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INEC increases Kano Polling Units to 11,222



Prof. Riskua Arabu Shehu

Nasiru Yusuf



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has increased the number of polling units in Kano State from 8,074 to 11,222 to make voting easier for electorates.

KANO FOCUS reports that the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Riskua Shehu revealed this on Tuesday while delivering an address at a one-day workshop on electoral reporting in Kano.

He said as of January 14th only 77,255 of the 128,628 applicants completed their online voter registrations in Kano, leaving behind 40 per cent as invalid.

He said the incomplete registrations were mainly because the voters were ignorant of the registration process.

He added that the commission has identified over 200,000 multiple registrations in Kano during the previous exercise.

“We have 481,318 both old and new PVC yet to be collected. Some people are registering more than once. I will blame that on their inability to understand that the registration is not for everyone,” he said.

“As of 14th of January, 2022 there were 77,255 valid registrations of all the registered figures while 40 per cent are invalid. People should understand that this registration exercise is not for everybody but for those who have not registered before, those who want to change location and those who want to correct their captured details. Those who have their permanent voters card don’t need to register again unless it is lost or destroyed,” he said.

Mr Riskua said people should be tolerant of their opponents in politics, adding that there was no reason anyone should die because of politics.

He called on radio stations to desist from allocating airtime to politicians who are notorious for making defamatory statements and hate speeches on air.

He said Kano is a sensitive state and violence in the state can destabilise the North-west region.

On his part, the Kano State Chapter Nigerian Union of Journalists(NUJ) Chairman, Abbas Ibrahim, solicited INEC’s support to make the interactive session with journalists regularly in order to keep them abreast of the current trend and fill the gap of misinformation and disinformation.

Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

Mr Ibrahim, who was represented by the NUJ Financial Secretary, Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim, assured the commission that journalists in the state would be for fair and factual coverage of the electoral process.

Also speaking, Chairman Kano Correspondent Chapel, Ibrahim Garba-Shu’aibu, said the workshop was to educate journalists on the new issues of amendment of electoral acts and effective reporting.

The event featured paper presentation from Suleiman Alkali, Sule Umar and A A Maulud.

Group picture with INEC REC Kano

Over 20 participants drawn from various media organisations operating in the state participated in the workshop.

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Abba Kabir Yusuf asks Fuel Marketers to reverse to old price



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim




Kano state Governor, Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf has urged petroleum marketers to reverse the prices of petroleum goods to its old rate in order to lessen the current hardship experienced by the general public.

KANO FOCUS reports that the appeal is contained in a statement issued by Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, the chief press secretary to the governor.

The governor said he is aware that the marketers still had old products in stock that were supposed to be sold at the previous pricing.

“To reduce the needless hardship on the state’s citizens, the marketers should exercise some restraint and quickly reopen all filling stations with available products in stock to sell at the former price.

“As a concerned Governor, I am disheartened to see our dear People of Kano suffering as a result of an unjustified fuel hike, and the situation must be stopped right away,” the governor said.

Kano, according to governor, is the commercial hub for the country’s northern region as well as certain countries in West Africa, and its bustling populace continues to enjoy favorable business conditions.

The Governor urged the good citizens of Kano state to maintain their composure and uphold the law because the government is always prepared to make sure that people are doing their affairs conveniently.

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Abba Kabir Yusuf appoints Rahila Mukhtar to head KSCHMA




Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim




Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has announced the appointment of Rahila Mukhtar as executive secretary of the Kano State Healthcare Contributory Management Agency (KCHMA).


KANO FOCUS reports that this is contained in a statement by his chief press secretary Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa on Thursday.


Yusuf also approved the appointment of Garba Bichi as managing director of the Kano State Water Board, Hassan Danbaffa as managing director of the Kano State Road Maintenance Agency (KARMA), Ibrahim Yakubu as managing director of the Kano State Urban Planning and Development Authority (KNUPDA) and Abdulkadir Abdussalam as the accountant-general.


KANO FOCUS reports that the government said a date for their swearing-in would be announced soon to enable them to assume the new responsibilities.




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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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