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COVID-19: Kano records 2 death, 40 new cases on Sunday

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Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state has on Sunday recorded two COVID-19 death and 40 new cases from 364 results received from designated laboratories.

Kano Focus reports that the data released on Kano state ministry of health’s Twitter handle @KNSMOH, the state has so far tested 64,815 persons, recorded 2,992 confirmed cases and 79 deaths.

The data revealed that the state has 355 active cases and discharged 26 persons recovered from COVID-19.

Ganduje inaugurates 2,000 COVID-19 marshals to enforce protocols

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, Sunday inaugurated 2,000 men and women as COVID-19 Marshals in the state.

Governor Ganduje flanked by Emirs of Kano and Rano

The Marshals, comprising of 1,000 Hisbah officials and 1,000 health workers have been engaged to assist security agents in the enforcement and persuasion of people to strictly adhere to COVID-19 protocols.

Part of their responsibility include sensitizing the public on the dangers of the virus as well as complementing the efforts of the security agencies in enforcing the protocols put in place by health authorities.

COVID-19 Marshals

Addressing the new Marshals, Mr Ganduje tasked them to educate and enforce the Covid-19 protocols of washing of hands, social distancing and wearing of face masks

“The Covid-19 Marshals will assist us along with security agencies to educate, inform members of the public and also assist in purnishing those who will disobey the Covid-19 protocols.

“No doubt, COVID-19 is back in Kano and we must be back with all necessary measures to curtail the spread. Although we do not intend to lock down the state again because of the devastating socio-economic impact, we must put adequate measures in place to ensure compliance to protocols to save lives.

“To enforce compliance, the government is inaugurating COVID-19 Marshals to carry out special duties. The marshals will carry out sensitisation on the danger involved in COVID-19 and the need to adopt safety measures. In the case of disobedience, the marshals that will be supported by the police will arrest and charge offenders to our special mobile court,” he said.

COVID-19 Marshals

The Governor said that to defeat the virus once again, the people of the state must take adequate measures to halt its spread in their respective communities and domains.

In his remarks, the Coordinator, Kano State Techical Response Team on COVID-19, Tijjani Hussaini said the state is currently recording ahigher number of infections than in the past

“From December 2020 to January, we have recorded 23 deaths. We have also seen an increase in severity of cases and the number of people who demand for oxygen in our isolation centres is much higher than we wereb recording earlier ” he added.

“This calls for caution, this calls for the adherence of all the advisories issued by public health officials” he stated.

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Gov. Abba Kabir Urges Security Agencies to Quell Thuggery in Kano

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Kano State Governor, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, has beseeched security agencies operating within the state to promptly bring an end to Thuggery and other malevolent activities that are disrupting peace in specific areas of the Kano metropolis.

The Governor gives this directives at the commencement of the 15th weekly meeting of the Kano State Executive Council held at the Government House.

This was contained in a statement issued by the governor’s spokesperson, Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, on Saturday.

Governor Abba Kabir expressed disapproval of the recent upsurge in Thuggery and clashes involving Yan daba, affirming that the government will not passively observe while unscrupulous elements endanger the relative tranquility and harmony enjoyed by the law-abiding citizens of the state.

He reiterated that under his administration, the state government is diligently collaborating with relevant security agencies to ensure the safety and security of the populace and their possessions at all times.

Furthermore, Governor Abba Kabir cautioned Judges against the unwarranted release of thugs, emphasizing the threat they pose to the welfare of the state’s residents and stressing the importance of prompt and equitable dispensation of justice.

Alhaji Abba Kabir also instructed security agencies to strictly adhere to their mandated duty of safeguarding the lives and properties of the citizens they serve, warning against involvement in matters beyond their designated responsibilities.

He implored the populace in the state to continue with their lawful pursuits, assuring that the government will persevere in its commitment to ensuring their protection, and requested ongoing support and cooperation for the current administration.

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Emirate Tussle: Prof. Yadudu Faults Justice Liman’s Ruling, Says Judgement not Helpful For The Judicial Process

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Reacting to the ruling, renowned constitutional lawyer, Professor Auwalu Yadudu, told Daily Trust that the judge’s pronouncements were strange and baffling by approbating and reprobating in the same breath.

He said the development was not helpful for the judicial process, stressing that the judge assuming jurisdiction on the fundamental human rights aspect and refusing the same on the validity of the substance of the case–the Kano emirates law–has “muddled up the case, and it is very unbecoming of a judge who has now been elevated to the Court of Appeal”.

Professor Yadudu clarified that while he was not accusing the judge of any impropriety, the pronouncements were unbecoming. “How can you say the actions taken in pursuant of a law are set aside, and then say you are not delving into the validity of the said law?” he queried.
Prof. Yadudu said further that the judge had more or less held that he lacked jurisdiction on the issue by transferring the case to another judge, but still went ahead to set aside the governor’s actions.

He said that the ex-parte order should no longer be of any currency because it is being challenged at the Appeal Court, and the judge himself admitted knowledge of this by granting a stay of proceedings and also deciding not to grant an order to nullify the law.

“All these are avoidable. It is not helpful for the judicial process. It is strange and doesn’t speak well of the judge. The question of whether the governor’s actions came before and after the exparte order is a question of fact or evidence. It seems from the record that the order came after,” he said.

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Governing council: ASUU BUK rejects Gawuna’s appointment, favours Udoma’s return

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Bayero University Kano, BUK chapter during the weekend rejected the appointment of Kano top flight politician, Dr Nasiru Gawuna into the Governing Council of the second generation tertiary Institution.

 

KANO FOCUS reports that the Chairperson, Prof. Ibrahim Tajo Suraj said that the process that led to the appointment of politicians into the Governing Council of the nation’s citadel of learning contravened the relevant laws that guided such appointment.

 

Addressing newsmen in its secretariat, Comrade Siraj explained that “I must admit that we are not happy over the decision of the federal government to appoint hard core politicians into the Governing Council.

 

Prof. Siraj stressed that “the criteria for such appointments is explicitly clear, as it favoured the appointment of technocrats, academic to the Council”.

 

The Chairperson maintained that the sack of former Council with a constitutional mandate of

4 years tenure, after one year in office was a rape on the rule of law.

 

He therefore called on the federal government to reinstate Senator Udo Udoma led Governing Council to complete their term in the interests of the rule of law

 

Siraj stressed that “the scenario is just like sacking an executive governor of a state after just one in office, and you went ahead to assume that all is normal, no, this is rape on the rule of law.”

 

Ibrahim Tajo Suraj, earlier had led (ASUU), Bayero University Kano branch, on a peaceful protest on Friday demanding the federal government to pay their entitlements and implement the 2009 ASUU/FG Agreement.

 

Prof. Ibrahim Tajo Suraj, said the action was in compliance with the directive by the national body to all its branches to organize protests within their campuses on account of the federal government’s failure to pay their entitlements.

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