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This week in Kano history: November 24 – 30

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Kano Mosque Attack

2014 – Boko Haram killed more than 100 at Kano Central Mosque

On November 28, 2014, Boko Haram killed more than 100 worshipers and wounded more than 135 in an attack on the Kano Central Mosque.

KANO FOCUS recalls that gunmen set off three bombs and opened fire at worshipers.

The attack occurred as the Chief Imam of the mosque, Sani Zahraddeen was about to start the prayers.

The sad event marked the second time after the Maitatsine crisis that Friday prayer did not take place in the mosque.

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II who was out of the country returned to Kano in the evening and led prayers in the mosque.

2015 – Suicide bomber killed 21 Shia Muslims at Dakasoye

Dakasoye Shia Attack

On November 27, 2015, a Boko Haram suicide bomber killed 21 Shia Muslims in an Arbaeen trek at Dakasoye village, Kano.

The procession – an annual event lasting seven days – proceeded after the attack.

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria organizes the procession from Kano city to Zaria, Kaduna state where the headquarters of the movement is located.

2015 – Fire outbreak at GGSS Jogana killed 7, injured 25

GGSS Jogana

On Nobember 29, 2015 a fire broke out at a hostel in Government Girls Secondary School Jogana leading to the death of seven students while 25 others suffered various injuries.

KANO FOCUS reports that the fire occurred around 8pm at the Alhaji Sani Yaro Ahmed hostel.

Reports indicated that the seven students were killed in a stampede that followed the fire outbreak as only one of the hostel doors was open at the time.

The incident was one of a series of fire outbreaks and other boarding schools owned by the Kano state government in that year.

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TCN creates Kano transmission region

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Nasiru Yusuf

THE Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has carved out a new Kano transmission region from the old Kaduna Region. 

KANO FOCUS reports that the newly established unit brings the number of TCN regional centres to 10.

The TCN believes the step will improve commercial activities in the state.

A statement issued by TCN General manager of Public Affairs Ndidi Mbah explained that the creation of the Kano Transmission Region became necessary owing to the rapid economic and industrial development being witnessed within Kano State and its environs, as well as the gradual implementation of TCN’s strategic ‘Nigerian Electricity Grid Maintenance, Expansion and Rehabilitation Programme (NEGMERP),’ which has enabled the transmission company to complete some ongoing projects and increase the number of substations within that axis.

He said the  Kano Transmission Region had, under its supervision, one sub-regional office and several work centers, all housing 13 transmission substations (TS), including the Kumbotso TS, Dan Agundi TS, Dakata TS, Tamburawa TS, Kwanar Dangora TS, Wudil TS, Kankia TS, Katsina TS, Daura TS, Dutse TS, Hadejia TS, Azare TS, and Gagarawa TS.

The new Kano region currently according to the statement has ongoing transmission substation projects which when completed would further increase bulk transmission capacity in the new region.

The new Kano Transmission Region, the company said, would deepen operational efficiency within the region and enable its engineers to readily access and resolve technical issues within the new region.

Mbah explained that prior to the creation of the new Kano Region, major decisions had to be referred to Kaduna Region for directives, and the supply of materials was sometimes delayed due to logistic issues from Kaduna.

Mbah noted that the proximity of the new region would radically reduce downtime and eliminate time lost when materials had to be conveyed from the Kaduna Region.

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DSS arrests singer accuse of blasphemy

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Department of State Services have arrested another blasphemous singer, Ahmad Abdul, whose song was perceived to create chaos in Kano state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Singer Ahmad Abdul was detained by the DSS because his free movement may likely cause violence reaction from Kano residents.

While in detention, Mr Abdul tender apology to entire Muslims, Kano state government and Islamic Scholars.

He told DSS operatives that he never thought that the song has violated Islamic teachings.

Commenting while witnessing the bail condition granted to Mr Abdul at the DSS Headquarters, Kano, the Executive Secretary of the Kano state Censorship Board Ismaila Naaba Afakallah recalled that he had received hundreds of petitions against the song from concerned citizens.

Afakallah said having realized the gravity of the song’s blasphemy, he reported the singer to DSS who swung into action and arrested him at a Hotel where he was hiding for days.

Mr Abdul Father, Abdullahi Isa thanked the DSS for their timely response on the matter which saved possible outbreak of law and order.

Also in August last year, An upper Sharia court in the Hausawa Filin Hockey area of the state has found one Yahaya Sharif-Aminu guilty of committing blasphemy for a song he circulated via WhatsApp.

However, the appellate division of the High Court of Kano State had on January 21 quashed the death sentence passed on Mr Sharif-Aminu and freed him.

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I’ll not run for President – Muhammadu Sanusi II

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Deposed Emir Sanusi

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The deposed Emir of Kano Malam Muhammadu Sunusi II says he is not interested in contesting for the presidency of Nigeria.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Sunusi revealed this at a Tijjnaniyya zikir held in Abuja on Thursday.

Muhammadu Sanusi said his current position as Tijjaniyya Khalifa in Nigeria is superior to the presidency.

The deposed Emir however said he is ready to help those he believe in their competence to win elections without his participation in politics.

“If we trust a candidate is out to serve the people, we will come out and help them.

“That is not joining politics but a civic duty to the nation and its citizens” Mr. Sanusi said.

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