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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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20 Kano LGs prone to flooding

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Nasiru Yusuf

Twenty local government areas in Kano state face high risk of flooding in 2020 according to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

Kano Focus report that the Coordinator NEMA Kano Territorial Office Sanusi Ado revealed this at a stakeholders meeting on flood awareness campaign and implication of 2020 seasonal rainfall prediction held on Wednesday in Kano.

“Those local government areas predicted to be affected by the flood include; Tarauni, Garun Malam, Rimin Gado, Gaya, Gezawa, Gwale, Shanono and Gabasawa.

“Other areas are Gwarzo, Ungoggo, Warawa, Dawakin Kudu, Dambatta, Bebeji, Kano, Wudil, Kura, Nasarawa, Kano Municipal and Kumbotso local government areas.” He said.

Rain, hailstones destroy N40 million crops in Bagwai LG

Mr Ado said according to NIMET, such can threaten agriculture, water resources, health, transport and infrastructure sectors in the state.

He recalled that in 2012, unprecedented flooding led to the displacement of thousands of people, deaths and loss of millions of naira.

He however linked the increased flood risks in urban areas to blocked drainages.

“The recently reported incidence of destroyed bridges in Rimin Gado and Tofa Local Government Areas, led to so many displacements of vulnerable persons resulted from absence and blockage of drainages.

“We therefore urged relevant authorities to pay more attention to waste management in Nigeria.

“Putting in place a holistic waste management would be highly helpful in addressing frequent flooding incidents.

“These should also be backed by laws in respective states that deter people from indiscriminate waste disposal.” He said.

He also called on citizens to take proactive measures to reduce the risks of flooding.

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Rape: Kano court sentences 70 year old rapist to death by stoning

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Mukhtar Yahya Usman

An Upper shari’a court sitting at Kofar Kudu in Kano metropolis has sentenced one Mati Audu to death by stoning after he was found guilty of defiling a 12 year old girl.

Kano Focus reports that the presiding judge, Abdullahi Sani Sarki Yola gave the verdict on Wednesday.

Mr Audu who is a resident of Falsa of Tsanyawa local government confessed to his crime before the judge willingly.

The Judge according to the Islamic teaching gave him chance at three different court sittings to reverse his confession in order to save him from the punishment.

But the old rapist insisted that he defiled the minor, and was willing to accept his punishment.

 

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774,000 jobs: Applicants accuse Kano committee chair of favoritism

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Sabiu Kabuga

Applicants for the Federal Government Extended Special Work Program in Kano state have accused the selection committee chairman, Mukhtar Dauda Mukhtar of illegally sharing the forms to his acquaintances at Bayero University Kano (BUK).

Mr Mukhtar, a professor of Microbiology teaches at the university.

Kano Focus reports that some applicants besieged the Microbiology Department of BUK on Wednesday where they alleged that the committee chairman was giving out the forms to his friends and cronies.

They however met a notice placed on the departmental board dated 11th August, 2020, directing applicants to collect the forms at their respective local government areas.

Some of the applicants told Kano Focus that they were at the department to try their luck as they got wind that the forms were being shared by the selection committee chairman.

An intending applicant who pleads anonymity told Kano Focus that he got the form from his elder brother who is a staff of BUK.

“I run a business here at BUK Old Site, it was Prof. MD Mukhtar who gave me the form with his own hands and many people got the forms here in BUK”, another applicant said.

“We have some people that are working here in BUK. They are the ones who alerted us that we should come here becauses the forms were being shared”, says Abdullahi Aminu who is an intending applicant

“We want politicians and the selection committee chairman to be just because we heard that they are only sharing the forms to their cronies,” another job seeker Ahmad Abubakar begged.

Mr Mukhtar did not respond to several phone calls from Kano Focus to address the allegations.

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