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CITAD condemns rise in gender base violence cases in Kano

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The center for information technology and development CITAD has lamented the increasing rate of gender-based violence in Kano.

KANO FOCUS reports that the gender program officer of the center Zainab Aminu made the condemnation on Tuesday in Kano.

Ms. Aminu was speaking at an event organized to present the reported cases of Gender-based violence in the month of December 2021 monitored by the center.

She said the data collated shows that GBV is been perpetrated against both male and female gender with a higher number of female victims within all age ranges in both rural, urban, and suburban communities with prevalence in Urban communities.

The Gender Program officer said the case highly reported is Sexual Harassment and the perpetrators are mostly male.

She added that observations have shown that most of the perpetrators were not related to the victims.

“Although in some cases reported, the perpetrators are either family members, teachers/lecturers, student peers of the victims.

“In comparison with the data obtained in previous months, there was an increase in the reported cases from that of previous months.

“Online harassment in December has an increase of 25% from the previous month.

“Sexual blackmail case still remains 1 reported case.

“In the case of Sexual Harassment, 18 cases were reported in December which depicts a 25% increase.

“For sexual abuse, we had 6 cases in December with a 25% increase.

“We observed 6 reported cases of wife battering in the month of December which also depicts a 25% increase in reported cases compared to the previous month.

“This shows that there is still need for actions to be taken in terms of Gender-Based Violence in the state in order to eliminate/curb GBV,” Ms. Aminu noted.

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Police taking orders from unknown source against Kano-State government

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The Kano State Government has expressed concern over the actions of the State Police Commissioner, who has been accused of disobeying the directives of the Governor, particularly regarding the banning of Eid-el-Kabir festivities.

In a press conference held at the Africa House of the Government House, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for justice, Haruna Isa Dederi, addressed the ongoing issues, stating, “I am compelled to address you once again on behalf of His Excellency, the Executive Governor and the Government of Kano State over the unfortunate activities of some enemies of the State that are hell-bent on causing a breakdown of law and order in our State.”

a series of actions that have contributed to the current tension, including the recent passing and signing of the Kano State Emirate Councils (Repeal) Bill, 2024.

“On May 23, 2024, the State House of Assembly passed the bill, which was promptly signed into law by the Governor after thorough consultations with relevant stakeholders and law enforcement agencies.” The government stated.

The Attorney General who spoke on behalf of Governor Abba Yusuf noted that despite the measures, certain individuals have been accused of attempting to destabilize the state.
“Some people are desperately scheming to unjustly penalize the people of Kano for keeping to the tradition of radical politics of voting with their conscience,” the statement read, referring to the repeal of the 2019 Emirates Law and the ensuing litigation.

The government also addressed the recent judgment by the Federal High Court No. 3 in Kano, which claimed that the former emir’s fundamental rights were infringed upon, including allegations of house arrest.

The Kano State Government disputed this, stating, “No one forced him into Gidan Nassarawa, belonging to the government of Kano State.

He went in there and stayed there on his own volition accompanied by security guards. Therefore, no one put him under house arrest.”

The government emphasized the Governor’s constitutional duty as the Chief Security Officer of the State to ensure the protection of lives and properties.

“When the former emir came in accompanied by hoodlums clearly threatening the peace and orderliness of the State, the Governor was under a duty to act to ensure peace, and that was why he issued the arrest order,” it said, noting that the arrest was never actually carried out by security agencies.

Further concerns were raised about the Police Commissioner’s actions, particularly the unilateral decision to ban Eid-el-Kabir festivities without consulting the Governor or the State Security Council.

“How can anybody in his right senses ban Sallah festivities in Kano? And when did the State Governor cease to be the Chief Security Officer of the State that he will only see such a ban on social media?” the statement questioned, accusing the Commissioner of consistently disobeying legitimate instructions and hiding behind “orders from above.”

