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Ganduje’s Gov’t to enact forestry law on Kano.


Commenting on the environmental exercise, Ibrahim-Getso said the exercise is designed to enhance waste and drain clearance to enhance sanitation.

The Kano State Government said it has initiated a process to enact forestry law to check indiscriminate felling of trees and protect the environment.

Dr Kabiru Ibrahim-Getso, the Commissioner for Environment, stated this while inspecting the monthly environmental sanitation exercise on Saturday in Kano.

Ibrahim-Getso who decried the spate of tree felling, said the law will provide sanctions and penalties for those engaged in the act.


He said the state relied on the National Environmental Laws, adding that the new law will check tree felling, control flooding and preserve the ecosystem.

Commenting on the environmental exercise, Ibrahim-Getso said the exercise is designed to enhance waste and drain clearance to enhance sanitation.


While commending security agencies for their support, the Commissioner also urged residents of the state to participate in the exercise.

“We observed that people complied with the restriction of movement between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.
“However, there is the need for them to participate in waste clearance to keep a clean and healthy environment,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Kano State Environmental Mobile Court has convicted and sealed a rice mill and a mall for violating the monthly environmental sanitation exercise in the state.


The convicts are Alwabeel Rice Mill, Sharada and Jifatu Superstore, all in Kano metropolis.

Chief Magistrate Auwal Yusuf-Suleiman, also slammed an N500,000 fine on the rice mill and N200,000 on the store.

He said the convicted institutions were found guilty for operating within the stipulated hours of the sanitation exercise, contrary to Sections 98 and punishable under Section 99 of the Kano State Sanitation Act 2016.

The Magistrate, therefore, ordered the mill and store to be closed, adding that: “They will be reopened only after complying with extant rules and a written clearance by the State Ministry of Environment,” he said.


Noble Reporters Media reports that the mobile court also convicted a number of motorists and passengers for flaunting the environmental laws.

Some of the areas visited for inspection during the exercise include Sharada Industrial area, Kofar Ruwa, Zoo, Katsina and Ibrahim Taiwo roads among others.



Gov Ganduje of Kano empowers 60 street beggars.


The program beneficiaries were given N10,000 each with a sewing machine, soya beans, beans millet, rice, freezers, small generating sets, and many other valuable things.

Following the ban o street begging in Kano state, the government has empowered 60 women and youths with entrepreneurial skills.

Dr. Zahra’u Muhammad-Umar, the State’s Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, made the announcement.

She made it known while speaking at the presentation of the empowerment program to the beneficiaries in the state.


Umar confirmed that some of the beneficiaries were picked from the street and under the bridges.

She said the government was obliged to empower women and other weak and vulnerable persons in the state. She also said the package is extended to people living with disabilities for them to take care of themselves so as to quit street begging.

The program beneficiaries were given N10,000 each with a sewing machine, soya beans, beans millet, rice, freezers, small generating sets, and many other valuable things.

Admonishing the beneficiaries, she said, there will be mentoring and follow-up to ensure that they are doing what we have taught them and make sure they do not sell the goods.


As you have been given empowerment package, anyone found on the street again will be taken to court,” she told the beneficiaries.

She also commended the effort of the governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, for his support to lift many people from poverty and street begging.



Kano Gov’t approves Child Rights Protection Acts 201


Garba disclosed that the state government was motivated to enact the child right bill after it assented to the bill on Free and Compulsory Education.

The Kano State Executive Council has approved and amended the proposed bill on Child Rights (protection) Act 2010 to reflect the position of Sharia on all sections of the Child Rights Act (CRA) 2003.

Mr Muhammed Garba, Commissioner for Information in Kano State disclosed this in a statement he signed and made available to Noble Reporters Media’s known Media, Kano on Saturday.

Garba said that the decision for the approval was reached at its state council meeting in line with the Federal Government policy of 2003 where states were asked to domesticate the bill.


He said that the approval was necessary because of the commitment of the state administration on child welfare.

Garba disclosed that the state government was motivated to enact the child right bill after it assented to the bill on Free and Compulsory Education.

“The administration developed a keen interest in seeing the passing of the Child Rights Act because of its commitment to child growth and development in the state.

According to the statement, “The approval had been passed to the state assembly for passage and assured that the bill when passed would protect the rights of the child as a human being.


