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IPOB Crisis: NMA condemns killing of medical doctors

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Dr Usman Ali flanked by other executives of the association

Nasiru Yusuf

The Kano state branch of Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has condemned the killings of medical doctors in Anambra state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Chairman of the association, Usman Ali also condemned the abduction of doctors and other health workers by insurgents.

Mr Ali made the condemnation at a press conference organised to mark the commencement of 2021 Physicians’ Week, held at the NMA secretariat in Kano on Monday,

The NMA was making reference to assassination of Lawrence Ezenwa, a medical doctor and chieftain of People’s Democratic Party, PDP, recently killed in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State by unknown gunmen.

His death came a few days after the killing of another medical doctor, Chike Akunyili,  husband to a former Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, and Minister of information, late Dora Akunyili.

According to him, the federal government  should use its power to rescue medical doctors in captivity of kidnappers and ensure security and safety of health workers in the country.

“We are using this medium to condemn kidnapping and killing of doctors and other health workers by insurgents. The current killings of doctors in Anambra state is condemned in its strongest terms.

” we again, urge the federal government to do all within its powers to rescue those in captivity while ensuring the security and safety of all the health workers as well as every Nigerian,” he appealed.

The chairman also called on state governments to settle the doctors outstanding payments in order to prevent further industrial action.

He explained that the ceremony involves prayers in mosques and churches, advocacy to critical stakeholders in all the 36 states and the FCT.

Other line of activities, according to him, include medical outreach in Kano North senatorial district, honoring colleagues who have made significant positive contributions to the medical profession and the health sector as a whole, among other programmes.

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AIG orders investigation of Policeman seen voting in Kano APC Congress

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Aminu Abdullahi

The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone Abubakar Sadiq Bello has ordered the investigation of unprofessional conduct of a policeman caught on camera voting during state congress of All progressive Congress (APC) in Kano.

KANO FOCUS reportsthat in view of the unprofessional conduct of the policeman, the AIG has referred the matter to the Zonal X-Squad for investigation.

A statement issued on Monday by Zonal Police Public Relations Officer Abubakar Zayyanu identified the police officer as Bashir Mohammed attached to the government house, Kano, from where he was deployed to work with the state Chairman of APC Abdullahi Abbas as a security aide.

Mr Zayyanu noted that if the inspector is found to have committed an offence by this action, the appropriate disciplinary measure will be taken against him.

He further assured the general public that further development on the matter will be communicated.

The statement reads in part.

“The attention of the Inspector-General of Police Zone one Headquarters, Kano has been drawn to a trending picture on social media, of an inspector of police casting vote at the recently conducted Kano State congress of the APC along with his principal, the state party chairman, Abdullahi Abbas.

“The inspector of police has been identified as Bashir Mohammed of the Special Protection Unit, Base One, Kano. The inspector is attached to the government house, Kano from where he was deployed to work with the said Abdullahi Abbas as a security aide.

“In view of this seemingly unprofessional conduct of the inspector, the AIG has referred the matter to the Zonal X-Squad for investigation.

“If the inspector is found to have committed a disciplinary offence by this action, the appropriate disciplinary measure will be taken against him.

“Finally,  we want assure members of the public that further development on the matter will be communicated please.”

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EFCC Grills Rabiu Kwankwaso

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Rabiu Kwankwaso

Nasiru Yusuf

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Saturday grilled former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso over allegations of abuse of office, diversion of public funds and fraudulent allocation of government properties to cronies.

KANO FOCUS reports that Kwankwaso, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, was first invited by the EFCC in September but failed to honour the invitation as reported by Channels TV.

An associate of the politician informed Channels Television that Kwankwanso may have been invited in relation to a petition by some retired employees of the Kano State Government.

The retired employees had told the EFCC that the former governor mismanaged pension remittances to the tune of N10 billion between 2011 and 2015, to fund a housing project for his cronies.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren did not comment on the interrogation of the former governor when contacted on Saturday.

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Crisis rocks Kano APC as Ganduje, Shekarau hold parallel Congress

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Aminu Abdullahi

Crisis rocked Kano chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC), as Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and faction loyal to former governor of Kano and serving Senator Ibrahim Shekarau held parallel state congress.

KANO FOCUS reports that while Ganduje group held their congress at Sani Abacha stadium, faction loyal to Shekarau had their own at Janguza town, Tofa local government area.

Ganduje’s led group endorsed Abdullahi Abbas as state chairman of APC for a second term in a consensus arrangement, while the faction loyal to Shekarau announced Ahmadu Haruna Zago as newly elected chairman of APC in Kano state.

Reports shows that the security have earlier disrupted Shekarau’s camp congress at Sani Abacha youth centre and sealed the premises before they moved to Janguza where they held the election.

Below are some pictures of the parallel Congress.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje while voting at Sani Abacha stadium

 

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje with APC chieftains

 

Delegates at Sani Abacha stadium

Ballot box

Factional chairman of Kano APC Ahmadu Haruna Zago

Ahmadu Haruna Zago and Abdilkadir Jobe

APC factional congress at Janguza

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