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Kwankwasiyya sues Ganduje over N340 billion Chinese loan

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Rabiu Kwankwaso

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Kwankwasiyya Movement has sued Kano state government to stop it from taking a €684,100,100.00 loan from China Development Bank to finance a light rail project.

Kano Focus reports that Kwankwasiyya spokesperson, Aminu Abdussalam stated this in a press release issued on Monday.

Mr Abdussalam said they have taken the move for fear that the money will end up “in the bottomless blackhole of the governor’s babban riga”.

He said Kwankwasiyya has petitioned the Chinese Development Bank, the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria, the Senate President, Minister of Finance, as well as Director General of the Debt Management Office (DMO) “protesting against the proposed enslavement of the people of Kano State.”

“The total adjusted loan facility is equivalent to N299,533,228,785.00 at the Central Bank of Nigeria official exchange rate and N339,313,649,600.00 at the current parallel market exchange rate of N469.00 to one Dollar.” He explained.

Mr Abdussalam  who was the PDP deputy governorship candidate for Kano state in the 2019 election, said the proposed loan is equivalent to 15 years’ worth of the total annual revenue internally generated by Kano state and twice its annual budgetary allocation.

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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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Kurmi Market Abattoir Demolition

“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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