The government called on all well-meaning Nigerians and international friends of Nigeria to intervene and allow the people of Kano to live in peace. “Any attempt by anybody to undo that is an assault on democracy,” the statement concluded, urging the people of Kano to continue their legitimate activities peacefully and promising to keep them informed as events unfold.

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Kano Pilgrims Move to Muna, commence Hajj exercise

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Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

 

The Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board has announced the successful movement of its pilgrims to Muna, Saudi Arabia, marking the beginning of the Hajj exercise.

KANO FOCUS reports that Ibrahim Garba Shuaibu, the Head of Media Team for Kano State Pilgrims and also the Deputy Governor’s Spokesperson, disclosed this in a statement issued to journalists on Friday.

According to Shuaibu, the relocation began on Thursday night, with the deployment of all the pilgrims, after securing their comfortable camps at Muna.

The Amirul Hajj of the State who is the Deputy Governor, Comrade Aminu Abdussalam Gwarzo, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Jibril Falgore, members of the state House of Assembly, Head of Service Alhaji Abdullahi Musa, is among those who arrived at Muna camp.

He further explained that Alhaji Kabir Muhammad Panda, Director operations of the board said kits for each pilgrim, including soap, mats, Maclean, toothpaste, and other necessities have been provided at the tents.

“To ensure security and organization, only pilgrims with ID cards issued by the board will be allowed into the Kano pilgrims’ tent” apart from the NUSUK identity card’ Panda said.

According to him, the team deployed at Muna, comprising preachers, medical personnel and welfare guides, as well as members of the security committee.

He further added that the advance team will proceed to Arafat by midnight of friday to make similar arrangements that will facilitate a seamless operation.

Also, the Deputy Commandant General of Hisbah women wing, Dr Khadija Sulaiman was seen busy arranging women in an orderly manner inside the Mina camp.

The arrival of pilgrims in Muna is a significant milestone in the Hajj pilgrimage, which attracts millions of Muslims from around the world annually.

Muna transforms into a vast tent city, offering temporary accommodation, medical care, food, water, and other essential services.

During their stay in Mina, pilgrims will perform various prayers, including Dhuhr, Asr, Maghrib, Isha, and Fajr, following the example of the Prophet.

The Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board has assured a comfortable and spiritually enriching experience for all pilgrims.

*IBRAHIM GARBA SHUAIBU*
*Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor of Kano State and Head of Media Team for Kano State pilgrims 2024*
*14th June, 2024*

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Sheikh Mahy Niasse denies urging Emir Sanusi to step down

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Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

The Supreme leader of the Tijjaniyya Ibrahimiyya Sect, Sheikh Muhammad Mahi Niasse, has debunked a letter making the round that he appealed to the Reinstated Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II to step down and follow his grandfather’s footsteps.

KANO FOCUS reports that this was just as the organisation said: “This is the second time these kinds of letters have been forged against our Global Tijjaniyya leader; the same things were done during the previous administration of Umar Ganduje, but this time around, anybody who is behind it will have himself to blame.”

However, in a counter letter written in Arabic and translated to Hausa, signed by the Commissioner of Religious Matters of Kano State and who also doubled as the Nigeria spokesperson of the Global Tijjaniyya Leader, Sani Auwalu Ahmad Tijjani, the purported letter asking Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II to step down is a forged one and does not emanate from their leader.

The letter reads: In fact, the purported letter touches on the integrity of our leader, who sees Muhammadu Sanusi II as his disciple in Nigeria and a person of humble background with sound religious character.”.

He said, “We have given those behind the purported letter to, within 24 hours, show themselves and explain from where it’s emanated and to whom it was sent; otherwise, we will not hesitate in taking legal action against them.”

He said already that security has been detailed on the matter, and anybody who is behind it will soon face the full wrath of the laws, “because we ask him to be arrested and prosecuted duly.”

Tijjani stated that they will not allow the continued destruction of the names of their religious leader and will always link him to things that he has never written.

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