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Group seeks fresh probe into Ganduje’s alleged dollar bribery videos

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Nasiru Yusuf

A group called Kano Concerned for Prudent Leadership has asked the Kano Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC) to open a fresh investigation into several video clips purporting to show Governor Abdullahi Ganduje stuffing wads of dollar currency into his babbar-riga pockets.

In a letter to Muhuyi Magaji Rimingado, chairman of the PCACC, signed by one Mukhtar Sani Mandawari, the group called on the commission to invoke its powers under the law and cause a thorough investigation into the matter.

“It is no longer news that several videos showing the Executive Governor of Kano state Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje receiving United States Dollars and smiling which is suspected to be kickbacks from contractors went viral all over the internet.

“This organization calls on your good office to invoke your powers under relevant provisions of your law and cause a thorough investigation into the matter. Happily the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has since authenticated the videos as genuine.

“Sir, we are not unaware that constitutionally, the governor cannot be prosecuted because he enjoys temporary immunity while in office. However, your commission is not in any way barred from investigating him and making findings.

“This EFCC did in the case of Ayodele Fayose, ex-governor of Ekiti state who could not be prosecuted for the alleged corrupt related offences while in office but actively investigated.

“We hope your commission will immediately kick-start investigation into this matter of public concerned (sic) as this issue is too big to be swept under the carpet,” read the letter dated 9 March 2020.

It may be recalled that Jaafar Jaafar, a journalist had released a series of video clips which appeared to show Mr Ganduje collecting bundles of cash in American dollars  in October 2018.

Mr Jaafar had then alleged that the governor was collecting the cash, which he said amounted to $5 million dollars, as kickbacks from contractors executing different projects in Kano state.

KANO FOCUS recalls that even though the clips were verified as genuine by Premium Times, BBC and Amnesty International, Mr Ganduje dismissed the videos as “doctored”.

The governor also filed a N3 billion lawsuit against Mr Jaafar after rushing to a Kano high court to halt a probe into the issue by the Kano State House of Assembly.

Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu had said the commission was probing the alleged bribery clips.

But the report on the said investigation is yet to be released by the EFCC.

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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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