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This week in Kano history: October 27 – 02 November



Kano Education Fund

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

Wasila Tasi'u

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

Hassan Gwarzo Secondary School

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

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This week in Kano history: Fire killed 331 in El-Duniya Cinema



File image of fire

On May 13, 1951, fire razed down El-Duniya Cinema killing 331 out of an audience of 600.

It was the highest number of casualties in a one-day disaster in the recorded history of Kano.

An inquiry by the British colonial government found that the fire started at the projection room and spread along the ceiling of the cinema located beside the Kantin Kwari and Sabon Gari markets.

Almost all the victims were young men aged 18-34 with some children including a 9-year-old who thronged the cinema for an afternoon show.

Many of the dead had been trapped because the theater owner had locked the doors to prevent people sneaking in without paying. Others were caught in the crush as patrons rushed back into the burning theater to collect their bicycles.

The Prophet’s Image

However, the tragedy was interpreted by most Kano citizens as divine retribution for participating in immoral activities.

Rumors quickly spread that the film being screened that day at El-Duniya portrayed the image of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Others believed that during construction of the cinema people passing everyday cursed the builder and therefore it was engulfed not just by flames but by the combined magical force of these curses.

These rumors grew so strong that the colonial Government was forced to take official notice and counter them over the radio.

Twice daily for two days in four different languages, the Radio Diffusion Service announced there was no truth to the stories that the people handling the bodies of El-Duniya victims died, or that Native Authority Warders who helped in the tragedy had all gone mad, or that prisoners from Kano prison (who helped in handling the corpses) could not eat for days afterwards.

Culled from Signal and Noise: Media, Infrastructure, and Urban Culture in Nigeria by Brian Larkin (2008)

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Today in History: The assassination of Murtala Muhammad



Murtala Muhammad

Maude Rabiu Gwadabe

Murtala Muhammad, Nigerian military Head of State was assassinated on February 13, 1976 in an aborted coup.

The 37-year old, Kano-born, 4th Nigerian Head of State was gunned down in Ikoyi Lagos by soldiers led by Lt. Col. Bukar Suka Dimka.

In his 201 days in office, he pursued policies that have brought lasting changes to Nigeria.

Some of them are the adoption of presidential system of government from the former parliamentary system.

This week in Kano History: July 28 to August 3

He created seven new states – Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Imo, Niger, Ogun, and Ondo – bringing the number of Nigerian states to 19.

His regime also initiated the movement of the Federal Capital from Lagos to Abuja.

Late Murtala Muhammad also purged the civil service, demobilized soldiers, and jailed former ministers in an effort to rid Nigeria of corruption.

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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.

Sheikh Aliyu Harazimi

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.

Rabilu Musa Ibro

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.


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