1969 – Kano Education Trust Fund launched a £1Millon appeal
On November 2, 1969, more than £150,000.00 was donated at the launch of £1,000,000.00 Kano Education Development Trust Fund.
Federal Commissioner of Health, Malam Aminu Kano announced the highest donation of £50,000.00 by Kano indigenes resident in Lagos and Western States.
The fund built secondary schools at Gaya, Gumel and Kano Metropolis, among others.
2013 – KEDCO takes over PHCN operations in Kano
On November 1, 2013, the federal government handed over the Kano zone of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria to the Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO).
KEDCO, owned by the Sahelian Power SPV Limited is one of 10 companies that took over the assets of the PHCN.
The federal government said it privatized the electricity sector to enhance its availability in the country.
2014 – Child bride charged with murder for poisoning husband
On October 31, 2014, Wasila Tasi’u, a 14-year old bride was charged with murder for allegedly killing her 35-year old husband, Umar Sani by putting rat poison in his food.
Prosecutors told a High Court in Gezawa that the suspect poisoned her husband in Unguwar ‘Yansoro village.
Four people died after eating the food including, the husband, two friends, and a beggar boy who ate the remaining food.
But defence lawyer Husaina Aliyu argued that the court had no jurisdiction over the matter which should be heard in a juvenile court.
The case was subsequently transferred to the juvenile court.
However, the Kano state branch of the International Federation of Female Lawyers (FIDA) put up a fund with major contribution from the Kano state government and paid compensation to the victims’ families.
As of 2019, Wasila Tasi’u is married with two children.
2015 – Allegation of homosexuality at HIGSS Kano
On October 28, 2015, a 13-year old pupil of Hassan Ibrahim Gwarzo Secondary School was admitted to hospital after being allegedly raped by some older students.
The boy’s mother told the Inda Ranka program of Freedom Radio that other boys in the school were also serially raped.
The issue generated a lot of controversy while the presenter, Nasiru Salisu Zango was threatened by some persons claiming to be police officers to stop broadcasting the issue.
Kano state government closed the school in December pending reports from police investigations and a panel of inquiry created by the government.
By January 2016, Kano state government allowed the school to reopen while the proprietor, Ibrahim Ayagi, the principal, and two staff of the school were arraigned before a Senior Magistrate Court on allegation of condoning sodomy.
On August 6, 2018 the court dismissed the case after the complainants failed to appear before it.
Compiled by Maude Rabiu Gwadabe
This week in Kano history: December 08 – 14
2012 – Gunmen killed Danladi Isah Kademi
On December 14, 2012 political assassins killed member representing Gaya/Ajingi constituency in the Kano state House of Assembly, Danladi Isah Kademi.
Mr. Kademi, who was a former chairman of Gaya local government, was shot while inspecting his uncompleted house in Hotoron Maradun, Kano metropolis.
The assassins who arrived on motorcycles were suspected to be Boko Haram members.
However, in January 2013, the Kano state police command arrested a politician Saleh Kura of Unguwa Uku area of Kano metropolis for allegedly ordering the killing of late Kademi.
According to the police, Mr Kura hired Ibrahim Lawal, Sagir Yahuza, Surajo Adamu, Tasiu Shuaibu, and Muhammad Abdussalam all of Unguwa area to kill late Kademi and Ibrahim Abba Garko, member representing Garko constituency in the Kano state House of Assembly.
Kano state police commissioner, Ibrahim Idris said Mr Kura contracted the assassins at the sum of N100,000 but paid them a deposit of N30,000 only.
2013 – Tijjaniyya leader, Sheikh Harazimi died
On December 11, 2013 revered leader of the Tijjaniya Tariqah Sheikh Aliyu Harazimi of Hausawa Kano metropolis died at the age of 93.
The late Sheikh was one of the major disciples of Sheikh Ibrahim Niasse of Senegal and became famous in Kano from 1980s upwards for the energetic style of dhikr now known in Hausa as “Tambarin Gidan Shaykh Aliyu Harizimi”.
He was a descendent of the 2nd Fulani Emir of Kano, Ibrahim Dabo and was born on Arafat Day, 1920.
He was initiated into the Tijjaniyya in 1933 and became a spiritual guide – muqaddam – in 1947 after undergoing tutelage.
His major Tijjaniya masters were Sheikh Abubakar Atiku Sanka and Sheikh Muhammad Gibirima of Nguru, Yobe state.
His major writings include Kasr-an-nufus, Juhud-al-ajiz, Sullamul muhibbeen ila hadrat khayral mursaleen, as well as Sir-al-asrar.
