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Year in Review: Prominent Kano personalities who died in 2019



Nasiru Yusuf

In the year 2019, Kano state lost a number of prominent personalities who made contributions to the state, country or their respective communities. Below are some of the deceased personalities:

Umar Sa’id Tudunwada, former MD Radio Kano

On Sunday 30th June former Managing Director of Radio Kano Umar Said Tudunwada died in an auto crash at Kura town, along Zaria to Kano road.

Until his death, he was the deputy president of Nigerian Guild of Editors.

During his life time Umar Said Tudunwada worked with Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and CTV 67 before he voluntarily resign and joined DW Hausa service.

Late Umar Tudunwada had also worked with Voice of America (Hausa service), Freedom Radio and Dandal Kura Radio, Maiduguri, Borno state.

He had also served as media aide to former governors of Kano state Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and Ibrahim Shekarau as well as Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

Alhaji Shehu Azare, businessman

On January 8th, 2019 Kano state lost a famous businessman Alhaji Shehu Muhammad Azare of Fagge quarters, Fagge local government area.

Alhaji Shehu Azare was born in 1927 in Galdimari village, Giade local government area of Bauchi State. He came to Kano in 1941 and settled in Fagge quarters where he married his first wife.

He left behind two wives, 21 children, 50 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren.

Alhaji Idris Abubakar

On July 18th of famous businessman in Kano and owner of Mudatex Mudassir and Brothers Alhaji Mudassir Idris Abubakar lost his father Alhaji Idris Abubakar.

Alhaji Idris Abubakar died in India where he had traveled for medical treatment.

Alhaji Shehu Ringim

A seasoned bureaucrat Alhaji Shehu Ringim of Kwalli quarters died on Thursday October 17th at the age of 89.

The chief Imam of Kano, Professor Muhammad Sani Zahradden led his funeral prayer at Kofar Kudu, Emir’s Palace.

He left behind a wife and six children.

Late Shehu Ringim was one time Resident Electoral Commissioner(1976-1979) and Resident Commissioner at National Population Commission in charge of Kano (1981-1984).

He had also served as member of Kano state House of Assembly election petition tribunal and Senate and House of Representatives Election Petition Tribunal in Delta state in 1992.

Alhaji Salisu Buhari

Alhaji Salisu Buhari, father of a former speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Ibrahim Salisu Buhari died on Monday April 1st.

The late business tycoon died in an Egyptian hospital at the age of 83 after undergoing medical treatment.

Late Mr Buhari’s funeral prayer was led by the Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammad Sanusi II, in company of Chief Imam of Kano, Prof. Muhammad Sani Zahradeen, Emir of Daura, Alhaji Faruk Umar Faruk, members of the Kano Emirate council, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and his Deputy, Alhaji Nasiru Gawuna.‎

Alhaji Salisu Buhari was a chairman of Kano APC elders committee and Nassarawa local government Community Reorientation Committee.

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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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NCC moves to address poor network service at densely populated Kano markets – Prof Danbatta.



Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta

Nasiru Yusuf


The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) Umar Garba Danbatta says the commission will address the poor network at Kantin Kwari, Sabongari Singer and Kurmi markets.

KANO FOCUS reports that Danbatta announced revealed this while responding to complaint raised by a participant at a two day stakeholders consultative meeting tagged ‘talk to the regulator’ organised by Nigerian Communications Commission in Kano.

The complainer noted that that there is poor telecommunications service in Kantin Kwari, Sabongari, Singer and Kurmi markets in Kano metropolitan area.

Danbatta responded that the commission will deploy investigative team to determine the nature of the problem and proffer solution.

Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta

“We have the capacity to monitor the performance of MNOs, that is the most important thing. Because of this valid observation by our stakeholder, we are going to direct our searchlight in those areas where we think the quality of service needs to improve.

“And if it is necessary, we will send the investigative team what is the nature of the quality of service in such places with a view to improve the quality of the service,” Danbatta said.

The Executive Vice Chairman explained that the commission considers stakeholder feedback “as a critical component of our forward – looking regulatory model.”

Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta with senior management staff of NCC

“Hence, the overarching objective of this forum is to get direct feedback from our licensees on how we, as a regulator, are meeting your expectations, and on areas where we can improve our regulatory service, particularly those that have to do with licensing.

“We also intend to use this forum to seek your support for the several initiatives that the commission has carefully developed in our quest to enhance market opportunities for all our licensees.”

Danbatta added that the commission will focus it’s energies for the next five years on five strategic pillars.


The pillars according to him include “organisational renewal for operational efficiency and regulatory excellence.

“Facilitate the provision of infrastructure for a digital economy which fosters national development.

“Improve quality service (QoS) for enhanced consumer quality of experience (QoE).

“Promote fair competition, inclusive growth, increased investment and innovative services as well facilitate strategic collaboration and partnership.”


He disclosed that the federal government has articulated a number of critical policy objectives for the sector such as those articulated in the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (2020-2025), the Revised National Digital Identity Policy for SIM Registration among others.

He added that the instruments require the full and unalloyed commitment of all stakeholders to ensure their successful implementation, and the meeting in Kano would provide a veritable channel for licensees’ buy-in.


In his address the Director of Licensing and Authorisation Department, Mohammed Babajika, said the commission is further liberalising the telecoms industry by finalising the framework for Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) and is currently reviewing existing regulations.

“The Commission is also finalising the Information Memorandum (IM) for 5G deployment, emerging trends like Internet of Things (loT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Over The Top (OTT) Services and Big Data Analytics, all aimed at initiating strategies to improve service delivery that is accessible and affordable.

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