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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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Photo News: Emir Sanusi visits Sultan of Sokoto

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Aminu Abdullahi

The former Emir of Kano has on Monday paid a courtesy visit to Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar lll.

Kano Focus reports that the pictures of the visit were published on a Facebook page linked to former Emir named ‘Sanusi ll Dynasty’.

Though the reason of the visit was not stated, but the former Emir has paid similar visit to Lamido of Adamawa in his capacity as leader of Tijjaniyya sect in Nigeria.

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Kano to revive bilateral relationship with Pakistan

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Aminu Abdullahi

Kano State Government has expressed commitment to revive the long existing relationship with Pakistan.

KANO FOCUS reports that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje gave the assurance on monday while receiving the Pakistani High Commissioner to Nigeria Muhammad Tayyab Azam at the Government House.

Ganduje represented by his deputy Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said Kano endowed with lots of potentials is open for people to come and invest, particularly those from Pakistan.

“We are happy for showing commitment towards reviving the long relationship between us. I can remember the partnership we have in the engagement of Pakistani teachers in our schools which has yielded a lot today.”

“Even in the area of agricultural mechanization we have partnered with Pakistan especially in the supply of tractors to our farmers,therefore I feel if we continue to explore agriculture it will be beneficial to both Kano and Pakistan”.

The Governor also commended Pakistan for showing interest in reviving the bilateral relationship with Kano State.

In his remarks the Pakistani High Commissioner Muhammad Tayyab Azam described the visit to Kano as historic and important being the first state he visited since assuming office.

“I know the importance of Kano as hub of business in Nigeria, after Lagos Kano is next where there is business opportunity”.

“There was a time in Kano when most schools   have many Pakistani teachers..my aim is to bring back that relationship”.

He however pointed out that Kano and Pakistan have similarities in both values and culture therefore it is important to deepen the relationship so as to sustain the partnership in  the areas of health and agriculture as that will create opportunities for our people towards boosting the economy.

The High Commissioner was accompanied during the visit by Pakistani Consul General in Kano Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai.

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ACF revives Kano chapter

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Aminu Abdullahi

The Arewa Consultative Forum ( ACF) has resuscitated it Kano State chapter and nominated a 14- member Interim Executive Committee to run its affairs for the next six months.

Kano Focus reports that the Forum has mandated the new leadership to organise a general congress that may elect a new council.

A statement issued on Monday by the publicity secretary of the Forum Bello Sani Galadanchi reported that at the inaugural ceremony presided by a member of ACF Board of Trustees, Halliru Akilu, the non- partisan voluntary organization also nominated delegates to its National Executive Committee ( NEC) engagements.

Akilu, a retired Brigadier- General, tasked the new leadership to work in unity, and restore all ACF organs and activities for the betterment of our society.

He stressed that the ACF which is apolitical, believes in the unity of the country, but aspires to see the glory of the north restored, and the economic fortunes of the region tapped for the greater benefit of our people and the nation as a whole.

In his acceptance speech, the new Chairman of the ACF Interim Committee, NaShehu Hassan Abubakar thanked the congregation for finding him worthy of the enormous responsibility.

Abubakar, a retired Air Vice Marshall (AVM) assured the ACF National body and people of Kano State of his determination to steer the ship creditably, selflessly and in strict compliance with ACF desire to improve the lot of our people, as well as agitate for their rights.

Other committee members nominated at the ceremony include Aishatu Yakubu Maijama’a (Deputy Chairperson); Shehu Aliyu (Vice- Chairman); Muhammad Mustapha Yahaya (Secretary); Sani Bala Tela (Assistant Secretary); Rabia Hussein Adamu (Treasurer); and Mairo Bello (Assistant Treasurer).

Others   are Mahadi Sadiq Abubakar, (Financial Secretary);  Hafsat Namadi Bebeji (Assistant Financial Secretary); Bello Sani Galadanchi (Publicity Secretary); Tanimu Ibrahim Getso (Assistant  Publicity Secretary); Kabir Mukhtar (Legal Adviser); Muhammad Kabir Haruna (Assistant Legal Adviser); and Azimi Namadi Bebeji (Auditor).

The inaugural ceremony attracted Youth and Women wings of the ACF whose members were nominated into both the executive committee and the NEC.

Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) is apolitical and socio-cultural association of leaders in Northern Nigeria formed in 2000 to protect Northern interest in the political scene.

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