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NEMA warns Kano drivers against reckless driving, overloading

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Nasiru Yusuf

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has sensitised commercial vehicle drivers in Kano State on ways to avoid over speeding and overload during the Christmas and New year celebrations.

The NEMA Coordinator in charge of Kano and Jigawa States, Ado Sanusi during the sensitisation on Thursday in Kano said the call was necessary due to the high rate of road accidents along the highways.

According to him, there is the need for drivers traveling out of the state to always maintain the normal 120 speed limit so as to ensure safe journey.

He said, “This sensitisation exercise was aimed to remind commercial drivers of the danger of over speeding and overloading so as to minimise crashes.

“The sensitisation campaign was flagged-off in Abuja And continued nationwide on road safety for the end of the year festivities and yuletide season.

“And it was also aimed at rallying all stakeholders to support the primary roles of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to minimise road crashes and loss of lives during the season and beyond.

“The aim was also to enlighten road users, strict enforcement of traffic rules and regulations and prepositioning men and equipment for response to road traffic accidents before, during and after the yuletide.”

Also speaking at the motor parks, the Co-commander of the FRSC in Kano, Zubairu Mato said during this period, more people embark on journeys which cause the road to become busy.

He called on drivers to drive with care and also avoid the use of drugs while embarking on their journey.

He added that, “in November, many deaths were recorded due to the negligence of the drivers.

“More accidents were recorded in November due to the negligence, impatience and greediness of the drivers. Don’t let such greediness push you into over speeding.”

Mr Mato also appealed to the drivers and passengers to comply with the COVID-19 protocols, especially the use of face mask, hand sanitiser and reducing overload.

Some of the motor parks visited including Naibawa, Unguwa uku, Kano line and Zaria road motor parks.

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AIG orders investigation of Policeman seen voting in Kano APC Congress

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Aminu Abdullahi

The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone Abubakar Sadiq Bello has ordered the investigation of unprofessional conduct of a policeman caught on camera voting during state congress of All progressive Congress (APC) in Kano.

KANO FOCUS reportsthat in view of the unprofessional conduct of the policeman, the AIG has referred the matter to the Zonal X-Squad for investigation.

A statement issued on Monday by Zonal Police Public Relations Officer Abubakar Zayyanu identified the police officer as Bashir Mohammed attached to the government house, Kano, from where he was deployed to work with the state Chairman of APC Abdullahi Abbas as a security aide.

Mr Zayyanu noted that if the inspector is found to have committed an offence by this action, the appropriate disciplinary measure will be taken against him.

He further assured the general public that further development on the matter will be communicated.

The statement reads in part.

“The attention of the Inspector-General of Police Zone one Headquarters, Kano has been drawn to a trending picture on social media, of an inspector of police casting vote at the recently conducted Kano State congress of the APC along with his principal, the state party chairman, Abdullahi Abbas.

“The inspector of police has been identified as Bashir Mohammed of the Special Protection Unit, Base One, Kano. The inspector is attached to the government house, Kano from where he was deployed to work with the said Abdullahi Abbas as a security aide.

“In view of this seemingly unprofessional conduct of the inspector, the AIG has referred the matter to the Zonal X-Squad for investigation.

“If the inspector is found to have committed a disciplinary offence by this action, the appropriate disciplinary measure will be taken against him.

“Finally,  we want assure members of the public that further development on the matter will be communicated please.”

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EFCC Grills Rabiu Kwankwaso

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Saturday grilled former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso over allegations of abuse of office, diversion of public funds and fraudulent allocation of government properties to cronies.

KANO FOCUS reports that Kwankwaso, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, was first invited by the EFCC in September but failed to honour the invitation as reported by Channels TV.

An associate of the politician informed Channels Television that Kwankwanso may have been invited in relation to a petition by some retired employees of the Kano State Government.

The retired employees had told the EFCC that the former governor mismanaged pension remittances to the tune of N10 billion between 2011 and 2015, to fund a housing project for his cronies.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren did not comment on the interrogation of the former governor when contacted on Saturday.

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Crisis rocks Kano APC as Ganduje, Shekarau hold parallel Congress

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Aminu Abdullahi

Crisis rocked Kano chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC), as Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and faction loyal to former governor of Kano and serving Senator Ibrahim Shekarau held parallel state congress.

KANO FOCUS reports that while Ganduje group held their congress at Sani Abacha stadium, faction loyal to Shekarau had their own at Janguza town, Tofa local government area.

Ganduje’s led group endorsed Abdullahi Abbas as state chairman of APC for a second term in a consensus arrangement, while the faction loyal to Shekarau announced Ahmadu Haruna Zago as newly elected chairman of APC in Kano state.

Reports shows that the security have earlier disrupted Shekarau’s camp congress at Sani Abacha youth centre and sealed the premises before they moved to Janguza where they held the election.

Below are some pictures of the parallel Congress.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje while voting at Sani Abacha stadium

 

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje with APC chieftains

 

Delegates at Sani Abacha stadium

Ballot box

Factional chairman of Kano APC Ahmadu Haruna Zago

Ahmadu Haruna Zago and Abdilkadir Jobe

APC factional congress at Janguza

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