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Kano Pillars appoints Evans Ogenyi as Technical Adviser

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Mukhtar Yahaya Usman

The Management of Kano Pillars Football Club has unveiled former Nasarawa United Coach, Evans Ogenyi, as the club’s new Technical Adviser.

KANO FOCUS reports that this was announced on Thursday at the Kano State Sport Commissions office.

The Club’s acting Chairman, Ibrahim Galadima, explained that the new technical adviser had signed a one-year contract, effective from December 1, 2022, after screening about 30 suitable candidates.

Galadima said that a Mexican, two Ghanaians, one Togolese, one Ivorian and nine other foreigners applied for the job.

“This signing of a new technical adviser is aimed at bringing the lost glory of the club and enable it return to Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) next season,” he said.

While speaking, Evans Ogenyi, thanked the club’s management for giving him the chance to serve and contribute toward the development of football in the state.

“I assure you I will do my best to transform the club and enhance the performance of the players,” he said.

The former coach of Lobi Stars, however, appealed for support to enable him succeed.

Kano Pillars were relegated to the Nationwide League last season after their dismal performance in the league.

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Emir Sanusi holds Sallah durbar amidst pomp and pageantry

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Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

 

The Emir of Kano, Malam Mohammad Sanusi ll has conducted a unique Sallah durbar where he received greetings from residents of the ancient city.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Emir had earlier led a two-rakaat Eid prayers at Sheikh Ahmad Tijjani Jumu’at Mosque in Kofar Mata, Kano.

Delivering a sermon after the Eid prayers, Emir Sanusi advised Muslims to embrace the culture of helping the needy and preaching peace.

The Emir emphasized the importance of following Prophet Muhammad’s teachings, which emphasize helping the needy, especially during Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

He also urged the public to intensify prayers for peaceful coexistence in Kano and the nation.

Despite economic challenges, many residents performed the Sallah sacrifice and dressed colorfully, while security personnel were deployed to ensure peace and security.

Some residents expressed disappointment over the cancellation of the Sallah Durbar by police.

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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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