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Police arrest 4 suspected kidnappers including a woman terrorising Zamfara, Kano

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Nasiru Yusuf

Police in Kano have on Wednesday paraded four suspected kidnappers including a 23 year widow Maryam Muhammad, of Butsa Village, Gusau, local government area of Zamfara State.

Parading the suspects, police spokesperson in Kano Abdullahi Haruna said the accused were arrested on Friday at a rented apartment located at Jaba Quarters, Ungogo local government area where they held hostage Mohammed Sanusi and demanded ten million Naira ransom from his parents.

He explained that the police have successfully rescued the victim unhurt after a fierce gun duel with the kidnappers.

Mr Kiyawa recalled that on January 12 one Sunusi Ado of Galadanchi Quarters, Gwale local government area of Kano state reported that his 29 year old son, Mohammed Sanusi,  was kidnapped and a ransom of ten million Naira was demanded.

“Upon receipt of the complaint, the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Habu A. Sani, psc, raised and instructed a team of Operation Puff Adder, led by DSP Shehu Dahiru, to arrest the culprits.

“The Team swiftly swung into action, and following credible intelligence, on 15 January, 2021, that is 3 days after the report, raided a rented apartment located at Jaba Quarters, Ungogo LGA of Kano State where the victim was held hostage.

“The gallant team cordoned the area, engaged the occupants of the house in a fierce gun duel, successfully rescues the victim unhurt and arrested the suspects,” Mr Haruna said.

Other aspects arrested beside Ms Muhammad are Sani Ibrahim and Shamsuddeen Suleiman all of Butsa Village, Gusau local government area Zamfara State and Ishaq Khalil, of Rijiyar Lemo Quarters, Fagge local government Kano State.

All the suspects according to police spokesperson confessed involving in series of kidnappings in Kano and Zamfara states.

Mr Haruna added that the police have recovered one AK-47 rifle, one Magazine loaded with 30 rounds of Live Ammunition and an unregistered motorcycle.

According to police spokesperson  investigation revealed that Maryam’s husband, Sani Ismail of of Niger state, was a Notorious cattle rustler, killed in Zamfara state while carting away rustled cows.

Mr Kiyawa told journalists that after the death of Ms Muhammad’s husband, her brother, Hamza Dogo, also a notorious kidnapper relocated her to Kano where she rented apartments in Unguwa Uku, Panshekara and Maidile Quarters.

According to police findings Ms Muhammad later moved to Jaba Quarters and rented another apartment for six hundred thousand Naira per annum, which she turned into a kidnappers den.

How they trapped the victim

Ms Muhammad revealed that on January 12, around 8 pm, she contacted the victim via his mobile phone and told him to bring her a new Samsung handset for her to buy at sixty five thousand Naira.

Maryam Muhammad

She disclosed the victim drove his Toyota Vibe Motor Vehicle to the apartment. They opened the gate of the house, and as soon as he entered, the four of them attacked him, tied him up, took his Motor Vehicle to Zamfara State and contacted his family for ten million Naira Ransom.

Ms Muhammad disclosed that though, they demanded ransom, their plan was to kill him after collecting the ransom, because the victim knows the apartment and recognizes them.

She recalled that, on October 2, last year, they have kidnapped one Shafiu Umar, of Naibawa Quarters, Kumbotso local government area of Kano state, and held him hostage in Zamfara State.

She also confessed that they collected a ransom of ten million Naira, a brand new motorcycle and Toyota Corolla LE worth two million, five hundred thousand Naira.

The police said they have recovered the Toyota Vibe Motor Vehicle from one Ishaq Yusuf of Gidan Dawa Quarters, Gusau, Zamfara state on Monday January 19.

Mr Kiyawa told journalists that the Kano state Commissioner of Police Habu Sani has ordered for discrete investigation for the Police to arrest accomplices of the syndicate and recover their operational weapons.

He advised Kano residents to be extra careful in renting apartments to strangers.

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Police launches investigation into Muhyi’s alleged forgery scandal

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Kano police command has on Monday launched investigation into Muhuyi Magaji’s alleged forgery scandal.

