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Sex-for-marks: Court rejects lecturer’s request to reclaim mobile phone




By Nasiru Yusuf

A magistrate court, Rijiyar Zaki, Kano has rejected a request by Dr. Mas’ud Abdullahi, a lecturer accused of luring a married female student for sex, to release his mobile phone.

Kano Focus recalls that Mr Abdullahi, the Vice Principal of School of Technology, Bebeji, Dr Mas’ud Abdullahi, was arraigned for allegedly enticing his married student for illicit sex.

At the court proceedings on Tuesday, counsel to the accused had prayed the court to direct police to release his client’s motor vehicle, staff I.D card and mobile phone.

However, the presiding magistrate, Aminu Fagge granted the request of releasing Mr. Abdullahi’s staff I.D card and motor vehicle, but rejected the request to release his mobile phone, saying it contained romantic messages sent to the victim (name withheld) requesting sex in exchange for marks.

Mr. Abdullahi was charged after he allegedly attempted to rape his student in her matrimonial home, an offence which contravenes sections 389 and 349 of criminal procedure code (CPC), Kano state

Police prosecutor ASP Yusuf Sale had earlier told the court that on August 19, 2019 Mr Abdullahi’s victim, a resident of Hausawa quarters in Kano city filed a complaint against the accused at Metro police station.

In her complaint, the victim was said to have accused her teacher of barging into her home and demanding illicit sex, a move she vigorously resisted.

“In August, 2019, Mr Abdullahi sent a romantic message through Whatsapp messaging app to (name withheld) asking her to allow him have sex with her and promising to award her marks to pass her exams in exchange,” ASP Sale had told the court.

However, when asked by the court, Mr Abdullahi pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Consequently, Magistrate Fagge granted the accused bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in like sum.


TCN creates Kano transmission region



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



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



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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