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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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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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Aminu Abdullahi

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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