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Kano Govt employs over 600 youth as tax collectors




Nasiru Yusuf



In its bid to reduce youth unemployment and the same time, reduce restiveness and boost socio-economic development of its citizens, Kano State Government has employed more than 600 youth for the State Internal Revenue Service KIRS to accelerate revenue generation policy for overall socioeconomic development of the State.

KANO FOCUS reports that the State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, stated this on Wednesday at the opening of a 3-day Retreat organised by the National Insurance Commission of Nigeria for the Kano State Technical Committee on the Enforcement of Compulsory Insurances in the State, holding at Rockview Hotel, Abuja.

The Governor, who spoke through the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, added that the move have greatly bolster the collection of additional revenue due to the State from so many sources that were before not being properly harnessed.

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje who commended the National Insurance Commission for organizing the Retreat for the state officials, said government will continue to identity itself with relevant federal governments departments and agencies that have signify their intention to support its economic and social developments projects for the overall progress of its citizens.

The Governor then used the occasion to announce the donation of a befitting house by the State Government at Sheikh Nasir Kabara Estate to serve as the Northwest Regional Office of the National Insurance Commission for all its official undertakings.

He reiterate the commitment of Kano State Government to continue to support National Insurance Commission of Nigeria, describing the Retreat organized for the Technical Committee as a noble cause that will be supported to achieve the set objectives.

Earlier, the National Commissioner for Insurance, Oludare Sunday Thomas expressed his appreciation to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for making it possible for the Retreat to take place, with the setting up of an 18 Man Technical Committee on Enforcement of Compulsory Insurances in the State.

Mr. Sunday Thomas said organizing the Retreat was among his happiest moments since his taking over as the Commissioner for Insurance in the Country.

He then announced the decision of the Commission to provide the Technical Committee with necessary support in the areas of publicity in order to sensitize the public and arouse their interest to imbibe insurance policies especially the Islamic Takaful insurance for their respective business and financial undertakings.

The Commissioner then appeal to the Technical Committee to provide a workable and fashionable initiatives in implementing the compulsory Insurances in Kano and make the State assume its position as enviable in the path of economic greatness.

The Technical Committee on the Implementation of the Compulsory Insurances has the Secretary to the State Government as Chairman.

Other members included the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Commissioners of Finance, Commerce, Housing & Transport. The rest are Managing Director of KAROTA, Abubakar Rimi Market, Kantin Kwari and Singer Markets Management Boards, Special Advisers on Inter+Governmental Affairs, Internally Generated Revenue, Executive Chairman, Kano Internal Revenue Service, Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense, Kano, State Commissioner of Police, while Ibrahim Bawa is its Secretary.

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Police arrest ninety-six suspects in Kano over attempts to disrupt inauguration activities








Ninety- six suspects were arrested by the Nigeria Police in Kano following alleged attempts to disrupt peace in the state during Monday’s inauguration ceremony.


KANO FOCUS reports that State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Usaini Gumel, who disclosed this at a press conference held at the Command’s Bompai headquarters, Wednesday remarked that the arrest followed a series of crackdowns by his men.


He noted that the suspects, who were picked up differently across the state within the last one week included 56 suspected mobile phone robbers, 17 illicit drug related suspects, and 20 suspects who were arrested on account of attempts to commit violent crimes.


Items recovered from the suspects included five cartons of suspected Tramadol tablets, 83 sachets of suspected Diazepam and 371 pieces of rubber solution, including 12 parcels and 303 wraps of dried leaves.


Other recoveries from the suspects included 157 weapons, four locally made guns, one toy gun and 18 mobile phones as well as 34 ATMs .


He explained that preliminary investigations had led them to conclude that the suspects were saboteurs and sponsored criminals given that they were found with dangerous weapons and were also under the influence of drugs during their arrest


Usaini added that all the suspects would soon be charged to court even as he advised the members of the public to be law abiding.


He insisted that the Police would continue to match its words with actions until all the criminally minded persons in the state repented or decided to leave the state.



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Alleged $1.3 fraud: EFCC withdraws amended charges against Zaura



Aminu Abdullahi








The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has sought the withdrawal of its amended charge against the Kano Central senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Abdulsalam Abdulkareem Zaura before the Federal high court sitting in Kano.


KANO FOCUS reports that prior to Wednesday’s retraction, EFCC at the last proceeding failed to produce prosecution witnesses to prove the criminal charges against the defendant, which necessitated another adjournment of the matter.


AA Zaura as fondly known is being held by the financial crime commission for alleged financial fraud in the sum of $1.3 million dollars in a prolong retrial involving a Kuwaiti nationale.

At the resumption of the matter before Justice Mohammad Nasir Yunusa on Wednesday, counsel to the EFCC, Aisha A.T Habeeb told the court the withdrawal of the application already served the defendant become pertinent to forestall possible delay in the case.


Although, Zaura through his counsel, Isyaka M. Dikko, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria SAN had filed a motion on notice seeking the court’s convienent to struck out the amended charge for lacking in substance.


Earlier, Zaura informed the court of it’s pending motion on notice dated 12th April,2023 prayed for the court lordship order of stay of proceedings of the trial pending the hearing and determination of application on a related matter before the supreme court.


Zaura through his attorney, Dikko SAN contended that it would amount to double exercise for the lower court to continue with the matter presently pending before the apex court.


The senior lawyer told Justice Yunusa that application before the Supreme Court is challenging the Appeal court judgement that order the retrial after the defendant already discharged and acquitted.


In a counter argument, the prosecution counsel, Habeeb pledged for outright dismissal of the defendant application, insisted the motion was orchestrated to delay the trial.


Barrister Habeeb countered the defendant on the pending application before the supreme court, insisted the matter has already being decided by the apex court. The EFCC lawyer cited references of previous matters which disallowed criminal trial and allowed a concurrent proceeding.

In a swift response, Zaura’s lawyer Dikko SAN counter the objection of the prosecution, reaffirming that the application before the supreme court is rather pending and yet to be decided.


Even though, the EFCC stood her ground on the conviction that Supreme Court had already dismissed Zaura’s application, the prosecution was unable to furnish the court with prove of evidence when asked to do so.


In his ruling, Justice Yunusa ordered the parties to supply the court with necessary documents to back their claims. The case is adjourned to 13th July 2023 for ruling on the application.







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Abba Kabir Yusuf set up task force on phone snatching in Kano



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

Kano State Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, has set up a special joint taskforce to fight phone snatching and other street crimes in the urban and semi-urban areas of the state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Governor, who spoke in Kiru Reformatory Centre, Monday, disclosed that “this taskforce comprises of teams from law enforcement agencies and mobile courts that would work together to clear our streets of these criminals and bring all of them to justice swiftly.”

He explained that “My first port of call after the inauguration, was the Kiru Reformatory School, which will be fully reopened soonest for the purpose of rehabilitating drug addicts.

“Due to the persistent cases of armed robbery (especially phone snatching), and other violent crimes being perpetrated on the streets of our State, we have formed a Special Joint Taskforce to fight phone snatching and other street crimes. This taskforce comprises of teams from law enforcement agencies and mobile courts that would work together to clear our streets of these criminals and bring all of them to justice swiftly.”

In a statement by ASN II Sadiq Muhammad Maigatari, Ag. PRO, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Kano Command, which was made available to newsmen, revealed that the governor and the commander engaged in fruitful discussions on how to effectively curtail the menace.

Maigatari stated that NDLEA Kano State Command is grateful for the governor’s support in his fight against drug abuse.

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