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Drivers protest in Kano after KAROTA officials damage trailer’s tyres



By Mukhtar Yahya Usman

Angry drivers on Friday used many long trucks to barricade the eastern bypass thoroughfare on Yankaba-Hotoro area in protest after some officials of the Kano Road and Traffic Agency (KAROTA) used deflation device to puncture tyres of a trailer.

The incident is coming just six days after a KAROTA official, Abdurrahman Bayero, was crushed to death by a trailer driver around the same area. 

Kano Focus reports that trouble started after the three KAROTA operatives stopped a truck driver who was just entering the city and demanded payment of revenue.

But the driver, Rabiu Ali, reportedly refused to pay the money, saying he had already made the same payment to other KAROTA personnel before arriving at that point.

Mr Ali also produced a receipt as evidence to support his claim, according to eyewitnesses.

However, it was learnt that the traffic officials, rejected the receipt and insisted that the trucker must make a fresh payment, a demand he also refused.

Angry with Mr Ali, who has since started driving away, the KAROTA operatives pushed a deflation device in his path, which immediately shredded and damaged three of the vehicle’s tires.

Outraged by the traffic officials’ act, Mr Ali, abandoned the vehicle in the middle of the road in protest, the witnesses said.

“The driver refused to pay and tried to move but one of the three KAROTA officials pushed a huge metal spike in his path. The vehicle drove over the spikes which burst three of its tires. That’s why the driver blocked the road,” an eyewitness Ibrahim Abdullahi said.

It was gathered that other truckers plying the road soon joined the fray and also switched of their vehicles, causing a heavy traffic gridlock which lasted for over five hours in the area, putting many vehicle owners in distress.

The protesters vowed not to vacate the road until the KAROTA officials responsible for damaging the truck’s tires were arrested.

But another eyewitness Abubakar Muhammed said Mr Ali had already agreed to make another payment of N2,000 to the KAROTA officials and was trying to park, when his tires were damaged.

“He was trying to park but the KAROTA officials thought he was attempting to run that’s why they threw him a big metal with nails that punctured his tires and quickly ran away,” he said.

However KAROTA spokesperson Nabilisi Abubakar Kofar Na’isa denied the allegations against the agency’s personnel.

He said the traffic officials tried to stop the affected truck for a search but the driver refused to stop, compelling them to use a deflation device to force him to stop.

“As you know every truck that comes to Kano must be searched to see what the truck is carrying. This was what we tried to do but the driver resisted.

“Our personnel had shown him the deflation device and threatened to use it but he still ignored the warning and they had to use it to deflate his tires. The driver then abandoned the vehicle and caused a traffic snarl,” Mr  Kofar Na’isa said.

He added that the matter had been reported to the police for investigation.

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Father appeals for justice as policeman kills son in Kano



Musab Sammani

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The father of a man killed by a police officer in Kano has called on human rights organizations and the state police command to ensure justice is served.

Sammani Muhammad Abdulmumini, father of Mus’ab Sammani Muhammad made the call in an exclusive interview with KANO FOCUS.

Mr Abdulmumini also urged Kano state government to protect its citizens from security personnel.

“Security personnel are paid to protect citizens but unfortunately some of them are more dangerous than terrorists.” He said.

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KANO FOCUS recalls that on Wednesday, a police sergeant on guard duty at UBA Malam Kato square branch of Kano metropolis allegedly shot Mus’ab Sammani Muhammad to death.

Speaking to KANO FOCUS, the deceased’s father said he received the story of his son’s killing as he was about to visit the son’s office.

“I talked to him on phone for about 10 – 20 minutes and told him I was on my way to visit him.

“After finishing the call, I suddenly received another call from his brother who was in Zamfara and he told me that Mus’ab had been shot to death.

“I couldn’t trust my ears when he asked me to go and check the situation.

“I quickly called his line but some body answered and said ‘Innalillahi wa inna ilahi raji’un! Mus’ab is no more’.

“I drove to the scene, and found his corpse lying in blood.” He said.

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Mr Abdulmumini said eyewitnesses told him that the late Mus’ab hit an Adaidaita Sahu tricycle with his car after coming out of Singer Market where he had delivered some locally processed rice.

