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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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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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