COVID-19: Dantata Donates N300m To Support Kano Residents

 

Barely 24 hours after the inauguration of the fund raising committee on COVID-19 in Kano State by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, individuals and corporate organisations have started responding positively.

An elder statesman and billionaire business mogul, Alhaji Aminu Alhassan Dantata, on Tuesday announced a donation of N300million to the committee.

In addition, Kano-based businessmen, Alhaji Abba Sumaila and Alhaji Abubakar Dalhatu, Chairman Al-Amsad Group, also donated 500 sacks of spaghetti and N5million respectively.

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The state Commissioner of Information Muhammad Garba, confirmed this to Channels Television, noting that in the same vein, “all commissioners and political office holders in the state have donated 50 per cent of their salaries to the noble cause.”

He confirmed that the governor announced the first donation of N28.5million from a private financial institution at the inauguration ceremony, while billionaire businessman, Aliko Dangote, pledged to provide all needed facilities for the earmarked 600-bed Isolation Centre at Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano.

The 38-member committee was set up to seek donations from corporate organisations and individuals in cash or kind and distribute same to those in need so as to cushion the effect of the measures being taken by the government to fight the COVID-19 in the state.

The committee, therefore, urged organisations and well-to-do individuals within and outside the state to donate generously towards the humanitarian cause.

COVID-19: Ganduje Monitors Border Closure Enforcement, Orders Arrest Of Defaulters

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, monitors the enforcement exercise at one of the state’s borders on Mach 31, 2020.

 

 

The Kano State Government has ordered the arrest of some persons who defied the boundary closure directive given by the state government on Friday, March 27, as part of measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19.

The defaulters were caught at different locations of the road coming into the state by the governor himself, Abdullahi Ganduje, who was at the boundary town linking Kano and Kaduna State.

They included drivers of two tippers, two trucks, two buses, and one car.

“We are here to see how people are complying with the directive we gave for boundary closure,” the governor told journalists after inspecting the area.

“These people you are seeing will all be taken to the Police station and they will be prosecuted for such unpatriotic behavior,” he added.

He further stated that he would ensure that more security personnel are deployed to not only the Kaduna-Abuja axis but all the routes linking the state with other states.

COVID-19: Ganduje Launches Fumigation Of Kano, Calls For Social Distancing

Abdullahi Ganduje (right) holds a hose on Saturday, March 28, 2020.
Abdullahi Ganduje (second right) holds a hose on Saturday, March 28, 2020.

 

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje on Saturday launched a special fumigation exercise of public spaces in the state.

The exercise is part of measures against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fumigation is being done in partnership with the Lee Group, a company with Chinese origins.

“As part of their corporate social responsibility, the Lee Group of Companies heed to our request urging private companies to join hands with us in this fight against COVID-19,” Ganduje said during the exercise on Saturday.

“We are calling on other private hands to also join us in these measures the state is taking.”

From the Government House, fumigators proceeded to Muhammadu Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital, Nassarawa GRA, where the governor witnessed the fumigation exercise, along with the Commissioners of Environment and Information, Dr Kabiru Ibrahim Getso and Mallam Muhammad Garba, Managing Director of Refuse Management and Sanitation Board (REMASAB) Abdullahi Mu’azu Gwarzo, among others.

Ganduje explained that it was because his government didn’t want to cripple the economy of the state, that the closure of Kano borders, from today, does not affect essentials like foodstuffs and some raw materials among others.

“While we are in this emergency situation, we will still do our best to see that suffering for our people is minimized,” he said.

He also encouraged people to take social distancing very seriously and stay indoors.

“This is the major reason why we closed our schools and directed worked to stay off from their offices,” he said. “People should understand that even going to markets should be regulated, unless for essential reasons please.”

Below are more photos from the fumigation exercise:

 

Kano Govt Asks Workers To Stay At Home, Bans Entry Of Full Capacity Buses

(file copy) Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje

 

The Kano State Government has asked civil servants to stay at home as precautionary steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the state.

The government also shut down all ministries, departments, and agencies, and suspended full luxurious buses from entering the state, effective from Wednesday for a period of two weeks.

Addressing a news conference on Tuesday after an emergency executive council meeting, the Commissioner of Information in the State, Muhammad Garba said, the resolution followed increasing reported cases of COVID-19 across the country.

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“The council also note that while the state is yet to record any single case of an outbreak, the resolution became necessary to ensure that the virus does not find its way to Kano State,” he said.

Garba explained that the council after due deliberations has directed more aggressive awareness as preventive measures to include the ban on the entry and exit of fully-loaded public transport vehicles.

According to him, the decision to ban public transport is to further ensure the safety of the people and in considerations of the nature of the inflow of heavy vehicles across the state.

He noted that health workers, journalists, emergency response teams among other agencies with an essential assignment on coronavirus are not affected by the decision.

Kano Govt Suspends Official Engagements, Events Over COVID-19

 

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has ordered the suspension of all official engagements till further notice as part of the measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the state.

In a broadcast on Monday at the Government House in Kano, the state capital, the governor also directed the Ministry of Tourism and Culture to direct all owners of all Event Centres in the state, to suspend all activities till further notice.

