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

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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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APC wins all chairmanship, councillorship seats in Kano

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Nasiru Yusuf

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has won All the 44 local government chairmanship and  484 councillorship seats in Kano state,with total votes of 2, 350, 577 votes.

Kano Focus reports that the Chairman Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC)  Garba Ibrahim Sheka stated this while announcing the results of the elections in Kano on Sunday.

He said even though some minor errors were encountered during the election process, the commission was able to conduct the election successfully .

He commended the efforts of all security agencies during the conduct of the local government poll.

He applauded the commitment of the Kano state government in the successful conduct of the election.

He also appreciated the people of Kano state for their peaceful conduct.

Kano Judiciary constitutes election tribunals

The Chief Judge of kano state Justice Nura Sagir Umar has instituted two local government election tribunals as enshrined under section 36 (1) of kano state Local Government Electoral Law 2002.

A statement issued by spokesperson of Kano Judiciary Baba Jibo Ibrahim said the tribunals will be chaired by Chief Magistrates Hauwa Lawan Umar and Muhammad M. Jibrin

The statement added that the tribunals will hear and determine cases concerning the elections.

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Kano High Court acquits 2 suspected armed robbers detained for 13 years

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Nasiru Yusuf

A Kano State High Court has disçharged and acquitted two suspected armed robbers accused of killing their victim, Bako Zangina, an offense punishable by death.

Kano Focus reports that Justice Suleman Namalam held that though the court has no doubt that the accused are criminals having been convicted previously, the prosecution has failed to estabilish the ingredient of the offence beyond reasonable doubt in the instant case.

The accused Isyaku Umar otherwise known as ‘Small’ and Ibrahim Suleiman were arraigned in court on three counts charges of conspiracy,attempted armed robbery and culpable homicide punishable by death.

The two accused have been in custody since October 2007 for the alleged killing of Bako Zangina.

The court held that while the prosecution established the death of the victim, it failed to establish three ingredients of offense linking the identity of the accused to the crime thereby creating doubt.

The trial judge held that failure of the prosecution to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt left the court with no option than to discharge and acquitt the two accused.

The two accused persons have been in detention for over 13 years and have previously been tried and convicted for armed robbery.

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Kano wins national award in the fight against TB, leprosy

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Nasiru Yusuf

Kano State Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Program has won the twin National Tuberculosis and Leprosy awards for the year 2020.

Kano Focus reports that, the awards were announced by the Nigeria National TB, Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer Control program during the Annual Review meeting held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State Capital.

Kano get the award as the state with highest consistent quarterly TB case notification for 2020 and the highest TB testing laboratory using GeneXpert Machine.

This is the first time the state have won such National TB and Leprosy Awards.

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