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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.

Court reinstates suspended Kano legislators

Sanusi dethronement: Kano assembly suspends 5 lawmakers

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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Photo News: Emir Sanusi visits Sultan of Sokoto

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Aminu Abdullahi

The former Emir of Kano has on Monday paid a courtesy visit to Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar lll.

Kano Focus reports that the pictures of the visit were published on a Facebook page linked to former Emir named ‘Sanusi ll Dynasty’.

Though the reason of the visit was not stated, but the former Emir has paid similar visit to Lamido of Adamawa in his capacity as leader of Tijjaniyya sect in Nigeria.

Emir Muhammad Sanusi ll

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Kano to revive bilateral relationship with Pakistan

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Aminu Abdullahi

Kano State Government has expressed commitment to revive the long existing relationship with Pakistan.

KANO FOCUS reports that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje gave the assurance on monday while receiving the Pakistani High Commissioner to Nigeria Muhammad Tayyab Azam at the Government House.

Ganduje represented by his deputy Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said Kano endowed with lots of potentials is open for people to come and invest, particularly those from Pakistan.

“We are happy for showing commitment towards reviving the long relationship between us. I can remember the partnership we have in the engagement of Pakistani teachers in our schools which has yielded a lot today.”

“Even in the area of agricultural mechanization we have partnered with Pakistan especially in the supply of tractors to our farmers,therefore I feel if we continue to explore agriculture it will be beneficial to both Kano and Pakistan”.

The Governor also commended Pakistan for showing interest in reviving the bilateral relationship with Kano State.

In his remarks the Pakistani High Commissioner Muhammad Tayyab Azam described the visit to Kano as historic and important being the first state he visited since assuming office.

“I know the importance of Kano as hub of business in Nigeria, after Lagos Kano is next where there is business opportunity”.

“There was a time in Kano when most schools   have many Pakistani teachers..my aim is to bring back that relationship”.

He however pointed out that Kano and Pakistan have similarities in both values and culture therefore it is important to deepen the relationship so as to sustain the partnership in  the areas of health and agriculture as that will create opportunities for our people towards boosting the economy.

The High Commissioner was accompanied during the visit by Pakistani Consul General in Kano Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai.

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ACF revives Kano chapter

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Aminu Abdullahi

The Arewa Consultative Forum ( ACF) has resuscitated it Kano State chapter and nominated a 14- member Interim Executive Committee to run its affairs for the next six months.

Kano Focus reports that the Forum has mandated the new leadership to organise a general congress that may elect a new council.

A statement issued on Monday by the publicity secretary of the Forum Bello Sani Galadanchi reported that at the inaugural ceremony presided by a member of ACF Board of Trustees, Halliru Akilu, the non- partisan voluntary organization also nominated delegates to its National Executive Committee ( NEC) engagements.

Akilu, a retired Brigadier- General, tasked the new leadership to work in unity, and restore all ACF organs and activities for the betterment of our society.

He stressed that the ACF which is apolitical, believes in the unity of the country, but aspires to see the glory of the north restored, and the economic fortunes of the region tapped for the greater benefit of our people and the nation as a whole.

In his acceptance speech, the new Chairman of the ACF Interim Committee, NaShehu Hassan Abubakar thanked the congregation for finding him worthy of the enormous responsibility.

Abubakar, a retired Air Vice Marshall (AVM) assured the ACF National body and people of Kano State of his determination to steer the ship creditably, selflessly and in strict compliance with ACF desire to improve the lot of our people, as well as agitate for their rights.

Other committee members nominated at the ceremony include Aishatu Yakubu Maijama’a (Deputy Chairperson); Shehu Aliyu (Vice- Chairman); Muhammad Mustapha Yahaya (Secretary); Sani Bala Tela (Assistant Secretary); Rabia Hussein Adamu (Treasurer); and Mairo Bello (Assistant Treasurer).

Others   are Mahadi Sadiq Abubakar, (Financial Secretary);  Hafsat Namadi Bebeji (Assistant Financial Secretary); Bello Sani Galadanchi (Publicity Secretary); Tanimu Ibrahim Getso (Assistant  Publicity Secretary); Kabir Mukhtar (Legal Adviser); Muhammad Kabir Haruna (Assistant Legal Adviser); and Azimi Namadi Bebeji (Auditor).

The inaugural ceremony attracted Youth and Women wings of the ACF whose members were nominated into both the executive committee and the NEC.

Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) is apolitical and socio-cultural association of leaders in Northern Nigeria formed in 2000 to protect Northern interest in the political scene.

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