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Anger as Ganduje’s commissioner celebrates Abba Kyari’s death



Abubakar Abdulkadir Dangambo

Angry social media users have called on Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to sack his Commissioner for Works, Muazu Magaji for openly celebrating the death of Abba Kyari, chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday.

KANO FOCUS reports that Mr Kyari, 67, died of complications from the COVID-19–a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus.

While many Nigerians express sadness over the passing of the late powerful chief of staff, Mr Magaji took to social media to launch vile comments and invective on the deceased.

“Win win… Nigeria is free and Abba kyari ya mutu a cikin annoba… Mutuwar shahada in Har da Imani mutum ya cika,” Mr Magaji wrote on his Facebook wall.

“I am not a hypocrite and I won’t pretent! (sic). While at personal level I pray Allah grant Abba Kyari Jannah…I sinerely believe Nigeria needed a better Cos period!,” the commissioner added.

Mr Magaji’s horrible comments have generated angry reactions from many commenters, including Bashir Ahmed, Personal Assistant to President Buhari on New Media.

“I am really disappointed and pained by the Kano State Commissioner for Works, Engr. Muazu Magaji’s remarks on Mallam Abba Kyari’s demise, the commissioner is seen publicly celebrating the death on his Facebook page. I hope Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje will call him to order. ‬

Mutuwa dai rigar kowace, last night was Mallam Abba’s turn, my time and your time will definitely come no matter how long it may take.

Allah ya jikan Mallam Abba Kyari, ya karbi shahadarsa, ya kuma yi masa sakamako da gidan Aljanna Firdaus,” Mr Ahmed wrote on his Facebook wall. 

“It can be easily overlooked when some minor misguided people celebrate Mallam Abba Kyari or anyone’s death, but when a member of Kano State Executive Council, a commissioner does the same it would definitely be hard to just overlook.

Engr Muaz Magaji’s action was very irresponsible, and he needs to know that, for God’s sake, Honorable Minister, you are not as ordinary as other citizens, you are a stakeholder with thousands looking up to you, please be a responsible and good ambassador,” he added.

Other aggrieved commenters called on Mr Ganduje to remove Mr Magaji from his position, describing the commissioner as a “mental retard” and a “disgrace to the Kano state government.”

“I don’t know what criteria Ganduje used in appointing a mental retard person a commissioner. His attitude on this platform cannot even be displayed by a 10 year old boy but this mental and inhumane personality is in the helm of a critical ministry in Kano. The governor should dissociate himself from this man by sacking him as a member of the State Executive Council,” Nura Ibrahim Maigoro, one of the angry users said.

Another user Usman Rabiu Bala said: “When you are done celebrating the death of Abba Kyari, kindly find time to read about his life. Start by reading his resume. When you are done, ask yourself this simple question: “Will I achieve half of what Abba achieved?” Do that in front of your mirror Am disappointed in you honourable”.

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AIG orders investigation of Policeman seen voting in Kano APC Congress



Aminu Abdullahi

The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone Abubakar Sadiq Bello has ordered the investigation of unprofessional conduct of a policeman caught on camera voting during state congress of All progressive Congress (APC) in Kano.

KANO FOCUS reportsthat in view of the unprofessional conduct of the policeman, the AIG has referred the matter to the Zonal X-Squad for investigation.

A statement issued on Monday by Zonal Police Public Relations Officer Abubakar Zayyanu identified the police officer as Bashir Mohammed attached to the government house, Kano, from where he was deployed to work with the state Chairman of APC Abdullahi Abbas as a security aide.

Mr Zayyanu noted that if the inspector is found to have committed an offence by this action, the appropriate disciplinary measure will be taken against him.

He further assured the general public that further development on the matter will be communicated.

The statement reads in part.

“The attention of the Inspector-General of Police Zone one Headquarters, Kano has been drawn to a trending picture on social media, of an inspector of police casting vote at the recently conducted Kano State congress of the APC along with his principal, the state party chairman, Abdullahi Abbas.

“The inspector of police has been identified as Bashir Mohammed of the Special Protection Unit, Base One, Kano. The inspector is attached to the government house, Kano from where he was deployed to work with the said Abdullahi Abbas as a security aide.

“In view of this seemingly unprofessional conduct of the inspector, the AIG has referred the matter to the Zonal X-Squad for investigation.

“If the inspector is found to have committed a disciplinary offence by this action, the appropriate disciplinary measure will be taken against him.

“Finally,  we want assure members of the public that further development on the matter will be communicated please.”

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EFCC Grills Rabiu Kwankwaso



Rabiu Kwankwaso

Nasiru Yusuf

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Saturday grilled former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso over allegations of abuse of office, diversion of public funds and fraudulent allocation of government properties to cronies.

KANO FOCUS reports that Kwankwaso, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, was first invited by the EFCC in September but failed to honour the invitation as reported by Channels TV.

An associate of the politician informed Channels Television that Kwankwanso may have been invited in relation to a petition by some retired employees of the Kano State Government.

The retired employees had told the EFCC that the former governor mismanaged pension remittances to the tune of N10 billion between 2011 and 2015, to fund a housing project for his cronies.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren did not comment on the interrogation of the former governor when contacted on Saturday.

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Crisis rocks Kano APC as Ganduje, Shekarau hold parallel Congress



Aminu Abdullahi

Crisis rocked Kano chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC), as Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and faction loyal to former governor of Kano and serving Senator Ibrahim Shekarau held parallel state congress.

KANO FOCUS reports that while Ganduje group held their congress at Sani Abacha stadium, faction loyal to Shekarau had their own at Janguza town, Tofa local government area.

Ganduje’s led group endorsed Abdullahi Abbas as state chairman of APC for a second term in a consensus arrangement, while the faction loyal to Shekarau announced Ahmadu Haruna Zago as newly elected chairman of APC in Kano state.

Reports shows that the security have earlier disrupted Shekarau’s camp congress at Sani Abacha youth centre and sealed the premises before they moved to Janguza where they held the election.

Below are some pictures of the parallel Congress.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje while voting at Sani Abacha stadium


Governor Abdullahi Ganduje with APC chieftains


Delegates at Sani Abacha stadium

Ballot box

Factional chairman of Kano APC Ahmadu Haruna Zago

Ahmadu Haruna Zago and Abdilkadir Jobe

APC factional congress at Janguza

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