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Kano CSOs to ensure justice for children abducted to Onitsha

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Kidnapped Kano Kids

Maude Rabiu Gwadabe

Civil society organizations (CSOs) in Kano have vowed to ensure justice for the children abducted in the state and sold to childless couples in Onitsha, Anambra state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Kano Police Command had on Friday paraded six Igbo persons who have confessed to abducting children and selling them in Onitsha, Anambra state.

The CSOs comprising of Kano LEADS, Kano Peace Committee, Center for Awareness on Justice and Accountability (CAJA), and International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) spoke exclusively to KANO FOCUS on the issue.

President Kano LEADS, Aisha Dankani appreciated the efforts of the Nigeria Police and promised to ensure “prosecution of ALL those involved in this brazen and open criminality against the peace-loving people of Kano.”

“We warn all those involved in this evil genocide to know that Kano LEADS finds it unacceptable.” She said.

Barrister Dankani empathized with the victims and others yet to be discovered.

She also called on the local Igbo leadership to openly castigate those who commit the crime.

Reacting, Secretary Kano State Peace Committee, Ibrahim Waiya called on authorities to ensure the prosecution of the suspected criminals.

Mr Waiya, who spoke on behalf of the co-chairs of the committee, Professor Emeritus Ibrahim Umar and Reverend John Namaza Niyiring, urged Kano residents to remain peaceful and allow justice to take its course.

“Crime has no ethnic identity therefore people should not stereotype a particular tribe for the alleged act of a few individuals.” Mr. Waiya said.

Also, FIDA chairperson in Kano, Huwaila Ibrahim said the association will closely monitor the trial and ensure that justice is served.

In his reaction, Executive Director, CAJA, Kabiru Dakata called on the Kano police command to ensure the return of the remaining children allegedly abducted from the metropolis.

Mr Dakata also expressed CAJA’s commitment to ensuring the successful prosecution of the culprits.

The suspects

  • Paul Owen – Male – 38 years – Dakata, Kano – Kidnapper
  • Mercy Paul – Female – 38 years – Dakata, Kano – Kidnapper
  • Emmanuel Igwe – Male – 34 years – Onitsha, Anambra – Aiding the kidnappings
  • Ebere Ogbodo – Female – 45 years – Onitsha, Anambra – Buyer/seller
  • Louisa Duru – Female – 45 years – Onitsha, Anambra – Buyer/seller
  • Monica Orachaa – Female – 50 years – Onitsha, Anambra – Buyer

The rescued children

  • Amira Auwalu – Female – 4 years
  • Husna Salisu – Female – 4 years
  • Usman Muhammad – Male – 5 years
  • Chiemeri Ogbodo – Male – 6 years
  • Aisha Muhammad Abdullahi – Female – 9 years – renamed Ozioma Ogbodo
  • Umar Faruq Ibrahim – Male – 10 years – renamed Onyedika Ogbodo
  • Blessing Ogbodo – Female – 10 years
  • Chaizozie Ogbodo – Male – 11 years

More than 100 children had been reported missing in parts of Nassarawa and Ungoggo local governments of Kano metropolis since 2014.

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

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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

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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

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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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