2014 – Kannywood comedian, Rabilu Musa ‘Dan Ibro’ died
On December 09, 2014, prominent Kannywood actor, producer, and director, Rabilu Musa ‘Dan Ibro’ died at his home town Danlasan of Warawa local government, Kano.
The late actor was until his death the most prominent comedian in the Kannywood film industry.
His films were mostly rural based and frequently went against Islamic injunctions.
The late Dan Ibro had several run-ins with the Kano state government as well as its Shari’a implementing agencies such as the Censorship Board and Hisbah Commission in his bid to ensure freedom of expression.
He was arrested and jailed for performances seen to be denigrating or blaspheming Islam.
However, his movies served as social commentaries on contemporary events as he produced films on trending issues.
These include Kotun Ibro, Jahilci yafi Hauka, Ibro Osama, Ibro Dan siyasa, etc.
Compiled by Maude Rabiu Gwadabe.
This week in Kano history: December 01 – 07
1980 – BUK closed after students’ rampage
On December 6th 1980, Bayero University Kano (BUK) vice- chancellor, Ibrahim Umar closed down the university following a students’ unrest.
KANO FOCUS gathers that the students damaged the vice-chancellor’s residence, a lecture theatre, matrons’ house and the female students’ hostel.
President of the students’ union, Tanimu Kurfi said their grievances include the erection of a ‘prison wall’ around the female hostel, lack of consultations with students, fraud in the university’s bursary department, non-release of funds for books and teaching aids, poor food and frustration of indigenous lectures.
The students therefore demanded the resignation of both the vice-chancellor and the expatriate registrar, D. G. Lewis, and promised to boycott lectures intermittently until their demands are met.
In response the BUK senate rusticated some of the student leaders following the report of a committee headed by a deputy vice-chancellor, Dandatti Abdulkadir.
1989 – N22million collected at Kofar Mata stadium appeal launch
On December 03, 1989, Kano state government launched a N50million appeal fund for the construction of a sports complex at Kofar Mata area of the metropolis.
KANO FOCUS gathered that Idris Garba, a colonel and military governor of the state announced the highest donation of N10million.
Major donors included the chief launcher, Aliko Dangote – N500,000, Garba A. D. Inuwa – N250,000, Arthur Nzeribe – N250,000, and Bank of the North – N250,000.
Others were Bauchi state government – N2000,000, Niger state government – N100,000, Moshood Abiola – N100,000.
Also Kabiru Gaya and Mahmud Baba who designed the proposed Kano ultra-modern sports complex gave a collective donation of N100,000.
2015 – Fire gutted furniture section of Sabon Gari market
On December 03, 2015 fire razed about 65 shops in the furniture section of Abubakar Rimi market, Sabon Gari, Kano.
KANO FOCUS learnt that the fire started around 8:30pm and destroyed properties worth millions of Naira.
The Director, Kano State Fire Service, Balarabe Kabara attribute the fire to negligence.
“People are in the habit of playing with fire especially during the harmattan period.” He said.
Compiled by Maude Rabiu Gwadabe
This week in Kano history: November 24 – 30
2014 – Boko Haram killed more than 100 at Kano Central Mosque
On November 28, 2014, Boko Haram killed more than 100 worshipers and wounded more than 135 in an attack on the Kano Central Mosque.
KANO FOCUS recalls that gunmen set off three bombs and opened fire at worshipers.
The attack occurred as the Chief Imam of the mosque, Sani Zahraddeen was about to start the prayers.
The sad event marked the second time after the Maitatsine crisis that Friday prayer did not take place in the mosque.
The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II who was out of the country returned to Kano in the evening and led prayers in the mosque.
2015 – Suicide bomber killed 21 Shia Muslims at Dakasoye
On November 27, 2015, a Boko Haram suicide bomber killed 21 Shia Muslims in an Arbaeen trek at Dakasoye village, Kano.
The procession – an annual event lasting seven days – proceeded after the attack.
The Islamic Movement of Nigeria organizes the procession from Kano city to Zaria, Kaduna state where the headquarters of the movement is located.
2015 – Fire outbreak at GGSS Jogana killed 7, injured 25
On Nobember 29, 2015 a fire broke out at a hostel in Government Girls Secondary School Jogana leading to the death of seven students while 25 others suffered various injuries.
KANO FOCUS reports that the fire occurred around 8pm at the Alhaji Sani Yaro Ahmed hostel.
Reports indicated that the seven students were killed in a stampede that followed the fire outbreak as only one of the hostel doors was open at the time.
The incident was one of a series of fire outbreaks and other boarding schools owned by the Kano state government in that year.
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