The Kano State House of Assembly on Monday suspended five lawmakers for insubordination, and bridge of the rules and regulations of the House during last Monday’s rowdy session at the floor of the Assembly prior to the removal of Muhammadu Sanusi II.
At a preliminary session, Speaker of the House Abdulaziz Gafasa who announced the suspension following a point of order presented by one of the members, said the lawmakers are to remain suspended for six months.
The suspended lawmakers include Muhammad Bello representing Rimin Gado, Labaran Madari of Warawa, Garba Gwarmai of Kunchi/Tsanyawa, Maje Ahmed of Kano municipal and Isyaku Ali of Gezawa.
Responding to the suspension, one of the affected lawmakers, Muhammad Bello told Channels Television that their suspension did not follow due process and that it violates order 8 which empowers committee on ethics and privileges to investigate any violation of House rules.
“Even if there is a violation of rules the committee should take care of it but none of these was put into considerations, we will, therefore, discuss among ourselves and see what we can come up with,” Mr Bello stated.
The Kano State House of Assembly has received a fresh petition against Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II for alleged behavioural misconduct.
The petition, according to the Chairman committee on local government and Emirates, Hon. Zubairu Masu was submitted by two people requesting the house to make a necessary and thorough investigation about the allegations, they claim is contrary to the culture and tradition of the people of Kano.
During plenary on Wednesday, the report was submitted to the House Committee on petitions for considerations.
The assembly also constituted a committee headed by the Deputy Speaker, Hamisu Chidare and seven others to investigate the petition against the Emir.
Meanwhile, a source within the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, said Emir Sanusi has been invited over to answer questions on alleged corruption charges leveled against him.
Emir Sanusi has been accused by the Kano state government over allegations of misappropriation of over N3.4 billion funds meant for Kano Emirate.
Two people have been killed while a few others were said to have been injured as gunmen attacked Agalawa Village of Bagwai Local Government in Kano State.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, who confirmed the incident to Channels Television, operatives of Operation Puff Adder are around the area to track and apprehend the gunmen.
A few minutes after the verdict of the Supreme Court that reaffirmed his victory, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has called on members of the opposition to join hands with him for the continued development of the state.
“We thank Allah for the victory that made it possible for the Supreme Court to reaffirm our victory after Election Petition Tribunal and Court of Appeal judgements. We also thank Kano people for the peaceful conduct of their affairs,” said Governor Ganduje.
The Governor also thanked all those who actively participated in praying for the victory that came his way, emphasising that, “Whoever believes and depends on Allah, will always see light at the beginning, mid and end of the tunnel, no matter the circumstances.”
“We also commend all the Judges who partook in this exercise of deepening democracy. This shows the commitment of our judiciary in strengthening our democracy. This is highly commendable,” he added.
Ganduje said, “I insist that our opposition should come and join us to move the state forward. We have a lot of developmental projects on the ground and more are coming.
“Our free and compulsory education policy needs all hands on deck. Our security system also needs all and sundry,” he said.
Immediately after the announcement of the Supreme Court Verdict, the Government House in Kano was filled to capacity with people celebrating the victory.
The Kano State Government is again seeking creation of additional four Emirates in Kano.
The state executive council has since sent a fresh bill to the State House of Assembly seeking creation of the new Emirates.
This was disclosed by Kano State Commissioner of Information, Muhammad Garba, in a statement on Monday. He said the decision of the fresh bill was reached during a meeting held on Sunday by the executive council.
According to him, the new Emirates are necessary to bring traditional institution closer to the people in addition to facilitating speedy socio-economic development and security in the state.
The Council, therefore, called on the state Assembly to expedite action on the passage of the Bill in the interest of the public.
The fresh move for the creation of the additional Emirates comes days after a high court sacked the recently created emirates and emirs.
The court said the Kano assembly did not follow due process in creating the new emirates.
Garba however said some of the emirates annulled by the court existed before the Kano emirate, and thus the government’s move was to revive the emirates after the failed attempt by previous regimes.
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Kano state Executive Council has approved Emirate Council Bill 2019 which provides for the establishment of additional Emirates in the state.
To this end, the Council has, with this development, endorsed the establishment of four new Emirates namely Rano, Gaya, Bichi and Karaye and forward same to the state Assembly for necessary action.
A press statement issued by the commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba at the end of the Council Session held at the Council Chambers, Government House, Kano, yesterday, indicated that some of these Emirate have even pre-dated Kano in ancient times, while the effort to revive them during the Second Republic was short-lived.
He said while the Council seriously discussed the decade long clamour for the establishment of additional Emirates in the state with a view to bringing more development to the people of the new Emirates, the exercise was also informed by the need to bring traditional institution closer to the people in addition to facilitating speedy socio-economic development and security in the state.
The statement further indicated that the introduction of the Free and Compulsory Education at Basic and Secondary level requires the active participation of the community especially the traditional institutions for its successful implementation.
The commissioner pointed out that the Emirate Council Bill 2019 was amended in the public interest following a Kano High Court action that nullified the law on the ground that the petition was presented to the Assembly by a private person not a member of the House.
The Council, according to statement, therefore, called on the state Assembly to expedite action on the passage of the Bill in the interest of the public.
The Kano State Government has directed that a sum of one million naira each be distributed to the nine victims of Child trafficking in the state to cater for their well-being.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje gave the order on Thursday, while receiving the nine children who were abducted from Kano and sold in Anambra State.
He also approved death penalty for anyone found guilty of kidnapping across the state while inaugurating a commission to be headed by Justice Wada Rano to commence an inquiry into cases of missing persons from 2010 till date.
Furthermore, he directed the Ministry of Justice to immediately commence the process of making amendments to laws regarding kidnapping and other child-related abuses.