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Supporters of sacked Ganduje emirs protest in Kano

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By Mukhtar Yahya Usman

Protests have erupted among supporters of the four emirs of Bichi, Rano, Karaye and Gaya over the dissolution of their respective emirates by a Kano state high court.

KANO FOCUS reports that on Thursday a Kano High Court dissolved the four first class emirates carved out of the monolithic Kano emirate by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

In his ruling, Justice Usman Na’Abba held that the law that created the disputed additional emirates did not follow due process.

However, groups of protesters, apparently angry with the judgement, carried placards with inscriptions such ‘Sanusi must go’–referring to the Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II–in Rimin Gado local government area as well as in Karaye, Bichi and Gaya areas.

The protests are believed to have been sponsored by the Kano state government to give a false impression that the controversial emirates have the support of the people.

The four emirates have been a subject of friction between Emir Sanusi and Mr Ganduje since their creation on May 8, 2019.

Mr Ganduje’s decision to create the rival emirates out of the historic Kano Emirate is still being seen as a move curtail Mr Sanusi’s influence over his alleged political differences with the governor.

Already, the Kano state government has rejected the court ruling, saying it would continue to work with the sacked emirs.

The state Commissioner of Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, said the government still recognizes the four emirates in spite of the court ruling.

“Despite the constitutional power and authority conferred on the State Assembly on such progressive and important issue, the court rules otherwise,” he said in a statement.

He added that the government “will not fold its arms and concede such  constitutional power  in the interest of the well-being of the people and general development of the state.”

Mr Garba said despite the ruling, the government still “recognizes them as First Class Emirs and will continue dealing with them as such.”

He advised people “to be calm, law abiding and await further action.”

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Just in: Finance Minister suspends Accountant-general over alleged N80bn fraud

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Aminu Abdullahi

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Dr. Zainab Ahmed, has suspended the embattled Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, from office over his alleged involvement in N80billion fraud being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

KANO FOCUS reports that Idris was arrested on Monday by the operatives of the anti-graft agency over alleged diversion of funds and money laundering activities to the tune of N80billion.

He was arrested after failing to honour invitations by the EFCC to respond to issues connected to the fraudulent acts.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement, had said the commission’s verified intelligence showed that the AGF  raked off the funds through bogus consultancies and other illegal activities using proxies, family members and close associates.

He said the funds were laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja.

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Kano experiences heavy rainfall in next three days – NiMet

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The Nigeria’s meteorological agency, NiMet, has forecast moderate to heavy rainfall within the next three days in Kano.

KANO FOCUS reports that NiMet announced this in its weather advisory on Tuesday.

“As a result of the expected moderate to heavy rainfall in the next three days, there are chances of flash flooding of roads and low-lying settlements,” the agency said.

It added that “there could be disruption of traffic due to flooded or closed roads, reduction in visibility, likely damage to mud houses and possible disruption in flight operations.”

The rain is expected to be accompanied by strong winds, lightning and thunder, hence the falling of weak buildings and displacement of makeshift structures are likely, NiMet said.

Hence, it advised the public to exercise restraint, disconnect electrical appliances before, not during the storm, and avoid standing or parking cars under trees as much as possible.

NiMet urges emergency agencies to be prepared and keep monitoring to avoid low-level areas and fast-flowing runoff waters.

It also advised the public to be prepared for these events to avoid damage from rain-related hazards.

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VP Osinbajo visits scene of  Kano explosion

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has visited the scene of Kano explosive where he commiserated with the government and people of Kano state over the gas and explosion at Sabon Gari area of the state capital.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Vice president arrived at the scene of the explosion in company of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

Osinbajo during the visit to the scene of the incident expressed shock that little school children were among those injured.

The Vice President who described the incident as devastating, sympathised with the victims and enjoined relevant authorities to take preventive measures against future occurrence.

He prayed for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives and quick recovery of injured victims.

The Vice President and governor Ganduje were received and briefed by the Commissioner of Police Kano Command Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko.

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje thanked the vice president for the concern and pledged medical and financial support to victims of the explosion.

The Vice President was in Kano to meet APC delegates ahead of party’s primary elections.

At least nine people are confirmed to have died in an explosion in the Sabon Gari area of Kano state on Tuesday morning.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in a statement said nine corpses have been recovered from the scene of the explosion.

NEMA’s spokesperson, Manzo Ezekiel, said the Director-General, Mustapha Habib, who visited the scene of the explosion, coordinated the rescue operations.

Mr Ezekiel said: “Nine dead bodies have been recovered so far from the rubbles of a collapsed building beside a primary school following explosions from a gas cylinder at Aba Road in Sabon Gari area of Kano.

“Director-General National Emergency Management Agency, Mustapha Habib Ahmed, was at the site of the incident and coordinated the rescue operations.

“He mobilised excavators being used for the rescue operations and said NEMA team will ensure complete removal of the rubbles to retrieve all trapped persons.

“Furthermore, the DG instructed the NEMA rescue team to remain at the site until the conclusion of the rescue and to work together with security agencies and other response organisations present at the location.

“NEMA is presently coordinating the rescue operations involving members, Nigerian Red Cross, military, the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, Kano SEMA, the official statement said.

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