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We were blocked from meeting Ganduje over Kano emirate crisis–Prof Ango Abdullahi

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Abubakar Abdulkadir Dangambo

Professor Ango Abdullahi, chairman of the Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), who is leading a reconciliation committee to resolve the ongoing political dispute between Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II, has lamented how his team was prevented from personally meeting with Mr Ganduje.

Kano Focus reports that Governor Ganduje had recently created additional emirates in Bichi, Rano, Karaye and Gaya areas, in an apparent bid to emasculate Emir Sanusi’s influence over alleged political differences.

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Professor Ango, who spoke in a telephone interview with Vision FM Kano, said some people behind the scene have instructed Mr Ganduje to reject their (northern elders) request of meeting him in person to hear his own part of the issue, but they were able to meet the emir.

He also revealed that the “desperate elements”, also rushed to announce the name of Abdussalam Abubakar, a former head of state as the chairman of another committee to work on the same mission, just to discredit the efforts of the NEF.

He explained that Abdussalam was not consulted before he heard his name over the radio as chairman of the committee, which was said to have the support of the federal government.

He said the formation of the Abdussalam-led committee was an overnight decision by those who are desperate to show their influence after noticing that the Northern Elders Forum have gone far in trying to resolve the crisis in Kano.

“The Kano crisis is baseless, it is just some political manipulation by some people who think they are the leaders, who just emerged overnight, they are not bothered with people sufferings, and they wanted to destroy institutions of over 500 to 1,000 years,” Professor Abdullahi said.

“I personally contacted General Abdussalami Abubakar and he confirmed to me that he just heard his name on the Radio,” he added.

Professor Abdullahi also said they were in Kano to get first hand information on the issue, and they have “achieved something”.

He also accused some journalists of trying to defend the governor’s refusal to meet them (northern elders) in person when the committee planned to see him, noting that only dedicated leaders can change things in Nigeria.

The former ABU Zaria vice chancellor also cautioned leaders on the importance of Kano to the northern region, saying it is the only strong state that has the respect of the entire northern regi0n.

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TCN creates Kano transmission region

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Nasiru Yusuf

THE Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has carved out a new Kano transmission region from the old Kaduna Region. 

KANO FOCUS reports that the newly established unit brings the number of TCN regional centres to 10.

The TCN believes the step will improve commercial activities in the state.

A statement issued by TCN General manager of Public Affairs Ndidi Mbah explained that the creation of the Kano Transmission Region became necessary owing to the rapid economic and industrial development being witnessed within Kano State and its environs, as well as the gradual implementation of TCN’s strategic ‘Nigerian Electricity Grid Maintenance, Expansion and Rehabilitation Programme (NEGMERP),’ which has enabled the transmission company to complete some ongoing projects and increase the number of substations within that axis.

He said the  Kano Transmission Region had, under its supervision, one sub-regional office and several work centers, all housing 13 transmission substations (TS), including the Kumbotso TS, Dan Agundi TS, Dakata TS, Tamburawa TS, Kwanar Dangora TS, Wudil TS, Kankia TS, Katsina TS, Daura TS, Dutse TS, Hadejia TS, Azare TS, and Gagarawa TS.

The new Kano region currently according to the statement has ongoing transmission substation projects which when completed would further increase bulk transmission capacity in the new region.

The new Kano Transmission Region, the company said, would deepen operational efficiency within the region and enable its engineers to readily access and resolve technical issues within the new region.

Mbah explained that prior to the creation of the new Kano Region, major decisions had to be referred to Kaduna Region for directives, and the supply of materials was sometimes delayed due to logistic issues from Kaduna.

Mbah noted that the proximity of the new region would radically reduce downtime and eliminate time lost when materials had to be conveyed from the Kaduna Region.

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DSS arrests singer accuse of blasphemy

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Department of State Services have arrested another blasphemous singer, Ahmad Abdul, whose song was perceived to create chaos in Kano state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Singer Ahmad Abdul was detained by the DSS because his free movement may likely cause violence reaction from Kano residents.

While in detention, Mr Abdul tender apology to entire Muslims, Kano state government and Islamic Scholars.

He told DSS operatives that he never thought that the song has violated Islamic teachings.

Commenting while witnessing the bail condition granted to Mr Abdul at the DSS Headquarters, Kano, the Executive Secretary of the Kano state Censorship Board Ismaila Naaba Afakallah recalled that he had received hundreds of petitions against the song from concerned citizens.

Afakallah said having realized the gravity of the song’s blasphemy, he reported the singer to DSS who swung into action and arrested him at a Hotel where he was hiding for days.

Mr Abdul Father, Abdullahi Isa thanked the DSS for their timely response on the matter which saved possible outbreak of law and order.

Also in August last year, An upper Sharia court in the Hausawa Filin Hockey area of the state has found one Yahaya Sharif-Aminu guilty of committing blasphemy for a song he circulated via WhatsApp.

However, the appellate division of the High Court of Kano State had on January 21 quashed the death sentence passed on Mr Sharif-Aminu and freed him.

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I’ll not run for President – Muhammadu Sanusi II

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Deposed Emir Sanusi

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The deposed Emir of Kano Malam Muhammadu Sunusi II says he is not interested in contesting for the presidency of Nigeria.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Sunusi revealed this at a Tijjnaniyya zikir held in Abuja on Thursday.

Muhammadu Sanusi said his current position as Tijjaniyya Khalifa in Nigeria is superior to the presidency.

The deposed Emir however said he is ready to help those he believe in their competence to win elections without his participation in politics.

“If we trust a candidate is out to serve the people, we will come out and help them.

“That is not joining politics but a civic duty to the nation and its citizens” Mr. Sanusi said.

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