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NCC applauded for effective regulations

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has been applauded for its efforts in ensuring effective regulations aimed at protecting the rights and interests of consumers of telecom services as well on its efforts in promoting the provision of improved services at fair and affordable prices to Nigerians.

The commendation came from the Management of Jaiz Bank, Nigeria’s first Islamic non-interest commercial bank, which paid a familisation visit to the Commission (NCC) to seek areas of collaboration between the two corporate entities.

Speaking during the visit on Thursday (27/02/2020), Hassan Usman, the Chief Executive Officer of the Bank, said while Nigeria has not reached the promised land of telecom regulation, the “NCC deserves commendation for its efforts in consistently ensuring regulatory efforts that have now made telecoms services more affordable to majority of Nigerians, a reality that can easily be benchmarked against what is happening in other countries.”

Usman also affirmed that the fact that ICT had become crucial to the development of every sector of the economy with positive multiplier effects in the life of every business and Nigerian, is the reason NCC deserves commendations.

The Jaiz Bank CEO equally noted that because banks currently rely on broadband Internet to provide efficient and effective services through seamless connectivity for intra and inter-banking services provision, the Commission’s efforts in further deepening access to seamless broadband connectivity to businesses and individuals have been of tremendous benefit to Jaiz Bank.

Speaking about the bank’ operations, Usman said it remains the first Islamic commercial bank established by the Federal Government to operate on a non-interest business model, which makes it different from conventional banks that charge interest in every area of its transaction.

He said the bank was committed to supporting individuals, the public and private sector to attain financial goals through loans for mortgage, supporting start-ups as well as those in real estate businesses. Overall, Usman said the significant role NCC plays and does well, necessitated the visit to the Commission to see how NCC and its staff can work with Jaiz Bank to derive banking benefits from Jaiz Bank financial services.

Responding, Yakubu Gontor, Director, Finance Services, NCC, who received the bank’s team on behalf of Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, thanked the Bank’s Management for its recognition of the regulatory role of the NCC in deepening access to broadband, which has enhanced promotion of digital financial inclusion in the country.

Gontor noted that, though the Commission, like other Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), now remits directly to the Treasury Single Account (TSA) domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), is paid from the TSA by the CBN as directed by the Federal Government.

Gontor, however, called on the Bank to patronise the staff of the Commission to open accounts since its has enticing packages at low interest rates to support mortgaging and loans. Gontor also tasked the Staff Cooperative of NCC to leverage on the opportunities at Jaiz Bank to source funding to build its proposed Staff Estate at Lugbe.

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Police urge Kano residents to comply with governor’s directive against protest, demonstrations

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Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Kano state commissioer of police Muhammad HussainGumel has called  on Kano Residents to Remain Patriotic and Obey the Kano State Government Order which was Issued this Morning 29/05/2024 that put Ban on All Forms of Unlawful Gatherings, Protests or Processions.

KANO FOCUS reports that this was contained in a statement issued by police spokesperson Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawq on Wednesday.

Mr Kiyawa said the Police Command in Kano State will ensure the State Government Order that ban all forms of protests is being implemented with all sense of vigor as any person found will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.

He said Already, armed personnel have since been deployed to identified flash points in and outside the Metropolis and are poised to deal with any form of violation and other unforeseen circumstances.

In the same vein, the Police Command have placed its fully kitted, equipped and motivated personnel on ‘red alerts’ to ruthlessly deal with the situation as any form of security threats in the State would not be tolerated.

The statement added that, the Commissioner of Police Mr Gumel calls on the law-abiding people of the State to remain patriotic, obey the Kano State Government Order, maintain calmness and avoid any other form of unlawful activities that may trigger violence as joint security forces have been dispatched to strategic locations to safeguard the peace and order throughout the State.

Furthermore, the Police Command is hereby reminding members of the public that the position of the law remained very clear as whoever attempts to disrupt the peace in the State will be arrested and made to face full wrath of the law.

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Gov. Yusuf prohibits any public demonstration, order arrest of purported student protesters

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Mukhtar Yahaya Usman

The Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, has imposed stringent restrictions on all public gatherings intended for protest within the state, exercising the authority vested in him as the chief security officer of the state

KANO FOCUS reports that this was contained in a statement issued by the Governor’s Spokesperson, Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, on Wednesday.

By virtue of his position, the governor has directed the Police, the Directorate of State Security Services, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps to apprehend, detain, and prosecute any individual or group partaking in demonstrations on the streets of Kano.

This decisive action is a preemptive strategy aimed at averting any potential breakdown of law and order orchestrated by adversaries of the state.

“We are privy to credible intelligence indicating that certain prominent figures from the opposition party in Kano have devised plans to sponsor student associations and political agitators from other northwestern states to incite chaos under the guise of advocating for the dethroned Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero.”

The state government has explicitly outlawed protests, demonstrations, or processions of any kind, and individuals found on the streets of Kano engaging in such activities will be promptly apprehended.

“Through this declaration, we caution student groups against being manipulated by troublemakers who are resolute in fomenting disorder in Kano.”

The governor urged all citizens of the state to carry on with their normal activities as the state retains its tranquility, and the government will persist in vigilant oversight of the situation to promptly address any individuals or factions trying to undermine the relative peace that state presently enjoys.

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Kano Emirate Tussle: Court Restrains Police, SSS, Military From harassing, Intimidating Emir Sanusi

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…… As the new Emir takes days holding the Palace Sitting

The Kano High Court, presided over by Justice Aminu Adamu Aliyu, sitting at Miller Road, has issued a restraining order against the police, the State Security Service (SSS), and the Nigerian military to prevent them from forcibly removing the reinstated Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.

This legal action was initiated by the Emir, in conjunction with the four traditional kingmakers of Kano: Madakin Kano Yusuf Nabahani; Makaman Kano Ibrahim Sarki Abdullahi; Sarkin Bai Mansur Adnan, and Sarkin Dawaki Maituta Bello Tuta.

Justice Aliyu, in granting the order, also barred the security agencies from arresting or harassing the Emir and his kingmakers.

The judge declared, “An interim injunction is hereby granted, restraining the Respondents themselves, their agents, representatives, and assigns from further harassing, intimidating, inviting, arresting, or invading the personal or official residences of the Applicants (Gidan Rumfa), their attendants, or any of the Kano Emirate kingmakers, engaging in actions that could impede the Applicants’ rights generally in relation to this litigation pending the hearing and resolution of the motion on notice.

Furthermore, an interim injunction is granted, preventing the Respondents from attempting to seize, appropriate, or confiscate any regalia of authority, such as the twin spear of authority, the Royal Hat of Dabo, the Ostrich-feathered shoes, the knife and sword of the Emir of Kano, and other symbols of his office, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice

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