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KNSG arraigns village head for pocketing ward heads salaries

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Sabiu Kabuga

Kano state government has arraigned the village head of Saya-Saya, Albasu local government for allegedly pocketing the salaries of ward heads under his domain.

Kano Focus reports that Tijjani Fulani was arraigned on Monday before an Upper Shari’a Court in Shahuci Kano city.

The arraignment follows an investigation by the Kano state Public Complaints and Anticorruption Commission (PCAC).

The PCAC counsel Muhammad Tijjani Tahir told the court that Mr Fulani has been pocketing salaries of three deceased ward heads as well as two of his sons who are also ward heads.

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Mr Fulani however denied the charges.

The PCAC presented two witnesses before the court.

The first witness, Usaini Muhammad said Mr Fulani is collecting the salary of Domawa ward head, Adamu Madaki who passed away five years ago as well as that of Fiddalani ward head, Musa Sale who died nine months ago.

“Since the Domawa and Fiddalani ward heads died the village head did not officially inform the district head for their successors to be appointed.

“The Rinshe ward head also died 12 years ago but the village head had recently appointed his successor illegally as only the district head has the right to appoint a ward head.” Mr Muhammad said.

The second witness, Babannan Shinge who is a ward head in Saya Saya said the village head has been collecting the salaries of his two sons who are ward heads.

Mr Shinge said the two sons, being civil servants, are not entitled to a ward head’s salary.

He said Kano state government had banned civil servants from collecting double salaries.

Mr. Shinge further testified that, he as a teacher and two other civil servants who happened to be ward heads under Mr Fulani’s domain stopped collecting salaries as ward heads but the village head didn’t stop the salaries of his two civil servant sons who are also ward heads.

“Sa’idu Tijjani, the ward head of  Sarmuku is a policeman while Junaid Tijjani, the ward head of Kala Haddi is working  under SUBEB but  their father (Tijjani  Fulani) did not  inform the government to stop their salaries.” Mr Shinge said.

The presiding judge, Kamilu Garba Mai Sikile granted bail to the accused and adjourned the case till September 28, 2020.

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TCN creates Kano transmission region

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Nasiru Yusuf

THE Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has carved out a new Kano transmission region from the old Kaduna Region. 

KANO FOCUS reports that the newly established unit brings the number of TCN regional centres to 10.

The TCN believes the step will improve commercial activities in the state.

A statement issued by TCN General manager of Public Affairs Ndidi Mbah explained that the creation of the Kano Transmission Region became necessary owing to the rapid economic and industrial development being witnessed within Kano State and its environs, as well as the gradual implementation of TCN’s strategic ‘Nigerian Electricity Grid Maintenance, Expansion and Rehabilitation Programme (NEGMERP),’ which has enabled the transmission company to complete some ongoing projects and increase the number of substations within that axis.

He said the  Kano Transmission Region had, under its supervision, one sub-regional office and several work centers, all housing 13 transmission substations (TS), including the Kumbotso TS, Dan Agundi TS, Dakata TS, Tamburawa TS, Kwanar Dangora TS, Wudil TS, Kankia TS, Katsina TS, Daura TS, Dutse TS, Hadejia TS, Azare TS, and Gagarawa TS.

The new Kano region currently according to the statement has ongoing transmission substation projects which when completed would further increase bulk transmission capacity in the new region.

The new Kano Transmission Region, the company said, would deepen operational efficiency within the region and enable its engineers to readily access and resolve technical issues within the new region.

Mbah explained that prior to the creation of the new Kano Region, major decisions had to be referred to Kaduna Region for directives, and the supply of materials was sometimes delayed due to logistic issues from Kaduna.

Mbah noted that the proximity of the new region would radically reduce downtime and eliminate time lost when materials had to be conveyed from the Kaduna Region.

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DSS arrests singer accuse of blasphemy

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Department of State Services have arrested another blasphemous singer, Ahmad Abdul, whose song was perceived to create chaos in Kano state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Singer Ahmad Abdul was detained by the DSS because his free movement may likely cause violence reaction from Kano residents.

While in detention, Mr Abdul tender apology to entire Muslims, Kano state government and Islamic Scholars.

He told DSS operatives that he never thought that the song has violated Islamic teachings.

Commenting while witnessing the bail condition granted to Mr Abdul at the DSS Headquarters, Kano, the Executive Secretary of the Kano state Censorship Board Ismaila Naaba Afakallah recalled that he had received hundreds of petitions against the song from concerned citizens.

Afakallah said having realized the gravity of the song’s blasphemy, he reported the singer to DSS who swung into action and arrested him at a Hotel where he was hiding for days.

Mr Abdul Father, Abdullahi Isa thanked the DSS for their timely response on the matter which saved possible outbreak of law and order.

Also in August last year, An upper Sharia court in the Hausawa Filin Hockey area of the state has found one Yahaya Sharif-Aminu guilty of committing blasphemy for a song he circulated via WhatsApp.

However, the appellate division of the High Court of Kano State had on January 21 quashed the death sentence passed on Mr Sharif-Aminu and freed him.

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I’ll not run for President – Muhammadu Sanusi II

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Deposed Emir Sanusi

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The deposed Emir of Kano Malam Muhammadu Sunusi II says he is not interested in contesting for the presidency of Nigeria.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Sunusi revealed this at a Tijjnaniyya zikir held in Abuja on Thursday.

Muhammadu Sanusi said his current position as Tijjaniyya Khalifa in Nigeria is superior to the presidency.

The deposed Emir however said he is ready to help those he believe in their competence to win elections without his participation in politics.

“If we trust a candidate is out to serve the people, we will come out and help them.

“That is not joining politics but a civic duty to the nation and its citizens” Mr. Sanusi said.

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