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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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Ulama Forum describes Anambra killing as barbaric, seeks life compensation

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Ulama Forum in Nigeria has described the recent killing of a pregnant woman Harira and her four children in Isulo, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State as a barbaric.

KANO FOCUS reports the Forum also appealed to Muslims in Northern Nigeria and other places to resist the temptation of any unlawful reprisal.

The Forum made the appeal on Friday in a statement jointly signed by Aminu Inuwa Muhammad and Sa’id Ahmad Dukawa chairman and secretary respectively.

“The Forum is deeply saddened by the satanic and terrorist activities of the illegal and outlawed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), the most recent of which is the unprovoked cold blooded murder of a law abiding pregnant woman, her four innocent children and six other northerners in Isulo, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State on Sunday, 22nd May, 2022.

“We now have reason to lend our weight to the voices objecting to the release of the IPOB’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu. The latest crime of the group he leads, in murdering Harira, her children and six others for no reason than their being Muslims of Northern Nigeria extraction, must be added to the list of his unrepentant crimes until the full wrath of the law is brought down on him,” statement said.

To this end, the Forum called on the Anambra state government to apologise to Muslim community, pay full life compensation to the relatives of the deceased and take measures to stop the barbaric and terrorist acts.

It also called on the federal government and the security agencies to demonstrate that they are capable of protecting the lives and properties of Nigerian citizens irrespective of where they decide to reside in Nigeria, just as sanctioned by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, African Charter of Human and Peoples’ Rights, Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international instruments.

“We are in such a state of grief and mental hardship inflicted upon us by IPOB that we need to say no more!!!

“We are watching to see whether there are responsive and responsible governments in Anambra state in particular and other states in the east where such unprovoked acts of barbarism and terrorism are being perpetrated over the years. May justice and peace prevail in Nigeria. Ameen,” the statement concluded.

It will be recall that some gunmen believe to be members of proscribed Indeginous People of Biafra (IPOB) have killed a pregnant woman and her four children in Anambra state.

Below is the list of clerics who signed the statement

1) Malam Aminu Inuwa Muhammad (Chairman) Kano

2) Prof. Mansur Ibrahim mni  Sokoto

3) Dr. Bashir Aliyu Umar   Kano

4) Dr. Sa’id Ahmad Dukawa Kano

5) Dr. Abubakar Muhamad Sani B/Kudu  Jigawa

6) Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu   Kaduna

7) Prof. Muhammad Babangida Muhammad Kano

8) Prof. Salisu Shehu  Bauchi

9) Prof. Ahmad Bello Dogarawa   Kaduna

10) Mal. Ahmad Bello Abu Maimoona   Katsina

11) Dr. Muhammad Alhaji Abubakar  Borno

12) Malam Muhammad Lawal Maidoki, Sadaukin Sokoto  Sokoto

13) Malam Aminu Aliyu Gusau  Zamfara

14) Mal. Shehu Muhammad Maishanu  Zamfara

15) Prof. Muhammad Amin Al-Amin  Katsina

16) Barr. Ibrahim Muhammad Attahir   Gombe

17) Dr. Salisu Ismail   Jigawa

18) Dr. Abubakar Sa’idu   Gombe

19) Engr. Ahmad Y. M. Jumba   Bauchi

20)  Amir Abdullahi Abubakar Lamido   Gombe

21) Dr. Ibrahim Adam Omar Disina  Bauchi

22) Prof. Ahmad Murtala   Kano

23) Prof. Usman M. Shuaibu Zunnurain  Katsina

24)  Engr. Basheer Adamu Aliyu   (Secretary) Kano

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2,289 delegates vote Gawuna as APC governorship candidate in Kano, Sha’aban kicks

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Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state Deputy governor Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna has won All Progressive Congress APC governorship primary election.

KANO FOCUS reports that Gawuna defeated his opponent Sha’aban Ibrahim Sharada to emerge winner of the Primary election held in the late hours of thursday at the Sani Abacha Sports Complex, Kofar Mata, Kano.

Declaring the result, the Chairman of the governorship primary election committee Tijjani Yahaya Kaura said Gawuna polled 2,289 votes while Sha’aban scored 30 votes.

He added that about 2,420 delegates participated in the exercise with 2,339 total votes cast, while 20 votes were declared invalid.

He declared that “I Sen.Tijjani Yahaya Kaura, Chairman of Kano APC Governorship Primary Election Committee  on behalf of the National working committee of our party hereby announced that result for this election have been collated and counted accordingly. I hereby certified that Dr.Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna having scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared the winner.

“He is therefore the standard flag bearer of the APC in the Gubernatorial election that will take place in 2023 in Kano State he said”.

In his acceptance speech, Gawuna thanked Allah for the victory and expressed appreciation to his boss Abdullahi Ganduje, the party leaders and delegates.

While appealing to all party members to join hands and work hard towards the success and victory of the APC during the general elections, he commended them for conducting themselves in an orderly and peaceful manner during the primary election.

On his part, Governor of Kano state Abdullahi Ganduje commended the election committee for a thorough and transparent exercise.

However, Sharada has kicked against the process, saying it was manipulated to scheme him out. He said he wrote complaint to Independent National Electoral Commission INEC and other security agencies.

The primary election was supervised by the representatives of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the Police and Department of State Security.

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Swarm of bees kills school pupil in Tofa local government area

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Nasiru Yusuf

Swarm of bees has attacked and killed Ismail Hussaini (Halifa) at Yanoko Nomadic Primary school, Yanoko village, Tofa local government area of Kano state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the incident happened on Thursday while pupils were talking lesson.

An uncle to the deceased Sunusi Bature Dawakintofa told KANO FOCUS that the attack happened while late Hussaini was in school and could not because of a broken limp due to sickle cell anaemia.

The village head of the town Habibu Bello (Sarkin Fulanin Yanoko) confirmed the incident, saying that late Hussaini was rushed to Tofa General Hospital where he died in the afternoon.

Nomadic education is a sub-component of the Nigerian formal educational system which aims to offer equal opportunities to all social groups, irrespective of ethnicity, geographical origin, gender, or social class.

Kano has 380 nomadic schools, making it second state with highest number of such schools after Bauchi.

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