Insecurity: DSS Arrests Ganduje’s Aide Yakasai

Salihu Tanko Yakasai, an aide to Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.

 

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested a Special Adviser to Kano State Governor, Salihu Tanko Yakasai.

Yakasai’s arrest followed his demand for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari and governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) due to increasing insecurity in the country.

On Friday, he had in a series of tweets criticised the Buhari-led administration over the nation’s security challenges, saying “Buhari is insensitive and lacks empathy.”

Channels Television gathered that the governor’s aide was declared missing yesterday evening by his families and friends.

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Abubakar Sadiq who is the handler of the Twitter handle and official website of the Kano state government, in a tweet posted on Saturday morning, disclosed that Salihu is with the DSS.

Meanwhile, the secret service is yet to confirm or deny his arrest.

Activist, Aisha Yesufu and others have taken to Twitter to demand his release.

Few months ago Salisu was suspended by Governor Ganduje following a related tweet but was later reinstated.

Kano Govt Approves Additional Funds To Construct Cancer Treatment Centre

A map of Kano state in northern Nigeria.-Kanooooo
A map of Kano, a state in north-west Nigeria.

 

 

Kano state Executive Council has approved the release of N1, 235, 777, 282.70 billion being revised estimated cost for additional works that involves the construction of concrete roof slab at the Kano Cancer Treatment Centre (KCTC) situated at the premises of Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, Giginyu, Kano.

The state commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, who disclosed this in a press statement on the outcome of the council meeting held at the Africa House, Government House, Kano, said the world-class cancer centre is a brainchild of the administration of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje aimed at improving healthcare delivery and facilities to the teeming populace of the state.

He said the approval followed a recommendation by the Technical Review Committee set up to come up with a comprehensive Bill of Quantities, programmes of works and harmonized contract document.

Malam Garba stated that other additional works include the construction of second-floor roof slab and roof trusses option; ventilated louver façade; led-lining in CT-simulator; aluminum cladding in bunkers; perimeter wall fence and entrance gate; road network/civil works/landscaping among others.

The commissioner also revealed approval by the council amounting to “the sum of N647, 615, 810.00 million for the settlement of 2017, 2018 and 2020 external examination outstanding registration fees for the National Examination Council (NECO); National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies (NBAIS) and the National Board for Technical Education (NABTEB).”

The council, he added, has ratified executive approval of N171, 482, 476.12 million granted for the equipping/furnishing of the upgraded Dandalama and Kachako Cottage Hospitals in Dawakin Tofa and Takai local government areas of the state respectively.

He said while upgrading works Dandalama Primary Health Care (PHC) has practically been completed waiting for equipping/furnishing works to facilitate its commissioning, the Kachako PHC has reached an advanced stage of completion.

Malam Garba also disclosed that “the council has ratified the executive approval granted for the relocation of street light facilities from Miltara Roundabout-Dawanau-Dawakin Tofa at the total reevaluated sum of N152, 838, 221.88 million, the displacement exercise was informed by the ongoing construction of works along Kano-Katsina Road dualisation project by the federal government.”

The commissioner revealed approval by the council for the release of the sum of N22, 450, 000.00 million for the procurement of special education instructional materials.

The materials, which include, among others, Joy signing language, hearing aids single code, hearing aids double code, hearing behind the ear, braille embosser would facilitate effective teaching and learning conditions at Tudun Maliki Special Education School.

The commissioner stated that approval has also been given by the council for the constitution of a visitation panel to two state-owned universities and six institutions of higher learning in the state with a view to reviewing their performance, assess equipment, manpower, and facilities for teaching-learning.

Malam Garba also stated that approval has been given by the council for the release of the sum of N17, 671, 200.00 million being amount for the obsolete high table at the Africa House, banquet hall and other executive items.

Kano Govt Inaugurates Over 1,000 COVID-19 Marshals

The marshalls will also address issues of hygiene and will work closely with health personnel in the State.

 

Following a surge in the number of COVID-19 infection in Kano State, the state government has inaugurated special marshals numbering over 1,000.

The marshals according to the government were selected from the state’s various health institutions, security agencies, student representatives, and members of the communities to ensure enforcement of the COVID-19 protocols across the state.

The marshalls will also address issues of hygiene and will work closely with health personnel in the State.

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The state governor Abdullahi Ganduje in his address at the event held over the weekend in the state said he believed that unless a completely new approach is adopted, Kano State may be at the risk of going back to the drawing board in handling the virus.

The Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero said the traditional rulers will give the necessary support to the marshals as they carry out their duties at the community level.

“We are calling on these marshals to make public enlightenment a top priority and ensure punishment of anyone who failed to observe the protocols, we, therefore, assured the state government our total support to any policy and program aimed at preventing the spread of this virus among our people,” the Emir said.

The technical coordinator of the COVID-19 response team in the state, Tijjani Hussain said the surge in the number of cases is alarming with 1,157 cases recorded within four to five months.

In order to achieve the desired results, the Marshals will be supported by traditional rulers at the community level, while mobile courts are provided to prosecute anyone who fails to comply with the protocols.

