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Kano anti-corruption agency insists on probing Emir Sanusi despite court order

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Nasiru Yusuf

Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC) has vowed to continue with an investigation against Emir Muhammad Sanusi II despite a federal high court judgment that voided the preliminary report on the monarch’s probe.

Reacting to the verdict, Executive Chairman of the commission Muhyi Magaji Rimingado told journalists on Monday that the court ruling did not prevent the PCACC from proceeding with its investigation on Mr Sanusi and submitting a report after hearing from him.

According to him, the Commission will explore the two available options of either appealing the judgment “as there are numerous grounds of appeal” or inviting the emir in compliance with the court ruling.

“I wish at this juncture to remind gentlemen of the media that the whole essence of the report under reference is on the basis of obstruction of the Commission’s investigation by the applicant which hinders the progress of the process.

“Finally the Commission is exploring suitable options available at its disposal as the matter is still under investigation,” Mr Rimingado said.

The state ant-graft commission is investigating Mr Sanusi for alleged misappropriation of public funds, which it said amounted to N3.5 billion and also recommended the emir’s suspension pending the outcome of its probe.

However, the monarch had filed a lawsuit against PCACC, the governor of Kano State and the state Attorney-General in suit No. FHC/KN/CS/102/2019.

Mr Sanusi had asked the court to declare that the findings of PCACC contained in its preliminary report issued on June 6, 2019, were a breach of his fundamental right to fair hearing and contrary to the rules of natural justice.

Granting the emir’s prayers, a federal high court dismissed the preliminary report released by the commission recommending the suspension of the emir pending the outcome of the final investigation.

The court ruled that the PCACC did not give Mr Sanusi an opportunity to be heard before releasing the report on him, adding that such an omission was against the principle of fair hearing.

Therefore, the presiding judge, Justice O.A. Egwuata quashed the interim investigation report on the basis of non-invitation of the emir which he said, had violated Mr Sanusi’s fundamental human right to fair hearing.

Justice Egwuata also awarded a sum of N200,000 to the emir as cost of instituting the suit against the commission.

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Kano refutes trending story on women driving ban

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Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state government has described as fallacious a trending story on social media platforms on a purported plan to officially disallow women regardless of any faith from getting behind the wheel.

KANO FOCUS reports that the state commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba who made the clarification in a statement issued on Thursday, said government had at no time contemplate on the matter.

He said the story, which could not be traced to any credible source, was nothing but the imaginary thinking of the authors.

“The trending story lacks any credibility and that is why it is wholly attributed to a source that cannot be substantiated,’’ it added.

Mr Garba pointed out that if at all there was such plan, the state government does not have to be involved in any secretive meeting to decide on a critical issue that has to do its teeming populace.

The commissioner stated further that even Saudi Arabia which for decades had laws that sanctioned women from driving has, after all, lifted the ban in 2018.

He said it was interesting that some of the scholars quoted to have supported the alleged ban have already dissociated themselves from the story.

Clerics denied the story

Earlie on Wednesday, some clerics alleged to have floated the ban Salisu Shehu, Abdallah Gadonkaya and Sani Rijiyar Lemo have all refuted the story.

In a text message sent to KANO FOCUS Shehu described the story as ‘completely false and mischief.’

“It is completely false. It is a mischief. I think some wicked people are desperate about causing unnecessary confusion, controversies and disaffection among Kano Scholars,” he said.

Rijiyar Lemo alleged that the story was concocted by Shiites who were not happy with the outcome of clerics debate with controversial Kano preacher Abduljabbar Kabara.

“Our attention has been drawn to a fake news in circulation, claiming that some ulama in Kano, including my humble self, have tabled a plan to stop women from driving in the state.

“This story, in all certainty, was hatched and being peddled by some Shi’ite elements, who are not happy with the outcome of AbdulJabbar’s saga.

“You are urged to discard this false story. May the Almighty protect us from the evils of our enemies,” Rijiyar Lemo said.

Gadonkaya, on a Facebook post described the story as ‘fake news’.

“I, Abdullah Usman Umar Gadon Kaya strongly say that this is a fake news. I don’t have any hands in it. It’s the act of enemies who want to  crack peace in our dear state (Kano) and Nigeria at large,” Gadonkaya said.

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Abduljabbar Kabara: Lawyers demand audiovisual evidence as government amends charges

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Lawyers defending Kano cleric Abduljabbar Kabara over blasphemy and incitement charges have urged the court to compel the prosecution to present audiovisual and documentary evidence.

KANO FOCUS recalls that Mr Kabara has been arraigned before an Upper Sharia Court at Kofar Kudu, Kano City presided by Ibrahim Sarki Yola.

Mr. Kabara’s lead counsel Sale Muhammad Bakaro entered the plea at the resumed sitting of the court on Wednesday morning.

He petitioned the court to compel the prosecution to present its evidence in the next sitting.

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Meanwhile prosecuting counsel Aisha Muhammad pleaded for an adjournment to enable the Kano state government to amend the charges presented in the First Information Report.

The presiding judge Mr Yola adjourned the trial to August 18, 2021.

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Ganduje presents appointment letters to 56 doctors, health workers

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Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has on Tuesday presented appointment letters to fifty six medical doctors and other health workers deployed to the State Primary Health Care Management Board.

KANO FOCUS reports that Ganduje made the presentation on Tuesday at Primary Health Care investment summit 2021, held at Coronation Hall, Government House, Kano.

Ganduje said the move is part of his administration’s commitment to improve health care delivery in the state.

 “The state government has set up a committee under the leadership of the Chairman Governing Board of the State Primary Health Care Management Board, the Madakin Gaya and District Head of Ajingi, and representatives from the office of the Secretary to State Government, Ministry of Health, Ministry for Local Governments.

“Others are representatives from the five Emirates in the state. With the Secretariat at the State Primary Health Care Management Board.”

“The committee would be updating the government and the people of Kano state on regular basis, on the achievements and success recorded.

“In order for us to achieve the desired goals, we must collaborate with development partners, government organisations and community. So all all hands must be on deck to also address the long term systematic health care system for the full implementation of the minimum service package,” Ganduje said.

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