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INEC exempts corp members from participating in Bebeji by-election



Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has exempted members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) from participating in the January 25 by-election in Bebeji local government area of Kano state due to security issues.

This was revealed on Tuesday by the Kano state Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC, Riskua Arabi Shehu, at a press conference in Kano.

Kano Focus reports that the decision might have been taken to avert revenge on corp members by Bebeji residents following the alleged killing of an 8-year-old boy in the area by an NYSC member Jepthan Peter in October 2019.

Mr Peter was remanded in prison custody on January 4, 2020 by a Magistrate Court in Nomansland, pending his bail application hearing slated for February 4, 2020.

It could be recalled that the Court of Appeal sitting in Kaduna had nullified the elections of two Kano federal constituencies of Kiru/Bebeji and Tudun wada/Doguwa.

Also the court ordered the electoral body to conduct a re-run election in the two federal constituencies.

Obeying the court orders, INEC had fixed Saturday, January, 25th for the conduct of the elections.

However Mr Shehu, a professor of biochemistry said a total of 3,456 ad-hoc staff were recruited from NYSC and students of Bayero University Kano, and trained to participate in the election.

But he explained that for security reasons, INEC has decided to exclude corp members from the participating in the elections.

He said the rerun elections will be conducted in 60 registration areas across the affected local government areas with a total number 414,923 registered voters in 698 polling units and 166 voting points.

“The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC at its meeting held no 5th December 2019 approved that all the court ordered rerun elections should be conducted on Saturday 25th January, 2020.

“It is very important for all stakeholders to demonstrate more commitments towards the success of the elections, he said.

He also said the commission finds the increasing trend of violence in recent elections very disheartening despite all the efforts to curtail it.

Mr Shehu however, vowed that INEC would no longer allow violence to mar the credibility of elections.

“The elections will be suspended in the events of threat to the safety of voters,personnel and materials,” he said.

Similarly, Kano state Commissioner of Police (CP) Habu Ahmadu Sani has warned politicians to desist from organizing violence before, during and after the elections.

He said the police would deal decisively with anyone caught trying to disrupt the peaceful conduct of the elections.

Mr Sani added that the police command will deploy its personnel to all the poling units to ensure smooth and successful elections.


Ganduje appoints new Emir of Gaya



Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim Gaya


Nasiru Yusuf

Governor of Kano State Abdullahi Ganduje has in the early hours of Sunday announced the appointment Aliyu Ibrahim as the new emir of Gaya.

KANO FOCUS reports that Mr Ibrahim succeeded his late father, Ibrahim Abdulkadir who died on Wednesday at the age of 91 after protracted illness.

The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Alhaji announced the appointment on behalf of the Governor.

According to Alhaji, “Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, by the power conferred on him by the Kano Emirate law 2020 as amended has approved the appointment of Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim-Gaya as the new emir of Gaya.

“The appointment followed the recommendation by the Gaya Emirate kingmakers after presentation of three candidates from the Governor appointed Aliyu Ibrahim Gaya as the new Emir,” he said.

The kingmakers include, Alhaji Alhaji (Wazirin Gaya), Wada Aliyu (Madakin Gaya), Bashir Albasu (Makaman Gaya), and Jafar Usman (Turakin Gaya).

Until his appointment the new Emir was the Chiroman Gaya.

The late Emir of Gaya, Ibrahim Abdulkadir died at the early hours of Wednesday after a protracted illness.

He is believed to be the oldest  (in age) among the five First Class Emirs in Kano state.

Before his ascension to the throne as the first historic Emir of Gaya, he was the District Head of Kunchi and Minjibir, at different times.

Gaya Emirate is one of the four new Emirates created by the Governor Ganduje administration in 2019.

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Photo News: Emir Sanusi visits Sultan of Sokoto



Aminu Abdullahi

The former Emir of Kano has on Monday paid a courtesy visit to Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar lll.

Kano Focus reports that the pictures of the visit were published on a Facebook page linked to former Emir named ‘Sanusi ll Dynasty’.

Though the reason of the visit was not stated, but the former Emir has paid similar visit to Lamido of Adamawa in his capacity as leader of Tijjaniyya sect in Nigeria.

Emir Muhammad Sanusi ll

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Kano to revive bilateral relationship with Pakistan



Aminu Abdullahi

Kano State Government has expressed commitment to revive the long existing relationship with Pakistan.

KANO FOCUS reports that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje gave the assurance on monday while receiving the Pakistani High Commissioner to Nigeria Muhammad Tayyab Azam at the Government House.

Ganduje represented by his deputy Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said Kano endowed with lots of potentials is open for people to come and invest, particularly those from Pakistan.

“We are happy for showing commitment towards reviving the long relationship between us. I can remember the partnership we have in the engagement of Pakistani teachers in our schools which has yielded a lot today.”

“Even in the area of agricultural mechanization we have partnered with Pakistan especially in the supply of tractors to our farmers,therefore I feel if we continue to explore agriculture it will be beneficial to both Kano and Pakistan”.

The Governor also commended Pakistan for showing interest in reviving the bilateral relationship with Kano State.

In his remarks the Pakistani High Commissioner Muhammad Tayyab Azam described the visit to Kano as historic and important being the first state he visited since assuming office.

“I know the importance of Kano as hub of business in Nigeria, after Lagos Kano is next where there is business opportunity”.

“There was a time in Kano when most schools   have many Pakistani aim is to bring back that relationship”.

He however pointed out that Kano and Pakistan have similarities in both values and culture therefore it is important to deepen the relationship so as to sustain the partnership in  the areas of health and agriculture as that will create opportunities for our people towards boosting the economy.

The High Commissioner was accompanied during the visit by Pakistani Consul General in Kano Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai.

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