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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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Kano Anti corruption investigates refugee commission over alleged diversion of palliatives

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Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission says it will investigate alleged corrupt practices in the disbursement of relief materials by National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFR).

Kano Focus reports that the chairman of the commission Muhyi Magaji Rimin Gado revealed this while receiving the new Commissioner Independent Corrupt Practices and ther related offences Commission (ICPC ) in charge of Kano zone.

Mr Rimin Gado said PCACC will partner ICPC to investigate the alleged corrupt practices in the disbursement of relief materials.

He noted with dismay that some officials saddled with the responsibility of distributing the items to the needy, was accused of diverting it.

While congratulating the new Commissioner over his recent posting to Kano office of the ICPC, Mr Rimingado solicit for synergy between the two commissions towards checkmating corrupt practices in the state.

In his remarks, the state Commissioner of ICPC, Ibrahim Kagara, assured to work with PCACC in the fight against corruption.

Kagara, described corruption as a serious problem that required a concerted efforts of all stakeholders to tackle it decisively.

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Court jails Cameroonian for human trafficking

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A Federal High Court sitting in Kano, on Thursday, sentenced a 36-year-old Cameroonian, Hoth Simplice-Patrick, to 15 years in correctional centre without option of fine for human trafficking.

Kano Focus reports that the convict, who lives at Sabon Gari Quarters Kano, was arraigned by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons(NAPTIP) on three-count charge bordering around human trafficking.

The trial judge, Sa’adatu Ibrahim-Mark, said the court found the defendant guilty for human trafficking.

She sentenced the convict to five years in correctional centre each on the three count charge without option of fine, adding that the sentence starts from the date of his arrest.

Earlier, The Prosecution Counsel, Abdullahi Babale, told the court that NAPTIP in collaboration with Joint Border Task Force(JBTF) arrested the defendant in July 2020.

Mr Babale said that on July 15, 2020 the convict acting on behalf of his Principal master one Albany now at large “procured the illegal entry of two female and one male between the ages of 17 to 29-years-old, of Lagos State to Libya enroute Kano  in which they are not permanent residents or citizens “

The convict, Simplice-Patrick, pleaded guilty to the charges.

According to the prosecutor, the offence contravenes Section 26 (1) of the trafficking in Persons(Prohibition) Act 2015.

The defence counsel, Murtala Isa, pleaded to court for leniency on behalf of his client as he is first time offender.

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Court convicts ponzi scheme operator in Kano, orders return of N110m to victims

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The Federal High Court Kano presided over by Lewis Allagoa has convicted one Maryam Abu Shinga on one count amended charge of retention of proceeds of crime. She was also ordered to pay the sum of N110, 000,000 in restitution to victims

Kano Focus reports that the convict was said to have lured her victims into a phony gold mining investment where she represented that the investor stands to earn 300% profit.

She claimed that when an investor invests N500, 000, such investor could earn one million five hundred thousand Naira as returns on investment over a period of four weeks.

Investigation, however, revealed that the convict was never into gold mining or any such investment. It was also discovered that even though Shinga was able to pay some early investors with funds taken from later investors, she allegedly diverted three hundred and ninety-four million, five hundred and forty-one thousand, nine Hundred and ten Naira belonging to other investors.

Upon arraignment, Shinga pleaded ‘not guilty’ thereby setting the stage for trial.

During the trial which commenced on January 23, 2020, the prosecution called five witnesses and tendered several documents in evidence. However, before the prosecution could close its case, the convict opted for a plea bargain.

In his judgment, Allagoa accepted the terms of a plea bargain agreement, convicted and sentenced the defendant to restitute the complainants in the sum of N110, 000,000.

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