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2019: Year of domestic violence in Kano

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Nasiru Yusuf

2019 was a particularly disturbing year for many people who had paid attention to the serial incidents of domestic violence in Kano, which had resulted in loss of lives or serious injurious to victims. Kano Focus picks some of the chilling cases of domestic violence that shook residents to their bone marrows.

Wife allegedly stabs husband over ‘nude photos’

On June 22nd, a 21-year-old housewife, Fatima Musa Hamza, popularly known as Hannan reportedly stabbed her husband Sa’id Hussain for seizing her phone which she was allegedly using to send her nude photos to secret lovers.

The marriage between the couple started to experience trouble just two weeks after the their wedding.

Sa’id Hussain was allegedly stabbed by his wife Hanan

Her family accused the husband of battery in a widely circulated video clip in which Hanan shows injuries allegedly inflicted on her by her husband.

It was learnt that Ms Hanan, who was five months pregnant at the time of the incident, bled profusely following Mr Hussain’s alleged attack on her.

She was said to have delivered of a baby girl, who came with serious health challenges and died six weeks ago.

However, Mr Hussain denied the allegation, and also accused his wife of infidelity, saying he caught her sending nude videos to her “boyfriends.”

Kano Focus reports that Hanan, who was arraigned by the Kano state police command was granted bail.

The case is due to be heard on January 27, 2020.

Wife arrested for allegedly poisoning husband in Kano

On April 16, the police command in Kano State arrested a 15-year-old housewife, Hassana Lawan of Bechi Village, in Kumbotso local government area of the state for allegedly poisoning her 33-year-old husband, Sale Abubakar.

The suspect was said to have fed her husband Abubakar with a meal laced with rat poison.

The victim was rushed to Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital for treatment while the suspect was charged to court by the police.

Wife ‘pours hot water on husband’s manhood’ in Kano

On Friday July 12, Kano State Police Command confirmed the arrest of a housewife, Aisha Ali, who allegedly poured hot water on the private part of her husband at Dambatta local government area of the state.

The suspect, who fled the village after committing the offence, was trailed and arrested at her hideout in Babura town in neighbouring Jigawa state.

The victim in hospital

Man ‘slaughters 17-year-old wife’ in Kano

On April 3, the police command in Kano State arrested a 26-year-old man, Aminu Inuwa, of Jakada Quarters, for allegedly slaughtering his 17-year-old wife, Safara’u Aminu at midnight.

The Police alleged that the suspect and his wife had a misunderstanding, after which Inuwa slaughtered his wife and buried her in the house.

The police exhumed the body from the shallow grave and took it to Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital Kano for autopsy.

Housewife slumps, dies after fighting with co-wife in Kano

Again on April 3, a housewife, Bilkisu Abubakar slumped and died during a quarrel with her co-wife, Hajara Abubakar.

Both were married to the same husband at Jiramo village in Takai local government area of Kano state.

Police said the suspect, Hajara had a quarrel with her deceased co-wife resulting to a fight, during which Bilkisu suddenly collapsed and died.

Horror as 57-year-old man ‘stabs brother to death’

On July 19, a 57-year-old man, Tijjani Yahaya, stabbed his 20-year-old brother, Aminu Mohammad, to death.

Police said the incident occurred at Annandin Islamic School, Kofar Ruwa, Dala local government area, at about 9:00 p.m.

According to police investigations Yahaya and the victim had a misunderstanding and, in the process, Yahaya stabbed the deceased in the chest with a sharp knife.

Teenage girl ‘stabs brother to death over wedding party’

On July 6, a 19-year old lady, Mariya Sulaiman, stabbed to death her elder brother, Sani Sulaiman.

Police said Mariya and Sani had a disagreement over a party organised to celebrate the wedding of their sister in Badawa quarters, Nassarawa local government, Kano state.

The suspect, Mariya Suleiman

The argument erupted between the deceased and his younger sister when the former ordered that a music being played at the ceremony be stopped.

It was during the argument that Mariya stabbed Sani with a knife on his neck, resulting to his death.

The father of the deceased, Alhaji Sule Ustaz and his wife were said to have fainted when they were told of their son’s death.

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Sheikh Mahy Niasse denies urging Emir Sanusi to step down

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The Supreme leader of the Tijjaniyya Ibrahimiyya Sect, Sheikh Muhammad Mahi Niasse, has debunked a letter making the round that he appealed to the Reinstated Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II to step down and follow his grandfather’s footsteps.

