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Top Kano stories last week: October 25–November 1, 2019

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Kidnapped Kano Kids

By Mukhtar Yahya Usman

Ganduje to pay new minimum wage arrears

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje assured civil servants that they would receive the new minimum wage in arrears.

Mr Ganduje had offered to pay N30,600 as minimum wage in the state after the minimum wage law bill was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Kidnappers to receive death sentence–Ganduje

Crime of kidnapping would soon be punished by death in Kano state, according to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

The governor said he had already directed the state Ministry of Justice to initiate the process of amending the Penal Code section on kidnapping in order to change the punishment from life imprisonment to death.

Mr Ganduje, revealed this on Thursday while inaugurating the 16-man Commission of Inquiry mandated to investigate the abduction and forceful conversion to Christianity of nine Kano children by an Igbo kidnap syndicate.

The governor declared that death penalty is the only befitting punishment for kidnapping, which he said has taken a dangerous dimension in the state.

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We’ll install 17 rice mills in Kano–Nanono

Alhaji Sabo Nanono, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development said the federal government is planning to install 17 rice mills in Kano state as part of efforts to boost agriculture and ensure food sufficiency in Nigeria.

Mr Nanono revealed this on Friday during a stakeholders meeting with farmers at the Kano State Government House.

He said the installation of new rice mills and the revival of existing ones would increase rice production output and curtail the effects of border closure on food sufficiency and security.

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KAROTA officer crushed to death by runaway motorist

A personnel of the Kano Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) was crushed to death  after a motorist who resisted arrest ran over him and fled 

Witnesses said the deceased, Tijjani Adamu, 27, had entered the offender’s car after arresting him for beating traffic, but alighted to remove the vehicle’s front number plate.

At that moment, it was learnt that the driver pressed the accelerator and crushed Mr Adamu before speeding off.

KAROTA had informed the Kano Police Command to launch a manhunt to arrest the suspect.

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2020 Hajj registration begins–Kano Pilgrims board

The Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board (KSPWB) announced the start of registration for the 2020 hajj exercise.

Executive Secretary of the board Muhammad Abba Danbatta, revealed this in a news conference, calling on intending pilgrims to make a minimum deposit of N1.2 million.

Mr Dambatta said the board would establish registration centres across the 44 local government areas of the state to guide those interested.

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Kano launches measles vaccination, targets 3 million children

The Kano state government officially launched vaccination campaign against measles, saying it is targeting at least three million children under five years.

The vaccination exercise, which commenced on October 30, 2019 is expected to end on 12 November, 2019.

Flagging off the campaign, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, explained that measles is a preventable but highly transmissible viral infection which affects mostly children under five years of age and remains a major cause of children’s mortality globally.

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Ganduje donates N3.6m to families of Doguwa flood victims

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has paid condolence visit to the families of 18 Doguwa flood victims and donated the sum of two hundred thousand Naira to each of the victims family.
 
KANO FOCUS reports that Ganduje prayed for the repose of the departed souls of those who died as a result of the heavy downpour.
“When the information of this sad tragedy reached us we were seriously shocked. May Allah Forgive the victims, who died as martyrs, being washed away by flood. May He give them the ultimate reward of Jannatul Fiddaus, ameen,” the governor prayed.
Families of the victims expressed appreciation to the governor and his entourage and prayed to God to guide him in steering the affairs of the state.
It will be recalled that on July 23, about 18 persons including six members of a family have perished in a ghastly car accident in Doguwa Local Government Area.
The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kano State, Zubairu Mato, said the accident occurred when a bridge linking Riruwai and Doguwa broke down as a result of the heavy downpour, and the driver wasn’t aware that the bridge had broken down.
He explained that the vehicle plunged into the water, killing all the 18 passengers on board including six members of same family.
The family members have been identified as Bashir Doguwa, Malami Gidan-Tanimu, Safiya Mukhtar, Shahida Bashir, Fatima Rabi’u, Uzairu Bashir, all of Doguwa Local Government Area of Kano State.
Doguwa and his family were on their way from Doguwa to First Lady Secondary School in Dambatta Local Government Area of the state to visit his daughter, Firdausi Bashir, who is among the students writing the ongoing NECO SSCE examinations.

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Kano records highest number of sickle cell patients in Nigeria

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Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state has the highest sickle cell patients in Nigeria, a consultant haematologist at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital said.

KANO FOCUS reports that Dalha Halliru Gwarzo disclosed this in an interview with Hospital’s newsletter as part of the 2021 World Sickle Cell day.

He added that Lagos is the second state with highest number of sickle cell cases in the country.

Mr Gwarzo said India, Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria constituted 90% of the sickle cell patients worldwide.

On the causes of sickle cell disease, Mr Gwarzo said it is a genetic inherited disease from parents who are either SS, or AS genotype as a result of genetic condition or mutation of abnormal form of red blood cell.

He advocated for compulsory screening of infants after birth and school children, pre-marital counseling/tests, subsidising cost of medication/treatment and mass sensitisation campaign on dangers of the disease.

Mr Gwarzo noted that, although there is no known cure for sickle cell disease, but developed countries are using a high technology for manipulation of the genetic cells by bone marrow and stem cells transplant, which cost about fifteen million Naira in countries like United States, Germany, United Kingdom and Canada.

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Kano missing children: Court convicts Paul Owne 104 Years

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Kano State High Court has sentenced Paul Owne to 104 years without option of fine for abducting under five children and sold them in Onitsha, Anambra state.

KANO FOCUS reports that Mr Owne was reported to have conspired with six others in committing the crime.

Delivering the judgement on Friday Justice Zuwaira Yusuf sentenced the convict after pleaded guilty to all his 38 count charge against him by Kano State Government.

The court upheld that the convict was found guilty in count 2, 8, 9, 2, 27 and 34 therefore convicted him to 7 years each without option of fine in addition with the sum of N100,000 fine.

Similarly, the court found Owne guilty in count 3, 5, 10, 11, 22, 28 and 38 head count he was sentenced to 7 years.

Mrs Yusuf said the action of Owne was in contravention of count 4, 12, 13, 29 and 38, she convicted him to 4 years on each count without option of fine.

She ordered that all the count shall run Consecutively.

The 5 other defendants who pleaded not guilty to all the charges read over to them namely: Ogbono, Emanuel Igwe, Loise Duru, Monica Oracha and Chinelo Ifedigwe.

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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