 

See photos from the inauguration of the marshals below…

Newly Elected LG Chairman In Kano Dies

Ali Namadi

 

The newly elected chairman of Bebeji Local Government Council in Kano State, Ali Namadi is dead.

The Campaign Director, Ibrahim Adamu Tiga confirmed the development to Channels Television on Tuesday morning.

Mr. Tiga explained that at about 12.30 am, on Tuesday morning, the blood pressure of the newly elected Chairman increased and he was rushed to Bebeji General hospital where he died less than ten minutes after arrival.

He said, “Alhaji Ali Namadi was hale and hearty on Monday and was receiving guests till 10.30 pm, he was hypertensive.”

He noted that the deceased funeral prayers would be observed by 11.00 am today in Bebeji town.

The late Namadi was elected under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just concluded council elections in Kano on Saturday, January 16, 2021.

COVID-19: Kano Bans Viewing And Event Centres, Directs Civil Servants To Stay At Home

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje speaks during the State Executive Council meeting at the Government House on October 6, 2020.

 

The Kano state government has announced the imposition of a fresh ban on the activities of viewing and event centres across the state following an increase in new COVID-19 cases.

The State Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, in a statement, said the measure was part of decision at a stakeholders meeting held at the Africa House, Kano on Monday.

He said all civil servants in the state have also been directed to stay at home pending further instruction.

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Garba, however, explained that workers on essential services such as the healthcare service providers, fire service, water board, teaching staff, security guards and the media are exempted from the ban.

The commissioner reaffirmed the government’s commitment to working with relevant stakeholders that included the Ulama, Islamic instructors, to ensuring compliance with the COVID-19 Protocols.

Garba’s statement also warned that security agents who were part of the stakeholders’ meeting would not hesitate to take stern measures to ensure compliance with the directive.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Kano recorded 26 new cases of the virus on Monday.

In total, the state has reported 2,617 cases of the novel coronavirus with over 70 deaths.

 

Suspect Linked To Kidnap Of German National Arrested After 32 Months

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The Kano State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of an armourer of a syndicate alleged to have kidnapped a German national and killed one police officer in the state.

This comes about three years after 59-year-old Kreser Krank Michael of Dantata & Sawoe Construction Company was abducted at a construction site along the Madobi Road in Kano.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Habu Sani, announced the arrest of the suspect in a statement on Wednesday.

He identified the arrested suspect as one Abubakar Ismail of Wangara village in Rimin Gado Local Government Area of the state.

Sani explained that the suspect was arrested by the police on December 19, 32 months after the incident.

He also revealed that the suspect led a team of combined security operatives to an armoury in a village where one AK-47 rifle, a single-barrel gun, and a revolver gun were recovered.

“The suspect confessed to the crime and confessed that the syndicate has been terrorising Rimin Gado, Gwarzo, Karaye, Kiru, Rano, Bebeji Tudun Wada, and other neighbouring states, including Kaduna and Katsina for over five years,” the statement said.

The police commissioner added that the suspect also named other members of the syndicate who perpetrated the crime.

According to him, a discrete investigation is in progress and the police are making efforts to arrest the other members of the syndicate.

Kano Businessman Regains Freedom After Spending Three Days In Captivity

16 Die In Kano Road Accident

 

An abducted businessman in Kano State, Abdullahi Bello Kalos, has regained his freedom, four days after he was kidnapped.

Kalos was abducted in his residence at Minjibir, Minjibir Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday.

A reliable source in the community confirmed that two of the businessman’s relatives returned home with him around 4:00 am on Saturday, from a village in Babura Local Government Area of Jigawa State.

“The abductors in their communication with the victim’s family on Friday were demanding for N15m ransom,” the source told Channels Television.

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The Kano State Police Command, Abdullahi Haruna also confirmed the release to Channels Television.

“We rescued the victim from the abductors early on Saturday morning,” the Police Public Relations Officer in the state said.

It is however not clear whether a ransom was paid to his abductors to facilitate the release of the businessman.

Kwankwaso’s Father Dies At 93, Ganduje Mourns

Musa Sale Kwankwaso, the father of former Kano State Governor, Rabi’u Kwankwaso, died on December 25, 2020.

 

Musa Sale Kwankwaso, the father of former Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, is dead.

Kwankwaso, the District Head of Madobi, died on Friday morning.

The media aide to the ex-governor, Saifullah Muhammad announced the death on his Facebook page in Hausa.

Also, according to a statement issued by Muhammad Inuwa Ali, the Principal Private Secretary to Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the burial prayer for the late District Head who died at the age of 93, would hold at Miller road, Bompai, Kano by 3.00 pm on Friday.

The deceased left behind two wives, 19 children (10 females and 9 males) and many grandchildren.

Meanwhile, Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje has commiserated with the Kwankwaso family over the loss of their father.

In a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, the governor said he received with a deep feeling of great loss, news of the passing away of Makaman Karaye and District Head of Madobi.

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“On behalf of myself, family, the government and the people of Kano state, I commiserate with Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, Karaye Emirate Council and all the people of his domain which the departed kingmaker presided illustriously as a traditional ruler in the District of Madobi for more than two decades,” he said.

