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Umar Sa’idu Tudun Wada hinted about his death a week earlier – Driver

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Mukhtar Yahya Usman

Umar Sa’idu Tudun Wada, veteran journalist and media administrator who died on June 30, 2019 had a premonition of death a week before he died, according to his driver.

In this exclusive interview with Kano Focus marking the anniversary of the late journalist’s death, Ado Gama aka Ado Gauta said Mr Tudun Wada started bidding farewell to this world a week before his death.

“He looked at his children who followed him outside to bid him farewell as he set out for his last journey and said to me ‘Ado I pity these children.’ I was stunned and asked what he meant.”

“He said ‘I will not live long with them, and I wonder how their lives would be after my demise’.”

“A day after, while I was driving him he told me ‘Ado I think I’m going to die’

“I was taken aback and offered to proceed to hospital if he was feeling ill but he just muttered that it was okay.” Mr Gama recalled.

Most shocking

Ado Gama said what shocked him the most were the words the late UST – as he was popularly known – spoke to his new born baby four days to his death.

“It was on Wednesday four days to his death that I drove him to Abububakar Rimi Television where he had a program.” He said.

Mr Gama said while UST was in the studio his wife called to inform him that she was going to hospital as she was due to deliver.

He said after the program, he drove the late UST to the hospital where they found that the wife had already delivered a baby boy through Caesarian section.

Mr Tudun Wada, according to his driver took the baby in his hands and spoke to it.

“He said ‘boy, you come to the world in a situation where I will not see you grow, and you will not receive my personal upbringing’.”

“We all glared at him in shock” Mr Gama said.

According to the driver, the late UST’s wife protested his assertion but he just left the hospital in silence.

How he died

The late media administrator left for Abuja the next day and returned to Kaduna by rail four days later.

“I drove to Kaduna with his car and picked him up together with his wife and daughter.

“We stopped at Zaria, prayed Zuhr, and took some lunch before heading to Kano.

“He fell asleep before we reached Kura.” Mr Gama said.

He said the crash that killed Mr Tudun Wada occurred at Kura town some few kilometers to Kano metropolis.

“As I was driving, I saw a motorcyclist coming head on and I tried the break but was unable to stop the car.

“I therefore swerved and hit the demarcation dividing the dual carriage road but the  car tumbled twice and landed on the other side of the road.” Mr Gama said.

The driver added that he came out safely and onlookers helped him to bring out his passengers who were wounded.

“When Umar was brought out I thought he was sleeping but after we were rushed to hospital he was pronounced dead and I fainted instantly,” said Mr Gama.

His kindness

Ado Gauta said he was Umar Sa’idu Tudun Wada’s driver for over 18 years.

“I knew Umar Sa’idu Tudun Wada better than many people, he became like a university to me.

“He treated his children like friends and taught them to respect people who are poorer than them.

He said domestic workers were free to scold late UST’s children if they found them misbehaving.

Brief profile

Umar Sa’idu Tudun Wada was the deputy president Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE).

He worked with the Nigerian television Authority NTA and Kano state-owned CTV 67 before moving to the Hausa service of Deutsche Welle (DW).

He also worked with the Voice of America (Hausa Service), Freedom FM Kano, Radio Kano, and Dandalkura in Maiduguri, Borno State.

He served as media aide to  Kano state governors  Rabi’u Kwankwaso,  and Abdullahi Ganduje, as well as Ibrahim Shekarau while he was a gubernatorial candidate.

Mallam Umar Saidu was the immediate past Managing Director of Kano State Radio Corporation and also one time Editor, Concern Magazine.

He also served as Secretary, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Kano State Council.

He was also very active in online forums such as Ra’ayi Initiative and Dandalin Siyasa.

 

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TCN creates Kano transmission region

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Nasiru Yusuf

THE Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has carved out a new Kano transmission region from the old Kaduna Region. 

KANO FOCUS reports that the newly established unit brings the number of TCN regional centres to 10.

The TCN believes the step will improve commercial activities in the state.

A statement issued by TCN General manager of Public Affairs Ndidi Mbah explained that the creation of the Kano Transmission Region became necessary owing to the rapid economic and industrial development being witnessed within Kano State and its environs, as well as the gradual implementation of TCN’s strategic ‘Nigerian Electricity Grid Maintenance, Expansion and Rehabilitation Programme (NEGMERP),’ which has enabled the transmission company to complete some ongoing projects and increase the number of substations within that axis.

He said the  Kano Transmission Region had, under its supervision, one sub-regional office and several work centers, all housing 13 transmission substations (TS), including the Kumbotso TS, Dan Agundi TS, Dakata TS, Tamburawa TS, Kwanar Dangora TS, Wudil TS, Kankia TS, Katsina TS, Daura TS, Dutse TS, Hadejia TS, Azare TS, and Gagarawa TS.

The new Kano region currently according to the statement has ongoing transmission substation projects which when completed would further increase bulk transmission capacity in the new region.

The new Kano Transmission Region, the company said, would deepen operational efficiency within the region and enable its engineers to readily access and resolve technical issues within the new region.

Mbah explained that prior to the creation of the new Kano Region, major decisions had to be referred to Kaduna Region for directives, and the supply of materials was sometimes delayed due to logistic issues from Kaduna.

Mbah noted that the proximity of the new region would radically reduce downtime and eliminate time lost when materials had to be conveyed from the Kaduna Region.

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DSS arrests singer accuse of blasphemy

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Department of State Services have arrested another blasphemous singer, Ahmad Abdul, whose song was perceived to create chaos in Kano state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Singer Ahmad Abdul was detained by the DSS because his free movement may likely cause violence reaction from Kano residents.

While in detention, Mr Abdul tender apology to entire Muslims, Kano state government and Islamic Scholars.

He told DSS operatives that he never thought that the song has violated Islamic teachings.

Commenting while witnessing the bail condition granted to Mr Abdul at the DSS Headquarters, Kano, the Executive Secretary of the Kano state Censorship Board Ismaila Naaba Afakallah recalled that he had received hundreds of petitions against the song from concerned citizens.

Afakallah said having realized the gravity of the song’s blasphemy, he reported the singer to DSS who swung into action and arrested him at a Hotel where he was hiding for days.

Mr Abdul Father, Abdullahi Isa thanked the DSS for their timely response on the matter which saved possible outbreak of law and order.

Also in August last year, An upper Sharia court in the Hausawa Filin Hockey area of the state has found one Yahaya Sharif-Aminu guilty of committing blasphemy for a song he circulated via WhatsApp.

However, the appellate division of the High Court of Kano State had on January 21 quashed the death sentence passed on Mr Sharif-Aminu and freed him.

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I’ll not run for President – Muhammadu Sanusi II

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Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The deposed Emir of Kano Malam Muhammadu Sunusi II says he is not interested in contesting for the presidency of Nigeria.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Sunusi revealed this at a Tijjnaniyya zikir held in Abuja on Thursday.

Muhammadu Sanusi said his current position as Tijjaniyya Khalifa in Nigeria is superior to the presidency.

The deposed Emir however said he is ready to help those he believe in their competence to win elections without his participation in politics.

“If we trust a candidate is out to serve the people, we will come out and help them.

“That is not joining politics but a civic duty to the nation and its citizens” Mr. Sanusi said.

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