He said in compliance with the federal government’s policy, the state governments embarked on the act to domesticate the bill and engaged Islamic scholars and other stakeholders to bring it to fruition.

NoRM reports that the amended Act was initially drafted in 2010 and only succeeded in been approved in 2021 for passage.



Abdullahi Ganduje cautions against ‘inciting preaching.’


The governor urged Nigerians to tolerate one another, live in peace with one another, irrespective of religious, cultural and ethnic differences.

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has cautioned Islamic scholars to desist from making inciting statements, which are capable of breaching the peace, while preaching.

Ganduje made the call on Thursday in Kano when he met with Imams of Juma’at Mosque and other Islamic clerics in the state.

He reminded the clerics of their roles in the society, saying that they should always strive to be shining examples both in words and in deeds.


He also appealed to the Imams to fashion out ways that would propagate genuine teachings of the religion.

Governor of Kano State<br />Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje PHOTO:Twitter

“Prophet Muhammad preached peace, love and unity and as true followers of Islam, we are to emulate same so that we can enjoy both here and in eternity,” he explained.

The governor urged Nigerians to tolerate one another, live in peace with one another, irrespective of religious, cultural and ethnic differences.

Noble Reporters Media reports that the Kano State Government has banned an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abduljabar Nasir-Kabara, allegedly over his inciting preaching.


A statement by the government directed all broadcast stations and social media platforms to stop airing preaching, sermons and any other religious discussions likely to cause a breach of the peace of the state.

It also directed security agencies to ensure full compliance and take decisive action against erring persons or groups found flouting the order.



Kano Gov, Ganduje agrees to stop salary deduction


The TUC chairman who, on one part applauded the courage of government to return to the minimum wage, however warned against renege it’s pledges.

Kano State Government and Joint Negotiation Council (JNC) have reached an agreement to suspend the deduction of civil servants salaries and pensions in the state.


The agreement could neutralise the threat of an industrial action and litigation already instituted against the government.

The joint labour unions had warned the Kano State Government to stop further deduction of workers salaries and pensioners monthly allowance or face industrial action.

The Judicial Union Workers already instituted legal action and exparte order compelling the state government to halt the deductions.

Chairman of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in Kano, Comrade Kabiru Ado Mingibir told journalists that three resolutions were arrived at the end of the meeting between the JNC and the state government.


Comrade Mingibir said the emergency meeting was held at the instance of the Secretary to the State Government, Usman Alhaji, and representatives of NLC, TUC, and other interest groups.

NLC chairman disclosed that the government and JNC have agreed that workers will be returned to minimum wage of N30,600 as pledged and no further deduction will take place henceforth.


According to him, “the government has agreed to stop deduction of workers salaries and pensioners take home henceforth. Government has also agreed to return to minimum wage of N30,600 and pledged beginning from January’s salaries since the FAC allocation is now improved.

“The last resolution is that government will not deduction workers salaries henceforth without prior notice or consultation with labour unions and necessary stakeholders.

“That means, if there is reduction in FAC allocation, there will be agreement on modalities on payment. We have warned the government to stop and not to reflect any deduction by January salary and with the pledge we hope no industrial action holds.”


Reacting to the development, chairman of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Mansur Isa Adamu explained that JNC would remain firmly on its stand until government fulfill its pledges.

Meanwhile, chairman of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Mukhtar Rabiu Lawan insisted JUSUN will not withdrawal its litigation against Kano state government until on the bases of pledges.

Lawan, who spoke with The Guardian on Government/JNC resolution, vowed to sustain the struggle to restore their lawful right until government pays full salary and return the deducted percentage.

“Our problem is that government is deducting our salaries without prior knowledge. Government must reach out to NLC and other unions on whatever action they will take on issues concerning us,” Lawan said. “We are not withdrawing our case from the court until and unless government pay full salary and return to the deduction.”


Kano State Government had return to old minimum wage of N18,000 to state civil servants as effected in workers November and December, 2020 salaries.

The state government said the deduction was necessary due to short fall in the monthly federal allocation and drastic reduction in the state Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).



Breaking: Alh. Musa Kwankwaso is dead. [Nigeria]


He said that the burial prayer will hold at Miller Road, Bompai, Kano by 3.00pm on Friday.

