Ganduje Constitutes Panel To Investigate Cases Of Missing Persons In Kano

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje (file)



Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has set up a commission of inquiry into the cases of missing persons in the state.

The governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, announced this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television, following the rescue of nine children kidnapped in Kano but later found in Anambra State.

“The Governor of Kano State, do hereby, notify the general public of the appointment of the persons named in the schedule hereto as commissioners with authority to hold a Commission of Inquiry into cases of missing persons in Kano State, from the year 2010 to 2019 with effect from 30th October, 2019 to 30th November 2019,” the statement read.

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Part of the terms of reference given to the commission is to conduct an inquiry into cases of missing persons in Kano from 2010 to date and to procure all such evidence, written or oral.

It also has a duty to examine all such persons as witnesses as the commissioners may deem it necessary or desirable to procure or examine.

According to the statement, the panel is asked to summon any person in the country to attend any meeting of the commissioners to give evidence or produce any document or other things in his possession and to require the evidence (whether written or oral) of any witness to be made on oath or declaration.

It added that the commission has the mandate to admit or exclude the public, including the press from any of its hearing and prepare comprehensive data of missing persons in Kano State within the period and circumstances in which they disappeared.

The committee was also directed to find out the immediate and remote causes of such cases as well as prepare and submit a written report, including findings and recommendations to the state government.

The panel is chaired by Retired Justice Wada Rano and would be inaugurated on Thursday next week.

Tribunal Verdict: PDP Congratulates Tambuwal, Seeks Justice In Kano, Plateau


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has congratulated Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, on his victory at the State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.

In a statement on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, the party described the affirmation of the governor’s election as “well-deserved”.

It, however, rejected the judgments of the Governorship Election Tribunals which affirmed the victories of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano and Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau States.

The PDP urged its members and supporters not to lose hope, saying the Tribunal was not the end of the road.

It added that justice would “surely prevail at the end of the day”.

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Reacting to the judgement of the Tribunal in Sokoto, the party described the verdict as a victory for democracy and the inevitable triumph of the will of the people.

It stated that the people stood their ground in the March 23 governorship election, despite attempts by “forces that sought to foist themselves” on the state.

The PDP believes Governor Tambuwal’s victory at the election was a clear endorsement of his leadership style as evinced in his commitment towards the development of the state and the empowerment of the people.

“Indeed, Governor Tambuwal’s achievements in developing the state and empowering the people in all critical sectors of life stood him out in his first term.

“His re-election, therefore, marks the determination of the people to consolidate on good governance in their state,” the party said.

Ganduje Receives Report Of Ruga Settlement Committee In Kano


Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has received the report of the RUGA settlement committee, nearly 17 weeks after the committee was set up.

Receiving the report on Saturday, Governor Ganduje said although implementation in areas of security has since been in place, the committees report will assist the state government to fully implement the RUGA settlement programme.

According to the report, Kano state has all it takes to settle herdsmen from all over the country and neighbouring nations.

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Meanwhile, Governor Ganduje argued that most of the crimes are not committed by the Fulani herdsmen, adding the the Fulanin herdsmen are always blamed due to their movement from one location to another for grazing.

“They are not criminals carrying AK 47 rifles, they are not poor either but herdsmen frustrated by the lack of adequate grazing reserves, this is why our government remains committed to providing lasting solutions to the alleged farmer/herders conflicts in some parts of the country”.

He stressed that the RUGA settlement programme must be given top priority to reduce the movement of the herders and their cattle towards the south.

On August 18, 2019, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje did set up a committee to identify areas where RUGA settlements and milk markets can be situated in Kano.

While submitting the report on Saturday, chairman of the committee, Mr Jibirilla Muhammad told the governor that Kano has all it takes to accommodate herdsmen from all parts of the country and beyond.

“Your excellency, we have identified Dangwauro as a suitable place for the milk market while Dansoshiya earth dam for grazing area, we equally have designed a master plan for houses and milk markets,” Mr Muhammad said.

Police Intercept 1000 Rustled Cattle, Arrest Three Suspects In Kano


Operatives of the operation ”Puff Adder” have intercepted over one thousand cattle suspected to have been rustled with three suspects arrested.

Confirming the incident, the state commissioner of police, Ahmed Iliyasu told journalists that the rustlers were traced from Falgore forest and intercepted at Kwanar Dan Gora while trying to change route.

The suspects confessed to have been involved in cattle rustling, armed robbery, kidnapping and other forms of criminal activities within Kano and neighbouring states.

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Below is the full statement from the police in Kano state.


Ladies and gentlemen of the press


I once again welcome you to another conference here at Kwanar Dangora, Kiru LGA, Kano State.

First and foremost, let me use this opportunity to commend the Inspector General of Police IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu NPM, mni, most profoundly for his continued encouragement and guidance to officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force in-line with the directives and principles of the veritable Anti-Crime machine of Operation Puff-Adder.

Today, Thursday 12th September, 2019, the command recorded yet another achievement by its Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) team of Operation Puff-Adder in conjunction with members of Miyetti Allah where they carried out operations for seven (7) days inside the notorious Falgore Forest using community policing tools.

