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Kidnapping: Kano Ministry, Hisbah to tackle ‘nefarious activities’ at Sabon Gari motor parks



By Nazifi Dawud

The Kano state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development says it would collaborate with the state’s Hisbah board to fight nefarious activities at motor parks in Sabon Gari area of Kano city.

Kano Focus reports that the two government bodies were apparently responding to growing calls by members of the public to relocate the New Road bus park at Sabon Gari following the abduction of and forceful conversion to Christianity, of 10 Kano children by an Igbo kidnap network.

In a statement on Thursday, Dr Zahrau Muhammed Umar, said her ministry would collaborate with the Hisbah “to enhance sanity and promote security consciousness particularly at bus stations situated at Sabon gari area.”

The statement signed by Hadiza Mustapha Namadi, the ministry’s spokersperson, said Dr Zahrau made the remarks while receiving the Commander-General of Hisbah Board Ustaz Harun Mohammad Ibn Sina in her office.

“The commissioner added that based on the perceived public out cry on the alleged heinous activities at such motor parks, there is the urgent need of all and sundry to join hands together to sanitize the operations,” the statement read.

It added that the commissioner also lamented rampant divorce cases in the state and urged the Hisbah board “to collaborate with the ministry to come up with a robust approach for curtailing the menace.”

Sabon Gari area is a neighbourhood mainly dominated by members of the predominantly Christian Igbo ethnic group as well as other ethnic nationalities and non-natives.

There is widespread suspicion that the Sabon Gari bus station, along with other motor parks in Naibawa area of the city, is being used as channels through which abducted children are being transported to the Southern part of the country, particularly the Southeast zone.

Some Kano residents have also raised alarm that dealers of illegal drugs and narcotic substances also use the parks to smuggle drugs into the state from the Southeast zone.

A renowned legal practitioner Barrister Umar Usman Dan Baito had called on Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to heed public advice to relocate the Sabon Gari park to areas dominated by native settlements like Dawanau area, which has a sprawling grain market.

“The relocation of the Sabon Gari motor park to an area such as the Dawanau market area would allow native residents to monitor the activities of non-natives who would have to pass through the market to reach the motor parks,” Mr Dan Baito told Dala FM on Wednesday.

“This is necessary if we want to check the abduction of young children and transportation of illegal hard drugs that destroy the lives of our youth into Kano state by unscrupulous non-natives”.

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UNICEF applauds Kano State for enacting Child Protection Law, calls for effective implementation



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim 

United Nations Children’s Funds (UNICEF) has commended the Government and citizens of Kano State for the recent enactment of the Child Protection Law, signed into law by former Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

KANO FOCUS reports that the commendation was contained in a statement issued by Samuel Kaalu UNICEF spokesperson in Kano.

The statement quoted Mr. Rahama R.M. Farah, Chief of UNICEF Field Office Kano, saying “The Kano State Child Protection Law is a remarkable achievement that benefits the children and people of Kano. It establishes a legal framework to ensure the protection of children’s rights within the state.

“Now that the law has been established, it is crucial to allocate the necessary resources and establish mechanisms for its effective implementation. We urge the new administration in Kano State to take this vital step and provide adequate resources to ensure the comprehensive enforcement of the law.

Mr. Farah added that with the enactment of this law, Kano State joins other states that have successfully incorporated the Nigeria Child Rights Act, originally enacted by the National Assembly in 2003, into their legal frameworks.

He said “It is important to note that this Act is derived from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), of which Nigeria is a signatory. Extensive consultations were conducted with key stakeholders, including faith-based and community leaders, during the development of the bill.

“This collaborative effort ensured that the law reflects the values and aspirations of the people of Kano.”


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APC condemns Kano demolition exercise



Aminu Abdullahi






The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State has implored the victims of the recent demolition exercise embarked upon by the Kano State government to seek legal redress while describing the action of the new NNPP administration as barbaric and unacceptable.


KANO FOCUS reports that the Ag. State Chairman of the opposition party, Shehu Maiagari made the condemnation while Speaking at a press conference held on Tuesday at the NUJ Press Centre, Kano.

The politician condemned the spate of demolition of business interests and property across the state by the Governor, Engineer Abba Kabir Yusuf.

“The action of the state government has brought unnecessary chaos, rampant vandalism, daylight robbery and grabbing of property belonging to innocent members of the Kano society” he lamented.

The opposition party insisted that the demolition has destroyed the means of livelihood of the people of the state while lamenting that it has equally tarnished the reputation of the state as a safe commercial centre for secured business investment.

The APC appealed to security agencies in the state to step up action and restore the people’s confidence in light of the shock they had experienced while imploring parents and guardians to caution their children against being used as agents of destruction by the state government.

“We assure the good people of the state of our prayers and support in this trying period; we also implore those affected directly or indirectly, to seek redress in the court of law,” they stated.

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Kano Governor Appoints Habu Fagge as Pension Boss



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

Kano State Governor Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf has approved the appointment of Alhaji Habu Muhammad Fagge  as Executive Chairman, Kano State Pension Board Trustee.

KANO FOCUS reports that the appointment takes effect immediately as the governor directed for handing over and taking over within  24 hours.

A statement issued by Chief Press Secretary to the governor Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa said Alhaji Habu Fagge, a holder of Bsc Finance from Abraham Lincoln University, served two terms as Executive Chairman of Kano Internal Revenue Services.

The statement added that the new appointee had served Kano State as director finance, director planning, research and statistics and director other taxes.

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