Alhaji Musa Sale Kwankwaso, father to former Kano State Governor, Dr Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, is dead.

Alhaji Musa Sale Kwankwaso

Kwankwaso died at the age of 93, in the early hours of Friday.

The death of the District Head of Madobi
and Makaman Karaye, was announced by his son, Senator Kwankwaso on his Twitter page.

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



Just in: Hisbah bans ‘Black Friday’ promo packages in Kano State


Similarly order was issued to Cool FM radio station in Kano to suspend airing of commercial jingles on ‘Black Friday’ in the state.

The Kano State Hisbah Board has directed immediate suspension of the yearly ‘Black Friday’ promo by popular shopping mall, ShopRite, in the state.

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In a release signed by its Principal Executive Officer II, Abubakar Mohammad Ali, the Board yesterday threatened to sanction any of entity that failed to comply with the directive.

According to the statement, which was addressed to the manager of Cool FM and ShopRite Kano office, the use of ‘Black Friday’ to depict sale promo in a Muslim-dominated state, like Kano, was insensitive.

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Hisbah said it took the decision following a complain from a concern resident, adding: “We expressed concern about the commercial tagged of Friday as ‘Black Friday’ and further inform you that the majority of inhabitants of Kano State are Muslims that considered Friday as holy day.


“In view of the foregoing, you are requested to stop the commercial with immediate effect. Hisbah corps would be around to ensure surveillance to maintain peace and harmony in the state.”

Efforts to speak to management of ShopRite and Cool FM in Kano were not successful, but The Guardian’s check indicated that the promo had already been suspended.



Nanono’s brother abducted in Kano State


Gunmen had whisked the victim away from his family house in Gabasawa local government area of the state on Monday morning.

Babawuro Tofai, the younger brother of Sabo Nanono, minister of agriculture, has been abducted in Kano.

One of the aides of the minister confirmed the abduction, saying the gunmen struck around 10am on Monday.

Abdullahi Haruna, police public relations officer in Kano, also confirmed the incident, saying investigation was ongoing.



Just in: Student enrollment in Kano rises to 1.9m


The commissioner, who attributed the soaring enrolment to the growing population in the state, declared that Kano has the highest number of public schools in the country.

As Nigeria joined the rest of the universe to commemorate World Children’s Day celebration, Kano state has maintained lead in pupil’s enrolment with density of those in basic one to three alone now stood at 1.9 million.

The present enrolment figure of children in public primary schools steers concern amidst acute infrastructural deficit and growing number of out of school children in the state.

Kano state Commissioner for Education, Malam Mohammad Sanusi Kiru, disclosed the enrolment figure on Friday during a special kid’s takeover event organized by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to commemorate World Children’s Day celebration in Kano.


Besides, Kiru maintained that government policy on free and compulsory education in basic and junior secondary public schools may largely contributed to possible increase in the near future.

Although, the education commission admitted challenges of congestion of pupils because of acute infrastructural deficit, he said the situation will be addressed by the recent government approval for capital project essentially for construction of new classrooms and rehabilitation of old structures.

Kiru explained that Kano state government has sustained provision of N1.5 billion counterpart funding to access the Universal Basic Education fund in the last six years, adding that the state government has invested huge chunk of the fund on capital project essentially to reduce population density in the classroom.


The commissioner applauded the UNICEF for organizing the kids takeover event which witnessed the commissioner of education and his counterpart at the ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development ceding their position to the kids for three hours.

Kiru pointed out that such initiative would further prepare the kids ahead of leadership position in the future.

Earlier, the child commissioner for education, Al-Zubail Bashir charged government to ensure equal right and opportunity to every child to quality education, provision of clean water, healthcare, and hygiene.

Media officer, UNICEF office in Kano, Mr Samuel said the World Children’s Day was parts of UNICEF’s global day of action for children, by children against the adoption of the UN convention on the rights of child. He explained that the 2020 event came amidst COVID-19 reimagine campaign when the world listens to how children will reclaim better future.


Kano flood kills over 50, destroy over 30,000 houses.


The rest are Danbatta; Bagwai, Rimin Gado, Ungogo, Gwale, Warawa, Tarauani, Nasarawa, Dala, Kumbotso, and Kano Municipal.

