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Abba Kabir Yusuf vows to defeat fellow contestants



Aminu Abdullahi





The Kano State governorship candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Abba Kabir Yusuf, on Monday categorically declared that he has the capacity to floor his fellow contestants to clinch the governorship seat of the state in the forthcoming polls.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Director of Publicity, NNPP Campaign Council, Hisham Habib, adjudged his principal as the most competent candidate for the race, following the experiences he garnered, over the years, as the commissioner of works during Rabiu Kwankwaso’s administration as governor.

According to Yusuf, “My pedigree and experience is the edge I have, which is far above other contestants for the exalted position of the governorship seat. I also contributed immensely, as the commissioner of works toward the provision of infrastructural development in the state, which is the primary responsibility of the Ministry of Works.

“Over 80 per cent of the network of roads and complex overhead flyovers constructed in Kano were initiated and executed by Kwankwaso’s administration. In my capacity, both as an engineer and workers commissioner, I supervised the construction of the roads and overhead bridges to ensure that they complied, with international standard and specification, both in quality and standard, using my expertise as a professional engineer.”

The statement also said that the 70-page blueprint of the governorship candidate will be deployed to further develop and transform Kano State “to another level of economic growth and development, as never witnessed in the history of the state.”

“The New Nigeria Peoples Party leadership picked Abba, based on his experience and track record, as commissioner of works in the tenure of Dr. Rabiu Kwankwaso, who transformed Kano tremendously to an economic industrialised state.

“The good people of Kano have since been yearning for change, as the APC-led government has wasted eight years, characterised with mismanagement, embezzlement and nepotism, without nothing to pinpoint as its achievement.

“Similarly, pensioners have been shortchanged while civil servants have turned to beggars, while the education sector is already crippled, following the sale of school premises to traders,” the statement added.

Furthermore, the statement, tasked voters to ignore all forms of intimidating remarks by the APC in the state as the governorship election draws nearer, assuring citizens that the NNPP is a lot more prepared and poised  to capture the governorship seat of the state.

The Ganduje-led administration, according to the statement had “disappointed the majority of Kano people, including the youth and retirees, while the candidate of the party for the governorship race, lacks the capacity to add value to governance, as he is a continuation of the wobbling Ganduje-led administration.”

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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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