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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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UNICEF applauds Kano State for enacting Child Protection Law, calls for effective implementation



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim 

United Nations Children’s Funds (UNICEF) has commended the Government and citizens of Kano State for the recent enactment of the Child Protection Law, signed into law by former Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

KANO FOCUS reports that the commendation was contained in a statement issued by Samuel Kaalu UNICEF spokesperson in Kano.

The statement quoted Mr. Rahama R.M. Farah, Chief of UNICEF Field Office Kano, saying “The Kano State Child Protection Law is a remarkable achievement that benefits the children and people of Kano. It establishes a legal framework to ensure the protection of children’s rights within the state.

“Now that the law has been established, it is crucial to allocate the necessary resources and establish mechanisms for its effective implementation. We urge the new administration in Kano State to take this vital step and provide adequate resources to ensure the comprehensive enforcement of the law.

Mr. Farah added that with the enactment of this law, Kano State joins other states that have successfully incorporated the Nigeria Child Rights Act, originally enacted by the National Assembly in 2003, into their legal frameworks.

He said “It is important to note that this Act is derived from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), of which Nigeria is a signatory. Extensive consultations were conducted with key stakeholders, including faith-based and community leaders, during the development of the bill.

“This collaborative effort ensured that the law reflects the values and aspirations of the people of Kano.”


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APC condemns Kano demolition exercise



Aminu Abdullahi






The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State has implored the victims of the recent demolition exercise embarked upon by the Kano State government to seek legal redress while describing the action of the new NNPP administration as barbaric and unacceptable.


KANO FOCUS reports that the Ag. State Chairman of the opposition party, Shehu Maiagari made the condemnation while Speaking at a press conference held on Tuesday at the NUJ Press Centre, Kano.

The politician condemned the spate of demolition of business interests and property across the state by the Governor, Engineer Abba Kabir Yusuf.

“The action of the state government has brought unnecessary chaos, rampant vandalism, daylight robbery and grabbing of property belonging to innocent members of the Kano society” he lamented.

The opposition party insisted that the demolition has destroyed the means of livelihood of the people of the state while lamenting that it has equally tarnished the reputation of the state as a safe commercial centre for secured business investment.

The APC appealed to security agencies in the state to step up action and restore the people’s confidence in light of the shock they had experienced while imploring parents and guardians to caution their children against being used as agents of destruction by the state government.

“We assure the good people of the state of our prayers and support in this trying period; we also implore those affected directly or indirectly, to seek redress in the court of law,” they stated.

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Kano Governor Appoints Habu Fagge as Pension Boss



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

Kano State Governor Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf has approved the appointment of Alhaji Habu Muhammad Fagge  as Executive Chairman, Kano State Pension Board Trustee.

KANO FOCUS reports that the appointment takes effect immediately as the governor directed for handing over and taking over within  24 hours.

A statement issued by Chief Press Secretary to the governor Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa said Alhaji Habu Fagge, a holder of Bsc Finance from Abraham Lincoln University, served two terms as Executive Chairman of Kano Internal Revenue Services.

The statement added that the new appointee had served Kano State as director finance, director planning, research and statistics and director other taxes.

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