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Police arrest gunman who abduct a German after killing his escort



Abubakar Ismail

Nasiru Yusuf

Police in Kano said they have arrested a thirty year old Abubakar Ismail who killed a police sergeant and abducted Kreser Michael, a staff of Dantata and Sawoe construction company in Kano.

Kano Focus recalled that on April 16, 2018 some gunmen abducted a German engineer after killing his police escort along Madobi road construction site, Kano.

A statement issued by police spokesman in Kano Abdullahi Kiyawa said Mr Ismail was arrested on December 19, thirty two months after the incident.

He said the suspect has led police detectives to their armoury at Wangara Village in Rimin Gado local government area, Kano state where one AK-47 rifle, one single barrel gun and revolver gun were recovered.

Guns recovered

According to police spokesman the suspect has confessed to have committed the crime.

“The suspect confessed to the crime and confessed that the syndicate has been terrorizing Rimin Gado, Gwarzo, Karaye, Kiru, Rano, Bebeji and Tudun Wada local government areas of Kano state and other neighboring states, including Kaduna and Katsina for over five years.

“He named other members of the syndicate who perpetuated the heinous act.

“Discrete investigation is in progress to arrest the other members of the syndicate,” he said.

Police arrest burglar

The police have also arrested 36 year old Salmanu Muhammad of Gwammaja quarters accused with breaking a warehouse located at Tal’udu Quarters Kano.

Salmanu Muhammad

The suspect according to Mr Kiyawa was arrested on November 27 with a pick up vehicle loaded with stolen building materials and furniture worth eight million Naira.

“The team intercepted the Motor Vehicle and arrested one Salmanu Mohammed Bashir ‘m’ 36 years old, of Gwammaja Quarters Kano. The suspect confessed breaking a Warehouse located at Tal’udu Quarters Kano.

Salmanu Muhammad

He opened up on how he damaged the padlock and replaced it with a new one of the same colour and size and stole  properties worth eight million Naira. Owner of the warehouse was identified. Investigation is in progress,” Mr Kiyawa said.

Ban of knock – out, bonfires

Mr Kiyawa said the Kano State Police Command has also banned the sale and discharge of fireworks, popularly called bangers or Knock-outs, and Burning of Tyres during Christmas and New Year festive periods.

The police advised people of the state to comply with COVID-19 safety protocols such as social distancing, use of face mask and personal hygiene during yuletide period.

The command also warned any group or individual, under whatever guise, to desist from any act or conduct that will cause breach of peace and breakdown of law and order. Whoever is caught engaging in unlawful acts will face the full wrath of the law.

While felicitating with people of Kano state on the occasion of Christmas and New Year celebrations, the Command provides the following GSM lines for distress calls during festive period: 08032419754, 08123821575 and 08075391163.

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AIG orders investigation of Policeman seen voting in Kano APC Congress



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



Rabiu Kwankwaso

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



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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