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Doguwa apologises to Leadership reporter over alleged assault



Nasiru Yusuf



The Majority Leader in the House of Representatives Alhassan Ado Doguwa, has publicly apologised to Leadership Newspaper Correspondent in Kano Abdullahi Yakubu, whom he allegedly assaulted recently.

KANO FOCUS reports that Yakubu had dragged Doguwa to a Magistrate Court in Kano for allegedly assaulting him during a press conference at the legislator’s residence.

The press conference was said to be at the instance of Mr Doguwa, who was accused of gate-crashing into an All Progressives Congress stakeholders meeting in Kano recently, with the meeting ending in crisis.

The court subsequently ordered the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 1, to investigate the alleged assault case filed by the journalist against the lawmaker.

Appearing before the AIG on Friday, Doguwa said he was not aware of the summon to appear before the police authority over the assault allegation until same Friday when he received the invitation, hence his appearance.

The lawmaker, representing Doguwa/Tudun Wada federal constituency, said in an audio clip obtained by Kano Focus on Sunday, that he immediately apologised to the journalist, who incidentally had been his friend for over 30 years.

‘’I am a trained journalist. Even after my service at the National Assembly, I will still go back to my primary constituency of journalism, hence, I am very sorry over the issue,’’ Doguwa said in the interview.

‘’It was never intentional because even Abdullahi Yakubu knows the kind of person I am.

‘’Honestly, if there has been any journalist that seriously promoted my activities so far, it is Yakubu.

‘’Even in some instances, we write the story together, where I correct him in some of the writeups and we would be happy over the whole scenario.

‘’Also, in some cases I come up with writeups, he would correct me, saying professionally, ‘this is wrong in journalism.’

‘’Just like I said earlier, I have known Abdullahi for over 30 years, so with this, I have publicly apologised to him because it was the word assault in the case against me that left me in jittery. Because I am aware of human rights and that of a journalist.’’

‘’This is because journalists are like soldiers and police, their job is a front line job. I have a lot of respect for them,” he said.

According to Doguwa, after apologising to the journalist before the police, the issue has been resolved amicably as Yakubu accepted his apology.

Mr Yakubu who confirmed that they had been friends for over 30 years, said he had forgiven the lawmaker and would ask his lawyers to withdraw the matter before the court.

Yakubu said he had to drag the lawmaker to court to demand his right over the assault, but since he had apologised, and as a Muslim, he had forgiven Doguwa.

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370 bag PhD, 180 first class as BUK holds 38th convocation



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

The Vice Chancellor of Bayero University Kano (BUK), Professor Sagir Adamu Abbas, has said that during the 38th convocation of the BUK commencing Tuesday over 11,284 students will graduate, while 180 students will be graduating with First Class Honours.

KANO FOCUS reports that 370 postgraduate students are graduating with PhDs and 3,770 are going out with Masters degrees.

This was just as the university would award honorary doctorate degrees to the Deputy Senate President, Barau Jibrin, and the President of the African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adeshina, to complement their efforts in supporting their community and the nation at large.

Professor Abbas, disclosed this on Monday while briefing journalists on the preparations for the forthcoming convocation.

Management staff of Bayero University Kano

According to him,” This year the university is introducing a stager’s convocation, aimed at ensuring that every student feels the impact of his graduation.

He maintained that this year the university is graduating a total of 11,284 students, which would cut across different faculties and departments.

He, however, disclosed that the richest man in Africa, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, would deliver a lecture with the title ” The Role of the Private Sector in Building a Sustainable Economy in Nigeria.”

He further disclosed that “the convocation would commence with 6 faculties: Agriculture 307, Art and Islamic Studies, Education, Law, and Pharmaceutical Sciences and that this year’s convocation would be done with a pampered”.

Speaking further, Prof. Abbas hinted that the university currently has 379 professors teaching at BUK, with 18 faculties and 16 research centres.

BUK is now ranked 5th in Nigeria based on a ranking body based in the UK. It ranked fifth after Covenant University, the University of Ibadan, the University of Lagos, and Ekiti, all based in the South West. So, by this, BUK is leading in 5 other regions: South East, South-South, North West, North East and North Central

According to him, the BuK had a breakthrough in research on the sex of date seed, which has increased the farming capacity of the date in Jigawa State from 45 per cent to almost 80 per cent.

The BUK also recorded another giant stride in a breakthrough in the E-Motive at the Centre of Excellence, Africa Centre of Excellence—Population and Policies, ACE-PAP. It saved 60 per cent of maternal mortality.“

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NPFL: Kano Pillars beats Sunshine Stars 5-1



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim


Kano Pillars Football Club on Sunday thrashed Sunshine Stars of Akure 5-1 in the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League match.

KANO FOCUS reports that the match day 21 which was played at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kofar-Mata, Kano, was watched by a large crowd.

Mustapha Ibrahim scored a brace with goals in the 48th and 52nd minutes, while Rabiu Ali, Auwalu Malam and Umar Shehu scored a goal each in the encounter.

The visitors scored a consolation goal in the 82nd through a penalty.

Speaking after the match, Chief Coach of Kano Pillars, Audu Maikaba, commended his players for what he described as an excellent performance.

“You know every match comes with its challenges, and we always take it as it comes. Today’s encounter was interesting and our boys played well and thank God we won the game,” said Mr Maikaba.

He assured that the team would perform better in its subsequent matches.

The coach explained that the team had put modalities on ground to win its upcoming away match against Katsina United.

On his part, Assistant Coach of Sunshine Stars, Ifeanyi Nwachukwu, said his team tried their best but lost to a good side.

“It is unfortunate that we lost the match but that’s football, you win some you lose some. We are going to work hard to cover up our lapses in our next encounter,” he said.

Kano Pillars now have 36 points from 21 matches, occupying third position on the table.

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EFCC arrests 11 suspects accused of selling new Naira notes in Kano



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim


Operatives of the Kano Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 11 suspects for their alleged involvement in the sale of new naira notes for commercial purposes.

KANO FOCUS reports that the suspects were arrested on Monday, February 19, following fruitful intelligence that un-masked a syndicate of fraudsters operating along Lagos Street, adjacent to the Central Bank of Nigeria, Kano.

A statement published on EFCC Facebook said the syndicate allegedly specialized in selling naira notes.

It added that five members of the syndicate were arrested with new naira notes being sold to the public. Six bankers who were alleged to be selling the naira notes to the sellers on commission were also arrested.

The statement noted that the suspects will soon be arraigned in court upon conclusion of the investigation.

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