More than One Thousand (1000) cows were recovered and three (3) notorious cattle rustlers that specialised in Cattle Rustling, Kidnapping and Armed Robbery were arrested. All suspects confessed to their crimes and led *Puff-Adder Operatives to various locations within the forest were the cows were recovered. The suspects are:-

1. Sa’idu Abdullahi AKA Goda 23 years old of Soba LGA, Kaduna State.

2. Lawan Mohd AKA Boda 25 years old of Damau Village, Kubau LGA. Kaduna.

3. Suleman abdullahi AKA Bros, 30 years old of Damau Village Kubau LGA, Kaduna State.

The following Arms and Ammunition recovered

1. Two (2) AK47 Rifles with 110 rounds of live ammunitions

2. Three (3) Pump Action Rifles with 22 live cartridges.

3. Two (2) Military Camouflage Uniforms.

4. Four (4) Mobile Handsets.

Efforts is in progress to track down and arrest all remnants of this syndicate at large and recover any remaining animals or arms and ammunition in their possession, across the difficult terrain along the axis of Falgore Forest.

I remain grateful to the people of Kano for their synergy in driving Community Policing further to the grassroots, thereby making Kano peaceful and a shining example among others.

Thank you all and God Bless”.

EFCC Arrests Ponzi Scheme Operators, Recover Firearms In Kano


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested the duo of Garba Iliyasu and Umar Iliyasu who are alleged to be running a Ponzi Scheme in Kano under the name, MGB Global Market.

Their arrest was sequel to intelligence that the organisation had lured many citizens to ‘invest’ in the bogus scheme using irresistible promise of return on investment of up to 50 percent in two weeks as bait.

Upon receipt of the intelligence, the Commission stormed the office of MGB Global located at Sabo Bakin Zuwo Road, Opposite ConOil, Tarauni Local Government Area of Kano State and arrested Garba Iliyasu and Umar Iliyasu alongside 16 other employees of the outfit. The employees were subsequently released.

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During the operation, laptops, desktops, POS machines, Tokens and other documents were recovered.

Investigation revealed that one Mohammed Garba Iliyasu who is now on the run is the Managing Director of the Company. Two of his brothers, Abubakar Garba Iliyasu and Ibrahim Garba Iliyasu who are also part of the scheme, are equally on the run.

On September 5, 2019, operatives of the Commission executed a search on the family house of the suspects in Hotoro Area of Kano State and made startling discovery of prohibited firearms, live ammunition and several other incriminating documents.

One of the suspects is allegedly building a 6-bedroom duplex at the same Hotoro with funds which are believed to be proceeds of the Ponzi Scheme.

The Commission once again, warn the general public to desist from patronizing get rich schemes like MGB Global.

Police Arrest 100 Suspects In Kano Raid 


The Kano State police command has confirmed the arrest of 100 suspects including those who recently disrupted mobile network services in the state after allegedly stealing a large quantity of telecommunication solar panels in some parts of the metropolis.

Parading the suspects, the Kano state commissioner of police Ahmed Iliyasu says the suspects were apprehended by officers of the operation ‘puff adder’’ during a raid carried out in different parts of the state.

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Mr Iliyasu assured residents of the state the police will continue to work round the clock to ensure that security is provided for everyone.

Technical And Vocational Education, ‘Remedy’ To Unemployment – Ganduje


Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, believes acquiring entrepreneurship skills will go a long way to address unemployment in the country.

He made the remark at the 17th Combined Convocation ceremony of the Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti held on Saturday in Ekiti State.

Governor Ganduje spoke shortly after he was honoured at the event with an Award of Fellowship of the institution.

“With rising trends in unemployment predicaments in our society for both skilled and unskilled individuals, technical and vocational education provides the necessary remedy to this disturbing scenario of unemployability of graduates of tertiary institutions,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar.

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The governor, therefore, urged polytechnics across the country to continue providing the leading steps towards entrepreneurship education for self-employment and job creation.

He highlighted some of the successes recorded by his administration in primary and post-primary education.

“For example, in our eight tertiary institutions of learning, we have over 279 programmes that are accredited by agencies responsible for such exercise.

“For instance, Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil, has 27 programmes; Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano has 32 programmes and Kano Polytechnic has 72 programmes,” Governor Ganduje added.

Others according to him are Audu Bako College of Agriculture, Dambatta – 27; Kano State College of Education and Preliminary Studies – 15 programmes; College of Arts and Remedial Studies, Tudun Wada has – 18; Aminu Kano College of Islamic and Legal Studies – 10 programmes; and Sa’Adatu Rimi College of Education, Kumbotso – 78, all accredited programmes.

In their remarks, the Chairman of the Governing Council and the Rector of the polytechnic, Austin Edeze and Dr Dayo Oladebeye, commended the governor for his commitment to the development of education in Kano.

They recalled the Governor Ganduje was a one-time Chairman of the institution’s Governing Council, saying the polytechnic witnessed tremendous academic excellence during his time.

Ganduje was accompanied by the Rector of Kano State Polytechnic, Professor Mukhtar Kurawa; and the Vice-Chancellor of the Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil, Professor Shehu Musa.

