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Prayer money: Why I will not prosecute Ali Baba – Muhuyi

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Ali Baba Fagge and Ganduje

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Kano state Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission says it will not take legal action against special adviser to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on religious affairs Ali Baba and his son Huzaifa,  who confessed to seizing prayer money given to some Qur’anic reciters in Kano.

Kano Focus reports that Executive Chairman of the Commission Muhuyi Magaji Rimin Gado made the declaration on Tuesday while presenting N270,000 recovered from Ali Baba to six Qur’anic reciters.

Mr Muhuyi said the Commission will not prosecute Ali Baba and Huzaifa because the latter is a civil servant.

It could be recalled that Ali Baba had confessed to sending his son Huzaifa to seize money paid to some Qur’anic reciters who conducted special prayers on Arafat Day at Kano Government House.

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Mr Ali Baba had admitted that he sent Huzaifa and others  to seize N45,000 and N40,000 respectively out of the N50,000 dished out to each of the reciters.

According to him, he meant to distribute the seized amount to other Qur’anic reciters who were not present at the Government House.

However, six of the Qur’anic reciters petitioned to the Anti-Corruption Commission seeking refund of their monies.

The petitioners according to Mr Rimin Gado are “Malam Audu, Malam Muhammad, Malam Abdurrahman, Malam Nazifi, Malam Ibrahim, Malam Usama and Malam Halilu.”

Mr Rimin Gado told the petitioners that he has recovered their money from Ali Baba and his son Huzaifa Ali Baba.

“The commission has investigated the petition based on Sections 22, 23 and 26 of Kano state Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption law which said whoever is found guilty of such offence should be prosecuted to face the wrath of law,” Mr Muhuyi said.

He however said, the commission will not prosecute the accused persons as its main concern is recovering the money and returning to the rightful owners.

“My sympathy is with Huzaifa, though the law is blind.

“He is a young civil servant with a family; if the court convicts him, he will automatically be sacked.

“That is why when you said you don’t want to institute legal action against him, I succumbed. It is your wish not mine”. Mr. Muhuyi told the Qur’anic reciters.

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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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