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PDP challenges Ganduje to constitute #EndSARS panel

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Nasiru Yusuf

The 2019 Kano state deputy governorship candidate of People Democratic Party PDP, Aminu Abdussalam has slammed Governor Abdullahi Ganduje for not constituting panel of inquiry to investigate police brutality in the state.

Mr Abdussalam was speaking on Friday at a Press Conference on failure of Kano state government to constitute panel of inquiry to investigate police brutality and alleged destruction of historical monuments in the state.

He recalled that, amidst #EndSARS protest, president Muhammad Buhari has directed all governors to set up panel of inquiry to investigate police brutality in their respective states, but none was established in Kano.

According to him 31 states of the federation have since constituted such panel of inquiry in compliance with presidential directive.

“You may wish to recall that #EndSARS aftermath necessitated federal government to direct all state governments to constitute panel of inquiry to investigate police brutality and ascertain the level of damages to the victims.

“But to our dismay and unfortunately as I am speaking to you right now, no such panel was established by Ganduje administration in Kano state. While 31 states have already kick started the investigation of police brutality.

” This has led us to raise question whether there is any police brutality in Kano, or any reported killing by the police as it happened in Sharada and other places. It appears the APC led government is feeling that Kano people does not deserved such attention,” Mr Abdussalam said.

Condemned Plan of Selling Kano Zoo

Mr Abdussalam also challenged Mr Ganduje’s plan of relocating Kano Zoological Garden to Bagauda, Bebeji Local government area, about 50 kilometres from Kano metropolis.

He said instead of consolidating on Kwankwaso’s policy of establishment of zoological garden in each of the senatorial district, the governor is closing the first Zoo in the state.

” It is also very sad to note that policies initiated by immediate past administration to establish one zoological  garden per senatorial zone is now being reversed by Ganduje administration.

“A recent announcement by the governor through one of his commissioners that the only zoological garden situated in Kano central would be moved to another place.

” Instead of completing the one initiated by Kwankwaso administration at Bagauda, and establishing another one in Kano North, the governor is to say the least going in anti-clockwise direction.”

“In view of this we are calling the attention of government and other well meaning citizens of the state and individual involved in grabbing public land to desist from this merciless act.

” All these grabs of the public land are only for the benefit of few individuals, and more like a family affair.

“In the event however, that Ganduje continue to destroy these historical monument and strategic public properties, we will remain with no option, than to diligently pursue lawful means and engaging public protest in order to solve this disaster.

The politician described as setback auctioning public properties to individuals in Kano state.

“You may recall that Kano state government has been selling public properties such as Gidan Zoo, Daula Hotel, Triumph Publishing Company, Eid ground, Kofar Mata, Panshekara Modern Abattoir, some part of Fagge Juma’at Mosque, Hajj Camp and Shahuci Motor Park to individuals for personal gains through non-transparent and unconstitutional means that are hitherto being used for the benefit of all.

“The action if this inept, clueless and incompetent government, whose desire is only to milk public fund is a clear sign of setback to Kano state in particular and the nation at large,” Mr Abdussalam said.

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Kano records highest number of sickle cell patients in Nigeria

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Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state has the highest sickle cell patients in Nigeria, a consultant haematologist at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital said.

KANO FOCUS reports that Dalha Halliru Gwarzo disclosed this in an interview with Hospital’s newsletter as part of the 2021 World Sickle Cell day.

He added that Lagos is the second state with highest number of sickle cell cases in the country.

Mr Gwarzo said India, Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria constituted 90% of the sickle cell patients worldwide.

On the causes of sickle cell disease, Mr Gwarzo said it is a genetic inherited disease from parents who are either SS, or AS genotype as a result of genetic condition or mutation of abnormal form of red blood cell.

He advocated for compulsory screening of infants after birth and school children, pre-marital counseling/tests, subsidising cost of medication/treatment and mass sensitisation campaign on dangers of the disease.

Mr Gwarzo noted that, although there is no known cure for sickle cell disease, but developed countries are using a high technology for manipulation of the genetic cells by bone marrow and stem cells transplant, which cost about fifteen million Naira in countries like United States, Germany, United Kingdom and Canada.

