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Kano Emirates Crisis: Northern elders to reconcile Ganduje, Sanusi

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Nazifi Dawud

Disturbed by the lingering dispute between Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and the Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II over alleged political differences leading into the split of the ancient Kano Emirate into five, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has resolved to intervene in the crisis.

Kano Focus reports that the intervention of the NEF, under the leadership of Professor Ango Abdullahim came amidst a fresh controversy over an ultimatum issued by Mr Ganduje to Emir Sanusi on the chairmanship of the Kano Council of Chiefs.

The ultimatum was contained in a letter sighted by KANO FOCUS dated December 19, and signed by Musa Yahaya Bichi, Permanent Secretary Special Duties on behalf of the Secretary to the State Government.

“His Excellency the Executive Governor is requesting His Highness the Emir of Kano to indicate his ACCEPTANCE or OTHERWISE of his appointment as the CHAIRMAN of Kano State Council of Chiefs as conveyed vide letter No SSG/REPA/S/A/86/T and dated 9th December 2019.

“The acceptance or otherwise should reach his excellency the executive governor of Kano state within two days of the receipt of this letter.” It said.

However, even though another letter said to have emanated from the Kano Emirate indicating Mr Sanusi’s acceptance of the governor’s offer, circulated on social media, it is still unclear whether the monarch has agreed to chair the council of chiefs as the Emirate Council has not officially confirmed the purported acceptance letter.

‘Unforeseen circumstances’

But in a letter sent dated 15 December, 2019 and addressed to Walin Kano, Mahe Bashir, Professor Abdullahi, said the NEF is “deeply disturbed by the current dimension taken by the escalating misunderstanding between the Kano state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II and some sections of the Kano elite”.

“The crisis, we are afraid, is pregnant with unforeseen circumstances that ultimately threaten the integrity of the entire Kano traditional institution, overall peace and security of the state and by extension the cohesion of the northern region.

“Subsequent upon this concern, the Northern Elders Forum, has resolved to mobilize eminent northern personalities, elders and all categories of leaders and stakeholders in the north to intervene and find lasting solution to the matter,” the letter, seen by Kano Focus read.

Professor Abdullahi said the meeting to resolve the dispute would take place at Tahir Guest Palace on Sunday, December 22, 2019.

“While in Kano, the team shall hold interactions with Kano elders and critical stakeholders, the Emir Sunusi and the Governor of Kano.

“I wish to inform you that in view of your relevance and the eminent position in the Kano Emirate Council, you have been selected among the personalities that the delegation will interact with on Sunday, 22 December, 2019 at Tahir Guest Palace Majestic Hall by 12 noon.

“It is our sincere hope that this intervention would finally get to the root of the matter and find a lasting solution with mutual understanding and respect so that the state can move on,” the letter added.

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Ganduje donates N3.6m to families of Doguwa flood victims

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Nasiru Yusuf
 
 
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has paid condolence visit to the families of 18 Doguwa flood victims and donated the sum of two hundred thousand Naira to each of the victims family.
 
KANO FOCUS reports that Ganduje prayed for the repose of the departed souls of those who died as a result of the heavy downpour.
“When the information of this sad tragedy reached us we were seriously shocked. May Allah Forgive the victims, who died as martyrs, being washed away by flood. May He give them the ultimate reward of Jannatul Fiddaus, ameen,” the governor prayed.
Families of the victims expressed appreciation to the governor and his entourage and prayed to God to guide him in steering the affairs of the state.
It will be recalled that on July 23, about 18 persons including six members of a family have perished in a ghastly car accident in Doguwa Local Government Area.
The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kano State, Zubairu Mato, said the accident occurred when a bridge linking Riruwai and Doguwa broke down as a result of the heavy downpour, and the driver wasn’t aware that the bridge had broken down.
He explained that the vehicle plunged into the water, killing all the 18 passengers on board including six members of same family.
The family members have been identified as Bashir Doguwa, Malami Gidan-Tanimu, Safiya Mukhtar, Shahida Bashir, Fatima Rabi’u, Uzairu Bashir, all of Doguwa Local Government Area of Kano State.
Doguwa and his family were on their way from Doguwa to First Lady Secondary School in Dambatta Local Government Area of the state to visit his daughter, Firdausi Bashir, who is among the students writing the ongoing NECO SSCE examinations.

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Kano records highest number of sickle cell patients in Nigeria

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Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state has the highest sickle cell patients in Nigeria, a consultant haematologist at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital said.

KANO FOCUS reports that Dalha Halliru Gwarzo disclosed this in an interview with Hospital’s newsletter as part of the 2021 World Sickle Cell day.

He added that Lagos is the second state with highest number of sickle cell cases in the country.

Mr Gwarzo said India, Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria constituted 90% of the sickle cell patients worldwide.

On the causes of sickle cell disease, Mr Gwarzo said it is a genetic inherited disease from parents who are either SS, or AS genotype as a result of genetic condition or mutation of abnormal form of red blood cell.

He advocated for compulsory screening of infants after birth and school children, pre-marital counseling/tests, subsidising cost of medication/treatment and mass sensitisation campaign on dangers of the disease.

Mr Gwarzo noted that, although there is no known cure for sickle cell disease, but developed countries are using a high technology for manipulation of the genetic cells by bone marrow and stem cells transplant, which cost about fifteen million Naira in countries like United States, Germany, United Kingdom and Canada.

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Kano missing children: Court convicts Paul Owne 104 Years

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Kano State High Court has sentenced Paul Owne to 104 years without option of fine for abducting under five children and sold them in Onitsha, Anambra state.

KANO FOCUS reports that Mr Owne was reported to have conspired with six others in committing the crime.

Delivering the judgement on Friday Justice Zuwaira Yusuf sentenced the convict after pleaded guilty to all his 38 count charge against him by Kano State Government.

The court upheld that the convict was found guilty in count 2, 8, 9, 2, 27 and 34 therefore convicted him to 7 years each without option of fine in addition with the sum of N100,000 fine.

Similarly, the court found Owne guilty in count 3, 5, 10, 11, 22, 28 and 38 head count he was sentenced to 7 years.

Mrs Yusuf said the action of Owne was in contravention of count 4, 12, 13, 29 and 38, she convicted him to 4 years on each count without option of fine.

She ordered that all the count shall run Consecutively.

The 5 other defendants who pleaded not guilty to all the charges read over to them namely: Ogbono, Emanuel Igwe, Loise Duru, Monica Oracha and Chinelo Ifedigwe.

Kano Focus reports that the Kano Police Command had rescued nine missing children and paraded six Igbo persons who have confessed to abducting the kids, renaming and forcefully converting them to Christianity before selling them in Onitsha, Anambra state.

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