“The late Makama, who personified dignity and finesses, is a devout Muslim. He left us great lessons as a very strong symbol of godliness, tolerance, justice, honesty and service to our dear state.

“Indeed, we are particularly pained that he left us at a time like this when his wealth of experience, valuable fatherly advice and guidance are needed the most.”

According to Governor Ganduje, the deceased left behind towering legacies for posterity for others to emulate.

Bandits Kidnap Businessman, Set Police Vehicle Ablaze In Kano

The crest of the Nigeria Police Force crest is on a police officer in Abuja on October 3rd, 2020 PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

One person has been confirmed missing and a police patrol vehicle razed to the ground after armed bandits stormed Minjibir local government area of Kano State.

Police spokesman in Kano, DSP Abdullahi Haruna confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

“After the gunmen kidnapped three people we engaged them in gun battle during which they retreated, leaving two persons behind as they set out patrol van on fire.”

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One resident, Bala Sani, told Channels Television that the gunmen arrived the town around 12:45am, shooting sporadically around Masaka area of the town before abducting a businessman, Abdullahi Kalos.

The gunmen were said to have stationed their men at all the junctions in the town and engaged the police in a gun battle around 4:30 am, according to eyewitnesses.

“We are currently in pursuit of the bandits to rescue the victims because we believe some of them had sustained bullet injuries,” the police said.

Kano PDP Expels Kwankwaso As Faction Threatens Decisive Action

Former Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso

 

The Aminu Wali faction of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano has expelled ex-governor of the state, Rabiu Kwankwaso from the party for alleged anti-party activities.

PDP’s new Chairman, Muhammina Lamido, announced this during a press conference on Thursday after holding a state congress meeting in Kano.

Speaking on the expulsion from the party, the new leadership of the Wali faction alleged that the former senator engaged in gross violation of the party’s constitution.

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However, in a swift reaction, the Chairman of the Kwankwaso-led faction, Shehu Sagagi, described the congress as a charade conducted in contempt of a subsisting court order.

In an interview with Channels Television, Sagagi explained that his faction is legally recognized by the national body of the party and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He also threatened to take punitive measures against any erring member of the PDP in the state.

Kankara Abduction: Kano Govt Shuts Schools, Health Institute

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje speaks during the State Executive Council meeting at the Government House on October 6, 2020.

 

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has ordered the immediate closure of all public and private schools in the state.

The Kano State Commissioner of Education, Sanusi Kiru, who disclosed this to Channels Television on Tuesday evening, said the state government also closed down “all public and private health training institutions, including schools of basic/postbasic nursing and midwifery, schools of health technology and school of hygiene with immediate effect.”

The commissioner asked parents whose children are in boarding schools to pick them on Wednesday.

“His Excellency, The Executive Governor of Kano State has approved the closure of all public and Private Schools in the State with immediate effect,” he said.

“Parents whose children are in boarding schools are to also arrange and convey their children/ wards back home from tomorrow, Wednesday, 16th December 2020.”

Although the state government did not give the reason for the immediate closure, it is believed to be connected to the abduction of 333 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara in neighbouring Katsina State on Friday night.

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Following the unfortunate incident, Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attack, in what appears to be a major expansion of the jihadist group’s activities into new areas.

“I am Abubakar Shekau and our brothers are behind the kidnapping in Katsina,” the leader of Boko Haram said in a voice message.

More than 100 gunmen on motorcycles stormed the rural school north of Kankara town, forcing students to flee and hide in the surrounding bush.

The immediate closure of the schools comes three days to the end of the third term as schools in Kano were expected to vacate on Friday, December 18.

   Katsina Parents Keep Vigil 

Meanwhile, the parents of the abducted GSSS, Kankara students have converged on the premises of the school patiently waiting for their children to return as promised by the government.

Their gathering is coming less than one week after the abduction took the nation by surprise.

The parents have also been recounting their experiences as they continue to hope for the return of their children.

Speaking to Channels Television, two of the parents said they couldn’t sleep, adding that they will continue to be spending the night at the school until their children are rescued safely.

Upon arrival at the school gate on Tuesday, Channels Television discovered that the Ƙanƙara school is located at the centre of a bush leading to some scattered settlements some of which are Zango and Dansabau in Zamfara border axis.

It also gathered that besides the school fence is a busy road leading to Ƙanƙara weekly Tuesday Market with daily business activities on the increase.

Ganduje’s Creation Of Kano Emirates Was To Carry Everyone Along, Says Bayero

Emir Ado Bayero is the 15th Emir of Kano.
File photo of the Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero

 

The Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero said the creation of Bichi, Karaye, Gaya, and Rano Emirates council by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje was to carry everyone along.

Bayero disclosed this on Tuesday while receiving his Karaye counterpart, Dr. Ibrahim Abubakar II on an allegiance visit over his confirmation as permanent Chairman, Kano State council of chiefs.

“The rationale behind establishing an additional four Emirates was to bring the subjects closer to the traditional leaders,” he said while reiterating his resolve to ensure justice and fairness for all.

“Nothing good will be achieved by going in isolation; my doors remain open for complimenting any effort that will go a long way in improving the lots of the teeming populace.”