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Domestic violence: Kano community prescribes psychiatric test for couples before marriage

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Mukhtar Yahaya Usman

Dan Bare community, a suburb of in Kumbotso local government area of Kano state has introduced a mandatory requirement for prospective couples to conduct psychiatric tests before they are allowed to marry.

In an exclusive interview with KANO FOCUS, Ward Head of Dan Bare (D), Saifullahi Abba Labaran said the rule became necessary in order to curb rampant cases of domestic violence that sometimes claim lives among spouses.

Mr Labaran explained that elders in the community had held extensive deliberations before finally agreeing to adopt the mental health test rule, adding that it will bring stability in the society.

Where to conduct the test

The ward head said the elders agreed that any prospective couple that intends to get married in the community would be required to undergo brain tests and other related procedures at Psychiatric Hospital Dawanau–the main mental health facility in Kano state.

‘‘We discussed the matter with the village head and other elders in the area and gave their pull support to impose it and even the village head promised to engage other ward heads,” he said.

Mr Labaran added that once couples are ready for the test, a representative from the office of the ward head would then be asked to accompany them to the hospital to ensure that the test results are genuine.

‘‘After the tests have been carried out, we will ask for three copies of each result. The first is for the groom’s family, the second is for the bride’s family and the third is for the ward head.

‘‘We choose this way because most of the time, you discover that perpetrators of domestic violence that involves killing usually test positive for mental illness. This is why it is necessary to conduct this type of test before marriage,”he said.

Price for disobedience

 Asked about the penalties prescribed for those who refuse to abide by the rule, Mr Labaran warned that errant couples would be dealt with by community elders.

‘‘If someone disobeys us we will send him to our elders to deal with him as I’m not only the one who agreed to it but all elders in the community,’’ he said.

He added that Dan Bare community also resolves that suitors from outside the community must also subject themselves to the mental health tests before they can marry a woman in the area.

‘‘If an outsider comes to seek the hands of our daughters in marriage, we will force him to do the test otherwise, the marriage will not happen.

‘‘But if our community members decide to marry elsewhere, then we will not be responsible for whatever happens since it is not within our jurisdiction,” Mr Labaran explained.

Residents react

But residents of Dan Bare have expressed mixed reactions to the development.

Nura Ibrahim Shu’aib, believes that despite being a good initiative, the mental health test rule requires adequate time and awareness before it could succeed.

However, another resident Abdulbasid Tijjani said he found the development unfamiliar, adding that he was unsure if he could agree to conduct a mental health assessment before marriage.

‘‘It’s really something new to us, but after the ward head explained it in detailed to us, then I found it very interesting,” he said.

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Photo News: Emir Sanusi visits Sultan of Sokoto

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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

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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 teachers..my 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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ACF revives Kano chapter

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The Arewa Consultative Forum ( ACF) has resuscitated it Kano State chapter and nominated a 14- member Interim Executive Committee to run its affairs for the next six months.

Kano Focus reports that the Forum has mandated the new leadership to organise a general congress that may elect a new council.

A statement issued on Monday by the publicity secretary of the Forum Bello Sani Galadanchi reported that at the inaugural ceremony presided by a member of ACF Board of Trustees, Halliru Akilu, the non- partisan voluntary organization also nominated delegates to its National Executive Committee ( NEC) engagements.

Akilu, a retired Brigadier- General, tasked the new leadership to work in unity, and restore all ACF organs and activities for the betterment of our society.

He stressed that the ACF which is apolitical, believes in the unity of the country, but aspires to see the glory of the north restored, and the economic fortunes of the region tapped for the greater benefit of our people and the nation as a whole.

In his acceptance speech, the new Chairman of the ACF Interim Committee, NaShehu Hassan Abubakar thanked the congregation for finding him worthy of the enormous responsibility.

Abubakar, a retired Air Vice Marshall (AVM) assured the ACF National body and people of Kano State of his determination to steer the ship creditably, selflessly and in strict compliance with ACF desire to improve the lot of our people, as well as agitate for their rights.

Other committee members nominated at the ceremony include Aishatu Yakubu Maijama’a (Deputy Chairperson); Shehu Aliyu (Vice- Chairman); Muhammad Mustapha Yahaya (Secretary); Sani Bala Tela (Assistant Secretary); Rabia Hussein Adamu (Treasurer); and Mairo Bello (Assistant Treasurer).

Others   are Mahadi Sadiq Abubakar, (Financial Secretary);  Hafsat Namadi Bebeji (Assistant Financial Secretary); Bello Sani Galadanchi (Publicity Secretary); Tanimu Ibrahim Getso (Assistant  Publicity Secretary); Kabir Mukhtar (Legal Adviser); Muhammad Kabir Haruna (Assistant Legal Adviser); and Azimi Namadi Bebeji (Auditor).

The inaugural ceremony attracted Youth and Women wings of the ACF whose members were nominated into both the executive committee and the NEC.

Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) is apolitical and socio-cultural association of leaders in Northern Nigeria formed in 2000 to protect Northern interest in the political scene.

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