Flooding has claimed 54 lives and destroyed 30, 356 houses across Kano State within the last four months, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), said on Friday.

The Executive Secretary of the agency, Dr Saleh Jili, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Kano that the loss of lives and destruction particularly hit Rogo; Kabo, Gezawa, Bebeji, Kura, Gwarzo, Shanono, Wudil and Gaya.

Jili said 81 other residents were injured due to flood, windstorm and rainstorm during the period.

He added:“The agency has recorded 2,177 fire outbreaks and 9,127 farmlands destroyed to the disaster,” he said.


“The displaced persons are taking shelter with their relatives in the affected communities.

“We were in the affected areas to sympathise with the victims and distributed relief materials to alleviate their sufferings.”

Jili said the items distributed included bags of cement, grain, roofing sheets, blankets, Mattress, and toiletries among others.

The secretary urged wealthy individuals and donor organisations to assist the victims, and called on the people to clear water ways to prevent flooding.


Kano Reps member battered by Youths for no performing.


The alleged incident happened on Sunday, October 11, when Jobe went to inagurate a project at Gulu, a village under Rimin Gado Local Government Area.

A member of the All Progressives Congress representing Dawakin Tofa/Tofa and Rimin Gado Federal Constituency in Kano State, Tijjani Abdulkadir Jobe, was allegedly attacked by angry youths in his constituency.

According to Noble Reporters Media‘s known Media, the youths reportedly attacked Jobe after accusing him of not delivering the dividends of democracy to them.

The publication adds that the lawmaker was beaten to a pulp by the youth, who accused him of making false promises for many years without fulfilling them.

“He was given severe beating by the angry youth on Sunday.

“They said they attacked him because of his fake promises for many years,” the report said.


Deposed Kano Emir, Sanusi arrives Kaduna


The former Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi has arrived Kaduna state more than five months after he was deposed by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state.

Sanusi’s visit to Kaduna state happens to be his first to any part of northern Nigeria since he was removed from the throne on March 9, 2020.

He is expected to visit Governor Nasir El-Rufai, his long time friend of over forty years at the Kaduna State Government House.

The former Emir on arrival in Kaduna was received by a crowd of supporters who joined his motorcade.

Some of them displayed 2023 campaign posters with his photograph on their vehicles.


Sanusi, an ex-central bank Governor had frosty relations with Kano Governor Abdullahi Ganduje since 2017.

His supporters believe he was sacked for opposing Mr Ganduje’s re-election last year.

Sanusi was seen as a reformist and had been critical of some government policies – a stance that frequently put him at loggerheads with ruling politicians.

Exiled Ruler
Following his deposition, El-Rufai had met with the dethroned Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi at Awe in Nasarawa State.


Governor El-Rufai had on March 13th, 2020, arrived Awe Local Government where Sanusi was residing then.

Due to a heavy security presence, journalists were only allowed to stay 200 metres away from the place.

Sanusi later left Awe for Lagos after a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja granted an interim order releasing him 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 approached the court seeking an interim order of the court directing his immediate release from detention.

‘Moving On’
Not disturbed by his dethronement, the former CBN governor said he was “moving on” with his life, but, admitted that challenging his removal could have been the easiest thing to do if he wanted to.

“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.


35-year-old rescued after being locked up by parents for 15 years in Kano State.


A 35-year-old man, Ibrahim Lawan, who was imprisoned by his parents in Kano State has regained freedom after 15 years.

His hope for freedom from incarceration came to reality after Ibrahim was rescued by a Police Medical Team and operatives of Operation Puff Adder.

The victim was removed from confinement on Sunday in Sheka, a community in Unguwar Fulani in Kumbotso Local Government Area of the state.

He was later moved into an ambulance waiting just outside the building and was whisked away in company with armed security operatives.

File photo of security operatives that rescued victim.

The Public Relations Officer of the Kano State Police Command, Abdullahi Haruna, confirmed this to Media (known to Noble Reporters Media)

He disclosed that Ibrahim has since been moved to the hospital for medical attention and the police have commenced an investigation into the incident.


Security officials rescue Ibrahim Lawan 15 years after he was imprisoned by his parents in Kano State.

Ibrahim’s rescue came just two days after the police in Kano apprehended one Aminu Farawa.

