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PDP endorse election of Kano Exco loyal to Kwankwaso

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The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has upheld the election of a new executive committee for Kano state chapter loyal to former governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso.

Kano Focus reports that a statement issued by National Publicity Secretary of the party Kola Ologbondiyan on Thursday said the decision of the NWC is pursuant to its powers under the PDP Constitution (2017 as amended).

According to the statement the newly elected Kano executive which has Shehu Wada Sagagi, as Chairman is to hold office for a period of four years in line with the provisions of the PDP Constitution.

“The NWC is pleased to report that the congress was smoothly conducted in strict compliance with the guidelines and provisions of the PDP constitution (2017 as amended) and monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“Also as reported by the Appeals Committee, there was no petitions received thereby confirming the congress as conducted and all elected officers therefrom.

“The NWC commended all critical stakeholders as well as members of our party in Kano state for the unity and harmony in the state chapter and urged them to remain united and continue to work together for the task ahead, especially as Nigerians now look up to our party for direction at this critical time in the history of our nation,” the statement added.

PDP faction loyal to Aminu Wali expels Kwankwaso

Earlier on Thursday a faction of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano state, led by former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aminu Wali, expelled Mr Kwankwaso, from the party for alleged “anti-party activities.”

The group also accused Mr Kwankwaso of “gross violation of constitutional orders of the PDP.”

The Wali faction announced the expulsion of Kwankwaso, leader of the Kwankwasiyya Movement, shortly after a Congress brought into place a new leadership of the faction.

Besides expelling Mr Kwankwaso from PDP, the Wali faction also elected 39 new executives to pilot the affairs of the opposition party in Kano.

The Federal High Court recently held that the caretaker committee put in place by the Kwankwaso faction was the legitimate leadership of the PDP.

The ruling prompted the Kwankwasiyya group to elect party officials on Monday.

Shehu Wada Sagagi was elected chairman; Dankaka Hussaini Bebeji became deputy chairman while Jamilu Abubakar Dambatta emerged Secretary of the party.

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Court convicts ponzi scheme operator in Kano, orders return of N110m to victims

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The Federal High Court Kano presided over by Lewis Allagoa has convicted one Maryam Abu Shinga on one count amended charge of retention of proceeds of crime. She was also ordered to pay the sum of N110, 000,000 in restitution to victims

Kano Focus reports that the convict was said to have lured her victims into a phony gold mining investment where she represented that the investor stands to earn 300% profit.

She claimed that when an investor invests N500, 000, such investor could earn one million five hundred thousand Naira as returns on investment over a period of four weeks.

Investigation, however, revealed that the convict was never into gold mining or any such investment. It was also discovered that even though Shinga was able to pay some early investors with funds taken from later investors, she allegedly diverted three hundred and ninety-four million, five hundred and forty-one thousand, nine Hundred and ten Naira belonging to other investors.

Upon arraignment, Shinga pleaded ‘not guilty’ thereby setting the stage for trial.

During the trial which commenced on January 23, 2020, the prosecution called five witnesses and tendered several documents in evidence. However, before the prosecution could close its case, the convict opted for a plea bargain.

In his judgment, Allagoa accepted the terms of a plea bargain agreement, convicted and sentenced the defendant to restitute the complainants in the sum of N110, 000,000.

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Ganduje approves recruitment of 500 doctors, pharmacists, other health professionals

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has approved the recruitment of over 500 medical doctors, pharmacists, medical laboratory scientists, laboratory technicians and other allied health professionals.

Kano Focus reports that the state commissioner for health, Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, announced this on Tuesday at the presentation of certificates to 103 medical doctors who were sponsored by the state government to undergone medicine training in Sudanese universities.

The medical doctors graduated from Al-Ahfad University for Women, El-Razi University, Omdurman Islamic University and Sudan International University.

Mr Tsanyawa added that, “In his effort to see to continued progress of the health sector, governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has directed us to go round to all the 484 Wards in the state and asses the state of being of their health facilities.”

The commissioner said that, governor Ganduje also gave another approval for the employment of 1,500 other sets of health care workers, who would be posted to 484 health care facilities.

In his remarks, Mr Ganduje said that the occasion was another graduation ceremony, as he was presenting certificates to the graduates.

“Our population feels safe, especially for the fact that most of you who graduated from Sudan Universities are female. These means a lot, as far as our culture and religion are concerned. Women will feel more comfortable to be treated in hospital by their female folks.”

“We are not done with you till when we give you your appointment letters,” Mr Ganduje said.

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Aminu Kano hospital conducts first obesity operation

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Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Kano has conducted the first laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy popularly known as Obesity Operation to a 60 old man with a weight of 156 Kilogram.

Kano Focus reports that this was contained in a statement issued by the spokesperson of the hospital Hauwa Abdullahi on Tuesday.

The statement quoted the Consultant surgeon in the department of Surgery Usman Bello saying that a sixty year old patient presented to the specialty clinic of the hospital with multiple health problems such as hypertension, diabetes and background treated ischemic heart disease.

Mr Bello said upon evaluation a team of doctors from the four different specialties resolved that the patient need to undergo the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy to get rid of his medical condition.

According to him the patient lost 35 kilogram of his weight at the end of the surgery and 65 Kilogram at the point of discharge from the hospital.

He added that the patient weight will gradually stabilize without taking any sliming tablet.

The Hospital according to Mr Bello is the only tertiary hospital in Nigeria to have started this operation.

He called on people especially those with obesity to come over for the surgery, in order to live a healthy life.

Similarly, a team of doctors and health professionals from Medicine , Dietitics and Surgery departments will also conduct a virtual lecture to create awareness on the consequences of Obesity  as part of their contribution to the World Obesity Day on Thursday March 4th.

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