“Ministry of Tourism and Culture should liaise with the owners of all event centres across the state, to stop their businesses henceforth, for the general health of the society. This position is hard and necessary for our well being,” he stated.

He also asked transport Unions to complement the efforts of the state government in making proper arrangement in the motor parks.

Tasking religious leaders on their roles towards containing the virus, Ganduje said: “Our Traditional and religious leaders are part of the major stakeholders in this collective effort.

“Hence it is very important for them to properly regulate all worship centres. All as proactive measures against Covid-19.”

Speaking further, the governor asked residents of the state to avoid gathering of more than 20 people for their safety, safety of the society and their families.

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He also advised parents to always help their wards in observing the health instructions given by medical personnel of the state government.

“While these measures are being instituted, other measures have been taken by closing all schools across the State and minimizing social gatherings, we have established a high powered Taskforce under the leadership of His Excellency the Deputy Governor, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna,” he stated.

I Am Moving On, I Don’t Want To Go Back – Sanusi

picture courtesy @https://twitter.com/GovKaduna

 

Former Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, has faulted the Kano State government over the issuance of his dethronement letter.

Sanusi in a video circulating online said he is moving on and doesn’t want to go back to the throne following his banishment.

According to the deposed Emir, his removal was so badly done that he could have challenged it in court if he wanted the throne back.

“I have done what I could in six years, I’m moving on. I don’t want to go back. The truth is, if I had wanted to go back, the dethronement letter was so badly written, it was not done professionally. The easiest thing is just to go to court.

“It’s a simple, fair hearing, ‘did you query him? Did you ask him to defend himself? Did you even call him to ask him any question?’ That’s all but I think we should go on to a new phase in life,” he said.

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His remark comes after a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja granted an interim order seeking his release from detention in Nasarawa.

Justice Anwuli Chikere granted the order in line with the prayers on the exparte motion filed on behalf of the deposed Emir by Mr Lateef Fagbemi SAN.

The former Emir had on Thursday approached the court seeking an interim order of the court directing his immediate release from detention.

On Monday, Sanusi was dethroned as Emir by the Kano state government, which accused him of insubordination.

However, Mr Sanusi’s supporters believe his sack was motivated by his frosty relationship with Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

New Emir Of Kano Makes Way Into Palace

 

The 15th Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero made his way into the palace late Wednesday hours after receiving his letter of appointment from Kano state Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.

Hundreds of Kano residents stormed the palace to witness the Emir’s traditional entry into the palace through a carved door, a traditional symbol that seals Bayero’s installation as Emir.

READ ALSO: Aminu Ado Bayero Receives Letter Of Appointment As New Emir Of Kano

Royal guards and traditional dances featured as the Emir entered the traditional Soron Shekara and then to Soron Ingila, which is the Emir’s official residence within the palace where he receives homage from members of the royal family and other traditional rulers.

A graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano and a trained pilot, Bayero spent most of his life serving the Kano Emirate.

He held many traditional titled including Turaki, Sarkin Dawakin Tsakar Gida, Wambai of Kano.

READ ALSO: Kano Govt Removes Sanusi As Emir

He was the Emir of Bichi before his appointment as the Emir of Kano.

According to sources within the Kano Emirate, Bayero is one of the most loved Emirs after his father who united the palace during his reign as the Tsarkin Dawakin Tsakar Gida, and further extended his influence when appointed as Wambai of Kano.

In the coming days, Bayero will be fully engaged in normal traditional functions, including presiding over the meeting of the Kano council of traditional rulers.

A special Durbar festival is also scheduled to hold in honour of the Emir, as well as special prayer sessions for peace and stability in Kano.

 

Kano Govt Denies Banishing Sanusi After Dethronement

Emir Of Kano Decries North's Poor Educational System
A file photo of former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.

 

 

The Kano State government has denied the reports that the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has been banished from the state.

The Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice in the state, Ibrahim Muktar, stated this during his appearance on Channels Television on Wednesday.

He said, “You see, If you listen to the Secretary to the State Government when he was addressing the press on the issue of the removal of the emir from office, there was nowhere he said the emir was even banished from Kano State.

“So, the decision of the government was (that) the emir … as of Monday was removed from office and a new emir was appointed. The issue of banishment was not part of the decision of the Kano State Government.

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Addressing a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja, the lawyers to the deposed emir said they have been unable to reach their client.

They also threatened to take legal action against the state government if they fail to release Sanusi within 24 hours.

In his reaction, Muktar explained that banished deposed traditional rulers had been existing since the colonial era.

He noted specifically that monarchs in the northern part of the country who were removed were taken out of their jurisdiction in order not to have two rulers in the same territory.

According to the commissioner, this has happened to many emirs such as the Emir of Gwandu who was removed and banished to Kaduna State.

He insisted that that has been the practice in the region in order to maintain peace and security in affected areas.

Muktar, however, said, “We have been hearing from the media that he has been banished but what I know is that he was taken out of Kano State.

“But banishment was not part of the decision of Kano State government … There is no such decision to the best of my knowledge.”

