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Sanusi Faults NBA’s disinvitation of El Rufa’i



Sanusi and El-Rufai

Nasiru Yusuf

The 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II has faulted the disinvitation of Governor Nasir El-Rufai as a speaker in one of the panel sessions at the 2020 conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).

Kano reports that Mr Sanusi stated this on Sunday at Kaduna Government House during his first visit to Northern Nigeria after his dethronement and controversial banishment to Nassarawa state before he relocated to Lagos.

The deposed Emir challenged the NBA for withdrawing the invitation earlier sent to El Rufa’i without granting him fair hearing to defend himself.

Mr Sanusi observed that if decision should be taken based on allegation, the national president of NBA himself has allegations against him that have not been proven.

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“I read the petition. I was looking for the specific allegation.

“You said somebody does not respect the rule of law, what is the specific instance of disrespect for the rule of law.

“You say somebody has mishandled a crisis, what is the specific manner in which he mishandled the crisis?” Mr Sanusi asked.

The deposed Emir said the NBA should have used the presence of Mr El Rufa’i to question him on the alleged human rights violation and disregard of the rule of law.

“More important for me, if you feel that the governor of Kaduna State is not doing well, you should invite him to your conference and ask him and let him explain what he is doing and tell him what you think he is doing wrong.

“You will learn something from him he will learn something from you.

“Disinviting him is not the path of people who actually want progress.

“Because if you disagree with someone having him in your hall where you can tell him your view is the best way and he can defend himself.

“And if there are things he needs to improve he will take them on board.

“And if there are things that you don’t know that he is doing, you can be better informed.

“That is the best way to handle issues like this,” the deposed monarch said.

Mr Sanusi, however, advised that the matter should be handled properly by the leadership of the NBA to prevent it from generating ethnic or religious concerns.

El-Rufa’i is not a bigot

Mr Sanusi has also exonerated governor El-Rufa’i of religious bigotry, and described him as a true nationalist.

He said they have friends in each part of Nigeria to the extent that some people do not consider them as Northerners.

“Anybody who knows him will tell you that he is just a Nigerian.

“Look at the people that he works with, look at the people around him, look at his friends.

“He has not surrounded himself with people from a particular ethnic group or a particular religious persuasion.

“He has friends all over – pastors, reverends, imams.

“It is sad that anybody can accuse him in any way of being partisan in the matter.” Mr Sanusi said.

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Abba Kabir Yusuf asks Fuel Marketers to reverse to old price



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim




Kano state Governor, Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf has urged petroleum marketers to reverse the prices of petroleum goods to its old rate in order to lessen the current hardship experienced by the general public.

KANO FOCUS reports that the appeal is contained in a statement issued by Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, the chief press secretary to the governor.

The governor said he is aware that the marketers still had old products in stock that were supposed to be sold at the previous pricing.

“To reduce the needless hardship on the state’s citizens, the marketers should exercise some restraint and quickly reopen all filling stations with available products in stock to sell at the former price.

“As a concerned Governor, I am disheartened to see our dear People of Kano suffering as a result of an unjustified fuel hike, and the situation must be stopped right away,” the governor said.

Kano, according to governor, is the commercial hub for the country’s northern region as well as certain countries in West Africa, and its bustling populace continues to enjoy favorable business conditions.

The Governor urged the good citizens of Kano state to maintain their composure and uphold the law because the government is always prepared to make sure that people are doing their affairs conveniently.

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Abba Kabir Yusuf appoints Rahila Mukhtar to head KSCHMA




Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim




Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has announced the appointment of Rahila Mukhtar as executive secretary of the Kano State Healthcare Contributory Management Agency (KCHMA).


KANO FOCUS reports that this is contained in a statement by his chief press secretary Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa on Thursday.


Yusuf also approved the appointment of Garba Bichi as managing director of the Kano State Water Board, Hassan Danbaffa as managing director of the Kano State Road Maintenance Agency (KARMA), Ibrahim Yakubu as managing director of the Kano State Urban Planning and Development Authority (KNUPDA) and Abdulkadir Abdussalam as the accountant-general.


KANO FOCUS reports that the government said a date for their swearing-in would be announced soon to enable them to assume the new responsibilities.




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Police arrest ninety-six suspects in Kano over attempts to disrupt inauguration activities








Ninety- six suspects were arrested by the Nigeria Police in Kano following alleged attempts to disrupt peace in the state during Monday’s inauguration ceremony.


KANO FOCUS reports that State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Usaini Gumel, who disclosed this at a press conference held at the Command’s Bompai headquarters, Wednesday remarked that the arrest followed a series of crackdowns by his men.


He noted that the suspects, who were picked up differently across the state within the last one week included 56 suspected mobile phone robbers, 17 illicit drug related suspects, and 20 suspects who were arrested on account of attempts to commit violent crimes.


Items recovered from the suspects included five cartons of suspected Tramadol tablets, 83 sachets of suspected Diazepam and 371 pieces of rubber solution, including 12 parcels and 303 wraps of dried leaves.


Other recoveries from the suspects included 157 weapons, four locally made guns, one toy gun and 18 mobile phones as well as 34 ATMs .


He explained that preliminary investigations had led them to conclude that the suspects were saboteurs and sponsored criminals given that they were found with dangerous weapons and were also under the influence of drugs during their arrest


Usaini added that all the suspects would soon be charged to court even as he advised the members of the public to be law abiding.


He insisted that the Police would continue to match its words with actions until all the criminally minded persons in the state repented or decided to leave the state.



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