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Sabon Gari market traders tackle Ganduje over eviction notice



Mukhtar Yahya Usman

Traders transacting business at the Abubakar Rimi Market in the Sabon Gari area of Kano State on Thursday challenged the legal action instituted by the Kano State Government to eject them from their shops.

Kano Focus reports that in a preliminary objection filed before a Chief Magistrates’ Court, Airport Division, the traders challenged the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter.

The management of Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi (Sabon-Gari) Market Company Limited, a liability company owned by the state government, had earlier served notices to quit on the traders over alleged violation of agreement.

The state-owned company also brought the traders before the chief magistrate, Muntari Dandago, praying the court to order the traders to vacate the government’s property.

When the case was called for mention on Thursday, counsel for the defendants, Abdulazeez, notified the court that further hearing in the matter would amount to an abuse of court process, since a similar matter was pending before a state high court.

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Azeez also said the traders had instituted a legal action against the state government over the forceful use of solar energy in the market.

He claimed that the government’s decision to institute another legal action against the traders at the lower court was a deliberate attempt to frustrate the pending case.

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Kano gets UK, FG health intervention ‘Lafiya Programme’



Nasiru Yusuf

The United Kingdom Government, in collaboration with the Federal Government has launched a programme worth £235m to strengthen the health systems of Kano and four other Northern states in eight years.

Kano Focus reports that the programme, tagged ‘Lafiya programme’, is aimed at saving lives, reducing suffering and improving economic prospects for the poor and most vulnerable in Nigeria.

Speaking during the launch of the programme at the British High Commission in Abuja, Director of Development at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, Christopher Pycroft, said the programme was geared towards strengthening the health systems with particular focus on infant and maternal mortality as well as ensuring people had access to modern contraception.

The Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, said the partnership was a welcome development as Nigeria did not have the capacity and resources to do it alone.

The other states penciled for the programme were Kaduna, Jigawa, Borno and Yobe.

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Police arrest son, mother with 49 parcels of Indian hemp



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



Kano Hisbah Guards

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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