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COVID-19: Kano private schools cut fees by 25%

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Nasiru Yusuf

Members of the Association of Private Schools Owners of Nigeria (APSON), Kano state chapter have on Sunday agreed to reduce schools fees charges by 25 percent as directed by the State Ministry of Education.

Kano Focus reports that the proprietors announced their decision during a visit to the commissioner of education in his office.

It could be recalled that the state ministry of education has threatened to cancel third term, if proprietors failed to reduce their school fees.

Speaking during the visit, the National Deputy President of the APSON, Maryam Magaji said that their association has decided to comply with the government directives for the reduction of the school fees with a view to cushioning the effects of the economic hardship suffered as a result of the covid-19 pandemic by parents in Kano State.

She explained that the directives given to the proprietors for the reduction of the school fees was not intended to hurt anybody, rather, it was done in the best interest of the educational development of the state.

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She noted that even though their association doesn’t have jurisdiction to force other three sister associations to follow suit, she however pledged to mobilize all the members of the APSON to oblige to the directives.

“We cannot force the 3 sister associations to do the same as we do, but we are pledging our loyalty to the government and we would mobilize our members to comply.

“We are not going to media to destroy the good efforts of the ministry and we would not support any body to go to court and challenge the government decision,” she said.

In her remarks, the chairperson of the Kano state chapter of the association, Bimbo Awotunde disclosed that they were at the ministry to register their compliance with government’s decision for the reduction of 25 percent school fees and expressed gratitude to the Commissioner for maintaining good working relationship with private schools operating in the state.

Responding, the state Commissioner of Education, Muhammad Sanusi Sa’id Kiru expressed his heartfelt appreciation and that of the state government over the decision taken by APSON to comply with the government’s directive.

The Commissioner explained that the decision to reduce school fees was taken in the best interest of both parents and proprietors.

He therefore urged school proprietors to consider the reduction of the fees as part of their corporate social responsibility, noting that government is very much aware of the economic hardships suffered by both the school owners and the parents as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Kiru said that the government has the mandate to impose the policy but decided to consult proprietors in an effort to sustain the existing cordial relationship.

The Commissioner however warned that the state government will not hesitate to cancel the third term if majority of the proprietors refused to comply with fees reduction.

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Police arrest son, mother with 49 parcels of Indian hemp

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Nasiru Yusuf

Police in Kano has arrested a 21 year old Kabiru Mahmud with 49 parcels of Indian hemp popularly known as ‘wiwi’.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Mahmud was arrested at Danbure while taking the substance from his family home at Gadonkaya quarters to a hiding place at Danbare, an outskirt of Kano metropolis.

The police spokesperson in Kano Abdullahi Kiyawa said the command has received an intelligent report of a young man with some sacks believed to be Indian hemp.

“Immediately after, the Commissioner of police Habu A. Sani mobilized operation Puff Adder under O/C Anti Daba Bashir Muhammad Gwadabe to arrest the suspect,” Mr Kiyawa said.

According to him police has also arrested Mr Mahmud’s uncle and his mother who directed the suspect to move the substance from her matrimonial home at Gadonkaya quarters to Danbare.

The suspect, Mr Mahmud told police that on the fateful day, his mother called and informed him that police has arrested his father with Indian hemp, and he should come back and get rid of some exhibits kept in the home in anticipation of police arrival for investigation.

Mr Mahmud who admitted he is taking the Indian helms, told police that his father was in Indian hemp business for about twenty years.

“I called my friend at Danbare that I will bring the substance to his residence. My uncle called a tricycle rider, we uploaded the substance and moved it to Danbare. Upon our arrival, the operatives of Anti Daba arrested all of us,” Mr Mahmud told police.

Mr Kiyawa added that the Commissioner of Police has directed the case to be transfer to state CID for further investigation, and find out the source of the substance and how it was smuggled to Kano.

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Hisbah arrest constabulary accused of defiling a teenager

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Nasiru Yusuf

Kano Hisbah corps have arrested a constabulary, Basiru at Rumawa area, Ungogo Local government area for alleged sexual abused.

Kano Focus gathered that Basiru’s accomplice, one Jamilu has flee as he is now at large.

An official of the Hisbah who spoke under condition of anonymity, said Basiru and Jamilu occupied an apartment at Rumawa area of the state where they carry out their illicit conduct.

He said community members in Rumawa raised alarm about the activities of Basiru and his accomplice leading to his (Basiru’s) arrest and a teenage female victim (name withheld), whose relative were earlier searching for her whereabout.

A guardian of the victim, Usman Ahmad said his daughter suddenly disappear and was later found in the custody of the constabulary.

“They (Basiru and Jamilu) built the house in Rumawa area and use it for sexual exploitation of underage girls and other victims.

“My daughter always go missing and spent days before she returned back home. This time around she went missing for two days and was later found in the apartment of the constabulary.

“Basiru was arrested and the other, Jamilu whom is the owner of the house and now at large,” Ahmad however said.

Meanwhile, it was however gathered that the matter has been transferred to police divisional office in the neighborhood for further investigation.

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N561m fraud: Court convicts Ex Banker arraigned by EFCC

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Nasiru Yusuf

Justice Dije Aboki of Kano state High Court has on Monday convicted a former staff of Union Bank Rabiu Hassan Dawaki of 17 years imprisonment of criminal breach of trust.

Kano Focus reports that the court found the convict guilty of seven count charges bordering around criminal breach of trust.

The court however has struck out twenty one count charge as the EFCC counsels failed to proved the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has on February 26, 2015 arraigned the trio of Rabiu Hassan Dawaki, Abdullahi Umar Rano  and Samuel Obende before Justice Dije Aboki of Kano State High Court on 28-count charge bordering on conspiracy, criminal breach of trust and falsification of accounts to the tune of N561,000,000.00.

Two of the accused persons Abdullahi Umar Rano  and Samuel Obende died in the course of litigation.

Counsel to EFCC Aisha T Habib described the judgement as partial success, as they filed 28 count charge against the convict and two others.

She told Kano Focus “We actually charged him along two others with falsification, fraudulent acquisition of properties and using the fund they siphoned  from the bank.”

Ma’aruf Yakasai, counsel to convict, told Kano Focus that he will discuss with his client and determine the option of appeal.

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