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3 more children rescued as panel on Kano abducted children submits report

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Kidnapped Kano Kids

Nasiru Yusuf

The Judicial Commission of Enquiry set up by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to probe the abduction and forceful conversion to Christianity of 10 Kano children by Igbo kidnappers, has submitted its report to the governor.

KANO FOCUS recalls that the probe panel was set up in October 2019 to investigate cases of missing persons in Kano from 2010 to 2019 following the uproar generated by the abduction of the Kano kids.

On November 11, 2019, the Nigeria Police Force had arrested one Paul Onwe and his wife, Mercy along with other 6 suspects accused of kidnapping 10 children from Kano state and sold in Anambra.

The children, aged between two and 10 years, were said to have been kidnapped from various locations within the state capital, sold and converted to Christianity in Anambra.

Chairman of the commission, Justice Wada Umar Rano, who submitted the panel’s findings at the Government House, Kano on Wednesday, recommended the prosecution of other suspected kidnappers who were identified in the course of the work.

Mr Rano said three more children have been rescued and reunited with their families after they were kidnapped and taken to Lagos state in January 2020.

“Your Excellency we were able to, through various testimonies of the witnesses unearthed the activities of notorious and suspected kidnapper Amina Gaya with her accomplices,” he told the governor.

The retired judge, who commended Mr Ganduje for setting up the panel, said they received testimonies from 186 witnesses and analyzed 99 memoranda.

“Sir we received 186 witnesses and we received 99 Memoranda. Your Excellency our recommendations will help in avoiding the re-occurrence of this unfortunate incident in the future,” he said.

‘Between humanity and criminality’

In his response Mr Ganduje said the issue of kidnapping in the state is beyond ethnic and religious dimensions.

“It was that thinking that led us to think of instituting this Commission of Enquiry. So whoever thinks the move is between Kano and other tribes does not get the matter correctly. Ours is drawing a line between humanity and criminality,” he said.

According to a statement by Abba Anwar, Mr Ganduje’s chief press secretary, the governor implied that the panel will be retained in order to effectively implement its recommendations as well as identify further cases of missing persons in the state.

The commission has representatives from security agencies, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Federation of Muslim Women, Igbo community in Kano, Nigeria Union of Journalists and civil society organizations among others.

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TCN creates Kano transmission region

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Nasiru Yusuf

THE Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has carved out a new Kano transmission region from the old Kaduna Region. 

KANO FOCUS reports that the newly established unit brings the number of TCN regional centres to 10.

The TCN believes the step will improve commercial activities in the state.

A statement issued by TCN General manager of Public Affairs Ndidi Mbah explained that the creation of the Kano Transmission Region became necessary owing to the rapid economic and industrial development being witnessed within Kano State and its environs, as well as the gradual implementation of TCN’s strategic ‘Nigerian Electricity Grid Maintenance, Expansion and Rehabilitation Programme (NEGMERP),’ which has enabled the transmission company to complete some ongoing projects and increase the number of substations within that axis.

He said the  Kano Transmission Region had, under its supervision, one sub-regional office and several work centers, all housing 13 transmission substations (TS), including the Kumbotso TS, Dan Agundi TS, Dakata TS, Tamburawa TS, Kwanar Dangora TS, Wudil TS, Kankia TS, Katsina TS, Daura TS, Dutse TS, Hadejia TS, Azare TS, and Gagarawa TS.

The new Kano region currently according to the statement has ongoing transmission substation projects which when completed would further increase bulk transmission capacity in the new region.

The new Kano Transmission Region, the company said, would deepen operational efficiency within the region and enable its engineers to readily access and resolve technical issues within the new region.

Mbah explained that prior to the creation of the new Kano Region, major decisions had to be referred to Kaduna Region for directives, and the supply of materials was sometimes delayed due to logistic issues from Kaduna.

Mbah noted that the proximity of the new region would radically reduce downtime and eliminate time lost when materials had to be conveyed from the Kaduna Region.

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DSS arrests singer accuse of blasphemy

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Department of State Services have arrested another blasphemous singer, Ahmad Abdul, whose song was perceived to create chaos in Kano state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Singer Ahmad Abdul was detained by the DSS because his free movement may likely cause violence reaction from Kano residents.

While in detention, Mr Abdul tender apology to entire Muslims, Kano state government and Islamic Scholars.

He told DSS operatives that he never thought that the song has violated Islamic teachings.

Commenting while witnessing the bail condition granted to Mr Abdul at the DSS Headquarters, Kano, the Executive Secretary of the Kano state Censorship Board Ismaila Naaba Afakallah recalled that he had received hundreds of petitions against the song from concerned citizens.

Afakallah said having realized the gravity of the song’s blasphemy, he reported the singer to DSS who swung into action and arrested him at a Hotel where he was hiding for days.

Mr Abdul Father, Abdullahi Isa thanked the DSS for their timely response on the matter which saved possible outbreak of law and order.

Also in August last year, An upper Sharia court in the Hausawa Filin Hockey area of the state has found one Yahaya Sharif-Aminu guilty of committing blasphemy for a song he circulated via WhatsApp.

However, the appellate division of the High Court of Kano State had on January 21 quashed the death sentence passed on Mr Sharif-Aminu and freed him.

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I’ll not run for President – Muhammadu Sanusi II

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Deposed Emir Sanusi

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The deposed Emir of Kano Malam Muhammadu Sunusi II says he is not interested in contesting for the presidency of Nigeria.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Sunusi revealed this at a Tijjnaniyya zikir held in Abuja on Thursday.

Muhammadu Sanusi said his current position as Tijjaniyya Khalifa in Nigeria is superior to the presidency.

The deposed Emir however said he is ready to help those he believe in their competence to win elections without his participation in politics.

“If we trust a candidate is out to serve the people, we will come out and help them.

“That is not joining politics but a civic duty to the nation and its citizens” Mr. Sanusi said.

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