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Hisbah arrests couple for trafficking a baby from Delta state

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Kano State Hisbah Board says it its officials arrested a 40-year old woman, Salomi Jerome, and her husband, Igina Salomi, 50, for allegedly trafficking a baby from Delta to Kano.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Commander General of the board, Muhammad Harun Ibn-sina, confirmed the arrest in a statement issued to newsmen by the Board’s Public Relations Officer, Lawan Ibrahim, on Tuesday.

Ibn-Sina said the suspects were arrested on Monday by Hisbah officials attached to motor parks after careful observation in Kano metropolis.

According to the statement, “before confessing to the crime, Salome had claimed to have given birth to the baby.

“Both confessed to have bought the baby from a nurse at a hospital in Delta at the sum of N900,000,” he said in the statement.

The commander general said the suspects had been handed over to the Kano State police headquarters, Bompai, for further investigation.

He urged the general public to report any suspected character to relevant authorities and reiterated the agency’s commitment to eradicating all forms of vices.

Ibn-Sina also advised parents to be more vigilant with their children to avoid the sad consequences of child abduction.

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Danbatta: Kidnappers release Igbo businessman

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Mukhtar Yahya Usman

Kidnappers have released the Igbo business man abducted last Friday in Danbatta local government, Kano state.

Kano Focus exclusively reports that Mr Emanuel Eze regained freedom after paying an undisclosed ransom.

Mr Eze’s neighbor Salisu Abubakar Kore told Kano Focus that he was contacted by the kidnappers to drive the businessman home on Thursday night.

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“I was called around 1:30am and directed to pick him up in Ringim, Jigawa state.

“When I reached Kanya Babba I was rerouted to Gidan Lage, Garki local government, Jigawa state where I picked him around 2:30am.

“We arrived Kore in Danbatta local government, Kano state by 5:30am but he instructed me to proceed to Kazaure, jigawa state where he reunited with his brothers.” Mr Kore said.

The Kano Police Command Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa has confirmed Mr Eze’s release.

Mr Kiyawa, a deputy superintendent of police said the command has received tips about the kidnaps whereabouts and is in the process of hunting them down.

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Federal govt to commence Kaduna-Kano rail line project in June

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The federal government said the extension of the Abuja-Kaduna rail line to Kano will begin by end of June.

KANO FOCUS reports that the minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, stated this during the official commissioning of the Lagos-Ibadan rail line project on Thursday in Lagos.

According to him, “we have about three or four projects. This month, we will start Kano-Kaduna and then we will also start Port Harcourt to Maiduguri which also is done by CCECC and then Kano-Maradi.”

“While we are celebrating that, we are not be happy that up until now, the China Exim bank is yet to approve the loan for Ibadan to Kano because we need to start that and complete it quickly because that is my fear.

“We are grateful that the Chinese government through the China Exim bank was able to give us the loan at a concessionary rate to construct from the seaport. We hope that we get money to be able to construct from Ibadan to Kano so that we can complete the track and make sure that business takes place.

“We got money from China Exim bank, we paid back. We did put pressure on CCECC and delivered on time. In terms of quality, what we have is of good.”

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Final year student dies in BUK hostel

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A level 400 student in the department of Political Science Bayero University Kano (BUK) died in the Ramat Hall female students’ hostel on Tuesday morning.

Kano Focus reports that Mercy Sunday died of fever and vomiting.

One of her roommates who plead anonymity said Ms Sunday died in the early morning hours after foaming at the mouth.

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BUK Dean of Student Affairs, Shamsuddeen Umar said she died of natural causes.

“She was sick and attended the University clinic where she was taken care of before being discharged to her hostel.”

Dr Umar added that the illness returned on Monday night and she died before daybreak on Tuesday.

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