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Kano anti-graft agency arrests 2 Kano Emirate’s officials over alleged N150m land scam

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC) has arrested two officials of the Kano Emirate Council for allegedly collecting a N15 million kickback after selling some plots of land at the sum of N150 million without the state government’s approval.

In an exclusive interview with KANO FOCUS on Tuesday, chairman of the agency Muhuyi Magaji Rimin-Gado, said the two suspects, who were arrested on Monday have been quizzed and released.

He said the suspects were members of the Kano emirate’s finance committee, constituted by Emir Muhammad Sanusi II to supervise the construction of houses on the said parcels of land, which are located at Bubbugaje and Hotoro quarters in the city.

However, Mr Rimin-Gado alleged that instead of supervising the construction of structures, the emirate officials sold the land plots at the sum of N150 million and collected N15 million from the amount as “kickback”, without the approval of the Kano state government.

The PCACC chair added that when the issue was first reported to the agency, a query was sent to the suspects on January 10, 2020, demanding explanations on who authorized them to sell the land plots, but their lawyers advised them not to respond.

“To the best of my knowledge, emirate’s officials are state government employees. They should abide by public service rules and financial regulations. But palace officials are pretending to be from an independent institution.

“Let me tell you, this investigation has nothing to do with the earlier investigation of Kano emirate’s misappropriation.

“In fact, an aged woman from Hotoro quarters complained that Kano state governor (Abdullahi Ganduje) has sold a land belonging to the emirate council, but when we investigated the matter, we found that, it was sold by these persons.

“The commission has requested all the remaining emirs to submit the list of landed properties belonging to their respective emirates,” Mr Rimin-gado said.

A senior official of the commission who does not want his name to be published, identified one of the suspects as Dan’Isan Lapai, who was said to be a consultant to the Kano emirate.

The official also hinted to this newspaper that the commission has summoned another traditional title holder Professor Isa Hashim (Jarman Kano), who is expected to give a statement to the agency on Tuesday.

Officials of the Kano Emirate did not respond to phone calls and text messages sent to them by KANO FOCUS seeking comments on this report.

However, a source at the palace told KANO FOCUS that Emir Muhammad Sanusi ll and Governor Abdullahi Ganduje are billed to meet President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock presidential villa for reconciliation on Tuesday.

Relationship between Messrs Sanusi and Ganduje has become sour after the latter accused the former of supporting his opponent Abba Yusuf during the 2019 governorship election in the state.

Mr Ganduje has split the historic emirate into five apparently to whittle-down Mr Sanusi’s influence.

But the Kano Emirates’ four kingmakers have filed a lawsuit before a court challenging Mr Ganduje’s decision to create new emirates.

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Kano Governor sets up mobile courts to tackle phone snatching

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The Kano State Governor, Yusuf Abba, has approved the formation of mobile courts to ensure prompt prosecution of phone snatchers in the state.

KANO FOCUS reports that a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, said that the mobile courts would work with the Special Joint Task Force to try people caught.

Yusuf said that major streets in the metropolis had been lit up after eight years of darkness as the lamps were switched off.

“The return of street lights is part of the efforts by the new administration to tackle robbery, phone snatching and other criminal activities, especially in metropolitan Kano.

“The ongoing exercise started penultimate Tuesday and will continue until every part of the state is saved from darkness that provides cover for criminals and political thugs,” he said.

 

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Abba Kabir Yusuf asks Fuel Marketers to reverse to old price

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Kano state Governor, Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf has urged petroleum marketers to reverse the prices of petroleum goods to its old rate in order to lessen the current hardship experienced by the general public.

KANO FOCUS reports that the appeal is contained in a statement issued by Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, the chief press secretary to the governor.

The governor said he is aware that the marketers still had old products in stock that were supposed to be sold at the previous pricing.

“To reduce the needless hardship on the state’s citizens, the marketers should exercise some restraint and quickly reopen all filling stations with available products in stock to sell at the former price.

“As a concerned Governor, I am disheartened to see our dear People of Kano suffering as a result of an unjustified fuel hike, and the situation must be stopped right away,” the governor said.

Kano, according to governor, is the commercial hub for the country’s northern region as well as certain countries in West Africa, and its bustling populace continues to enjoy favorable business conditions.

The Governor urged the good citizens of Kano state to maintain their composure and uphold the law because the government is always prepared to make sure that people are doing their affairs conveniently.

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Abba Kabir Yusuf appoints Rahila Mukhtar to head KSCHMA

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Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

 

 

 

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has announced the appointment of Rahila Mukhtar as executive secretary of the Kano State Healthcare Contributory Management Agency (KCHMA).

 

KANO FOCUS reports that this is contained in a statement by his chief press secretary Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa on Thursday.

 

Yusuf also approved the appointment of Garba Bichi as managing director of the Kano State Water Board, Hassan Danbaffa as managing director of the Kano State Road Maintenance Agency (KARMA), Ibrahim Yakubu as managing director of the Kano State Urban Planning and Development Authority (KNUPDA) and Abdulkadir Abdussalam as the accountant-general.

 

KANO FOCUS reports that the government said a date for their swearing-in would be announced soon to enable them to assume the new responsibilities.

 

 

 

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