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Meet Abubakar Terab: Sheikh Daurawa lookalike in ‘dancing video’



Daurawa and Terab

Maude Rabiu Gwadabe

The man who was assumed to be Sheikh Aminu Daurawa dancing in a viral video is Abubakar Terab, KANO FOCUS can authoritatively confirm.

Mr Terab, a prominent politician in Maiduguri, Borno state was shown dancing with his wife Fadila in a private wedding ceremony.

Comments on social media confused Mr Terab with the immediate past Commander General of the Kano state Hisbah Command.

Sheikh Daurawa has denied any knowledge of the incident.

However, in an exclusive interview with KANO FOCUS, a Maiduguri resident Muhammad Yusuf said the video clip was captured at his wedding ceremony.

“I am the man with the golden clothes while Abubakar my best friend was beside me.

“The wedding took place on September 14, 2019 at White House Arena in Maiduguri.

White Arena

“It was a private event that was why there was no video coverage. “However as we are in this social media era, many people recorded the event with their mobile phones.” He said.

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Mr Yusuf said he doesn’t know who published the video as neither him nor the Daurawa lookalike had posted clips on their social media handles.

“I think people circulated the clip to tarnish the image of Sheikh Daurawa due to the politics of Kano.

“What they don’t know is that my friend Abubakar Terab is also a responsible and well-respected person who wouldn’t have danced in public if not because of my closeness to him and the fact that the event was not meant to be broadcast.” He added.

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Kano High Court acquits 2 suspected armed robbers detained for 13 years



Kano High Court

Nasiru Yusuf

A Kano State High Court has disçharged and acquitted two suspected armed robbers accused of killing their victim, Bako Zangina, an offense punishable by death.

Kano Focus reports that Justice Suleman Namalam held that though the court has no doubt that the accused are criminals having been convicted previously, the prosecution has failed to estabilish the ingredient of the offence beyond reasonable doubt in the instant case.

The accused Isyaku Umar otherwise known as ‘Small’ and Ibrahim Suleiman were arraigned in court on three counts charges of conspiracy,attempted armed robbery and culpable homicide punishable by death.

The two accused have been in custody since October 2007 for the alleged killing of Bako Zangina.

The court held that while the prosecution established the death of the victim, it failed to establish three ingredients of offense linking the identity of the accused to the crime thereby creating doubt.

The trial judge held that failure of the prosecution to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt left the court with no option than to discharge and acquitt the two accused.

The two accused persons have been in detention for over 13 years and have previously been tried and convicted for armed robbery.

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Kano wins national award in the fight against TB, leprosy



Nasiru Yusuf

Kano State Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Program has won the twin National Tuberculosis and Leprosy awards for the year 2020.

Kano Focus reports that, the awards were announced by the Nigeria National TB, Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer Control program during the Annual Review meeting held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State Capital.

Kano get the award as the state with highest consistent quarterly TB case notification for 2020 and the highest TB testing laboratory using GeneXpert Machine.

This is the first time the state have won such National TB and Leprosy Awards.

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FG signs US$1.959bn Kano-Maradi railway project



Nasiru Yusuf

The federal government has on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mota-Engil Group for the construction of US$1.959 billion Kano-Maradi Standard gauge railway line.

Kano Focus reports that the Minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi signed on behalf of the federal government while the Managing Director, Mota- Engil, Antonio Gvoea signed on behalf of the contracting firm.

The new railway corridor which is to be located in northern Nigeria will run through Kano, Jigawa and Katsina states and through Niger Republic territory as far as Maradi.

Other cities to benefit directly from the passage of the rail route are Danbatta, Kazaure, Daura, Mashi, Katsina and Jibiya.

A statement signed by Eric Ojiekwe, Director, Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Transportation noted that the 283.750-kilometre rail line besides developing freight and passenger transport, “will be integrated with road transport to make a great contribution to the local economy as well as an important development in the social sector.”

The project duration is for 36 months and the contract type is Engineering, Procurement and Construction.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Magdalene Ajani; Director, Legal Services, Pius Oteh; Managing Director, Mota-Engil Group, Antonio Gvoea; Head of Legal, Mota- Engil Group, Cameron Beverley; Magajin Garin Kano, Muhammad Wada; Director, Mota-Engil Group, Kola Abdulkarim; Vice President, Mota-Engil Group, Mohammed Abdul-Razaq; Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Yusuf Tuggar; Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala-Usman among other personalities.

Mota-Engil is a Portuguese conglomerate with diverse interest in construction, transportation, public works, port operations, waste, water and logistics with presence in 23 countries spread across Africa, Europe and Latin America.

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