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KAROTA impounds N20m unregistered drugs, arrests 2 suspects

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Nasir Ibrahim

The Kano State Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) says it has confiscated over 150 cartons of unregistered drugs and injections worth over N20 million and arrested two persons in connection with the contraband.

The Managing Director of KAROTA, Baffa Dan’agundi disclosed this in a statement issued to newsmen on Friday in Kano, by the agency’s spokesperson, Nabilisi Kofar-Na’isa.

According to him, the drugs are suspected to be “Potwin” and 30 cartons of “Janify Caftarian” injection allegedly smuggled into the state by some suspected drug peddlers.

He said the suspected “Potwin” and “Janify Caftarian” injection were confiscated during a special operation by the KAROTA officials.

“We confiscated over 150 cartons of Potwin injections which are manufactured specially for surgery in hospitals and often misused by drug abusers, and also 30 cartons of Janify Caftarian injections worth over N20 million.

“Two suspects were arrested during the operation. However, the agency would not relent in the fight against illegal importation and stocking of unregistered drugs and expired food items,” he said.

The KAROTA boss said the agency would continue to fight against spread of dangerous hard drugs and would continue to arrest and prosecute offenders.

Mr Danagundi revealed that, the two suspects were handed over to the committee on fake drugs under the state Ministry of Health, of which KAROTA is a member.

He pledged that the agency would reward anybody that brings genuine information about such illegal acts to KAROTA, adding that the identity of such informants would be fully shielded.

Mr Dan’agundi, therefore, urged the general public to provide useful information to the agency to arrest and prosecute offenders.

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Kano schools reopen after 5 months closure

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Kano Female Students

Nasiru Yusuf

Schools in Kano have reopened on Monday after five months closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic.

Kano Focus recalls that the state government has on March 19 directed the closure of public and private schools as part of measures against the spread of COVID-19.

However, on Monday August 3 the government approved the reopening of schools for senior secondary schools students.

The Commissioner of Education Muhammad Sanusi Kiru announced that the opening is to allow SS III students to write their final examinations.

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Kano Focus observed how many students on Monday defied early morning downpour to attend classes, which could be perceived as a clear indication of their commitment to go back to school.

Speaking while on inspection tour to Government Girls Secondary School Shekara and First Lady’s College Mariri, Kano state commissioner of education Muhammad Sanusi Kiru said he was happy that the school authorities followed the approved guidelines in preparation for the forthcoming WAEC examinations.

Mr Kiru urged the students to use the PPEs provided for them and maintain social distancing.

He also advised them to be serious in their examinations so as to have good results worthy of pride by their parents and the state.

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Blasphemy: Kano court sentences singer to death

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Protesters at Sharif's house

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Kano Upper Shari’a Court sitting at Hausawa Filin Hockey has sentenced a 22-year old man to death by hanging for blaspheming against Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

Kano Focus reports that Khadi Aliyu Muhammad Kani gave the verdict on Monday after finding Yahaya Aminu Sharif guilty as charged.

Sharif, a resident of Sharifai in Kano metropolis was accused of committing blasphemy against the prophet in a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March 2020.

Following the incidence, protestors burnt down the singer’s family home and led a procession to the Kano Hisbah Command’s headquarters.

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The court has also sentenced one Umar Farouq of Sharada area of Kano metropolis to 10 years imprisonment for making derogatory statements concerning the Almighty Allah in a public argument.

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Rain, hailstones destroy N40 million crops in Bagwai LG

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Rain damaged farm

Nasiru Yusuf

Heavy rain and hailstones have destroyed crops worth over N40million in Bagwai local government, according to the council vice chairman Aminu Ibrahim Gogori.

Kano Focus reports that the heavy downpour on Monday night destroyed maize, onion, sesame, millet, and cotton crops.

Mr Gogori said the affected areas are Gadanya, Gadanya Gabas, Jobe, Tsauwa, Tsattawa and Galawa.

He pointed out that over 445 farmers were affected by the disaster.

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He said the council is assessing the exact cost of the damage in order to forward it to appropriate authorities for necessary action.

In their separate remarks the village head of Gadanya Shuaibu Abubakar and his counterpart of Jobe village Abdullahi Lawal called on federal and state governments to come to their rescue.

When contacted, the Executive Secretary Kano State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Sale Aliyu Jili described the incident as devastating.

Mr Jili appealed to National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and corporate organizations to assist the victims.

He pledged that SEMA will do its best to assist disaster victims  in Kano state.

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