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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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Twitter agog as Emir Sanusi’s daughter alleges selective application of Shari’a

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Adamu Audu

A daughter of former Emir of Kano, Khadija Sanusi has raised hundreds of  comments on Twitter after a post she made  on  Wednesday regarding Shari’a application in Northern Nigeria.

Ms Lamido alleged that Northern Nigerians are selective when it comes to the Shariah law and its application.

On her Twitter handle (@kadijasnusi_) she claimed that Northern Nigerians use Sharia law  when it favors them and turn a blind eye regarding polygamy, women rights, forced marriages, domestic and sexual abuse.

The post generated over 250 comments, 493 retweets, and 680 likes.

Her supporters  praised her  for being her father’s daughter while others oppose her for ridiculing Northern culture.

Some of the comments include;

When a user expressed his pleasure of getting to read Ms Sanusi’s position on Sharia, she humorously said that she wouldn’t be her father’s daughter if she didn’t speak her mind despite the consequences.

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Death penalty: Kano convicted persons may not be executed

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Sabiu Kabuga

The two persons sentenced to death this week in Kano are not likely to be executed, Kano Focus investigation reveals.

Since 2007 not a single convicted person has been executed in Kano state as successive governors fail to sign their execution warrants.

Spokesperson of the Nigerian Correctional Service in Kano Musbahu Lawal Kofar Mata said the last time some convicted persons were executed in the state was during the first tenure of the Ibrahim Shekarau administration 2003-2007.

“There are over 100 convicted persons that are on death row in Kano correctional centres awaiting execution.

“Since 2007, not more than two people have been executed in Kano,” he said.

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Similarly, spokesperson of the Kano state judiciary, Baba Jibo Ibrahim said it takes a long before the convicts exhaust their appeal process.

“They  can appeal their sentence within 30 days after the judgment has been passed.

” And they still have the right to appeal the judgment up to the Supreme Court.” Mr Ibrahim said.

It could be recalled that Yahaya Aminu Sharif, 22, and Mati Audu,70 have been sentenced to death by hanging and stoning respectively.

Sharif was sentenced to death on August 10, 2020 for blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

Two days later, Mr. Audu was sentenced to death for raping a 12 years old girl.

These verdicts generated controversy with some supporting and others opposing the judgment.

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Kurmi Market: complains amidst demolition

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Kurmi Market Abattoir Demolition

Zulaiha U.S Danjuma

Residents and small scale business owners have expressed their displeasure over the demolition of an abattoir within Kurmi Market in Kano city.

The Secretary, Bakin Kasuwa Development Association Auwal Jibril alleged that the government is more concerned about selling plots than providing amenities to the community.

Mr Jibril said government has failed to provide drainages in the area and is denying petty traders who use the abattoir compound their source of livelihood.

One of the traders, Yusuf Abdulhamid said Kano municipal local government council directed them to vacate the premises without prior notice or provision of an alternative space.

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“We were told to move out yesterday and there is no alternative provision made for us”, says Mr Abdulhamid.

Kano Focus met both the Vice Chairman and Director Personnel Management of the Kano Municipal local government but they said only the Chairman could comment on the matter.

However the Chairman, Sabo Dantata is yet to respond to several calls to his GSM line.

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