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Court restrains Kano anti-graft commission from investigating Emir Sanusi

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Nasiru Yusuf

A Kano state high court presided over by Justice Sulaiman Na-Mallam on Wednesday restrained the state Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC) from releasing a report which reportedly indicted Emir Muhammad Sanusi ll for allegedly embezzling Kano Emirate Council’s funds.

A preliminary report by the PCACC had recommended the suspension of Mr Sanusi by the state government pending the final outcome of an investigation into alleged financial misappropriation of the emirate’s funds which the commission said amounted to over N3 billion.

At the court hearing, Counsel to Mr Sanusi, Suraj Sa’ida presented an ex- parte application requesting the court to restrain the anti-corruption commission from continuing with its investigation against the emir pending the determination of the motion on notice.

In his ruling, the trial judge, Justice Na-Mallam  granted the prayers and barred the PCACC against proceeding with the emir’s probe until the substantive matter is heard.

The case has been adjourned to March 10 2020 for continuation.

In a related development, another case filed by Munir Sanusi (Danburam Kano) and four others requesting the court to declare the PCACC incompetent to investigate the emir, could not proceed as one of the defendants in the matter said he was not ready.

The case was also adjourned to April 8th, for hearing.

The probe against Mr Sanusi is widely seen as a calculated attempt by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to punish to monarch over his alleged support for Abba Yusuf, a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Mr Ganduje’s main ally during the 2019 governorship election in the state.

Mr Ganduje had also carved out four new emirates  in Gaya, Karaye, Rano and Bichi areas of the state–from the Emir Sanusi-led Kano Emirate apparently to curtail the monarch’s influence.

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AIG orders investigation of Policeman seen voting in Kano APC Congress

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Aminu Abdullahi

The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone Abubakar Sadiq Bello has ordered the investigation of unprofessional conduct of a policeman caught on camera voting during state congress of All progressive Congress (APC) in Kano.

KANO FOCUS reportsthat in view of the unprofessional conduct of the policeman, the AIG has referred the matter to the Zonal X-Squad for investigation.

A statement issued on Monday by Zonal Police Public Relations Officer Abubakar Zayyanu identified the police officer as Bashir Mohammed attached to the government house, Kano, from where he was deployed to work with the state Chairman of APC Abdullahi Abbas as a security aide.

Mr Zayyanu noted that if the inspector is found to have committed an offence by this action, the appropriate disciplinary measure will be taken against him.

He further assured the general public that further development on the matter will be communicated.

The statement reads in part.

“The attention of the Inspector-General of Police Zone one Headquarters, Kano has been drawn to a trending picture on social media, of an inspector of police casting vote at the recently conducted Kano State congress of the APC along with his principal, the state party chairman, Abdullahi Abbas.

“The inspector of police has been identified as Bashir Mohammed of the Special Protection Unit, Base One, Kano. The inspector is attached to the government house, Kano from where he was deployed to work with the said Abdullahi Abbas as a security aide.

“In view of this seemingly unprofessional conduct of the inspector, the AIG has referred the matter to the Zonal X-Squad for investigation.

“If the inspector is found to have committed a disciplinary offence by this action, the appropriate disciplinary measure will be taken against him.

“Finally,  we want assure members of the public that further development on the matter will be communicated please.”

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EFCC Grills Rabiu Kwankwaso

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Saturday grilled former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso over allegations of abuse of office, diversion of public funds and fraudulent allocation of government properties to cronies.

KANO FOCUS reports that Kwankwaso, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, was first invited by the EFCC in September but failed to honour the invitation as reported by Channels TV.

An associate of the politician informed Channels Television that Kwankwanso may have been invited in relation to a petition by some retired employees of the Kano State Government.

The retired employees had told the EFCC that the former governor mismanaged pension remittances to the tune of N10 billion between 2011 and 2015, to fund a housing project for his cronies.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren did not comment on the interrogation of the former governor when contacted on Saturday.

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Crisis rocks Kano APC as Ganduje, Shekarau hold parallel Congress

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Aminu Abdullahi

Crisis rocked Kano chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC), as Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and faction loyal to former governor of Kano and serving Senator Ibrahim Shekarau held parallel state congress.

KANO FOCUS reports that while Ganduje group held their congress at Sani Abacha stadium, faction loyal to Shekarau had their own at Janguza town, Tofa local government area.

Ganduje’s led group endorsed Abdullahi Abbas as state chairman of APC for a second term in a consensus arrangement, while the faction loyal to Shekarau announced Ahmadu Haruna Zago as newly elected chairman of APC in Kano state.

Reports shows that the security have earlier disrupted Shekarau’s camp congress at Sani Abacha youth centre and sealed the premises before they moved to Janguza where they held the election.

Below are some pictures of the parallel Congress.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje while voting at Sani Abacha stadium

 

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje with APC chieftains

 

Delegates at Sani Abacha stadium

Ballot box

Factional chairman of Kano APC Ahmadu Haruna Zago

Ahmadu Haruna Zago and Abdilkadir Jobe

APC factional congress at Janguza

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