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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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TCN creates Kano transmission region

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Nasiru Yusuf

THE Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has carved out a new Kano transmission region from the old Kaduna Region. 

KANO FOCUS reports that the newly established unit brings the number of TCN regional centres to 10.

The TCN believes the step will improve commercial activities in the state.

A statement issued by TCN General manager of Public Affairs Ndidi Mbah explained that the creation of the Kano Transmission Region became necessary owing to the rapid economic and industrial development being witnessed within Kano State and its environs, as well as the gradual implementation of TCN’s strategic ‘Nigerian Electricity Grid Maintenance, Expansion and Rehabilitation Programme (NEGMERP),’ which has enabled the transmission company to complete some ongoing projects and increase the number of substations within that axis.

He said the  Kano Transmission Region had, under its supervision, one sub-regional office and several work centers, all housing 13 transmission substations (TS), including the Kumbotso TS, Dan Agundi TS, Dakata TS, Tamburawa TS, Kwanar Dangora TS, Wudil TS, Kankia TS, Katsina TS, Daura TS, Dutse TS, Hadejia TS, Azare TS, and Gagarawa TS.

The new Kano region currently according to the statement has ongoing transmission substation projects which when completed would further increase bulk transmission capacity in the new region.

The new Kano Transmission Region, the company said, would deepen operational efficiency within the region and enable its engineers to readily access and resolve technical issues within the new region.

Mbah explained that prior to the creation of the new Kano Region, major decisions had to be referred to Kaduna Region for directives, and the supply of materials was sometimes delayed due to logistic issues from Kaduna.

Mbah noted that the proximity of the new region would radically reduce downtime and eliminate time lost when materials had to be conveyed from the Kaduna Region.

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DSS arrests singer accuse of blasphemy

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Department of State Services have arrested another blasphemous singer, Ahmad Abdul, whose song was perceived to create chaos in Kano state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Singer Ahmad Abdul was detained by the DSS because his free movement may likely cause violence reaction from Kano residents.

While in detention, Mr Abdul tender apology to entire Muslims, Kano state government and Islamic Scholars.

He told DSS operatives that he never thought that the song has violated Islamic teachings.

Commenting while witnessing the bail condition granted to Mr Abdul at the DSS Headquarters, Kano, the Executive Secretary of the Kano state Censorship Board Ismaila Naaba Afakallah recalled that he had received hundreds of petitions against the song from concerned citizens.

Afakallah said having realized the gravity of the song’s blasphemy, he reported the singer to DSS who swung into action and arrested him at a Hotel where he was hiding for days.

Mr Abdul Father, Abdullahi Isa thanked the DSS for their timely response on the matter which saved possible outbreak of law and order.

Also in August last year, An upper Sharia court in the Hausawa Filin Hockey area of the state has found one Yahaya Sharif-Aminu guilty of committing blasphemy for a song he circulated via WhatsApp.

However, the appellate division of the High Court of Kano State had on January 21 quashed the death sentence passed on Mr Sharif-Aminu and freed him.

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I’ll not run for President – Muhammadu Sanusi II

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Deposed Emir Sanusi

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The deposed Emir of Kano Malam Muhammadu Sunusi II says he is not interested in contesting for the presidency of Nigeria.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Sunusi revealed this at a Tijjnaniyya zikir held in Abuja on Thursday.

Muhammadu Sanusi said his current position as Tijjaniyya Khalifa in Nigeria is superior to the presidency.

The deposed Emir however said he is ready to help those he believe in their competence to win elections without his participation in politics.

“If we trust a candidate is out to serve the people, we will come out and help them.

“That is not joining politics but a civic duty to the nation and its citizens” Mr. Sanusi said.

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