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Why I joined the Army – Kano female recruit

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Private Amina Nuhu

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

A female Kano-born soldier, Amina Nuhu says she joins the Nigerian Army in order to fulfill her mother’s wishes.

Ms Nuhu, 20, an indigene of Gyaranya quarters, Kano City is the only Hausa woman among the 452 female soldiers in the 79th Regular Recruit Intake at the Zaria Depot of the Nigeria Army.

The new recruit completed her seven months training at Chindit Barracks, Zaria Depot on June 27, 2020.

Private Nuhu told Kano Focus that her mother wanted her to join the Army after her elder brother failed to get recruited.

“My mother urged me to join the military, as my brother failed to get recruited after several attempts.

“I’ve always wanted to be a soldier, but what encouraged me the most was my mother’s support, which is very rare among Hausa people”

“I’ve joined the military to fulfill her wish and I will work hard to make her proud of me.” She said.

Financial challenges

Amina Nuhu was born in 1999 at Gyaranya quarters, Gwale local government in Kano metropolis.

She attended Warure Primary School from 2005 to 2010.

She attended Army Day Girls Secondary School, Kano from 2012 to 2017 where she developed interest in joining the military.

However, she first enrolled into the School of Management Studies, Kano State Polytechnic to study Marketing.

Ms Nuhu had to drop out due to financial challenges.

“In 2007, I was admitted to Kano state polytechnic to study Marketing.

“I finished my first year successfully but failed to get money for the second year registration.

“Though I tried hard to secure the funds, I was forced to drop out when I failed to do so.” She said.

Ms Nuhu, who is an orphan, said becoming a soldier will allow her to cater for herself and take care of her mother.

Social media controversy

Her decision has however caused some controversy on social media platforms.

While some commentators praise her for following her passion, others wonder if she is really a Hausa woman and wonder if she will ever get married.

Ms Nuhu told Kano Focus that she is aware of the social media critics.

She said people in her community are happy that she has joined the Army.

“Since I became a soldier, my neighbors have been cheering me and giving me words of courage.

“People have been coming to our house to wish me well.

“In fact, whenever I go out, people approach me wanting to take a selfie – I’m very happy with the way they treat me.” She said.

A true indigene of Kano

She also debunked speculations that she is not an indigene of Kano state.

“My Father was born in Dan Hassan village, Kura local government – even his father was born there.

“Also my mother was born in Fagge area of Kano metropolis.

“I was born in Gyaranya quarters in Gwale local government inside the Kano city wall.

“So I laugh at people who say I’m not truly Hausa.”

Private Amina Nuhu of the Nigerian Army also assured those concerned about her marital prospects that she is already engaged to a fellow soldier.

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AIG orders investigation of Policeman seen voting in Kano APC Congress

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Aminu Abdullahi

The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone Abubakar Sadiq Bello has ordered the investigation of unprofessional conduct of a policeman caught on camera voting during state congress of All progressive Congress (APC) in Kano.

KANO FOCUS reportsthat in view of the unprofessional conduct of the policeman, the AIG has referred the matter to the Zonal X-Squad for investigation.

A statement issued on Monday by Zonal Police Public Relations Officer Abubakar Zayyanu identified the police officer as Bashir Mohammed attached to the government house, Kano, from where he was deployed to work with the state Chairman of APC Abdullahi Abbas as a security aide.

Mr Zayyanu noted that if the inspector is found to have committed an offence by this action, the appropriate disciplinary measure will be taken against him.

He further assured the general public that further development on the matter will be communicated.

The statement reads in part.

“The attention of the Inspector-General of Police Zone one Headquarters, Kano has been drawn to a trending picture on social media, of an inspector of police casting vote at the recently conducted Kano State congress of the APC along with his principal, the state party chairman, Abdullahi Abbas.

“The inspector of police has been identified as Bashir Mohammed of the Special Protection Unit, Base One, Kano. The inspector is attached to the government house, Kano from where he was deployed to work with the said Abdullahi Abbas as a security aide.

“In view of this seemingly unprofessional conduct of the inspector, the AIG has referred the matter to the Zonal X-Squad for investigation.

“If the inspector is found to have committed a disciplinary offence by this action, the appropriate disciplinary measure will be taken against him.

“Finally,  we want assure members of the public that further development on the matter will be communicated please.”

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EFCC Grills Rabiu Kwankwaso

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Rabiu Kwankwaso

Nasiru Yusuf

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Saturday grilled former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso over allegations of abuse of office, diversion of public funds and fraudulent allocation of government properties to cronies.

KANO FOCUS reports that Kwankwaso, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, was first invited by the EFCC in September but failed to honour the invitation as reported by Channels TV.

An associate of the politician informed Channels Television that Kwankwanso may have been invited in relation to a petition by some retired employees of the Kano State Government.

The retired employees had told the EFCC that the former governor mismanaged pension remittances to the tune of N10 billion between 2011 and 2015, to fund a housing project for his cronies.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren did not comment on the interrogation of the former governor when contacted on Saturday.

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Crisis rocks Kano APC as Ganduje, Shekarau hold parallel Congress

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Aminu Abdullahi

Crisis rocked Kano chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC), as Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and faction loyal to former governor of Kano and serving Senator Ibrahim Shekarau held parallel state congress.

KANO FOCUS reports that while Ganduje group held their congress at Sani Abacha stadium, faction loyal to Shekarau had their own at Janguza town, Tofa local government area.

Ganduje’s led group endorsed Abdullahi Abbas as state chairman of APC for a second term in a consensus arrangement, while the faction loyal to Shekarau announced Ahmadu Haruna Zago as newly elected chairman of APC in Kano state.

Reports shows that the security have earlier disrupted Shekarau’s camp congress at Sani Abacha youth centre and sealed the premises before they moved to Janguza where they held the election.

Below are some pictures of the parallel Congress.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje while voting at Sani Abacha stadium

 

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje with APC chieftains

 

Delegates at Sani Abacha stadium

Ballot box

Factional chairman of Kano APC Ahmadu Haruna Zago

Ahmadu Haruna Zago and Abdilkadir Jobe

APC factional congress at Janguza

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