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Kano CSOs to ensure justice for children abducted to Onitsha



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.


Photo News: Emir Sanusi visits Sultan of Sokoto



Aminu Abdullahi

The former Emir of Kano has on Monday paid a courtesy visit to Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar lll.

Kano Focus reports that the pictures of the visit were published on a Facebook page linked to former Emir named ‘Sanusi ll Dynasty’.

Though the reason of the visit was not stated, but the former Emir has paid similar visit to Lamido of Adamawa in his capacity as leader of Tijjaniyya sect in Nigeria.

Emir Muhammad Sanusi ll

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Kano to revive bilateral relationship with Pakistan



Aminu Abdullahi

Kano State Government has expressed commitment to revive the long existing relationship with Pakistan.

KANO FOCUS reports that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje gave the assurance on monday while receiving the Pakistani High Commissioner to Nigeria Muhammad Tayyab Azam at the Government House.

Ganduje represented by his deputy Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said Kano endowed with lots of potentials is open for people to come and invest, particularly those from Pakistan.

“We are happy for showing commitment towards reviving the long relationship between us. I can remember the partnership we have in the engagement of Pakistani teachers in our schools which has yielded a lot today.”

“Even in the area of agricultural mechanization we have partnered with Pakistan especially in the supply of tractors to our farmers,therefore I feel if we continue to explore agriculture it will be beneficial to both Kano and Pakistan”.

The Governor also commended Pakistan for showing interest in reviving the bilateral relationship with Kano State.

In his remarks the Pakistani High Commissioner Muhammad Tayyab Azam described the visit to Kano as historic and important being the first state he visited since assuming office.

“I know the importance of Kano as hub of business in Nigeria, after Lagos Kano is next where there is business opportunity”.

“There was a time in Kano when most schools   have many Pakistani aim is to bring back that relationship”.

He however pointed out that Kano and Pakistan have similarities in both values and culture therefore it is important to deepen the relationship so as to sustain the partnership in  the areas of health and agriculture as that will create opportunities for our people towards boosting the economy.

The High Commissioner was accompanied during the visit by Pakistani Consul General in Kano Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai.

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ACF revives Kano chapter



Aminu Abdullahi

The Arewa Consultative Forum ( ACF) has resuscitated it Kano State chapter and nominated a 14- member Interim Executive Committee to run its affairs for the next six months.

Kano Focus reports that the Forum has mandated the new leadership to organise a general congress that may elect a new council.

A statement issued on Monday by the publicity secretary of the Forum Bello Sani Galadanchi reported that at the inaugural ceremony presided by a member of ACF Board of Trustees, Halliru Akilu, the non- partisan voluntary organization also nominated delegates to its National Executive Committee ( NEC) engagements.

Akilu, a retired Brigadier- General, tasked the new leadership to work in unity, and restore all ACF organs and activities for the betterment of our society.

He stressed that the ACF which is apolitical, believes in the unity of the country, but aspires to see the glory of the north restored, and the economic fortunes of the region tapped for the greater benefit of our people and the nation as a whole.

In his acceptance speech, the new Chairman of the ACF Interim Committee, NaShehu Hassan Abubakar thanked the congregation for finding him worthy of the enormous responsibility.

Abubakar, a retired Air Vice Marshall (AVM) assured the ACF National body and people of Kano State of his determination to steer the ship creditably, selflessly and in strict compliance with ACF desire to improve the lot of our people, as well as agitate for their rights.

Other committee members nominated at the ceremony include Aishatu Yakubu Maijama’a (Deputy Chairperson); Shehu Aliyu (Vice- Chairman); Muhammad Mustapha Yahaya (Secretary); Sani Bala Tela (Assistant Secretary); Rabia Hussein Adamu (Treasurer); and Mairo Bello (Assistant Treasurer).

Others   are Mahadi Sadiq Abubakar, (Financial Secretary);  Hafsat Namadi Bebeji (Assistant Financial Secretary); Bello Sani Galadanchi (Publicity Secretary); Tanimu Ibrahim Getso (Assistant  Publicity Secretary); Kabir Mukhtar (Legal Adviser); Muhammad Kabir Haruna (Assistant Legal Adviser); and Azimi Namadi Bebeji (Auditor).

The inaugural ceremony attracted Youth and Women wings of the ACF whose members were nominated into both the executive committee and the NEC.

Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) is apolitical and socio-cultural association of leaders in Northern Nigeria formed in 2000 to protect Northern interest in the political scene.

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