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Alleged child killer: “I was out of my mind”

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Hauwa Habib

Maude Rabiu Gwadabe

The woman who allegedly killed her two children in Kano City on Saturday said she was out of her mind when the incident happened.

Kano Focus reports that Hauwa’u Habib of Galadanchi quarters told the police that she wasn’t aware that she hacked her children to death.

“I saw my two children Zuhra and Yusuf attacking me with a knife or something.

“I called my husband and told him what was happening but he didn’t believe me.

“So I locked the house and escaped to my mother’s house for safety.

“The next thing I know was my husband coming to my mother’s house with bloodied clothes saying that I had killed the children.” Ms Habib said.

Paranoia and hallucinations

She also told the police that she had been paranoid for some time.

“I used to feel that I was being pursued.

“I even hallucinate a lot but my husband never believed me.

“Even he himself, I used to see him transforming into a beast with hooves instead of legs.” She said.

Ms Habib’s husband, Ibrahim Haruna Aminu of Diso quarters told Kano Focus that his wife was neither possessed nor suffering from mental illness.

Woman who killed own children is not possessed – Husband 

Out of her mind

However, Mr Aminu told the police that she must have been out of her mind when she allegedly killed the children.

“A day before the incident, while I was bidding her farewell as I set out to my other house, she asked me whether I was well.

“I said ‘why are you asking?’’ and she said that she was hallucinating but couldn’t tell me what she was seeing.” Mr Aminu said.

He added that his wife called him on Saturday claiming that she was under attack.

“She called around 9:55am saying that two women and a man are threatening to kill her.

“I asked where the children are but she answered that they are the ones threatening her.

“So I told her to keep praying and I’ll be with her after it stopped raining.” He said.

Last encounter with my children

Mr Aminu said she called back five minutes later and connected him with the children.

He said they asked for Bobo drink and he told them to ask their mum to fetch some from his wardrobe.

He then set out for the house but his car developed a problem.

Mr Aminu said he had to call a friend to tow the car to the mechanic’s.

“When I arrived I found the door locked and nobody opened when I knocked.

“I therefore used my key to open and found my children lying in their blood.

“The other girl, who was also stabbed, told me that ‘Aunty Hauwa’u had killed them’.” He said.

Mr Aminu said when he traced his wife to her mother’s house he found them having a chit-chat.

“When I told her mother what she did, the mother started crying while my wife kept asking ‘what happened?’”. He said.

Meanwhile Kano state police spokesperson Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa said the suspect had confessed to using a machete and an aluminum pestle to attack her two children and a niece.

Mr Kiyawa, a deputy superintendent of police say the State Criminal Investigation Department has taken over the case.

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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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