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Speaker Gafasa, majority leader, deputy majority leader, resign

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Nasiru Yusuf

The speaker of Kano state House of Assembly Abdulaziz Gafasa has resigned his position.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Gafasa resigned his position on Monday in a letter addressed to the clerk of the house.

A staff of the Assembly who pleaded anonymity confirmed the resignation of the speaker to Kano Focus on Tuesday.

The source added that the majority leader of the House Kabiru Hassan Dashi and deputy majority leader have also resigned their positions.

The speaker did not reveal the reason behind his resignation in the letter  dated December 14, 2020.

He however, thanked the entire House members for their support and prayed to God to guide the new leadership.

The recent primaries for the forthcoming local government election conducted by the ruling All Progressive Congress APC in Kano has caused disaffection among some party loyalists.

Some members are accusing the state government and party leadership of injustice in the election processes.

The member representing Kano Municipal in the House of Representatives Sha’aban Sharada has also accused the party leadership  in Kano Municipal local government of replacing delegates loyal to him prior to the election.

The speaker’s resignation letter reads in part ” I Rt. Hon. Abdulaziz Garba Gafasa write to notify you, honourable members  of general public that I have resign (sic) from the position of the speaker of the house on the above date for my own personal reason.

“Lastly, I thank all the hon members for the support given to me during my days as the speaker of the house, and pray Allah Subhanahu wata’ala will guide the new leadership.

“Yours Abdulaziz G. Gafasa.”

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APC wins all chairmanship, councillorship seats in Kano

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has won All the 44 local government chairmanship and  484 councillorship seats in Kano state,with total votes of 2, 350, 577 votes.

Kano Focus reports that the Chairman Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC)  Garba Ibrahim Sheka stated this while announcing the results of the elections in Kano on Sunday.

He said even though some minor errors were encountered during the election process, the commission was able to conduct the election successfully .

He commended the efforts of all security agencies during the conduct of the local government poll.

He applauded the commitment of the Kano state government in the successful conduct of the election.

He also appreciated the people of Kano state for their peaceful conduct.

Kano Judiciary constitutes election tribunals

The Chief Judge of kano state Justice Nura Sagir Umar has instituted two local government election tribunals as enshrined under section 36 (1) of kano state Local Government Electoral Law 2002.

A statement issued by spokesperson of Kano Judiciary Baba Jibo Ibrahim said the tribunals will be chaired by Chief Magistrates Hauwa Lawan Umar and Muhammad M. Jibrin

The statement added that the tribunals will hear and determine cases concerning the elections.

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Kano High Court acquits 2 suspected armed robbers detained for 13 years

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Nasiru Yusuf

A Kano State High Court has disçharged and acquitted two suspected armed robbers accused of killing their victim, Bako Zangina, an offense punishable by death.

Kano Focus reports that Justice Suleman Namalam held that though the court has no doubt that the accused are criminals having been convicted previously, the prosecution has failed to estabilish the ingredient of the offence beyond reasonable doubt in the instant case.

The accused Isyaku Umar otherwise known as ‘Small’ and Ibrahim Suleiman were arraigned in court on three counts charges of conspiracy,attempted armed robbery and culpable homicide punishable by death.

The two accused have been in custody since October 2007 for the alleged killing of Bako Zangina.

The court held that while the prosecution established the death of the victim, it failed to establish three ingredients of offense linking the identity of the accused to the crime thereby creating doubt.

The trial judge held that failure of the prosecution to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt left the court with no option than to discharge and acquitt the two accused.

The two accused persons have been in detention for over 13 years and have previously been tried and convicted for armed robbery.

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Kano wins national award in the fight against TB, leprosy

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Kano State Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Program has won the twin National Tuberculosis and Leprosy awards for the year 2020.

Kano Focus reports that, the awards were announced by the Nigeria National TB, Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer Control program during the Annual Review meeting held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State Capital.

Kano get the award as the state with highest consistent quarterly TB case notification for 2020 and the highest TB testing laboratory using GeneXpert Machine.

This is the first time the state have won such National TB and Leprosy Awards.

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