KANO FOCUS reports that this was just as the organisation said: “This is the second time these kinds of letters have been forged against our Global Tijjaniyya leader; the same things were done during the previous administration of Umar Ganduje, but this time around, anybody who is behind it will have himself to blame.”

However, in a counter letter written in Arabic and translated to Hausa, signed by the Commissioner of Religious Matters of Kano State and who also doubled as the Nigeria spokesperson of the Global Tijjaniyya Leader, Sani Auwalu Ahmad Tijjani, the purported letter asking Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II to step down is a forged one and does not emanate from their leader.

The letter reads: In fact, the purported letter touches on the integrity of our leader, who sees Muhammadu Sanusi II as his disciple in Nigeria and a person of humble background with sound religious character.”.

He said, “We have given those behind the purported letter to, within 24 hours, show themselves and explain from where it’s emanated and to whom it was sent; otherwise, we will not hesitate in taking legal action against them.”

He said already that security has been detailed on the matter, and anybody who is behind it will soon face the full wrath of the laws, “because we ask him to be arrested and prosecuted duly.”

Tijjani stated that they will not allow the continued destruction of the names of their religious leader and will always link him to things that he has never written.

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NUP presents Gov Yusuf with Outstanding Governor of the Year award

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….Acknowledged him as the “Most friendly Governor for pensioners

The national leadership of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners has bestowed upon the Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, the title of the most pensioner-friendly Governor of the year.

This was contained in a statement issued by governor’s spokesperson Sunusi Bature Dawakin Tofa on Thursday.

In presenting the accolade to the Governor, the national chairman of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Mazi Godwin Ikechuku Abumisi, expressed that it was incumbent upon the union to acknowledge the Governor due to his steadfast dedication to the welfare of pensioners in the state.

“Your Excellency, you shine brightly as a beacon of support to our members.

“Over the past year, you have authorized and disbursed eleven billion naira to clear the backlog of pension gratuity payments.

“This milestone is unparalleled; no other governor has accomplished such a feat within a single year since the restoration of democracy in Nigeria.”

In their messages of goodwill earlier, the state chairmen of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) in Kano expressed gratitude to the Governor for his unwavering commitment to addressing the pension liabilities amounting to N43 billion left by the previous administration.

Responding to the honor, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf reiterated his unwavering dedication to supporting pensioners by the settlement of their gratuities and the timely disbursement of monthly pension allowances.

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Kano emirate tussle: Police ban Sallah durbar

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The Kano State Police Command has prohibited the planned Durbar celebrations by both dethroned Emir Aminu Ado Bayero and reinstated Emir Muhammad Sanusi ll.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Durbar, a traditional ceremony typically held a day after Sallah, involves the Emir riding on horseback through major areas of Kano city.

Despite both Emirs having made preparations and requested security permission from the state police command, the police have denied their requests due to potential security concerns.

The Kano State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Haruna Kiyawa, confirmed the ban in a statement issued on Thursday.

The statement, titled “Ban on Durbar Activities and Other Security Restraints During Sallah Festivities,” emphasized that the police command has issued security advisories to residents in preparation for the forthcoming Sallah celebrations.

The police decision aims to prevent any potential conflicts or security breaches that could arise from the ongoing emirship dispute.

The Kano State Police Command congratulates Muslim faithful and all law-abiding residents of the State for witnessing yet another Eid-El-Kabir Sallah period and assures that adequate security deployments have been put in place to ensure no breakdown of law and order in all parts of the State before, during and after the festive period.

SP Kiyawa added “This is part of the commitment to sustenance of the peace by the Kano State Police Command in conjunction with all the relevant security stakeholders.

He state that “in furtherance, a ban has been placed on ALL DURBAR activities throughout the State for the upcoming Eid-El-Kabir celebrations”.

This measure is taken as a result of series security reports obtained and wide consultations made with relevant security stakeholders to ensure the safety of the larger community.

However, worshippers are advised to conduct their normal Eid Prayers at the various designated Eid praying grounds, traditionally done in the past.

On a final note, the Command encourages continued collaboration and cooperation from all stakeholders to collectively work together to build a safer and more secure environment.

The Command also urges everyone to keep reporting any suspicious movement of person(s) or item(s) they come across to the nearest Police Station or through the following Kano State Police Command emergency contact numbers:- 08032419754, 08123821575, 09029292926.

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