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Why we support New Kano Emirates

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Usman Suleiman Sarki Madobi

Creation of new Emirates is not a new phenomenon in the history of Nigeria specifically in this democratic dispensation.

Emirates played and continue to play important roles in facilitating human-capital, infrastructural, socio-economic and educational developments in their respective Emirates.

In addition to development, Emirates give their people unique identity, attachment and a sense of belonging that makes them share their feelings in times of joy and sorrows.

Emirates in our society are symbols of unity and strength that give people opportunities to decide and determine what they want and how to approach pressing issues that need urgent attentions of all.

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Wherever there are multiple Emirates they tend to stimulate collaboration and cooperation to design what they want to achieve or face government or organizations with a common resolution on matters that affect their people to find lasting solution or deal with common problems.

Jigawa as a role model

Before the creation of Jigawa state there were multiple Emirates in Kano state which continue to develop and coexist with Kano Emirate but Kano enjoyed certain privileges that gave it advantages over others.

However, after the creation of Jigawa state the only Emirate that remains for Kano State succeeded in making Kano a single city where development programmes of the State and the Emirate were concentrated in the state capital which is the seat of the Emirate.

If we look at the Emirates carved from Kano that formed the present Jigawa state, each and every Emirate is developing hand-in-hand with the others where cooperation not competition is the cardinal principle in their coexistence.

Jigawa is not as big as Kano but has more prospective towns/cities compared with the big Kano due to the presence of different Emirates.

Hadejia, Gumel, Kazaure and Ringim are all fast developing cities of the state that coexist harmoniously with the Dutse Emirate that happened to be in the state capital.

More emirates; more development

Emirate headquarters play a vital role in bringing people together to discuss their peculiar needs and problems from educational, employment and infrastructural needs and challenges.

If we look at other states such as Bauchi, Yobe, Kebbi, Niger and Kaduna they all have many Emirates in their respective states. Those Emirates never constitute threats to each other or impediments to the state’s development.

The recent creation of four additional Emirates (Bichi, Gaya, Karaye and Rano) is a welcome development which the people of these Emirates embraced with joy and happiness because they were brought closer to their Emirates to have direct access to their Emirs and have their listening ears at any time they wanted.

Recently, the former Governor of Kaduna State Ahmed Muhammad Makarfi created additional Emirates that led to the fragmentation of the big Emirates in the state, but instead of resisting the government, the people of the big Emirate displayed maturity of the highest order by accepting it as a development without challenging the constitutional powers of the state House of Assembly to validly make laws for the state within the territorial boundaries of the state and that of the Governor to execute the law.

Why only in Kano?

However, instead of accepting the governments’ decision of creating the new Emirates with good faith some VERY FEW people of the Kano Emirate instigated a legal action challenging the constitutional powers of the Kano State House of Assembly to make laws within its legislative competence and the Governor to execute same within his executive powers vested in him by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

Creation of additional Emirates has never constituted a threat to the development and well-being of people in other states of the federation why only in Kano such fears were expressed where it does not exist?

Now I came to appreciate the wisdom of former CJN Justice Dahiru Musdherper who mandated lawyers and judges to undertake extensive sociological courses in order to understand how the society works in promoting peaceful coexistence in the society more especially in a typical homogenous society like ours.

In view of this, we the Concerned People of the four New Emirates are solidly behind the Government and support our Emirs who always give us unrestricted access and listening ears without prolonged protocols and we urge the government to take the matter up for the continuous existence and sustenance of these new Emirates.

I finally pray that the Almighty Allah will continue to guide, protect and support the current administration under the able leadership of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and his Deputy Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna.

Usman Madobi is the chairman New Emirates Support Forum (NESF), Kano State

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Buhari mourns murdered five-year old Hanifa, directs police to prepare good charges

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Nasiru Yusuf

President Muhammadu Buhari expressed the nation’s condolences to the family of the five-year-old school girl Hanifa Abubakar whose body was discovered in a shallow grave in Kano after near two months of fruitless search.

KANO FOCUS reports that this was contained in a statement issued on Friday by Senior Special Assistant to the President Garba Shehu.

The President in the same breath has praised the work of the police and the secret service in unraveling the mystery behind the disappearance of Hanifa, and particularly for the arrest of her teacher and his other accomplices suspected of the child’s kidnap and murder.