Others are the Provost of Kano College of Education and Preliminary Studies, Dr Sunusi Ahmad, and the Provost of Sa’adatu Rimi College of Education, Kumbotso, Dr Yahaya Isah Bunkure.

Air Force Promotes Aircraftman Who Returned Lost €37,000 To Owner


The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has promoted Bashir Umar from the rank of Aircraftman to Corporal, a position that would have taken him over seven years of uninterrupted military service to reach.

The Airforce Personnel who returned the sum of 37,000 Euros to one Alhaji Ahmad, owner of the lost money at the Hajj Camp Market in Kano last week, earned him the accelerated promotion.

A statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said the act of integrity drew the attention of the President Muhammadu Buhari, who described it as “uncommon, patriotic and exemplary.”

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He also added that Corporal Umar was decorated by the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who presented the Airman with a letter of commendation.

“The special promotion of Aircraftman Bashir to the rank of Corporal, apart from serving as a reward for good conduct, is also to serve as motivation to other airmen and airwomen to aspire for such elevation. Aircraftman Bashir has earned the rank of Corporal by good conduct and as part of our desire to reward uncommon good deeds and excellence, we have chosen to have him decorated in front of his friends, peers, and family”, the CAS added.

Commodore Daramola revealed that an aircraft was specially detailed to airlift Corporal Umar from Kano to Abuja to attend the decoration and award ceremony.

Corporal Umar’s promotion is two steps forward after he enlisted into the NAF on 1 August 2016.

DPR Seals Filling Stations In Rivers, Kano


The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has sealed over 30 filling stations in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The sanction follows the engagement  in fraudulent activities  and attempting to sabotage the efforts of government in the regulation of the industry by the affected stations.

According to the DPR Zonal Operations Controller for River State, Mr Bassey Nkanga, the erring filling stations were sealed because they’ve made it a habit to tamper with their equipment.

“Before this time, we had a meeting with IPMAN and the marketers and we advised that DPR will no longer tolerate any form of illegality and attempt to cheat the public in any way,” he said.

Reacting to the closure, a motorist commended the agency for the intervention, stressing that such act would curb corruption within the system.

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Speaking to Channels Television, he regretted that most filling stations do not dispense petroleum products in the right measurement.

“We buy fuel of N1,000, N2,000 and it is not complete. That is what they do everywhere and if you people continue, kudos to you. You are doing a very good job and I appreciate it,” he said.

Similarly, some fuel stations within Kano metropolis have were also sealed off after their management were found to be under delivering or operating with expired documents.

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Buhari Condoles With Families Of Kano Accident Victims

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President Muhammadu Buhari 


President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the families over the death of 19 passengers whose vehicles collided at Dinyar Madiga in Kano State during the weekend.

The President while expressing his profound shock said he received the news “with deep grief and empathy for the families of the unfortunate victims of the accident.”

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In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, President Buhari urged all road users to continue to exercise caution and vigilance as they go from one place to the other.

“As our roads get better with increased maintenance, drivers must use them with added caution and vigilance”.

He prayed that Almighty God will comfort families of the deceased at this difficult time and grant them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss of loved ones, adding; “May the souls of the departed rest in peace. May God reward their good deeds with paradise.”

19 Killed, Seven Others Injured As Four Vehicles Collide In Kano


Nineteen people were killed when four vehicles collided on a busy road in Kano state, a road safety official said Monday.

The accident occurred late Sunday at Dinyar Madiga village, 85 kilometres (52 miles) from Kano, the state capital, said Zubairu Mato of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC).

“A total of 19 people died in the accident involving four vehicles, including two buses and two cars,” Mato said, adding that seven others were seriously injured.

“The speeding vehicles collided while trying to dodge potholes,” he said.

Accidents are common on Nigeria’s poorly maintained roads, caused by reckless driving, speeding, and disregard for traffic rules.

In April, 19 wedding guests were killed in nearby Jigawa state when their overloaded bus skidded off the road and crashed after a tyre burst.

Police Arrest Lady For Stabbing Brother To Death In Kano


The police command in Kano State has confirmed the arrest of Maryam Suleiman over the killing of her brother Sani Suleiman.

The 30-year-old Suleiman was stabbed by his sister at a family wedding.

According to the command spokesman, DSP Abdullahi Haruna told Channels Television that Maryam has since been arrested for investigations.

“We received a report that one Sani Sulaiman ‘M’ 30 years old of Badawa Quarters Kano was found lying in a pool of blood in their compound after a stab by his sister one Mariya Sulaiman ‘F’ 19years old, when the family was celebrating the marriage of a sibling.

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“Police immediately rushed to the scene and took the victim to Muhammad Abdullahi Wase Hospital where he was confirmed dead. The Suspect was arrested at the scene and preliminary investigation revealed that an argument erupted between the two which led Mariya to stab her blood brother.”

According to the police, the argument arose when the deceased ordered that the music going on during the ceremony be stopped which Mariya resisted, and went on to stab her brother on the neck with a knife.

The commissioner of police CP Ahmed Iliyasu ordered that the case be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for investigation.