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Woman who killed own children is not possessed – Husband

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Ibrahim Aminu and kids

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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Kano High Court acquits 2 suspected armed robbers detained for 13 years

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Nasiru Yusuf

A Kano State High Court has disçharged and acquitted two suspected armed robbers accused of killing their victim, Bako Zangina, an offense punishable by death.

Kano Focus reports that Justice Suleman Namalam held that though the court has no doubt that the accused are criminals having been convicted previously, the prosecution has failed to estabilish the ingredient of the offence beyond reasonable doubt in the instant case.

The accused Isyaku Umar otherwise known as ‘Small’ and Ibrahim Suleiman were arraigned in court on three counts charges of conspiracy,attempted armed robbery and culpable homicide punishable by death.

The two accused have been in custody since October 2007 for the alleged killing of Bako Zangina.

The court held that while the prosecution established the death of the victim, it failed to establish three ingredients of offense linking the identity of the accused to the crime thereby creating doubt.

The trial judge held that failure of the prosecution to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt left the court with no option than to discharge and acquitt the two accused.

The two accused persons have been in detention for over 13 years and have previously been tried and convicted for armed robbery.

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Kano wins national award in the fight against TB, leprosy

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Nasiru Yusuf

Kano State Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Program has won the twin National Tuberculosis and Leprosy awards for the year 2020.

Kano Focus reports that, the awards were announced by the Nigeria National TB, Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer Control program during the Annual Review meeting held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State Capital.

Kano get the award as the state with highest consistent quarterly TB case notification for 2020 and the highest TB testing laboratory using GeneXpert Machine.

This is the first time the state have won such National TB and Leprosy Awards.

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FG signs US$1.959bn Kano-Maradi railway project

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Nasiru Yusuf

The federal government has on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mota-Engil Group for the construction of US$1.959 billion Kano-Maradi Standard gauge railway line.

Kano Focus reports that the Minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi signed on behalf of the federal government while the Managing Director, Mota- Engil, Antonio Gvoea signed on behalf of the contracting firm.

The new railway corridor which is to be located in northern Nigeria will run through Kano, Jigawa and Katsina states and through Niger Republic territory as far as Maradi.

Other cities to benefit directly from the passage of the rail route are Danbatta, Kazaure, Daura, Mashi, Katsina and Jibiya.

A statement signed by Eric Ojiekwe, Director, Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Transportation noted that the 283.750-kilometre rail line besides developing freight and passenger transport, “will be integrated with road transport to make a great contribution to the local economy as well as an important development in the social sector.”

The project duration is for 36 months and the contract type is Engineering, Procurement and Construction.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Magdalene Ajani; Director, Legal Services, Pius Oteh; Managing Director, Mota-Engil Group, Antonio Gvoea; Head of Legal, Mota- Engil Group, Cameron Beverley; Magajin Garin Kano, Muhammad Wada; Director, Mota-Engil Group, Kola Abdulkarim; Vice President, Mota-Engil Group, Mohammed Abdul-Razaq; Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Yusuf Tuggar; Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala-Usman among other personalities.

Mota-Engil is a Portuguese conglomerate with diverse interest in construction, transportation, public works, port operations, waste, water and logistics with presence in 23 countries spread across Africa, Europe and Latin America.

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