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Abduljabbar accuses Ganduje of linking him with Boko Haram, Maitatsine

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Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara

Nasiru Yusuf

The legal team of the embattled cleric AbdulJabbar Sheikh Nasiru Kabara has accused Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of allegedly linking the cleric to the dreaded Maitatsine and the Boko Haram group.

Addressing journalists on Sunday, the team led by Saleh Bakaro, said the Governor while addressing Islamic cleric on Monday, also allegedly admitted of making order for the detention of their client.

KANO FOCUS reports that Mr Bakaro, who accused the Governor of concluding that the cleric abused Prophet Muhammad while the case is still in court, also challenged the legality of arraigning the cleric in court at 7.30pm without access to his legal team while his phones were also confiscated.

“As Lawyers, we are not unaware of the fact that there are pending cases before the State and Federal High Courts as well as the Upper Sharia court.

“What prompted us to address you today concerning the issues is the unfortunate development where the Chief Executive of the Government of Kano state made some disturbing utterances which we view as being prejudicial and threat to the cause of justice as it relates to our client, Shiekh Abduljabbar Nasir Kabara.

Barr. Saleh Bakaro

“On Monday 19th July,2021, the Governor of Kano state in the midst of some religious personalities made statements implying and linking our client to the dreaded Maitatsine and Boko Haram groups.

“The Governor also admitted making the Order for the detention of our client at the National Correctional Centre Kano, the Order which ought to have been made by the court before which our client is standing trial in case No. CR/1/2021,” Bakaro alleged.

The team however cautioned the Governor against further interfering in the case, while equally calling on International Bar Association and other relevant stakeholders to closely monitor the activities and ensure justice is served.

“We are afraid the governor maybe the one to write the judgment with the way and manner the case is going. We therefore call on the Executive Governor of Kano state to desist from further interfering in the cause of the judicial process as all the issues are now before various courts of law.

“We also call on all stakeholders including the International Bar Association, Nigerian Bar Association, Civil Society Organisations and security agencies of Nigeria to closely monitor the activities of the Kano state government in relation to the cases and ensure that justice is not only done but seen to have been done to our client,” Bakaro said.

When contacted for reaction, Commissioner for Information Malam Muhammad Garba said government will not react on matter already before the court.

The Upper Sharia court sitting on Kofar Kudu has fixed July 28, 2021 to hear the blasphemy charge against Sheikh Abduljabbar who is presently remanded at Kano correctional centre.

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Gov. Yusuf Flag off Distribution of Over N1 billion Worth Free Fertilizers to Smallholder Farmers in Kano

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Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf Thursday unveiled distribution of free fertilizers worth over one billion naira to smallholder farmers including females and People with Disabilities in the state.

A statement by Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, the Spokesperson to the Governor, said the initiative was in fulfillment of Governor Yusuf’s campaign promise to improve livelihood through investment on Agribusiness.

Governor Yusuf had during his campaign activities towards 2023 elections promised to champion Agricultural transformation through provision of quality and affordable Agricultural inputs as contained in his 70 page blueprint presented to the good people of Kano tittled “My Commitment for Kano”

Besides, the Dawakin-Tofa revealed the over a billion naira worth NPK fertilizers that was distributed to 52,800 smallholder farmers across the 44 Local Government areas were produced by the state owned Kano Agricultural Supply Company (KASCO).

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf while flagging off the agric input disbursement explained the intention was to reduce cost of production and boost food security.

The state executive council had also approved the procurement of over five billion naira worth fertilizers that will soon be made available to Kano farmers at subsedised rate.

The Governor stressed that farmers already battling with high cost of inputs and labour occasioned by economic reality, now have cause to redouble energy to multiple their produces.

He emphasised on the government readiness to sustain food production through regular supply of fertilizer production by the state owned company (KASCO). Governor Yusuf said KASCO and other state manufacturering centres are being strengthening to revertilise revenue flow and sustain the economy of the economy of the state.

The beneficiaries which include women farmers and people living with disabilities are expected to recieve 25kg of NPK fertilizer to support thier farming activities and eventually boost the yeild of thier crops and improve livelihood of the people.

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Agriculture: Gov. Yusuf issues stern warning against diversion of fertilizer distributed to Kano farmers..

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… As Emir Sanusi harps on fairness in sharing

The Kano State Governor, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, has issued a stern warning to officials of the state against the diversion of fertilizer distributed to 52,800 farmers across the 44 Local Government Areas.

This was contained in a statement issued by the governor’s spokesperson Sunusi Bature Dawakin Tofa on Thursday.

The governor’s warning was made during the flag-off of the distribution of free fertilizer to farmers across the 44 local governments, held at the Open Arena, Government House, Kano.

The Governor mandated the Kano Project Protection Association (Kano-PRO-PA) to ensure adherence to the distribution guidelines intended for smallholder farmers.

“Any government official found diverting this fertilizer will be dealt with severely.

“We will not tolerate corruption. This gesture is meant for real farmers,” the Governor warned.

In his remark the Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II, emphasized the importance of fairness in the distribution exercise to achieve the set goals and objectives.

He noted that the gesture was timely, as the Emirate has received reports from District Heads about the high price of fertilizer impeding farming during the 2024 rainy season, potentially causing food shortages.

Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II added that ensuring the fertilizer reaches the intended beneficiaries and providing the necessary farm inputs will significantly assist in achieving a bumper harvest.

He urged farmers to judiciously utilize the given resources.

The Emir also called on well-to-do individuals, philanthropists, and those capable in society to empower farmers with inputs and aid the needy during these trying times.

He commended the Kano State Government under the leadership of Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf for initiating people-oriented projects aimed at uplifting the standard of living of Kano’s populace.

Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II prayed for peace, unity, stability, prosperity, and economic development in the state and beyond.

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Gov. Yusuf reinstates Emir of Gaya, appoints two others for Rano, Karaye emirates

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Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

 

Gov. Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State has approved the appointment of three second class Emirs of Rano, Gaya and Karaye Emirates.

 

KANO FOCUS reports that the new emirs are to serve as second class answerable to Kano emirate.

 

According to a statement issued by Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, the Spokesperson to the Governor and made available to journalists in Kano the newly appointed Emirs are: Alhaji Muhammad Mahraz Karaye, as Emir of Karaye (who until his appointment was the District Head of Rogo); Alhaji Muhammad Isa Umar, as Emir of Rano (who until his appointment, was the District Head of Bunkure) and Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim Abdulkadir Gaya, as Emir of Gaya (who was the emir of the defunct Gaya emirate).

 

While congratulating the newly appointed Emirs, Governor Abba K. Yusuf enjoined them to be custodians of culture, peace and unity of the people in thier respective emirates.

 

You may recall that the Governor had on Tuesday the 16th of July, 2024 signed into law three second class emirates in the state with Rano covering only Rano, Kibiya and Bunkure Local Government areas. Gaya covering only Gaya, Ajingi and Albasu Local Government areas. Karaye covers only Karaye and Rogo Local Government areas.

 

The appointments are with immediate effect.

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