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FRSC denies producing ‘Chip Whip’ number plate, launches probe



Kano Chip Whip

By Nazifi Dawud

The Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) has denied producing an absurd number plate that mis-spelt Chief Whip as ‘Chip Whip’, which was found on a vehicle believed to be owned by Hon. Ayuba Labaran Durum–Chief Whip of the Kano State House of Assembly.

Kano Focus reports that an image of the comical number plate, which was first shared by Jaafar Jaafar, publisher of Daily Nigerian newspaper, has caused uproar and derision, since it emerged on Saturday.

Many social media users have blamed the FRSC, the only government agency with a mandate to produce number plates, for the blunder.

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However, in a statement on Sunday, the FRSC promptly denied manufacturing the ludicrous number plate, blaming impostors.

“The attention of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has been drawn to the existence of a number plate issued with the wrong spelling of “CHIP WHIP” instead of the correct spelling of CHIEF WHIP to the Kano State House of Assembly.

“We wish to state categorically that the said number plate did not originate from any of the FRSC Number Plate production centres, neither was it issued by the Corps,” read the statement, signed by Bisi Kazeem, Corps Public Education Officer of the FRSC.

“We are therefore making it abundantly clear to members of the public that FRSC as the lead agency in road traffic management and safety administration in the country has nothing to do with the said number plate as some people are insinuating on some social media platforms.

“For the avoidance of doubt, FRSC with its International Quality Management certification (ISO 9001: 2008) has rigorous quality procedures for producing and issuing any of its security documents which makes the possibility of such obvious grammatical errors on any of its licences an impossibility”.

The FRSC also said it has launched an investigation in order to identify and arrest the manufacturer of the ‘Chip Whip’ number plate.

“Consequently, the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has ordered the Sector Commander of Kano State to investigate the origin of the purported number plate with a view to bringing the perpetrators of the illegal act to book.

“Furthermore, he has directed all field commands across the country to be on vigilance and clampdown on producers and issuers of fake number plates.

“To this end, he calls on members of the public to immediately report any act of such illegality against all FRSC security documents, while assuring of the competence and diligence of the Corps in carrying out all its assignments geared toward ensuring safer road environments for safety and security of all Nigerians,” the statement added.


Ganduje apologizes to Kano residents at Bayero’s memorial prayer



Ganduje at Bayero Memorial Prayer

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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Nasiru Yusuf

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



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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