Farawa was arrested for locking up his 30-year-old son, Ahmed Aminu, inside his car garage for seven years.


He, however, claimed to have had his son locked up for three years after suspecting him of drug abuse.


Ahmed was rescued by the police and taken to the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital in Kano for proper treatment.

Reacting to the incident, the Commissioner of Police in Kano, Habu Sani, ordered that the case be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.

“We are currently investigating the matter to uncover the real course behind this act, the victims are also in our custody at the moment,” Haruna told Channels Television in a phone chat while giving an update in the incidents.

Unlike Farawa, the command’s spokesman said no reason was given by Ibrahim’s parents as to why they kept their son in detention for 15 years without proper feeding or medical care.


Kano Police arrest Man after he did this to his 30-year-old son.


The Kano State Police Command has arrested one Aminu Farawa for locking up his 30-year-old son, Ahmed Aminu, inside his car garage for seven years.

According to a statement released on Friday by the Command spokesman, Abdullahi Haruna, the victim has been rescued and admitted at the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital in Kano for proper treatment.

According to Mr Aminu, he had had his son locked up for three years after suspecting him of drug abuse.

The State’s Commissioner of Police, Habu Sani has ordered the case transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.


Leader of terrorist group, Shekau react after Shari’a court orders death of Kano singer.


Abubakar Shekau, leader of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist sect, has condemned the death sentence handed down to a musician identified as Yahaya Sharif-Aminu over alleged blasphemy.

Noble Reporters Media reports that a Sharia Court in Kano State on Monday found Sharif-Aminu guilty of blasphemy for releasing a song insulting the Holy Prophet Muhammad.

But the death sentence has sparked reactions and condemnations by concerned Nigerians who faulted the ruling and called for the abolition of the Sharia Law.

However, in a fresh audiotape, Shekau berated the ruling noting that there is no difference between the accused and those who sentenced him to death.

He said: “There is no difference between the ‘blasphemer’ and those who sentenced him to death.”


Reactions after shari’a court charges Kano singer to death.


Several Nigerians have reacted to the judgment of an Upper Sharia Court in Kano which on Monday sentenced a musician, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, to death by hanging for blasphemy.

Sharif-Aminu, 22, was found guilty of blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad in a song he circulated via Whatsapp in March this year.

He has 30 days to appeal the judgment.

In the aftermath of the court’s decision, thousands of Nigerians trooped to social media to express their opinions on the judgment.


A Twitter user @FakhuusHashim said nothing should warrant the killing of any Nigerian for what they have said.

“Nothing, and I mean nothing should ever warrant the killing of anyone for anything they’ve said. This is repulsive and regressive. Death sentencing for blasphemy are a human rights violation and the FG must act to stop the sentence from being carried out.”

Another user, YOjora, said Sharia Law in Northern Nigeria affects only the poor and enemies of the powerful.

“Sharia law in northern Nigeria never affects the rich, only the poor and political enemies of the powerful… There’s a video of a certain person packing dollars, I wonder why he hasn’t lost his hands..”


A journalist, David Hundeyin, described the judgment as “state-sanctioned terrorism.”

“Boko Haram regularly executes musicians and artists for “blasphemy” in the villages they occupy, citing Sharia Law. I’d love to know how this is not state-sanctioned terrorism. What is the difference between the Kano State government and Boko Haram? Please do tell.”

The West African coordinator of the Afro Arab Youth Council, Bello Shagari, said no muslim has the moral right to react angrily to blasphemy.

“No Muslim has the moral right to react angrily to blasphemy; that doesn’t mean one cannot be angry. Meanwhile, the sharia law on blasphemy cannot be done to a non Muslim. It is only applicable to Muslims who commits a ‘certain degree’ of blasphemy in a circular state.”


Shari’a court charges Kano singer, Yahaya Aminu Sharif to death


An Upper Shari’a Court sitting at Hausawa Quarters in Kano has sentenced a 22-year old singer Yahaya Aminu Sharif to death by hanging for blasphemy against Prophet of Muhammad.

In his ruling on Monday, the Shari’a court Khadi, Aliyu Muhammad Kani, found Sharif guilty of the one-count charge bordering on derogatory comment contained in one of his songs.

Sharif, a resident of Sharifai quarters in Kano municipal, was accused of committing blasphemy against the prophet in a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March 2020.