VIDEO: Sanusi Accepts Dethronement ‘In Good Faith’

 

 

The former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has spoken after he was dethroned by the Kano State government.

In a video that went viral, Sanusi said he has accepted his dethronement in good fate and described it as the will of God.

The former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), who spoke in Hausa language, noted that his removal was best for him, according to God’s plan.

He insisted that there was no reason to be sad over his removal and urged the people to be appreciative and believe in God’s decision.

Emir Of Kano Decries North's Poor Educational System
Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II (file photo)

 

The former emir said:

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. May peace and blessings of God be on his messenger, Muhammad, the son of Abdullah.

All glory be to God for the favours he bestowed on us. Part of those favours was my enthronement as Emir of Kano on the 8th of June 2014.

I am grateful to God for sustaining me in good health for nearly six years on the throne of my forefathers.

Today, the only power that gaveth authority has taken it away from me. As I use to say, power has a life span.

Days on any throne are numbered, once your time is off you have to leave whether you like it or not.

I have, therefore, accepted this destiny in good faith. I am grateful and happy for God knows what is best for me.

I am also grateful to the good people of Kano State for their love and obedience to me and all those who assisted me in my rulership.

I must also thank my kinsmen who stood by me through thick and thin. I urge you people to remain calm and peaceful.

I have also instructed my immediate family and those under me to pledge allegiance and respect whoever succeeds me for the integrity of the Kano throne.

What Allah has destined is right. Do not be angry.

Deposed Sanusi Arrives In Nasarawa On Exile

Emir Of Kano Decries North's Poor Educational System
Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II (file photo)

 

 

The deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has arrived in Nasarawa State.

He arrived in Loko Development Area in Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state at about 2:30am on Tuesday.

This followed Sanusi’s departure from the Malam Aminu International Airport, hours after the Secretary to the Kano State Government, Usman Alhaji, announced that he had been removed as the Emir of Kano.

Alhaji who spoke at the State Executive Council meeting on Monday revealed that the state government took the decision over Sanusi’s consistent refusal to abide by instructions given to him.

The removal is said to be in line with the recommendation of the Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission which summoned the deposed emir.

In documents obtained by Channels Television and signed by the chairman of the commission, Sanusi was accused of obstructing the investigation of the commission.

The commission had asked the traditional ruler to respond to a petition accusing him of selling lands belonging to the Kano Emirate to the tune of N2 billion.

Sanusi had, however, secured a restriction order from a court to stop the commission from investigating him.

Meanwhile, the government has announced the Emir of Bichi Aminu Ado Bayero, as the new Emir of Kano.

Aminu is the son of the 13th Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, who died in 2014.

Thereafter, Nasiru Ado Bayero was appointed as the new Emir of Bichi Emirate.

Aminu Ado Bayero Announced As New Emir Of Kano

 

Emir of Bichi Aminu Ado Bayero has been announced as the new Emir of Kano.

The announcement was made by the Secretary to the State Government, Usman Alhaji a few hours after the removal of Muhammadu Sanusi II.

The appointment takes immediate effect according to the SSG.

Usman Alhaji had explained that the state government took the decision to remove the traditional ruler over allegations of consistently refusing to abide by instructions given to him.

READ ALSO: Kano Govt Removes Sanusi As Emir

According to him, the removal was in line with the recommendation of the Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission which summoned the emir.

In documents obtained by Channels Television and signed by the chairman of the commission, Sanusi was accused of obstructing the investigation of the commission.

The commission had asked the traditional ruler to respond to a petition accusing him of selling lands belonging to the Kano Emirate to the tune of N2 billion.

Sanusi had, however, secured a restriction order from a court to stop the commission from investigating him.

Security Operatives Storm Kano Emir’s Palace After Sanusi’s Removal

Security operatives stationed at the entrance of the palace of the Emir of Kano in Kano State on March 9, 2020.

 

 

A team of security operatives on Monday stormed the palace of the Emir of Kano in Kano State.

This followed the removal of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, from office by the state government.

The team of security personnel at the traditional ruler’s palace included men of the Nigeria Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

 

READ ALSO: Kano Govt Removes Sanusi As Emir

Sanusi’s removal was announced by the Secretary to the State Government, Usman Alhaji, during the State Executive Council meeting held at the Government House in Kano.

According to Alhaji, the decision to remove the traditional ruler was as a result of his alleged consistent refusal to abide by instructions given to him by the state government.

 

Elsewhere, there have been reports of a rowdy session in the Kano State House of Assembly shortly after the announcement of the emir’s removal.

In a video trending on social media on Monday, a group of lawmakers in the chamber were seen clustered together in what appeared to be a fight over the mace in the legislative chamber of the House.

Security operatives stationed at the entrance of the palace of the Emir of Kano in Kano State on March 9, 2020.

 

 

The mace was later taken away from the chamber by a man believed to be the clerk of the House.

Sanusi’s removal comes one week after the Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission had summoned the Emir.

He was asked to respond to a petition accusing him of selling lands belonging to the Kano Emirate to the tune of N2 billion.

The traditional ruler had, however, secured a restriction order from a court to stop the commission from investigating him.