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Why we don’t arrest journalists–Kano gov’t

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By Nazifi Dawud

The Kano state Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba has explained that the state government has not arrested any journalist for reporting against the government because the Governor Abdullahi Ganduje-administration “gives priority to security and freedom of expression of journalists”.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Garba revealed this while receiving the management team of Freedom Radio, who visited his office on Monday.

In a statement by Sani Abba Yola, spokesperson of the state Ministry of Information, Mr Garba also announced that the state government has introduced a quarterly meeting with journalists in the state in order to brief them on government policies.

“The executive council members has (sic) approved a proposed quarterly meeting between the state Ministry of Information and media organizations to discuss important issues with a view to understanding any new policy introduced by the state government,” he said.

He added that the government “remains committed to ensuring conducive environment for media organisations to flourish, just as it guarantees safety of working journalists.”

The commissioner said the “present administration gives priority to security and freedom of expression of journalists which was the reason why no single journalist arrested by the state government because of any unfavorable report on government policies or programmes.”

On his part, Managing Director of Freedom Radio, Alhaji Abbas Dalhatu explained that they were at the commissioner’s office to congratulate him on his reappointment.

Mr Dalhatu also welcomed the idea of  a quarterly meeting between media organizations and the Ministry of Information which, he said  “will serve as an avenue to brief the media on the rationale behind any policy or programmes initiated by government so that they enlighten the public about the new policy.”

He assured the commissioner of their readiness to work with the state government for the development of the state.

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Father appeal for justice as police kills son in Kano

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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 driver after coming out of Singer Market where he 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

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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

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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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