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Palliative diversion: Court adjourns trial of Kumbotso chairman, Kabuga councillor



Kumbotso Chairman and Kabuga Councillor

Nasiru Yusuf

An Upper Shari’a Court at Shahuci Kano has adjourned the trials of Kumbotso local government chairman and councilor for Kabuga ward accused of diverting COVID-19 palliatives meant for their constituents.

Kano Focus reports that Khadi Kamilu Garba adjourned both cases till Monday June 29, 2020.

On Thursday, Counsel to  Kabiru Ado Panshekara, chairman Kumbotso local government, Mr Ismail Abdulaziz complained to the court that the prosecution counsel did not give them the First Information Report (FIR) as previously directed by the court.

He also pleaded to the court to compel the Executive chairman of Kano state Public Complaints and Anticorruption Commission Muhuyi Magaji Rimingado or his representative to appear in the court as complainant.

This, according to him will enable the defense counsel interrogate the complainant on his claim when the need arises.

Mr Abdulaziz also asked the court to compel the prosecution counsel to give them legal advice exchanged with police.

However, the prosecution counsel Salisu Tahir told the court, they have submitted the facility to the registrar as directed by the court.

He said the legal advice is not part of the facility required to be given to the defense counsel and  his appearance before the court justified that the commission has a case against the chairman.

He therefore appealed to the court to allow him present his witnesses.

In his ruling, the presiding judge Khadi Kamilu Garba ruled that, lack of legal advice will not prevent the accused from defending himself and adjourned the matter to Monday June 29th for hearing.

Similarly, the councilor for Kabuga ward in Gwale local government Shehu Aminu Kabuga accused of diverting palliatives meant for his constituents appeared before the court on Thursday.

His counsel, Mustapha Idris told the court he could not prepare a defense, because he received the facility on Wednesday.

According to him, he has not received the FIR from the prosecution counsel.

Mr Idris also appealed to the court to direct the chairman of the anti-corruption commission to be attending the court as complainant.

In his response, the prosecution counsel Rabiu Yusuf said he has sent the facilities to the court registrar as directed by court.

He added that the commission is not a natural person that must be present during the trial, noting that it can be represented by any of its officials.

Mr Yusuf told the court he was appearing as a state counsel and director citizens’ right at Anti-corruption commission which conferred him dual mandate as prosecutor and complainant.

In his ruling, Khadi Kamilu Garba directed Anti-corruption commission to send a representative who will stand as complainer and adjourned the case to Monday June 29 for hearing.

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Ganduje donates N3.6m to families of Doguwa flood victims



Nasiru Yusuf
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has paid condolence visit to the families of 18 Doguwa flood victims and donated the sum of two hundred thousand Naira to each of the victims family.
KANO FOCUS reports that Ganduje prayed for the repose of the departed souls of those who died as a result of the heavy downpour.
“When the information of this sad tragedy reached us we were seriously shocked. May Allah Forgive the victims, who died as martyrs, being washed away by flood. May He give them the ultimate reward of Jannatul Fiddaus, ameen,” the governor prayed.
Families of the victims expressed appreciation to the governor and his entourage and prayed to God to guide him in steering the affairs of the state.
It will be recalled that on July 23, about 18 persons including six members of a family have perished in a ghastly car accident in Doguwa Local Government Area.
The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kano State, Zubairu Mato, said the accident occurred when a bridge linking Riruwai and Doguwa broke down as a result of the heavy downpour, and the driver wasn’t aware that the bridge had broken down.
He explained that the vehicle plunged into the water, killing all the 18 passengers on board including six members of same family.
The family members have been identified as Bashir Doguwa, Malami Gidan-Tanimu, Safiya Mukhtar, Shahida Bashir, Fatima Rabi’u, Uzairu Bashir, all of Doguwa Local Government Area of Kano State.
Doguwa and his family were on their way from Doguwa to First Lady Secondary School in Dambatta Local Government Area of the state to visit his daughter, Firdausi Bashir, who is among the students writing the ongoing NECO SSCE examinations.

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Kano records highest number of sickle cell patients in Nigeria



Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state has the highest sickle cell patients in Nigeria, a consultant haematologist at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital said.

KANO FOCUS reports that Dalha Halliru Gwarzo disclosed this in an interview with Hospital’s newsletter as part of the 2021 World Sickle Cell day.

He added that Lagos is the second state with highest number of sickle cell cases in the country.

Mr Gwarzo said India, Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria constituted 90% of the sickle cell patients worldwide.

On the causes of sickle cell disease, Mr Gwarzo said it is a genetic inherited disease from parents who are either SS, or AS genotype as a result of genetic condition or mutation of abnormal form of red blood cell.

He advocated for compulsory screening of infants after birth and school children, pre-marital counseling/tests, subsidising cost of medication/treatment and mass sensitisation campaign on dangers of the disease.

Mr Gwarzo noted that, although there is no known cure for sickle cell disease, but developed countries are using a high technology for manipulation of the genetic cells by bone marrow and stem cells transplant, which cost about fifteen million Naira in countries like United States, Germany, United Kingdom and Canada.

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Kano missing children: Court convicts Paul Owne 104 Years



Nasiru Yusuf

Kano State High Court has sentenced Paul Owne to 104 years without option of fine for abducting under five children and sold them in Onitsha, Anambra state.

KANO FOCUS reports that Mr Owne was reported to have conspired with six others in committing the crime.

Delivering the judgement on Friday Justice Zuwaira Yusuf sentenced the convict after pleaded guilty to all his 38 count charge against him by Kano State Government.

The court upheld that the convict was found guilty in count 2, 8, 9, 2, 27 and 34 therefore convicted him to 7 years each without option of fine in addition with the sum of N100,000 fine.

Similarly, the court found Owne guilty in count 3, 5, 10, 11, 22, 28 and 38 head count he was sentenced to 7 years.

Mrs Yusuf said the action of Owne was in contravention of count 4, 12, 13, 29 and 38, she convicted him to 4 years on each count without option of fine.

She ordered that all the count shall run Consecutively.

The 5 other defendants who pleaded not guilty to all the charges read over to them namely: Ogbono, Emanuel Igwe, Loise Duru, Monica Oracha and Chinelo Ifedigwe.

Kano Focus reports that the Kano Police Command had rescued nine missing children and paraded six Igbo persons who have confessed to abducting the kids, renaming and forcefully converting them to Christianity before selling them in Onitsha, Anambra state.

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