According to the eyewitnesses, his late son had an argument with the Adaidaita Sahu tricycle driver but they soon settled the matter.

However, while attempting to move on, some police officers asked the late Mus’ab to park by the road side.

“Out of nowhere, the accused police sergeant left the bank he was guarding and shot him to death.” He said.

Mr Abdulmumin thereafter reported the matter to the assistant police commissioner in charge of Motor Traffic Division (MTD) of the Kano police command.

He added that the assistant police commissioner assured him that the accused police sergeant will be punished and his son will get justice.

Who was Mus’ab?

Musab Sammani Muhammad

Mus’ab Sammani Muhammad was the Managing Director of Alful Rice Nigeria Limited.

He graduated from Noida International University in India with a B.Sc. in Computer Science and returned to Nigeria on July 21, 2019.

Born on June 26, 1998 at Zango Gabas of Ungogo Local government area of Kano state, the late Mus’ab was single when he was killed.

He attended Da’awa Nursery and Primary Islammiyya School before proceeding to Kano Model School for his junior secondary education.

He completed his secondary education at Royal International School, Hadejia Road, Kano metropolis.

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Meanwhile, the Kano state police command said it is investigating the circumstances that led to the killing.

Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, a deputy superintendent and spokesperson of the command said the suspect will be arraigned after the investigation is completed.


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Ganduje employs 920 health workers



By Nazifi Dawud

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has presented employment letters to a total of 920 health workers as part of efforts to improve and strengthen healthcare service delivery in Kano state.

The governor issued the letters to the new employees on Friday at Coronation Hall, Government House.

Speaking at the event, Mr Ganduje assured that his administration would ensure that all primary healthcare services are integrated.

“This will ensure quality control and effective management of the system,” he said according to a statement by Abba Anwar, his chief press secretary.

“The wisdom behind the One Roof arrangement is to have optimum utilisation of our staff, with all sense of belonging and seriousness. With this, we can be so sure of harmonious synergy and effective management of both staff and resources.

“We are always interested in having stronger institutions for our health care delivery system. At all levels, from primary to secondary and tertiary levels,” he added.

The governor also directed the state Commissioner for Health Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa to conceive a process that would enable hardworking staff to be recognized and rewarded.

“Let’s get best performing doctor, best performing pharmacist, best performing nurse, best performing laboratory technician and all other areas in the health sector. We need to evolve a process of rewarding commitment and hard work,” he said.

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BUK increases students fees, introduce others




Maude Rabiu Gwadabe

Bayero University Kano (BUK) has increased hostel and administrative fees for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

KANO FOCUS reports that the university senate approved the increase in its 378th meeting as reported in the BUK official bulletin.

The university registrar, Amina Umar Abdullahi stated that hostel fees for Nigerian postgraduate students has been increased from N12,150 to N25,150.

Mrs Abdullahi said international postgraduate students will pay N80,000 in the 2019/2020 session instead of N60,000.

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Also undergraduate students will pay N20,090 hostel fee  instead of the previous N12,090, while a bed space without mattress will now cost N12,090 instead of the former N7,090.

In addition, the university has doubled the acceptance fee for all undergraduate courses from N5,000 to N10,000.

Mrs Abdullahi added that the re-issuance of statement of result now costs N1,000 as against the former N500.

The registrar also announced the introduction of new administrative charges.

According to her, Certificate of English Proficiency, re-issuance of admission letters, and correction of names on the admission letter now attract charges of N1,000 each.

She added that reprinting of Course Registration Forms (CRFs) or evidence of payment of registration fees will now cost N500 each.

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The BUK senate has also introduced the payment of additional N3,000 for Pharmaceutical Science students and N20,000 for M.Sc. Architecture students.

Other charges approved by the senate include N5,000 per session for B.Sc. and B.Sc.(Ed) Geography in the School of Continuing Education as well as N10,000 for field trip for Level 500 students of both courses.

The registrar added that the BUK senate has also increased membership fees of all students associations from N200 to N300 which will now be collected centrally with effect from the 2019/2020 session.

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