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Why our agents carry sticks – KAROTA




Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Managing Director, Kano state Road and Traffic Agency (KAROTA) Bappah Babba Dan’agundi says their agents are forced to carry sticks for self-defense.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Dan’agundi stated this while addressing journalists on Monday in Kano.

He said KAROTA had earlier banned its personnel from carrying sticks but they are forced by circumstances to resume the practice.

“Recently, hoodlums have been attacking and injuring our personnel.

“This makes it necessary to use sticks to defend themselves.

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Mr Dan’agundi displayed pictures of injured KAROTA agents to prove his point.

“As you can see these are more than 35 of our staff who have been injured severely.

“Several had their legs or hands fractured while some will remain crippled forever.” He said.

No tolerance for violence

Mr Dan’agundi however said KAROTA will not tolerate violence against citizens by its own agents.

He confirmed that a KAROTA agent is in police custody for beating and breaking the leg of an unarmed civilian.

The KAROTA MD said if found guilty the agent will be summarily dismissed.

He therefore debunked speculations that KAROTA withdrew its agents on Sunday due to the incident.

“We received a security report that some hoodlums planned to attack our personnel.

“The police therefore advised us not to come out for work.

“We all know that if the police do not help us our work will not go smoothly.

“We enjoy a good relationship with all security agencies including the police and would always resolve any problem with all sister agencies amicably”. Mr Dan’agundi said.

No right to punish violators

The KAROTA MD also acknowledged that the agency has no right to punish traffic law violators.

Mr Dan’agundi said KAROTA only provides offence slips stating which law has been violated.

“If the offender accepts the charges he’ll be asked to pay the fine but if he refuses we’ll take him to court.” He said.

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Kano schools reopen after 5 months closure



Kano Female Students

Nasiru Yusuf

Schools in Kano have reopened on Monday after five months closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic.

Kano Focus recalls that the state government has on March 19 directed the closure of public and private schools as part of measures against the spread of COVID-19.

However, on Monday August 3 the government approved the reopening of schools for senior secondary schools students.

The Commissioner of Education Muhammad Sanusi Kiru announced that the opening is to allow SS III students to write their final examinations.

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Kano Focus observed how many students on Monday defied early morning downpour to attend classes, which could be perceived as a clear indication of their commitment to go back to school.

Speaking while on inspection tour to Government Girls Secondary School Shekara and First Lady’s College Mariri, Kano state commissioner of education Muhammad Sanusi Kiru said he was happy that the school authorities followed the approved guidelines in preparation for the forthcoming WAEC examinations.

Mr Kiru urged the students to use the PPEs provided for them and maintain social distancing.

He also advised them to be serious in their examinations so as to have good results worthy of pride by their parents and the state.

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Blasphemy: Kano court sentences singer to death



Protesters at Sharif's house

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Kano Upper Shari’a Court sitting at Hausawa Filin Hockey has sentenced a 22-year old man to death by hanging for blaspheming against Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

Kano Focus reports that Khadi Aliyu Muhammad Kani gave the verdict on Monday after finding Yahaya Aminu Sharif guilty as charged.

Sharif, a resident of Sharifai in Kano metropolis was accused of committing blasphemy against the prophet in a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March 2020.

Following the incidence, protestors burnt down the singer’s family home and led a procession to the Kano Hisbah Command’s headquarters.

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The court has also sentenced one Umar Farouq of Sharada area of Kano metropolis to 10 years imprisonment for making derogatory statements concerning the Almighty Allah in a public argument.

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Rain, hailstones destroy N40 million crops in Bagwai LG



Rain damaged farm

Nasiru Yusuf

Heavy rain and hailstones have destroyed crops worth over N40million in Bagwai local government, according to the council vice chairman Aminu Ibrahim Gogori.

Kano Focus reports that the heavy downpour on Monday night destroyed maize, onion, sesame, millet, and cotton crops.

Mr Gogori said the affected areas are Gadanya, Gadanya Gabas, Jobe, Tsauwa, Tsattawa and Galawa.

He pointed out that over 445 farmers were affected by the disaster.

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He said the council is assessing the exact cost of the damage in order to forward it to appropriate authorities for necessary action.

In their separate remarks the village head of Gadanya Shuaibu Abubakar and his counterpart of Jobe village Abdullahi Lawal called on federal and state governments to come to their rescue.

When contacted, the Executive Secretary Kano State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Sale Aliyu Jili described the incident as devastating.

Mr Jili appealed to National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and corporate organizations to assist the victims.

He pledged that SEMA will do its best to assist disaster victims  in Kano state.

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