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Again, court restrains Ganduje from acting on new emirates law



By Nazifi Dawud

A Kano High Court has for a second time stopped Governor Abdullahi Ganduje from acting on the newly enacted emirates council law in Kano state.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Ganduje had a few days ago signed the Kano Emirates Council Law 2019, which created four emirates in Bichi, Rano, Karaye and Gaya local government areas– after the emirates bill was hastily passed by the Kano State House of Assembly, without a public hearing.

The governor had already appointed Emir Muhammad Sanusi II, who is believed to be the target of the emirates law, as the head of the new Council of Emirs as contained in the controversial law. Mr Sanusi has however not reacted to the appointment.

However, in a ruling on Tuseday, the high court, presided over by Justice A.T Badamis restrained Mr Ganduje (3rd respondent) from acting based on the controversial Kano Emirates Council Law, 2019.

The order, with suit number K/197/2019, was granted following an application by four kingmakers–Madakin Kano (Yusuf Nabahani), Makaman Kano (Abdullahi Sarki Ibrahim), Sarkin Dawaki Mai Tuta (Bello Abubakar) and Sarkin Ban Kano (Mukhtar Adnan), who are serving under the Sanusi-led Kano Emirate council.

Apart from Mr Ganduje, the suit also joins as respondents the Speaker of the Kano House of Assembly, Kano State House of Assembly, Attorney General of Kano State and the new emirs, Tafida Abubakar Ila, Ibrahim Abdulkadir Gaya, Dr Ibrahim Abubakar II and Aminu Ado Bayero.

“Upon carefully running through the motion ex-parte, dated December 9, 2019, filed by the plaintiffs/applicants,  accompanied by the attached process as well as exhibits.

“And Upon hearing Suraj Sa’eda SAN with Dr Nasiru Aliyu Esq, Ismail Abdulaziz Esq, counsel for the plaintiffs/applicants.

“It is here by ordered as follows:

“That an order of interim injunction, is hereby made restraining the 3rd respondent, from taking away the functions and powers of the applicants under the Kano States Emirates Council Law, 2019, or taking any steps whatsoever under the Law without consultation with the applicants pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice

“That the matter is hereby adjourned to December 17th, 2019 for hearing of the motion on notice,” the order read.

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UNICEF applauds Kano State for enacting Child Protection Law, calls for effective implementation



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim 

United Nations Children’s Funds (UNICEF) has commended the Government and citizens of Kano State for the recent enactment of the Child Protection Law, signed into law by former Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

KANO FOCUS reports that the commendation was contained in a statement issued by Samuel Kaalu UNICEF spokesperson in Kano.

The statement quoted Mr. Rahama R.M. Farah, Chief of UNICEF Field Office Kano, saying “The Kano State Child Protection Law is a remarkable achievement that benefits the children and people of Kano. It establishes a legal framework to ensure the protection of children’s rights within the state.

“Now that the law has been established, it is crucial to allocate the necessary resources and establish mechanisms for its effective implementation. We urge the new administration in Kano State to take this vital step and provide adequate resources to ensure the comprehensive enforcement of the law.

Mr. Farah added that with the enactment of this law, Kano State joins other states that have successfully incorporated the Nigeria Child Rights Act, originally enacted by the National Assembly in 2003, into their legal frameworks.

He said “It is important to note that this Act is derived from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), of which Nigeria is a signatory. Extensive consultations were conducted with key stakeholders, including faith-based and community leaders, during the development of the bill.

“This collaborative effort ensured that the law reflects the values and aspirations of the people of Kano.”


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APC condemns Kano demolition exercise



Aminu Abdullahi






The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State has implored the victims of the recent demolition exercise embarked upon by the Kano State government to seek legal redress while describing the action of the new NNPP administration as barbaric and unacceptable.


KANO FOCUS reports that the Ag. State Chairman of the opposition party, Shehu Maiagari made the condemnation while Speaking at a press conference held on Tuesday at the NUJ Press Centre, Kano.

The politician condemned the spate of demolition of business interests and property across the state by the Governor, Engineer Abba Kabir Yusuf.

“The action of the state government has brought unnecessary chaos, rampant vandalism, daylight robbery and grabbing of property belonging to innocent members of the Kano society” he lamented.

The opposition party insisted that the demolition has destroyed the means of livelihood of the people of the state while lamenting that it has equally tarnished the reputation of the state as a safe commercial centre for secured business investment.

The APC appealed to security agencies in the state to step up action and restore the people’s confidence in light of the shock they had experienced while imploring parents and guardians to caution their children against being used as agents of destruction by the state government.

“We assure the good people of the state of our prayers and support in this trying period; we also implore those affected directly or indirectly, to seek redress in the court of law,” they stated.

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Kano Governor Appoints Habu Fagge as Pension Boss



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

Kano State Governor Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf has approved the appointment of Alhaji Habu Muhammad Fagge  as Executive Chairman, Kano State Pension Board Trustee.

KANO FOCUS reports that the appointment takes effect immediately as the governor directed for handing over and taking over within  24 hours.

A statement issued by Chief Press Secretary to the governor Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa said Alhaji Habu Fagge, a holder of Bsc Finance from Abraham Lincoln University, served two terms as Executive Chairman of Kano Internal Revenue Services.

The statement added that the new appointee had served Kano State as director finance, director planning, research and statistics and director other taxes.

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