Sharif’s action came to public knowledge on 4th of March, 2020, when hundreds of angry youths stormed the Kano Hisbah board headquarters in protest against what they considered an uncomplimentary assault on prophet Muhammad.

The youths accused government and security agencies of undue protection and failure to act appropriately against Sharif.

The irate youths had earlier razed down the family house of the singer after his disappearance when they invaded the resident.


EdoDecide’20: Kano gov, Ganduje slams Obaseki


…call him a liability, failure

Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on Friday said his Edo State counterpart Godwin Obaseki is a “liability” to the People’s Democratic Party.

“I can assure you that Governor Obaseki is a liability to the PDP. I can assure you that we are contesting against a governor who failed most woefully,” Ganduje said.

Ganduje had accompanied the All Progressives Congress’s candidate for the Edo state governorship election Osagie Ize-Iyamu to meet President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday.

He failed woefully in the area of providing infrastructural facilities to the good people of Edo State, who failed most woefully in the execution of constitutional provision in the state, especially pertaining to the legislature.


“14 members were out of the legislature for 13 good months. When we calculated, we saw those 14 legislators are representing 60 per cent of the population. All their constituents are unhappy that elected legislators were not given the chance to participate in the legislation in that state.

“In fact, all the legislations made should be considered as illegal. So, we are ready to fight somebody who has failed and it’s an advantage to us.”

Obaseki has been faced with several criticisms from the APC.

Obaseki dumped the APC in July after he was denied a second term ticket by the party.


The party had curiously disqualified Obaseki, alleging that his National Youth Service Certificate (NYSC) and the testimonial of the Institute of Continuing Education Benin city submitted by the governor were in-genuine.

However, Obaseki defected to the opposition PDP and clinched the party’s gubernatorial ticket to contest for a second a term.

Obaseki has since blamed the suspended APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, for his travails in APC.

Obaseki became governor under the APC in 2016, while Oshiomhole became the national chairman of the APC. But shortly after Obaseki assumed office, the political marriage between the two men began to unravel.


Bribe: Court dismisses No-case submission against Kano ex-Reps member


The Court of Appeal in Abuja has dismissed the appeal filed by a former member of the House of Representatives from Kano State, Farouk Lawan seeking to terminate the $3million bribery charges brought against him by the Federal Government.

The appellate court in a unanimous decision held that a prima facie case was well established against Lawan that warranted him to enter his defence in the three counts charge brought against him since 2013.

Delivering the judgment in the appeal filed against the ruling of an Abuja High Court which held that Lawan had a case to answer; Justice Olabisi Ige held that the decision of the lower court was well-founded.

Justice Ige said that contrary to Lawal’s argument, the prosecution evidence at the High Court was not in any way discredited, hence the rejection of his no-case submission.


The appellate court also held that the language of the trial judge, Justice Angela Otaluka which Lawan complained about did not place him in any disadvantage position or was in any way inimical to his trial.

Justice Ige who quoted copiously from the records of proceedings of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, especially the testimonies of the five witnesses called by the Federal Government, upheld the findings of Justice Otaluka that there were sufficient evidence linking Mister Lawan to the offences.

Justice Otaluka had in 2019 dismissed the no-case-submission filed by Mister Lawan who was then the Chairman of the House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee on Oil and Gas in his alleged $3million bribery trial.


COVID-19: Kano council agree CBTCs in 5 emirates


The Kano state Executive Council has approved the establishment of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Computer Based Testing Centres (CBTCs) in the five Emirates Councils as zonal offices and 44 Local Government Areas in the state.

The commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammadu Garba stated this on Sunday while addressing newsmen on the outcome of the council’s weekly meeting held at the Africa House, Government House, Kano.

He said it became necessary to increase the number of CBTCs, to prevent a situation where candidates have to be sent to neighboring states of Bauchi, Kaduna, Jigawa and Katsina just to seat for the JAMB Exams.

Garba also revealed that during its sitting, the council approved the establishment of the State Council on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to fast track the spread of ICT skills to the grassroots.


The council, according to him, would be co-chaired by the commissioner of Science, Technology and Innovation and that of local government, while the commissioners for Information, education, higher education as well as all the chairmen of the 44 local governments in the state will serve as members.

