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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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Kano High Court acquits 2 suspected armed robbers detained for 13 years

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Kano High Court

Nasiru Yusuf

A Kano State High Court has disçharged and acquitted two suspected armed robbers accused of killing their victim, Bako Zangina, an offense punishable by death.

Kano Focus reports that Justice Suleman Namalam held that though the court has no doubt that the accused are criminals having been convicted previously, the prosecution has failed to estabilish the ingredient of the offence beyond reasonable doubt in the instant case.

The accused Isyaku Umar otherwise known as ‘Small’ and Ibrahim Suleiman were arraigned in court on three counts charges of conspiracy,attempted armed robbery and culpable homicide punishable by death.

The two accused have been in custody since October 2007 for the alleged killing of Bako Zangina.

The court held that while the prosecution established the death of the victim, it failed to establish three ingredients of offense linking the identity of the accused to the crime thereby creating doubt.

The trial judge held that failure of the prosecution to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt left the court with no option than to discharge and acquitt the two accused.

The two accused persons have been in detention for over 13 years and have previously been tried and convicted for armed robbery.

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Kano wins national award in the fight against TB, leprosy

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Nasiru Yusuf

Kano State Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Program has won the twin National Tuberculosis and Leprosy awards for the year 2020.

Kano Focus reports that, the awards were announced by the Nigeria National TB, Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer Control program during the Annual Review meeting held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State Capital.

Kano get the award as the state with highest consistent quarterly TB case notification for 2020 and the highest TB testing laboratory using GeneXpert Machine.

This is the first time the state have won such National TB and Leprosy Awards.

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FG signs US$1.959bn Kano-Maradi railway project

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Nasiru Yusuf

The federal government has on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mota-Engil Group for the construction of US$1.959 billion Kano-Maradi Standard gauge railway line.

Kano Focus reports that the Minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi signed on behalf of the federal government while the Managing Director, Mota- Engil, Antonio Gvoea signed on behalf of the contracting firm.

The new railway corridor which is to be located in northern Nigeria will run through Kano, Jigawa and Katsina states and through Niger Republic territory as far as Maradi.

Other cities to benefit directly from the passage of the rail route are Danbatta, Kazaure, Daura, Mashi, Katsina and Jibiya.

A statement signed by Eric Ojiekwe, Director, Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Transportation noted that the 283.750-kilometre rail line besides developing freight and passenger transport, “will be integrated with road transport to make a great contribution to the local economy as well as an important development in the social sector.”

The project duration is for 36 months and the contract type is Engineering, Procurement and Construction.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Magdalene Ajani; Director, Legal Services, Pius Oteh; Managing Director, Mota-Engil Group, Antonio Gvoea; Head of Legal, Mota- Engil Group, Cameron Beverley; Magajin Garin Kano, Muhammad Wada; Director, Mota-Engil Group, Kola Abdulkarim; Vice President, Mota-Engil Group, Mohammed Abdul-Razaq; Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Yusuf Tuggar; Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala-Usman among other personalities.

Mota-Engil is a Portuguese conglomerate with diverse interest in construction, transportation, public works, port operations, waste, water and logistics with presence in 23 countries spread across Africa, Europe and Latin America.

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