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Ganduje directs anti-corruption commission to resume deposed Emir Sanusi’s probe

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Ganduje at Africa House

Nasiru Yusuf

Kano State governor Abdullahi Ganduje has directed the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission to continue probing the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.

Kano focus reports that Mr Ganduje gave the directive at an interactive media session held at Africa House, Government House, Kano, Monday.

“Our state Anti-Corruption Agency will continue probing the former Emir over the issues he has with them.

“When he took them to court to stop the Agency from probing him, the case was quashed. So they will continue probing him according to the set down law,” Mr Ganduje said.

The Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating the deposed Emir Sanusi over alleged N2.2 billion land racketeering at Gandun Sarki area of Kano.

Other Kano Emirate Council members being investigated by the commission over the alleged land racketeering are Sarki Ibrahim, the Makaman of Kano and Shehu Dankadai, the Sarkin Shanun Kano.

It could be recalled that, a Federal High Court in Kano, has on June 8 dismissed a case filed by the deposed Emir, seeking to stop investigation over alleged racketeering of landed property of the Kano Emirate Council.

The presiding Judge, Justice Lewis Allagoa, in a ruling, said that the commission did not violate the right of the emir by investigating the allegations against him.

The deposed Emir had filed an appeal against the ruling.

N2.2 billion land scam: Deposed Emir Sanusi appeals judgment

Mr Sanusi, in an exparte motion sought the court to stop the Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission from investigating him.

The suit also sought an order restraining the Commission’s Chairman, Muhuyi Rimingado, Attorney-General of Kano State and Mr Ganduje from investigating him.

Creation of New Emirates

The governor also criticized the deposed Emir and the Kano Elders Forum for opposing his decision to divide the Kano Emirate into five.

“When we wanted to bring on board reform to our traditional institution, the former Emir did not cooperate with the process of reform.

“The process was truncated, so the only option for him was to find his way out.

“And that was what happened,” he said.

He explained that, when the process started, there were some legal issues that slowed the process.

“That time there was this so-called Kano Elders Forum that tried to also frustrate the reform process.

“Their case was squashed by another court of competent jurisdiction.”

According to him in the absence of all legal issues, the process has already been concluded.

“And it is the sole aim of trickling down development to other parts of the state, particularly the communities that house the new Emirates, that they were created.”

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TCN creates Kano transmission region

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Nasiru Yusuf

THE Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has carved out a new Kano transmission region from the old Kaduna Region. 

KANO FOCUS reports that the newly established unit brings the number of TCN regional centres to 10.

The TCN believes the step will improve commercial activities in the state.

A statement issued by TCN General manager of Public Affairs Ndidi Mbah explained that the creation of the Kano Transmission Region became necessary owing to the rapid economic and industrial development being witnessed within Kano State and its environs, as well as the gradual implementation of TCN’s strategic ‘Nigerian Electricity Grid Maintenance, Expansion and Rehabilitation Programme (NEGMERP),’ which has enabled the transmission company to complete some ongoing projects and increase the number of substations within that axis.

He said the  Kano Transmission Region had, under its supervision, one sub-regional office and several work centers, all housing 13 transmission substations (TS), including the Kumbotso TS, Dan Agundi TS, Dakata TS, Tamburawa TS, Kwanar Dangora TS, Wudil TS, Kankia TS, Katsina TS, Daura TS, Dutse TS, Hadejia TS, Azare TS, and Gagarawa TS.

The new Kano region currently according to the statement has ongoing transmission substation projects which when completed would further increase bulk transmission capacity in the new region.

The new Kano Transmission Region, the company said, would deepen operational efficiency within the region and enable its engineers to readily access and resolve technical issues within the new region.

Mbah explained that prior to the creation of the new Kano Region, major decisions had to be referred to Kaduna Region for directives, and the supply of materials was sometimes delayed due to logistic issues from Kaduna.

Mbah noted that the proximity of the new region would radically reduce downtime and eliminate time lost when materials had to be conveyed from the Kaduna Region.

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DSS arrests singer accuse of blasphemy

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Department of State Services have arrested another blasphemous singer, Ahmad Abdul, whose song was perceived to create chaos in Kano state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Singer Ahmad Abdul was detained by the DSS because his free movement may likely cause violence reaction from Kano residents.

While in detention, Mr Abdul tender apology to entire Muslims, Kano state government and Islamic Scholars.

He told DSS operatives that he never thought that the song has violated Islamic teachings.

Commenting while witnessing the bail condition granted to Mr Abdul at the DSS Headquarters, Kano, the Executive Secretary of the Kano state Censorship Board Ismaila Naaba Afakallah recalled that he had received hundreds of petitions against the song from concerned citizens.

Afakallah said having realized the gravity of the song’s blasphemy, he reported the singer to DSS who swung into action and arrested him at a Hotel where he was hiding for days.

Mr Abdul Father, Abdullahi Isa thanked the DSS for their timely response on the matter which saved possible outbreak of law and order.

Also in August last year, An upper Sharia court in the Hausawa Filin Hockey area of the state has found one Yahaya Sharif-Aminu guilty of committing blasphemy for a song he circulated via WhatsApp.

However, the appellate division of the High Court of Kano State had on January 21 quashed the death sentence passed on Mr Sharif-Aminu and freed him.

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I’ll not run for President – Muhammadu Sanusi II

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Deposed Emir Sanusi

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The deposed Emir of Kano Malam Muhammadu Sunusi II says he is not interested in contesting for the presidency of Nigeria.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Sunusi revealed this at a Tijjnaniyya zikir held in Abuja on Thursday.

Muhammadu Sanusi said his current position as Tijjaniyya Khalifa in Nigeria is superior to the presidency.

The deposed Emir however said he is ready to help those he believe in their competence to win elections without his participation in politics.

“If we trust a candidate is out to serve the people, we will come out and help them.

“That is not joining politics but a civic duty to the nation and its citizens” Mr. Sanusi said.

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