Speaking further, the commissioner stated that the council received a proposal from a private developer to use the old Triumph Publishing Company complex to create a specialized Forex Market (Kasuwar ‘Yan Chanji), the first of its kind in Nigeria and another one from Fari Properties Ltd. seeking to transform the abandoned Daula Hotel in the state capital into a residential.

Garba indicated that the council also received proposal for the construction of a multi-purpose ultra-modern shopping complex at the premises of Daula Hotel in the metropolitan area.


Eid al-Adha: Kano govt pardons 43 inmates


…Urges Prayers For National Security

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, yesterday, granted prerogative of mercy to 43 inmates of Kano Correctional Service in the spirit of Eid-Kabir Sallah celebration.

Ganduje made similar benevolence gesture to 295 inmates in the month of May to commemorate Eid el-fitir Sallah festival while urging the ex-convicts to exhibit positive character and good virtues.

In his Sallah message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, Ganduje charged the inmates and the entire Muslims to be law abiding and sustain prayers for security, peace and growth of the nation. He also advised residents to observe all health protocols against COVID-19 pandemic.

“When we release people, we release them without taking into consideration their religious background, ethnicity, age or sex differences. We believe humanity as a whole should always be assisted.


“Those on release are advised to be and remain people with sound character. Mrs. Jennifer Okafor is an example of those released from this and similar correctional centres.

She is now holding on tight to her new job with the State Traffic Agency, KAROTA. This shows that we are achieving something.

“It is extremely important for people to pray much harder for national development and the security of our state and the country in general. We must continue observing all the protocols as enunciated by health workers. This way, we can overcome the pandemic,” he said.

Comptroller of Kano Correctional Centres, Magaji Ahmed Abdullahi,commended the governor for the gesture. Those released were given N5, 000 each as transport fare to their various destinations.


Kano announces total lockdown ease


Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has announced a total easing of the lockdown imposed on the state to check spread of the novel coronavirus.

Ganduje made the announcement on Thursday in Kano while briefing newsmen on the COVID-19 pandemic at Government House, Kano.

He said, however, that restriction of movement from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. would continue.

The governor also directed civil servants on grade level 12 and above to resume work from July 6.


“Civil servants from grade level 12 and above can return to work from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. but must continue to practice social distancing,” he said‎.

According to the governor, the law banning street begging and hawking is still in place.

‎He told Kano State residents to wear masks when going out and to continue to adhere to social distancing in public places. ‎



Kano governor to present reviewed budget to Assembly


Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has submitted a reviewed budget to the Kano State House of Assembly.

Dr Ganduje’s administration hinted a few days back, that the 2020 budget of over N200billion would be reduced by 30 percent due to the frustrations occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The reviewed budget of N138,279,140,661 was first presented at the state Executive Council meeting, Wednesday, by the Commissioner of Planning and Budget, Nura Muhammad Dankadai, before transmitting the document to the State House of Assembly.

The reviewed budget of over N138billion has N78.8billon for recurrent expenditure, which represents 57 percent and N54.9billion for capital expenditure, which represents 43 percent.

Internally general revenue (IGR) stood at N46billion in the original document, but with N7.8billion as actual collection from January to March, the IGR now stands at N24billion in the reviewed budget document.


The FAAC source for financing the budget was N76 billion in the original document but has now become N52billion, which is lower by N24billion.

In the original document, overhead stood at N18.3 billion as the amount and now reviewed to N16.6billion.

Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, spoke to reporters on Friday, February 7, 2020.

The priority areas of the reviewed budget are education, health, and infrastructure.

While global behaviour inches towards learning how to live with COVID-19 pandemic at both local and global levels, due to the absence of a clear cut vaccine for the menace, the governor further ordered all contractors handling different government projects in the state to go back to the site.


Governor Ganduje expressed optimism that, life will pick up steadily for the continued development of the state as he ordered for the opening of all manufacturing companies in the state, to further take care of developmental aspects in the state in Post-COVID-19.

“It is pertinent to note that, people should understand lucidly that there will life after COVID-19. As such we should not sit back and give less concern about that,” he said.

Ganduje commended all members of the State Executive Council for their roles in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor also commended the individual and collective commitment of the executive members during this period, stressing that his government philosophy of teamwork is strong and vibrant.