu Fagge, a holder of Bsc Finance from Abraham Lincoln University, served two terms as Executive Chairman of Kano Internal Revenue Services.

The statement added that the new appointee had served Kano State as director finance, director planning, research and statistics and director other taxes.

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