President Buhari said the family and the whole nation which followed up on Hanifa’s travail every day since her disappearance in December last year were hoping for the girl to have been rescued alive and well, adding however that the very thorough and painstaking detective operation by the law enforcement bodies, leading to the discovery of the corpse and the arrest of the suspects who have already made confessions was commendable, calling it an achievement that should instill more public confidence in the authorities.

“When breakthroughs like this happen, people will talk differently of law enforcement,” said the President.

President Buhari prayed for the repose of the soul of the little school girl and urged her parents to bear the sad loss with courage and fortitude in God.

The President urged the Police and Ministry of Justice to uphold the integrity of the detective work that busted the case by preparing well and presenting a good case that will earn the respect of the court.

Kano vows to secure justice for little Hanifa Abubakar

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said the state government would monitor and ensure the prosecution of anyone found culpable in the kidnap and murder of Hanifa Abubakar, an innocent five-year-old pupil at Kwanar Dakata in Nassarawa local government area of the state.

This is contained in a statement issued by the the state commissioner for information, Muhammad Garba on Friday.

The governor said already measures taken in the matter include the indifinite closure and withdrawal of the operational license of the school where the child was allegedly said to have been gruesomely murdered.

He said government is terribly disturbed that people entrusted with the care of children only turn out to be their murderers.

Ganduje added that government has been in touch with the family of the child and would remain so until justice prevail in the case to serve as deterrent to others.

The governor, who commended security agencies in the state for the prompt action that led to the arrest of those allegedly involved, stated that while investigation is ongoing, government will meticulously follow the case to its logical conclusion.

He also commended the international community, human rights-based organizations and well-meaning Nigerians for their concern in the matter.

Ganduje also assured security agencies of government’s support in carrying out their duties of ensuring that Kano maintains its relative peace.

Kano shuts school where kidnapped pupil was buried

The Kano State Government has earlier in the day ordered the closure of the school where the remains of Hanifa Abubakar, a five-year old pupil kidnapped and murdered by her teacher, were found buried.

The state Commissioner of Education, Muhammad Kiru, announced this in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Àliyu Yusuf.

He also announced the withdrawal of the licences of the two schools named in the tragedy, pending the outcome of police investigation.

The commissioner added that the state government has also constituted a ministerial committee to assist in ensuring justice on the matter.

While condoling with the family of little Hanifa on behalf of the state government, the commissioner called on parents and guardians to desist from enrolling their children in questionable schools.

He promised that the ministry would monitor the activities of private schools so as to prevent reoccurrence of similar incidents.

Background

KANO FOCUS reported how Abdulmalik Tanko, a teacher, allegedly kidnapped and killed his five-year old pupil, Hanifa.

Little Hanifa was Mr Tanko’s pupil at a private school located in Kwanar Dakata in Nassarawa local government area of Kano State.

According to the police, the principal suspect confessed to have poisoned the girl when he realised that she had recognised him.

“Messrs Tanko and (Hashim) Isyaku then buried her remains in a shallow grave at the private school premises at Kwanar ‘Yan Gana, Tudun Murtala Quarters in Nassarawa local government area of Kano State.

“Hashim also confessed that, sometimes in the month of November, 2021, the principal suspect, Abdulmalik met him and one Fatima Jibreel Musa, ‘f’, 27 years old, of Layin Falaki Tudun Murtala Quarters, Nassarawa LGA Kano State and ordered them to kidnap Hanifa. They planned but later rescinded their action. Fatima was also arrested,” the police said.

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Kano govt vows to secure justice for five-year old pupil killed by her teacher

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Nasiru Yusuf

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said the state government would monitor and ensure the prosecution of anyone found culpable in the kidnap and murder of Hanifa Abubakar, an innocent five-year-old pupil at Kwanar Dakata in Nassarawa local government area of the state.

KANO FOCUS reports that this is contained in a statement issued by the the state commissioner for information, Muhammad Garba on Friday.

The governor said already measures taken in the matter include the indifinite closure and withdrawal of the operational license of the school where the child was allegedly said to have been gruesomely murdered.

He said government is terribly disturbed that people entrusted with the care of children only turn out to be their murderers.

Ganduje added that government has been in touch with the family of the child and would remain so until justice prevail in the case to serve as deterrent to others.

The governor, who commended security agencies in the state for the prompt action that led to the arrest of those allegedly involved, stated that while investigation is ongoing, government will meticulously follow the case to its logical conclusion.