KANO FOCUS reports that the police spokesperson in Kano Abdullahi Haruna announced this in an audio clip sent to journalists on Monday.

He said the police have received a petition from Kano state House and Assembly and the office of Accountant General of the state accusing Muhuyi of presenting fake medical report to adhoc committee constituted to investigate the embattled chairman of the PCACC.

Kiyawa said Mr Magaji has on Monday honoured the police invitation over the alleged forgery case.

It could be recalled that the National Hospital Abuja  in a letter dated July 19, 2021 and sent to clerk of Kano state House Assembly said there is no patient named ‘Muhuyi Magaji’ in their hospital record and no folder was opened in that name.

The letter written by the Director Clinical services in the Hospital, Aisha Umar said the name and signature of the doctor (Dr. Bayo) on the medical report do not belong to any staff of National Hospital, Abuja.

It therefore declare the medical report as ‘NOT authentic’.

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Kano Assembly asks Ganduje to sack, prosecute Muhuyi

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Nasiru Yusuf

Kano State House of Assembly has recommended the immediate sack and arrest of the suspended chairman of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti Corruption Commission Muhuyi Magaji Rimin Gado.

KANO FOCUS reports that the resolution was made during plenary presided over by the Speaker Hamisu Ibrahim Chidari.

While presenting the report, the chairman of the ad-hoc committee, Umar Musa Gama explained that the 12 member committee had concluded it’s investigations and had mapped out 5 recommemdations.

He pointed out that the recommendations include immediate sacking of the suspended chairman, arrest and prosecution of Mr Magaji as well as setting up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the financial activities of the commission from the year 2015 to date.

Speaking to journalists shortly after the sitting, the majority leader of the House, Labaran Abdul Madari said the joint committee set up by the House to investigate Muhyi found out that the medical report submitted by the counsel to suspended chairman is fake.

He noted that the committee also recommended that the state civil service should take appropriate action on Isah Yusuf a level four officer serving as accountant at the Commission.

Madari said the committee also called on the accountant earlier rejected by Mr Magaji to assume duty as soon as possible.

It will be recalled that the House has on July 5 recommended the suspension of Mr Magaji and constituted adhoc committee to investigate a petition written against him from the office of the Accountant General of the state.

The Petition

The petition read in part:

“With due respect to Honourable Speaker and honourable House in general, I wish to present a complaint to you that on April 2021, the office of the accountant general release a posting of accounting staff to various ministries and departments including Public Complaint and Anti Corruption Commission.

“But this posting number  C.5/AG/1.1/95 dated 15th March, 2021, the chief accountant posted to the commission have reported to the office of the accountant general, on 28th June, 2021 that he was denied taking over the financial activities of the commission as head of account as indicated in the posting letter. Copy attached.

“Furthermore, not only the chief accountant was denied to take over the responsibility as head of account, rather he was issued with a rejection letter reference number: PCAC/June/1/Vol. 1/SS/ dated 28 June, 2021 asking him to report back to the office of the accountant general, for his services were not needed in the commission.

“While an officer, a clerical officer for that matter, on grade level 04 is still maintain and act as head of account of the commission. Copy also of the rejected letter attached.

“Accordingly, this act by rejecting him as head of account of the commission violated section 28 (b) of Kano state financial management law which gives the accountant general power to provide the accounting staff to each government ministries or extra ministerial departments. Copy also attached of the stipulated law.

“Based on the above, the office of the accountant general is kindly appealing to the honourable House to take appropriate measures towards the complain please.

“Shehu Abbas Mu’azu, the accountant general of the state.”

Constituting probe

After reading the petition, the speaker open the floor for members to propose how the House should treat the matter.

In his contribution, the House leader and member representing Warawa constituency Abdul Madari, advised the House to allow committee on Public Complain and Anti Corruption to investigate the matter, and report back for further deliberation.

In his submission the deputy speaker and member representing Sumaila constituency Hamza Zubairu Masu supported the position of Mr Madari and call on the House to suspend Mr Rimingado to allow uninterrupted and thorough investigation.

Also a member representing Rogo local government Magaji Zarewa supported the view of previous members and suggested Mr Rimingado should be suspended pending the outcome of House investigation.

