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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.

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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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Emir Bayero reverses father, returns Dan Agundi to Emirate Council

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Maude Rabiu Gwadabe

The Emir of Kano Aminu Ado Bayero has approved the appointment of deposed Sarkin Dawaki Mai Tuta Aminu Babba Dan Agundi as Sarkin Dawaki Babba and member of Kano Emirate council.

Kano Focus reports that this is a reversal of the decision taken by the monarch’s late father, Emir Ado Bayero who deposed Mr Dan Agundi for insubordination.

Mr Dan Agundi’s new appointment is contained in a letter obtained by Kano Focus on Monday written to secretary to the state government Alhaji Usman Alhaji by deputy secretary of Kano Emirate council Sarki Waziri (Dan Rimin Kano).

The late Emir Bayero had in 2003 dethroned Dan Agundi as District Head of Gabasawa and Sarkin Dawaki Maituta over alleged insubordination.

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Mr Dan Agundi was accused of disobeying an order from the late emir, who invited him to appear before him.

Shortly after his dethronement, Mr Dan Agundi dragged the late emir and Kano emirate council to a state high court for redress.

The high court judge, Sadi Mato ruled that Dan Agundi be reinstated and be paid all his entitlements.

However, the Kano Emirate Council appealed the judgment but the Court of Appeal also affirmed the verdict of the lower court.

The Emirate Council under deposed Emir Sanusi II, filed an appeal at the Supreme Court challenging the judgments of the two lower courts.

On June 5, 2020 – six years after the death of late Ado Bayero – the Supreme Court affirmed Emir Ado Bayero’s decision of sacking Aminu Babba Dan’agundi as Sarkin Dawaki Mai Tuta and District head of Gabasawa.

Neither Emir Aminu Ado Bayero nor the Kano state Emirate Council has explained their reasons for returning Mr Dan Agundi as Council Member with the new title of Sarkin Dawaki Babba.

Meanwhile Emir Bayero has also appointed his elder brother deposed Chiroman Kano Sanusi Ado Bayero as Wamban Kano and member of Kano Emirate council.

Mr Sanusi Bayero was appointed Chiroman Kano by his father, former Emir Ado Bayero, and was believed to be his favored successor.

However, when he failed to secure the throne after his father’s death, Mr Sanusi Bayero exiled himself to Abuja and refused to pay homage to Emir Sanusi II in line with Kano Emirate tradition.

His action prompted Mr Sanusi to sack him and replace him with his younger brother the present Emir of Bichi, Nasiru Ado Bayero.

The new Wamban Kano has since paid homage to Emir Bayero which signaled his resumption to the Kano Emirate fold.

Kano state government is yet to approve the new appointments.

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College of Education donates house to staff who converted to Islam

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Nasiru Yusuf

Sa’adatu Rimi College of Education, Kumbotso through its Charity Trust Fund, SAR-TA’AWUN, has donated a 3- Bedroom flat at Wailari Na’ibawa to one of its staff Abubakar Miller.

Kano Focus reports that Abubakar Miller accepted Islam on Thursday July 2, 2020.

Provost of the college, Yahaya Isa Bunkure said the gift was to strengthen the Islamic brotherhood.

Mr Bunkure described Malam Abubakar as a hardworking and dedicated staff who has done a lot to the development of the College and urged him to maintain the tempo.

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The beneficiary, Abubakar Miller described the day as a memorable one which he will never forget.

He said he was overwhelmed by the love, care, and brotherhood shown to him.

Mr Miller pledged to be more dedicated to his duties and prayed to Allah to grant his mercy to the college community.

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Emir of Kano tasks TCN on electricity supply

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Emir of Kano Aminu Ado Bayero has tasked Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to improve electricity supply in Kano.

Kano Focus reports that the Emir gave the charge while receiving the management of the company on a courtesy visit to his palace.

Mr Bayero described electricity as vital towards the socioeconomic development of any society.

He appreciated the effort of the management in addressing the electricity shortage in the country.

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TCN Managing Director, Sule Ahmad Abdulaziz told the Emir that they were at the palace to intimate him on the installation of a new transformer in Bichi local government area.

It could be recalled that the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Power recently authorized the installation of a 30 MVA, 132/133 KV Mobitra transformer at Bichi.

The civil works for installation of the transformer have already commenced and when completed, the transformer will be installed under the 132KV Kano/Kankia/Katsina Line 1 at Bichi town.

Mr Abdulaziz told the Emir that  other areas that will benefit from the work include Rimin Zakara, Jogana and Walalambe all in Kano state.

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