He also commended the international community, human rights-based organizations and well-meaning Nigerians for their concern in the matter.

Ganduje also assured security agencies of government’s support in carrying out their duties of ensuring that Kano maintains its relative peace.

Kano shuts school where kidnapped pupil was buried

The Kano State Government has earlier in the day ordered the closure of the school where the remains of Hanifa Abubakar, a five-year old pupil kidnapped and murdered by her teacher, were found buried.

The state Commissioner of Education, Muhammad Kiru, announced this in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Àliyu Yusuf.

He also announced the withdrawal of the licences of the two schools named in the tragedy, pending the outcome of police investigation.

The commissioner added that the state government has also constituted a ministerial committee to assist in ensuring justice on the matter.

While condoling with the family of little Hanifa on behalf of the state government, the commissioner called on parents and guardians to desist from enrolling their children in questionable schools.

He promised that the ministry would monitor the activities of private schools so as to prevent reoccurrence of similar incidents.

Background

KANO FOCUS reported how Abdulmalik Tanko, a teacher, allegedly kidnapped and killed his five-year old pupil, Hanifa.

Little Hanifa was Mr Tanko’s pupil at a private school located in Kwanar Dakata in Nassarawa local government area of Kano State.

According to the police, the principal suspect confessed to have poisoned the girl when he realised that she had recognised him.

“Messrs Tanko and (Hashim) Isyaku then buried her remains in a shallow grave at the private school premises at Kwanar ‘Yan Gana, Tudun Murtala Quarters in Nassarawa local government area of Kano State.

“Hashim also confessed that, sometimes in the month of November, 2021, the principal suspect, Abdulmalik met him and one Fatima Jibreel Musa, ‘f’, 27 years old, of Layin Falaki Tudun Murtala Quarters, Nassarawa LGA Kano State and ordered them to kidnap Hanifa. They planned but later rescinded their action. Fatima was also arrested,” the police said.

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Kano closes school where abducted five year old pupil was buried

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The Kano state government has on Friday closed the school where abducted five year old pupil was killed and buried.

KANO FOCUS reports that the state Commissioner of Education, Muhammad Sanusi Sa’id Kiru announced this in a statement issued by his spokesperson Àliyu Yusuf.

He said the state government has equally withdrew the license of the two schools is with immidiate effect, pending the outcome of police investigation.

The Commissioner added that the state government has also constituted a ministerial committee to assist in ensuring justice to take its course on the matter.

While consoling and condoling the family of late Hanifa Abubakar on behalf of the ministry and the state government, the commissioner called on parents and guardians to desist from taking their children to questionable schools.

He noted that the ministry will do all it could to facilitate the work of the committee in checkmating the activities of such private schools in Kano so as to prevent reoccurrence of similar incidence.

How the incidence happened

The police on Thursday announced the arrest of a private school teacher, Abdulmalik Tanko, who allegedly kidnapped and killed his five-year old pupil, Hanifa Abubakar.

Mr Tanko allegedly conspired with one Hashim Isyaku, who has also been taken into custody, for the crime.

In a statement, the police spokesperson in Kano, Abdullahi Kiyawa, said the suspects had demanded a ransom of six million naira from the parent of the kid.

Little Hanifa was Mr Tanko’s pupil at a private school located in Kwanar Dakata in Nassarawa local government area of Kano State.

According to the police, the principal suspect confessed to have poisoned the girl when he realised that she had recognised him.

Messrs Tanko and Isyaku then buried her remains in a shallow grave at the private school premises at Kwanar ‘Yan Gana, Tudun Murtala Quarters in Nassarawa local government area of Kano State.

“Hashim also confessed that, sometimes in the month of November, 2021, the principal suspect, Abdulmalik met him and one Fatima Jibreel Musa, ‘f’, 27 years old, of Layin Falaki Tudun Murtala Quarters, Nassarawa LGA Kano State and ordered them to kidnap Hanifa. They planned but later rescinded their action. Fatima was also arrested.

“The suspects led a combine Team of Operatives of DSS Kano State, Kano State Police Command’s Medical Team and Team of Operation Puff Adder to the scene. The body was exhumed and rushed to Mohammed Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital Kano, examined, confirmed dead by a Medical Doctor and release to the relatives for burial according to Islamic rites.”

Mr Kiyawa said the suspects will be prosecuted on completion of investigation.

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