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

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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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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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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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