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After Kano Focus report, Ganduje finally raises panel to probe Kano abductions

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By Nazifi Dawud

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has finally set up a commission of inquiry to probe the abductions of nine Kano children who were kidnapped by an Igbo criminal gang that, also renamed and converted the kids to Christianity.

Mr Ganduje formed the committee on Friday, just three days after Kano Focus exclusively reported that the governor was searching for capable people to lead the committee.  

Kano Focus reports that the Kano Police Command had rescued nine missing children and paraded six Igbo persons who have confessed to abducting the kids, renaming and forcefully converting them to Christianity before selling them in Onitsha, Anambra state.

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In a statement, Abba Anwar, chief press secretary to the governor, said Mr Ganduje appointed retired justice Wada Umar Rano to head the Commission of Inquiry which would be inaugurated on 31st October, 2019.

The statement said the committee is expected to among other objectives, “conduct an inquiry into cases of missing persons in Kano State from the year 2010 to date and to procure all such evidence, written or oral, and to examine all such persons as witnesses as the commissioners may think it necessary or desirable to procure or examine.”

Other terms of references of the panel are: “To summon any person in Nigeria to attend any meeting of the commissioners to give evidence or produce any document or other thing in his possession and to require the evidence (whether written or oral) of any witness to be made on oath or declaration, such oath or declaration.

“To admit or exclude the public or any member of the public or press from any hearing of the commission, to prepare comprehensive data of missing persons in Kano State within the period and circumstances in which they disappeared”.

The committee is also mandated “to find out both immediate and remote causes of  cases of missing persons and to prepare and submit a written report including findings and recommendations to the Government of Kano State.”

Mr Anwar noted in the statement that Mr Ganduje was empowered to form such panel under “Section 2 of the Commissions of Inquiry Law, [CAP. 29], Laws of Kano State, 1990, and of all powers enables the governor to institute this and similar Commissions of Inquiry.”

“It is on this premise that the governor said as ‘…the Governor of Kano State, do hereby notify the general public of the appointment of the persons named in the schedule hereto as commissioners with authority to hold a Commission of Inquiry into cases of missing persons in Kano State, from the year 2010 to 2019 with effect from 30th October, 2019 to 30th November, 2019.’,” the statement said.

Mr Ganduje also warned that his administration “takes this callous and heinous crime as a serious security challenge, that shall not be tolerated to continue and no stone shall be left unturned.”

“The Commission is set to hear from the victims or their relatives, collect evidence both written and oral, visits sites (as the case may be), find both immediate and remote causes and make recommendations to the Government for proper action, in order to eradicate such wicked act,” he said.

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Ganduje apologizes to Kano residents at Bayero’s memorial prayer

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Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Kano state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has apologized to Kano residents over the difficulties they face due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Ganduje made the apology on Friday at a special prayer organized by the Kano Emirate Council to mark the sixth  anniversary of the death of late emir  Ado Bayero.

Mr Bayero, the 13th Fulani Emir of Kano died on June 06, 2014 having spent 51 years on the throne.

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Mr Ganduje urged Kano residents to bear with the lockdown imposed to check the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“This pandemic affects our religion, culture and even our economic and social development.

“We pray to Almighty Allah to wipe away this pandemic and see us through”. He said.

In his speech, the emir of Kano Aminu Ado Bayero urged his subjects to comply with the directives issued by the government and medical experts to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.

Mr Bayero thanked the state government for easing the lockdown and permitting the performance of congregational prayers.

The emir prayed for the soul of his late father and asked the Almighty Allah to grant the deceased residence in Paradise

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Supreme Court upholds late Bayero’s deposition of Aminu Babba

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The supreme court has on Friday affirmed Emir Ado Bayero’s decision of sacking Aminu Babba Dan’agundi as Sarkin Dawaki Maituta and District head of Gabasawa.

The judgment came six years after the death of the late monarch.

Kano Focus reports that Justice Mary Odili delivered the lead judgment based on the unanimous decision of the five justices of the Supreme Court.

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It could be recalled that, Emir Bayero had in 2003 dethroned Dan’agundi as District Head of Gabasawa and Sarkin Dawaki Maituta over alleged insubordination.

Mr Dan’agundi was accused of disobeying an order from the late emir, who invited him to appear before him.

However,  Dan’agundi dragged the late emir and Kano emirate council to a state high court for redress.

The high court judge, Sadi Mato ruled that Dan’agundi be reinstated and be paid all his entitlements.

However, the Kano Emirate Council appealed the judgment to the Court of Appeal, but the court also affirmed the verdict of the lower court.

The emirate council, again, filed an appeal at the Supreme Court challenging the judgment of the two lower courts.

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10 mourners killed in Dambatta traffic collision

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Mukhtar Yahya Usman

At least ten bus passengers and a motorcycle rider are feared dead in Dambatta town after their vehicles collided on Thursday morning.

Kano Focus reports that the incident occurred at Sha’iskawa, Dambatta  along Kazaure-Kano road at about 7:09 am.

An eye witness, Soja Maihoto Danbatta  said both vehicles caught fire and the passengers were burnt to death.

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“The motorcyclist who was carrying a jerry can of petrol crashed into the bus that was heading towards Kano.

“Both vehicles instantly caught fire.” He said.

Another eye witness Sulaiman (Holy Boy) Muhammad told Kano Focus that the passengers were from Zangon Daura, Katsina state on their way to a condolence visit in Minjibir, Kano state.

“The driver and one male passenger in the front seat jumped out of the bus while eight women and two children were burnt in the back seats.

“The motorcyclist was also burnt to death by the petrol.” He said.

Sa’idu Muhammad Ibrahim, a Principal Fire Superintendent and spokesperson Kano state fire service has confirmed the incident.

Mr Ibrahim said the fire workers had put out the fire and had taken the casualties to the Dambatta General Hospital.

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