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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.


AIG orders investigation of Policeman seen voting in Kano APC Congress



Aminu Abdullahi

The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone Abubakar Sadiq Bello has ordered the investigation of unprofessional conduct of a policeman caught on camera voting during state congress of All progressive Congress (APC) in Kano.

KANO FOCUS reportsthat in view of the unprofessional conduct of the policeman, the AIG has referred the matter to the Zonal X-Squad for investigation.

A statement issued on Monday by Zonal Police Public Relations Officer Abubakar Zayyanu identified the police officer as Bashir Mohammed attached to the government house, Kano, from where he was deployed to work with the state Chairman of APC Abdullahi Abbas as a security aide.

Mr Zayyanu noted that if the inspector is found to have committed an offence by this action, the appropriate disciplinary measure will be taken against him.

He further assured the general public that further development on the matter will be communicated.

The statement reads in part.

“The attention of the Inspector-General of Police Zone one Headquarters, Kano has been drawn to a trending picture on social media, of an inspector of police casting vote at the recently conducted Kano State congress of the APC along with his principal, the state party chairman, Abdullahi Abbas.

“The inspector of police has been identified as Bashir Mohammed of the Special Protection Unit, Base One, Kano. The inspector is attached to the government house, Kano from where he was deployed to work with the said Abdullahi Abbas as a security aide.

“In view of this seemingly unprofessional conduct of the inspector, the AIG has referred the matter to the Zonal X-Squad for investigation.

“If the inspector is found to have committed a disciplinary offence by this action, the appropriate disciplinary measure will be taken against him.

“Finally,  we want assure members of the public that further development on the matter will be communicated please.”

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EFCC Grills Rabiu Kwankwaso



Rabiu Kwankwaso

Nasiru Yusuf

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Saturday grilled former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso over allegations of abuse of office, diversion of public funds and fraudulent allocation of government properties to cronies.

KANO FOCUS reports that Kwankwaso, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, was first invited by the EFCC in September but failed to honour the invitation as reported by Channels TV.

An associate of the politician informed Channels Television that Kwankwanso may have been invited in relation to a petition by some retired employees of the Kano State Government.

The retired employees had told the EFCC that the former governor mismanaged pension remittances to the tune of N10 billion between 2011 and 2015, to fund a housing project for his cronies.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren did not comment on the interrogation of the former governor when contacted on Saturday.

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Crisis rocks Kano APC as Ganduje, Shekarau hold parallel Congress



Aminu Abdullahi

Crisis rocked Kano chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC), as Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and faction loyal to former governor of Kano and serving Senator Ibrahim Shekarau held parallel state congress.

KANO FOCUS reports that while Ganduje group held their congress at Sani Abacha stadium, faction loyal to Shekarau had their own at Janguza town, Tofa local government area.

Ganduje’s led group endorsed Abdullahi Abbas as state chairman of APC for a second term in a consensus arrangement, while the faction loyal to Shekarau announced Ahmadu Haruna Zago as newly elected chairman of APC in Kano state.

Reports shows that the security have earlier disrupted Shekarau’s camp congress at Sani Abacha youth centre and sealed the premises before they moved to Janguza where they held the election.

Below are some pictures of the parallel Congress.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje while voting at Sani Abacha stadium


Governor Abdullahi Ganduje with APC chieftains


Delegates at Sani Abacha stadium

Ballot box

Factional chairman of Kano APC Ahmadu Haruna Zago

Ahmadu Haruna Zago and Abdilkadir Jobe

APC factional congress at Janguza

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