Other members who supported the suspension of Mr Rimingado include  Ali Ibrahim Shanono (Bagwai/Shanono), Abdullahi Yaryasa (Tudunwada), Kabiru Hassan Dashi (Kiru), (Gwarzo) and Garba Ya’u Gwarmai (Kunchi/Tsanyawa).

After thorough deliberation, the House suspended the chairman of the Anti Corruption Commission for a period of one month and constituted a committee to investigate the matter.

The Committee has Chairman on Public Complain committee Umar Musa Gama (chairman), Chairman House Committee on Judiciary, Lawan Shehu (member), chairman House committee on Public Account Ibrahim Doguwa (member), chairman House committee on finance Magaji Dahiru Zarewa (member) and Chairman House Committee’s on Hajj Sale Ahmad Marke (member).

The Committee has Deputy Director Legal in the House as secretary and secretary Public Account Committee as Co-secretary.

Adhoc committee invites Muhuyi

The adhoc committee has invited Muhuyi to appear before it on July 14.

However, on the scheduled day Mr Magaji through his counsel Mr Fari requested for some facilities to enable him prepare a defence.

Mr Fari also told journalists that his client cannot appear before the house as earlier scheduled, because he is currently undergoing diagnosis at National Hospital Abuja.

He said has submitted a copy of laboratory form and letter to the secretary of adhoc committee Abdullahi Bature requesting for another time to honuor the invitation of the house after his medical appointment.

“For two reasons he (Mr Magaji) is not here, one on health ground, number two we wanted to have adequate time and have facilities to prepare for our defence.

“Mr Magaji was suspended on 5th day of July, 2021. And no single document was served on him from 5th July, 2021 to date. He was not served with a letter of suspension, he was not served with a copy of allegation against him. No single document was served on him.

“The only document that we received is the letter dated the 12th day of July, from the House inviting to appear before the committee without indicating the name of the complainer or the petitioner, the allegation against him, nothing.

“We are requesting for the copy of certified true copy of the petition written against him. Because he was not served with the petition, we heard it over radio.

“Then we are applying for certified true copy of the text of the House resolution conducted on the 5th day of July, 2021 concerning the issue. Then we are applying for the press releases issued by the Kano state House of Assembly on the 5th and 7th day of July, 2021. This is what we are demanding from the House.

Muhuyi’s medical report not authentic

However, the Hospital in a letter dated July 19, 2021 and sent to clerk of Kano state House Assembly said there is no patient named ‘Muhuyi Magaji’ in their hospital record and no folder was opened in that name.

The letter written by the Director Clinical services in the Hospital, Aisha Umar said the name and signature of the doctor (Dr. Bayo) on the medical report do not belong to any staff of National Hospital, Abuja.

It therefore declare the medical report as ‘NOT authentic’.

However, the Hospital in a letter dated July 19, 2021 and sent to clerk of Kano state House Assembly said there is no patient named ‘Muhuyi Magaji’ in their hospital record and no folder was opened in that name.

The letter written by the Director Clinical services in the Hospital, Aisha Umar said the name and signature of the doctor (Dr. Bayo) on the medical report do not belong to any staff of National Hospital, Abuja.

It therefore declare the medical report as ‘NOT authentic’.

The letter reads in part:

“Kindly refer to your letter with ref. No KNHA/CON/077 dated 16th July, 2021 on the above subject matter, in which you requested the hospital to verify the authenticity or otherwise of attached medical report/documents.

“Following your request on the above, and subsequent investigations, we wish to state the following findings:

“There is no patient named ‘Muhuyi Magaji’ in their hospital record and no folder was opened in that name.

“That by our records, the name and signature of the doctor (Dr. Bayo) on the medical report do not belong to any staff of National Hospital, Abuja.

“Laboratory investigation in the National Hospital are no longer manually written on paper, but electronically transmitted.

“In the light of the above Sir, the medical report/documents which you attached it’s photocopies are not authentic.

“On behalf of the Chief Medical Director, please accept our warm regards.

“Dr A. A Umar, Director, Clinical Services/CMAC on behalf of the Chief Medical Director.”

