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NCC yet to renew MTN’s Universal Access Service License 

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The attention of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, said it is yet to renew the MTN Nigeria Universal Access and Service  License (UASL).

KANO FOCUS reports that the Commission’s spokesperson Ikechukwu Adinde revealed this in a statement issued on Monday.

NCC was reacting to a story published by online media that the government has renewed the MTN license for another ten years.

The statement reads in part “The attention of Nigerian Communication Commission has been drawn to a publication in an  online media entitled “Govt renews MTN Nigeria licence amid 20 years of GSM Phones” to the effect that the mobile operating license of MTN has been renewed by the Commission for another period of ten years.

“The online publication which cited regulatory filings by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) as its source, stated that “MTN Nigeria, the nation’s largest mobile network operator (MNO), has secured regulatory approval of the renewal of its operating licence for another 10 years with effect from September 1, 2021.”

“The Commission wishes to state that while MTN Nigeria has applied for the renewal of the Universal Access and Service  License (UASL) granted to it by the Commission, the application is yet to be approved as it is still undergoing required regulatory processes.

“This statement is issued for the guidance of our general stakeholders.”

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Police rescued new born baby abducted at M A Wase hospital 

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Police in Kano said they have rescued a one day old baby abducted at Muhammad Abdullahi Wase Teaching Hospital, Kano.

KANO FOCUS reports that Abdullahi Kiyawa, a police spokesperson in Kano revealed this in a statement issued on Friday.

He said the baby was abducted by a couple Abubakar Sadiq and his wife Maryam Sadiq all of Rijiyar Zaki Quarters, Kano.

It was gathered that the couple were desperate to get a male child.

The statement recalled that on Wednesday one Rabi’u Muhammad of Gayawa quarters, Ungogo local government area reported that on the same day one of his newly-born male twin was found missing at Muhammad Abdullahi Wase Teaching Hospital, Nassarawa.

According to the statement the baby was taken from Muhammad’s sister in-law who was looking after the babies at the corridor of the Maternity ward while she was sleeping.

Kiyawa said upon receiving the report, the Commissioner of Police, Sama’ila Dikko, mobilised a team of detectives to rescue the baby and arrest the culprits.

“The team immediately stormed the scene and launched a search. The Hospital was sealed off and thoroughly combed, but the child could not be found immediately.

“Sustained efforts coupled with intelligence sharing led to the arrest of one Maryam Sadiq, ‘f’, 22 years old, and her husband one Abubakar Sadiq, ‘m’, 50 years old, all of Rijiyar Zaki Quarters, Kano.

Abubakar Sadik and Maryam Sadik

“The Child was recovered from them in their home.

“On preliminary investigation, Maryam confessed that the child was taken away from Muhammad Abdullahi Wase Teaching Hospital Kano and that she carried out the act under the influence of her husband who has been longing a male child,” Kiyawa said.

The Police spokesperson said the new born baby has been re-united with his parents and the Commissioner of Police has ordered the transfer of the case to Criminal Investigation Department for discreet investigation.

He said suspects will be charged to court upon completion of investigation.

Mrs Sadik told journalists that her husband Mr Sadik was the masterminder of the abduction, the accusation he promptly denied.

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ASUU condemns DSS brutality against Prof Muhammad, threatens legal action

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Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Bayero University Kano (BUK) Branch has condemned alleged brutal and uncivilized assault on union’s Kano Zonal Coordinator, Abdulkadir Muhammad, by some operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).

KANO FOCUS reports that a statement jointly signed by chairman and Secretary Haruna Musa and Yusuf Umar respectively described the attack as ”unfortunate, tragic, despicable and embarrassing.”

ASUU considered the attack as the highest form of gross violation of fundamental human rights and has exposed the lack of professionalism on the part of those who perpetrated the cowardly act saying “the attack was unfortunate, tragic, despicable and embarrassing to say the least.”

The statement recalled that “the incident happened on August 18, along the Eastern by-pass in Kano metropolis around 2 pm while Muhammad was driving when these DSS operatives, driving on a high speed and harassing commuters with siren, unprovokedly singled out and stopped him, damaged his car and assaulted him repeatedly.”

“Alas, DSS operatives are notorious for crass violation of fundamental rights of innocent Nigerians through torture and assaults.

“We recall that sometime in 2012, they invaded ASUU-BUK Secretariat at Old Campus and assaulted our then ASUU Kano-Zone Coordinator and Immediate Past Branch Chairperson in their attempt to abduct him.”

ASUU therefore urged the Department of State Services to investigate the matter and bring the perpetrators to book in order to stop the anarchy, torture and harassment of innocent Nigerians.

The Union said it is ready to deploy all the available legal and legitimate instruments to ensure that justice is done on the matter.

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YOSPIS Inaugurates youth reference group

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The Executive Director of Youth Society for the Prevention of Infectious Disease and Social Vices (YOSPIS) Zainab Nasir Ahmad has inaugurated eleven member youth reference group.

KANO FOCUS reports that the group was to revive the activities of YOSPIS and support the implementation of it’s work plan.

Speaking at the occasion Miss Ahmad said the members were selected based on track of their records in humanitarian services.

Zainab Naseer Ahmad

She recalled that ” over the years YOSPIS has consistently responded to the challenges posed by HIV/AIDS, adolescent health, social wellbeing of young people, sexual and reproductive health problems as well as increasing awareness to reduce child morbidity and high mortality rates in Nigeria.

“YOSPIS has earned a formidable reputation in the provision of just, prompt, transparent and efficient research and service delivery to it’s clients in line with community mobilisation/awareness campaign, taking them along on individual and group capacity building to better their stand in their respective communities.”

Miss Ahmad revealed that YOSPIS is working with Kano state ministries of health, environment and education on areas of reproductive health, meanstrual hygiene, tree planting and girl child education.

Earlier in a welcome address the representative of Community Health and Research Initiative CHR, Salisu Musa described the event as historic.

Salisu Musa

Highlights of the event include motivational talk on volunteering by Musa Abdullahi Sufi.

Musa Abdullahi Sufi.

The members Inaugurated are Hannatu Sulaiman Abba, Nura Ahmad Muhammad, Muhammad Dahiru Lawal and Abdulbaki Muhammad.

Others are Khafilu Muhammad Haruna, Hajara Salisu Bako, Khadija Lawal and Mubarak Baba.

The remaining are Bello Shehu Maude, Muhammad Salisu Abdullahi and Rukayya Shuwa.

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