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Sex-for-marks: How we caught Kano Poly lecturer–Muhuyi

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By Mukhtar Yahya Usman

Chairman of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC) Muhyu Magaji has explained how the commission organized a sting operation that led to the arrest of Ali Shehu, a lecturer at the Kano State School of Technology, who pleaded guilty to sexually harassing a female student.

Speaking to journalists at his office, Mr Magaji said his agency first received a complaint from the female student (name withheld), who alleged that Mr Shehu had been pestering her for sex in exchange for passing her in her exams.

He said the female student reported that the lecturer, who is attached to the Computer Science department had been communicating with her through online messaging platform Whatsapp and threatening her if she did not accept his sexual demands.

Mr Magaji added that the student recorded all the conversations she had with the lecturer and reported him to the commission after he asked her to meet with him in person.

“That was when the commission arranged its men and attached them to the student to follow her to where he asked her to meet him.

“When our people arrived at the meeting point, they saw the lecturer already waiting for the student, with her exams booklet in his hands, ready to award her marks once she accepted his amorous demands,” he said.

Earlier, Mr Magaji noted that his agency had gotten the support of Mr Shehu’s employers on the activities of the randy lecturer and the efforts to arrest him.

Kano Focus recalls that the sex pest was nabbed at Ummi Plaza by the anti-corruption agency officials, who caught him red handed allegedly inserting his hands in his victim’s private part.

Meanwhile, the Kano State Polytechnic (to which School of Technology is attached) has set up a committee to investigate Mr Shehu, who was remanded in prison custody by a magistrate court after he pleaded guilty to sexual harassment and breach of trust.

Rector of the Polytechnic, Mukhtar Atiku Kurawa told Kano Focus in an exclusive interview that the committee would also investigate another lecturer Aminu Chedi who is accused of extorting money from students.

Mr Chedi is standing trial for a one count charge of collecting gratification in the course of carrying out his official duty.

Mr Kurawa a professor of Chemistry urged all staff of the Kano state Polytechnic to desist from all evil acts that may tarnish their image, and their reputations.

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Just in: Finance Minister suspends Accountant-general over alleged N80bn fraud

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Aminu Abdullahi

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Dr. Zainab Ahmed, has suspended the embattled Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, from office over his alleged involvement in N80billion fraud being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

KANO FOCUS reports that Idris was arrested on Monday by the operatives of the anti-graft agency over alleged diversion of funds and money laundering activities to the tune of N80billion.

He was arrested after failing to honour invitations by the EFCC to respond to issues connected to the fraudulent acts.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement, had said the commission’s verified intelligence showed that the AGF  raked off the funds through bogus consultancies and other illegal activities using proxies, family members and close associates.

He said the funds were laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja.

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Kano experiences heavy rainfall in next three days – NiMet

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The Nigeria’s meteorological agency, NiMet, has forecast moderate to heavy rainfall within the next three days in Kano.

KANO FOCUS reports that NiMet announced this in its weather advisory on Tuesday.

“As a result of the expected moderate to heavy rainfall in the next three days, there are chances of flash flooding of roads and low-lying settlements,” the agency said.

It added that “there could be disruption of traffic due to flooded or closed roads, reduction in visibility, likely damage to mud houses and possible disruption in flight operations.”

The rain is expected to be accompanied by strong winds, lightning and thunder, hence the falling of weak buildings and displacement of makeshift structures are likely, NiMet said.

Hence, it advised the public to exercise restraint, disconnect electrical appliances before, not during the storm, and avoid standing or parking cars under trees as much as possible.

NiMet urges emergency agencies to be prepared and keep monitoring to avoid low-level areas and fast-flowing runoff waters.

It also advised the public to be prepared for these events to avoid damage from rain-related hazards.

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VP Osinbajo visits scene of  Kano explosion

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has visited the scene of Kano explosive where he commiserated with the government and people of Kano state over the gas and explosion at Sabon Gari area of the state capital.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Vice president arrived at the scene of the explosion in company of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

Osinbajo during the visit to the scene of the incident expressed shock that little school children were among those injured.

The Vice President who described the incident as devastating, sympathised with the victims and enjoined relevant authorities to take preventive measures against future occurrence.

He prayed for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives and quick recovery of injured victims.

The Vice President and governor Ganduje were received and briefed by the Commissioner of Police Kano Command Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko.

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje thanked the vice president for the concern and pledged medical and financial support to victims of the explosion.

The Vice President was in Kano to meet APC delegates ahead of party’s primary elections.

At least nine people are confirmed to have died in an explosion in the Sabon Gari area of Kano state on Tuesday morning.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in a statement said nine corpses have been recovered from the scene of the explosion.

NEMA’s spokesperson, Manzo Ezekiel, said the Director-General, Mustapha Habib, who visited the scene of the explosion, coordinated the rescue operations.

Mr Ezekiel said: “Nine dead bodies have been recovered so far from the rubbles of a collapsed building beside a primary school following explosions from a gas cylinder at Aba Road in Sabon Gari area of Kano.

“Director-General National Emergency Management Agency, Mustapha Habib Ahmed, was at the site of the incident and coordinated the rescue operations.

“He mobilised excavators being used for the rescue operations and said NEMA team will ensure complete removal of the rubbles to retrieve all trapped persons.

“Furthermore, the DG instructed the NEMA rescue team to remain at the site until the conclusion of the rescue and to work together with security agencies and other response organisations present at the location.

“NEMA is presently coordinating the rescue operations involving members, Nigerian Red Cross, military, the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, Kano SEMA, the official statement said.

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