Muhuyi risks 14 year jail term of

A Kano based private legal practitioner Abdulaziz Adamu Ahmad said Mr Magaji may get up to 14 years for presenting false medical report to Kano state House of Assembly.

Barr. Abdulaziz Adamu Ahmad

Ahmad said the act of Mr Magaji amount to an offence known as ‘forgery’ as stated by section 362 of Penal Code of Northern Nigeria.

According to Mr Ahmad the ingredients of that offence include presenting false document to public institution with the intention of misleading that institution to believe that said document is genuine and is from lawful authority.

Mr Ahmad added that section 364 of Penal Code stipulated a fourteen year jail term for such offence with imprisonment or both imprisonment and fine.

He described Magaji’s act as “Illegal and embarrassing’ that shall not be sweep under the carpet.

The legal practitioner suggested that the matter should be forwarded to police for thorough investigation.

What law says on forgery

Section 362 (A) of penal code defined forgery as “A person is said to make a false document – who is dishonestly or fraudulently makes, signs, seals, or execute a document or part of a document or mark denoting the execution with the intention of causing it to be believed that such document or part of a document was made, signed, sealed or executed or at a time which he knows that it was not made, signed, sealed or executed.”

Also section 364 of the same penal code said “Whoever committs forgery shall be punished with imprisonment for a term, which may extend to fourteen years or with fine or with both.”

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APC Ward Congress: Kano opts for consensus in selecting party leaders

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Nasiru Yusuf

As Ward Congress for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) draws nearer, across the country, APC stakeholders in Kano have on Sunday adopted consensus arrangement in the forthcoming congress.

KANO FOCUS reports that a statement issued by Abba Anwar, spokesperson of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on Sunday said the decision was reached at a meeting of highest decision making body of the party held at Africa House, Government House, Kano.

He said those in attendance include members of the National and State Assemblies, party leaders and elders as well as former Deputy Governors.

According to the statement two former Governors and now Senators, Kabiru Gaya and Ibrahim Shekarau as well two serving Ministers from Kano state have sent their apologies.

Others who attended the stakeholders meeting were Commissioners and other members of the State Executive Council, chairmen of the 44 local governments, party chairmen from all 44 local governments, Caucus leaders from all the 44 local governments, among other stakeholders.

In his address Governor Ganduje expressed appreciation to stakeholders for coming up with the idea of consensus arrangement.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje

“I am delighted to see that you have all decided that the forthcoming Ward Congress, slated for Saturday, 31st July, be conducted under consensus arrangement. This decision of yours, will surely strengthen the process and make our party to be more peaceful.”

“We thank you for taking this decision. We were happy with the result we saw last time during our local governments election, when we followed your advice, the stakeholders.

“It was only in one local government, when primary election took place in filling our candidate for the Chairmanship. And at the end of it, it was the person, who was earlier endorsed by the stakeholders, that made it,” the governor said.

Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna

The consensus arrangement, according to the governor that was embraced during the local government election, was what saved the party from plunging into crisis.

“We don’t want crisis in our party, that is why we are always determined to accept decision of our stakeholders at whatever level in the state.”

“As we are going for confirmation of our consensus, during the Ward Congress, we must make sure that, those to emerge as leaders, are loyal party members, who are committed and determined in the spirit of our party. As we are facing general elections.”

“All confirmation of our consensus must be held at party offices at Ward levels. Not in any other person’s residence. Party process and procedures must be respected.”

“We are sending monitors and observers to come and see how the process will be conducted. Members of the Press are free to go and see. So also members of civil society groups. They can all go and see democracy in action,” he concluded.

All those who spoke at the meeting lend their support to consensus arrangement for the upcoming Ward Congress and other congresses.

Abdullahi Abbas

Those who spoke included the State Party Chairman, Abdullahi Abbas, Speaker State House of Assembly, Hamisu Ibrahim Chidari, Majority Leader, House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado Doguwa and Commissioner for Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs, Murtala Sule Garo.

Engr Hamisu Chidari

 

Murtala Sule Garo

Musa Ilyasu Kwankwaso

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