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NDE trains 6,500 persons in Kano

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Nasiru Yusuf

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) says it has trained and empowered over 6,500 women and youths on various skills acquisition programmes in Kano State from January to date.

Kano Focus reports that Iliyasu Ahmed, NDE Coordinator in Kano, who disclosed this in an interview with journalists, explained that no fewer than 1,320 participants were trained in January, under the Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (B-NOAS), followed by another 2,200.

He said that the scheme, which was part of the federal government’s efforts to reduce unemployment, had also trained over 500 women on cosmetology through the directorate’s Vocational Skills Development (VSD) programmes and the participants were able to produce over 20,000 face masks.

“The women have already established their own businesses and are doing very well; besides training them on how to produce, we also taught them on how to package.

“You know that for any product to be accepted in the market, packaging is very important. Therefore, they learned enough and their business is growing”, Ahmed said.

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The NDE coordinator further said that under the Rural Employment Promotion (REP) department, the agency conducted an orientation and training for 50 participants on sustainable agricultural schemes.

“100 participants trained last year have been provided with loans of various sums to start agriculture businesses and farming”.

He further said, while citing another 50 participants trained through the NDE’s Graduate Attachment Scheme implemented by the directorate’s Special Public Works (SPW) department.

“Through the graduate attachment, I am proud to inform you that over 150 of the participants have secured permanent and pensionable employment with various organizations.

“Also, another 16 graduates are presently participating in the programme, which began in November and will last till December”, he said.

Ahmed said that over N30 million was expended on the Micro Enterprises Enhancement Scheme of the NDE Small Scale Enterprises Department , noting that between January to date, 3,000 people , mostly women, with small businesses, had benefited from a N10,000 grant each, to enhance their businesses.

He added that under the extended SPW, NDE in Kano has completed the recruitment of 44,000 unemployed youths for another federal government empowerment scheme.

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Police arrest son, mother with 49 parcels of Indian hemp

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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 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 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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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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