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Kano missing children: Court convicts Paul Owne 104 Years

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Nasiru Yusuf

Kano State High Court has sentenced Paul Owne to 104 years without option of fine for abducting under five children and sold them in Onitsha, Anambra state.

KANO FOCUS reports that Mr Owne was reported to have conspired with six others in committing the crime.

Delivering the judgement on Friday Justice Zuwaira Yusuf sentenced the convict after pleaded guilty to all his 38 count charge against him by Kano State Government.

The court upheld that the convict was found guilty in count 2, 8, 9, 2, 27 and 34 therefore convicted him to 7 years each without option of fine in addition with the sum of N100,000 fine.

Similarly, the court found Owne guilty in count 3, 5, 10, 11, 22, 28 and 38 head count he was sentenced to 7 years.

Mrs Yusuf said the action of Owne was in contravention of count 4, 12, 13, 29 and 38, she convicted him to 4 years on each count without option of fine.

She ordered that all the count shall run Consecutively.

The 5 other defendants who pleaded not guilty to all the charges read over to them namely: Ogbono, Emanuel Igwe, Loise Duru, Monica Oracha and Chinelo Ifedigwe.

Kano Focus reports that the Kano Police Command had rescued nine missing children and paraded six Igbo persons who have confessed to abducting the kids, renaming and forcefully converting them to Christianity before selling them in Onitsha, Anambra state.

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Kano is the biggest sesame market in Nigeria – Ganduje

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Governor Dr.Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has said that Kano with its commercial potentials being the biggest agricultural commodity hub in Africa is also the biggest Sesame market in Nigeria.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Governor represented by his Deputy Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna stated this on thursday in Kano while declaring open a Sesame seed conference with the theme “Developing the Sesame seed value chain for sustainable growth” organised by the National Sesame Seed Association in collaboration with Kano State Government.

Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna

According to him the conference will create an avenue for stakeholders in the industry to identify the most effective ways to promote value chain development in the Sesame seed sector and to also discuss mutually beneficial trade opportunity so as to improve economic development and livelihood of smallholder farmers.

The Governor described sesame seed as the most sought cash crop in terms of export value in Nigeria, being one of the fastest growing sectors due to its foreign exchange earning and as a main source of income for about 5 million smallholder farmers.

He however assured that his administration is committed to towards enhancing the production of sesame both in terms of quantity and quality through financing,improved techniques and productivity.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Muhammad Sabo Nanono in his remarks highlighted the interventions given to the National Sesame Seed Association in the development of the sub-sector include the distribution of high yielding black,white and brown variety sesame seeds to boost productivity.

Alhaji Sabo Nanono

Similarly, he said 20 sesame cleaning machines were also distributed, in addition 2 model sesame processing centres were established in Nassarawa and Kano States respectively.

On her part, the Minister of state for Industries,Trade and Investment Maryam Katagum represented by a Deputy Director Irimiya Kaura explained that the ministry is committed towards providing enabling environment that will enhance the competitiveness of Nigerian agricultural commodities in the global trade.

She also revealed that in continuation of developing sesame seed,the ministry is implementing a robust agribusiness and industry development initiative to draw investment to the non oil sector in the country.

Speaking earlier the President of the National Sesame Seed Association of Nigeria, Sherif Balogun stated that for the past 5years they have been working assiduously to promote the sesame seed value chain as well as increasing the production from 300,000 metric tons to over 500,000 tons.

He therefore called on the public to engage in massive sesame production and processing in order to benefit from government policies like the Anchor Borrowers Programme.

While appreciating the Kano State Government for partnering with them in organising the conference,he also commended Governor Ganduje for his support and effort towards making Kano a destination for agribusiness investment.

Munir Babba Dan’agundi

The event was attended by the Jigawa State Commissioner of Agriculture Muhammad Alhassan who represented Governor Badaru Abubakar, Chaiman House of Representatives Committee on Agricultural Institutions Mannir Babba Dan’ agundi and other stakeholders.

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