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Woman who killed own children is not possessed – Husband

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Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The father of two children allegedly killed by their own mother in Kano, Ibrahim Haruna Aminu said his wife is not possessed by spirits.

Mr Aminu told Kano Focus in an exclusive interview that Hauwa’u Habibu had never exhibited any sign of mental illness during their seven year marriage.

Ms Habibu had on Saturday killed her two children – 6 years old boy Yusuf ‘Irfan’ Ibrahim and 3 years old girl Zuhura Ibrahim – and severely injured her niece, a 10 year old girl, Aisha Sadiq.

“That’s why the incident touched us seriously because we know she is not possessed.

“Whoever said she is possessed by spirits or has mental illness is lying.” Mr Aminu said.

He also denied that she killed her children due to co-wife rivalry.

“When I married a second wife three months ago she congratulated and celebrated with me.

She even posted my wedding pictures on her social media handles.” He said.

He however admitted that they became estranged after the marriage but had resolved their differences before the killings.

How it happened

“I was in my other house in Sharada when she called me on Saturday morning that somebody wanted to kill her.

“I rushed back and found the door closed.

“I knocked but nobody opened so I used my key and open the door.

“To my shock, I saw my slaughtered children lying in a pool of their blood it was only later that we realized that her niece who was also hacked was not dead.” He said.

How she was arrested

Mr Aminu said Hauwa’u fled to her mother’s house and he traced her there.

“I said to her mother ‘you don’t know what happened? Didn’t she tell you what she did?’

“I then grabbed her hand and took her to her father’s house at Galadanchi.

“From there we reported her to the Police at the Gwale divisional office.”

Police confirms arrest

Meanwhile, the Kano state police command has confirmed the arrest of Hauwa’u Habibu.

Spokesperson of the command Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa said the suspect was taken into custody on Saturday evening.

Mr Kiyawa a deputy superintendent of police said detectives took the victims to to Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital Kano where a doctor confirmed the two children dead.

He added that the niece was transferred to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) where has been treated and discharged.

Suspect confessed

Mr Kiyawa said the suspect has “confessed to have locked up their dwelling house, used machete and aluminium made pestle and attacked the three helpless children, causing severe injuries on different parts of their bodies”.

He added that the State Criminal Investigations Department has taken over the case.

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Photo News: Emir Sanusi visits Sultan of Sokoto

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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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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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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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