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Kano Assembly reinstates 5 suspended lawmakers

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Kano state House of Assembly has on Tuesday reinstated five lawmakers suspended for opposing investigation of deposed Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II.

Kano Focus reports that the lawmakers participated in Tuesday’s plenary chaired by the speaker of the House Abdulazeez Garba Gafasa.

It could be recalled that the Assembly had on Monday March 3 suspended five members for six months for causing a rowdy session.

The Assembly had descended into chaos over the report of its committee that investigated allegations against Muhammad Sanusi II, who was later deposed by the state government as Emir of Kano.

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The suspended members are Garba Yau Gwarmai (APC) Kunchi/Tsanyawa Constituency, Labaran Abdul Madari (APC)  Warawa Constituency, and Mohammed Bello (APC) Rimin Gado/Tofa Constituency.

The rest are Isyaku Ali Danja (PDP) Gezawa Constituency and Salisu Ahmed-Gwamgwazo (PDP) representing Kano Municipal Constituency.

“The five members were suspended for violating the rules of the house, especially Order IV Sub 4 a, b, d and e disrupted the sittings of the house and prevented proceedings from going on.

“They behaved violently and even attempted to snatch away the mace in a clear attempt to sabotage the sitting of the House,” the speaker said.

Three weeks later, the House suspended its plenary session on March 27, 2020 in compliance with COVID-19 protocol.

Court nullifies suspension

Also on June 3rd a Federal High Court sitting in Kano set aside the suspension of the five members.

The lawmakers in an originating summons urged the court to declare their suspension as a violation of Section 109 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

They said that the section stipulates and guarantee their tenure in office.

Mr Jimoh, Counsel to the lawmakers, said that the suspension contravenes article 13 of the African Charter on people’s and human rights and Section 109 of the Constitution.

The presiding Judge, Justice Allagoa agreed with the submission of the counsel to the lawmakers.

Mr Allagoa, in his judgment, said that the suspension was unconstitutional, null and void.

He also ordered the Speaker and the Kano State House of Assembly to pay salaries and allowances of the five suspended members.

House failed to reinstate members

However, when the House failed to reinstate the lawmakers, they went back to Federal High Court, Kano and obtained an order compelling the Assembly to reinstate them in compliance with the judgment.

Kano Focus reports that the court granted the order and issued a form 48 which directed the house to reinstate the members in line with the judgment delivered on June 3rd.

However, the Assembly through its counsel Ibrahim Aliyu on Thursday June 18 filed an application requesting the court to set aside the form 48 it issued directing the House to comply with judgment on reinstating the five lawmakers pending the hearing and determination of appeal filed in Court of Appeal, Kano division.

When the matter  was called on Monday March 29, counsel to the five lawmakers Nuraini Jimoh appealed to court to adjourn the matter to enable them prepare counter affidavit as they were served on Wednesday June 24.

The trial judge Justice Lewis Allagoa adjourned the matter to Monday July 6 for hearing the motion.

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Kano gets 3,148 new polling units

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Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expanded the polling units in Kano state from 8,074 to 11,222 to create easy access to polling units.

Kano Focus reports that the INEC chairman, Mahmoud Yakubu revealed this to journalists on Wednesday in Abuja.

Mr Yakubu revealed that Kano Central has 1,978 more polling units while Kano South and Kano North have 658 and 513 respectively.

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The 10 local governments that have the highest number of additional polling units are Nassarawa 334, Kumbotso 220, Gwale 207, Tarauni 207, and Ungoggo 179.

Others are Dala 163, Fagge 163, Kano Municipal 160, Danbatta 94, and Dawakin Kudu 92.

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Nigerian Navy to establish desert warfare institute in Kano

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Chief of Naval Staff CNS Real Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, has agreed to move Desert Warfare Institute to Kano.

KANO FOCUS reports that this was disclosed by, Chief of Policy and Plans, Nigerian Navy, COR Ezekobe

when he led a delegation to governor Ganduje at his office, in Kano, Wednesday, to brief the governor about development so far.

He said “We are here to actualize the fruitful engagement we had when His Excellency visited us on the 3rd of June. He Chief of Naval Staff directed me to lead this team in actualising some of the promises made to you when you visited the Naval headquarters.”

“Our project standing on 12 hectares of land, is a multi-purpose project. We are moving our Desert Warfare of our Special unit to Kano Your Excellency. This unit is highly trained in both United States of America and Britain. And they are recognized to be of best performance.”

“This is where we will use for a garment industry and other things that will be of significant benefit to the society.”

“We would like to develop a Barack, so that when the need arises we can defend ourselves and also the state. That will definitely help in improving the security of the state in particular and the nation in general.”

He requested that, the Chief of Naval Staff would want to deliver a lecture on Maritime in either Bayero University, Kano, for people here up North to understand the activities of the Nigerian Navy in the national scheme of things.

Ezkobe, a rear admiral in Nigerian Navy, requested another piece of land on behalf of the Naval Officers Wives Association (NOWA) for the establishment of hospital in the state.

“Naval Officers Wives Association (NOWA) is desirous of establishing a 200-bedded hospital in Kano. We also need to get a piece of land for this effort to see the light of the day,” he requested.

“Your Excellency we witnessed the tremendous development in your state. This is highly commendable Sir,” he concluded.

In his response, governor Ganduje appreciated the speed of the process for the visibility of the Nigerian Navy in the state, appreciating that, “We are so happy to have you here. I can see that the return match is so quick. This shows the level of seriousness from your part.”

“Your presence in Kano will definitely boost the morale of our youth in joining the Nigerian Navy. It will also improve our security of the state generally,” he stated.

“We are very much ready for all the requests you came with pertaining this and other projects for the development of the state. And for improving the security of our dear state. We are always ready.”

Concerning the Chief of Naval State Conference, Ganduje said the state would always be ready to see to the realisation of the proposed Conference, adding that, “For the Conference we will create an enabling environment for it to hold.”

“We will also facilitate for the proposed Maritime lecture by the Chief of Naval Staff in one of our universities. There is no doubt about this. Tell him he is always welcome.”

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EFCC asks Kano Internal Revenue Service to report tax evaders

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, has urged the chairman of Kano State Internal Revenue Service KIRS, to report tax evaders to the commission as the Zonal office now have a full pledged tax fraud section.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Head of the Kano Zonal office of the commission, Mualledi Farouq Dogondaji stated this on Monday during a courtesy visit to KIRS in Kano.

“We are ready to continue to work together to put our economy back on track. Tax is what is used to pay our wages and salaries. That is why we are here to tell you that our doors are open. If you have tax evasion cases, do not hesitate to come to us. We now have a special section dealing with that,” he said.

In his response, the Chairman of Kano State Internal Revenue Service, Abdulrazak Datti Sani assured the EFCC of his agency’s cooperation in tackling tax evasion and other malpractices.

Chairman of KIRS Abdulrazak Datti Sani and Head of the Kano Zonal office of EFCC, Mualledi Farouq Dogondaji

He stated that, though KIRS has its enforcement unit, they would still require the intervention of the EFCC to be able to handle some cases.

He assured the EFCC that his officers will be working hand-in-hand with Commission to ensure compliance by companies and other government agencies in tax remittances.

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