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Kano gov’t constitutes task force to enforce slash of 25% school fees

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Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state government has constituted a task force to enforce compliance with its directive for the reduction of school fees by 25% to cushioning the effects of the economic hardship brought about by the covid-19 pandemic.

The Commissioner of education Muhammad Sunusi Sa’id Kiru announced this on Monday at a Press Conference to mark his one year in office.

Kano Focus reports a conflicting revelation from two groups of proprietors of private schools on the fees reduction. While the state branch of Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria (APSON) agreed to comply with government directive, the Joint Committee of Private and voluntary Schools Association later issued a statement rejecting the proposed discount.

Mr Kiru revealed that a significant number of private schools in Kano state have complied with the government’s directive to reduce the fees by 25 %.

He noted that, despite government’s mandate to enforce mandatory slash of school fees, but for its own magnanimity decided to consult proprietors.

He observed that Federal Capital Territory has cancelled the third term, while the Kogi state government enforced slash of 30% of school fees to all private schools operating in the state.

“I have prerogative as commissioner of education to cancel third term as done by other states, and I hope that will not be our last option.

“But if it warrants doing that, I will have no problem, we are going to cancel it. And we are going to wait for new session to take off in January, like many other states.

“It doesn’t even make sense to say you must collect school fees for that third term, and just few months to come in January, we are resuming another new session, and you also collect another fee,” Mr Kiru.

The Commissioner warned that, henceforth, the government will not fold it arms watching proprietors of private schools exploiting parents of students.

Mr Kiru who attributed the disagreement by some proprietors to politics, said negotiations will still continue to reach amicable solutions.

He revealed that, he will soon commence introducing radical changes in education sector mainly to check excesses of proprietors of private schools, part of which including mandating parents to buy uniform and text books from them.

According to him henceforth zonal education directors will start supervising private schools to ensure full compliance with government as contained in their certificates.

 

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Police arrest son, mother with 49 parcels of Indian helm

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Police in Kano has arrested a 21 year old Kabiru Mahmud with 49 parcels of Indian helm 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 helm.

“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 helm, 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 helm 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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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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