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Ganduje approves resignation of seven commissioners


Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has accepted the resignation of seven commissioners from the state executive council, to enable them to take part in the 2023 general election.

Ganduje’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Abba Anwar, said this in a statement on Tuesday in Kano.

Anwar said that the commissioners included Dr Nasir Yusuf-Gawuna (Agriculture and Natural Resources), Mr Murtala Sule-Garo (Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs), and Mr Ibrahim Karaye (Culture and Tourism),.

He said that others were Mr Musa Kwankwaso (Rural and Community Development), Mr Kabiru Lakwaya (Youth and Sports), Mr Mahmud Santsi (Housing and Transport) and Mr Muntari Yakasai (Special Duties).

Anwar said that the governor thanked them for their tremendous contributions toward the development of the state and wished them well in their future endeavors.

He said that the governor directed the Permanent Secretaries of the affected ministries to take charge immediately.

“The Chief of Staff and other commissioners are directed to continue carrying out their duties in their respective ministries,” he said.

Ganduje had directed all political appointees who wished to contest for positions in the 2023 general elections to resign.

The governor said that the directive was in line with Section 84 (12) of the newly amended Electoral Act.

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Kano residents decry water scarcity


Some Kano residents have decried the acute water scarcity being experienced in the metropolitan areas of the state during the ongoing Ramadan fasting.

An investigation conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) revealed that the problem affects residents of the eight metropolitan local government areas of the state.

The affected local government areas are: Dala, Fagge, Gwale, Kano Municipal, Kumbotso, Tarauni, Nassarawa and Ungogo.

The residents of the affected areas mostly depends on the state water board, boreholes established by government and philanthropists as well as water vendors to get water for their daily use.

The investigation showed that the situation was worsened because the recent system collapsed on the National Grid, which, both the water board and boreholes rely on for electricity supply.

The Managing Director, Kano State Water Board, Dr Garba Kofar-Wambai, had apologised to the residents over the inability of the board to pump water to them.

Kofar-Wambai said that the board depends on electricity supply to pump water, which the supply has deteriorated due to system collapse.

He said that the board would restore normal water supply as soon as the situation improves.

Malam Muhammad Abdullahi, a resident of Fagge, said that water scarcity in Kano, has been a major challenge for decades in the history of the state.

“It is unfortunate that up to now the residents are battling with water scarcity in Kano metropolitan areas.

“It is high time for authorities to address the problem squarely, because it has thrown many people into more hardships, particularly during this Ramadan fasting,” he said.

The investigation also showed on the other hand that, water vendors are making brisk business from the situation.

A 25-litre jerrycan of water, which hitherto, sold at N30, now cost between N80 and N150, depending on the area.
Another resident, Idris Abdullahi, lamented on how water scarcity continuously affects the residents which is a basic necessity.

He therefore urged the Federal Government to hasten taking measures that would assist to address the problem of system collapse of the National Grid.

“Yes, because whenever there is power outage, the problem will affects almost all aspect of human life,” he said.

It was also observed that some philanthropists were complementing the state government’s efforts by sending water tankers to various areas and provide water to the residents.

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Ganduje appoints new Head of Service, 4 Permanent Secretaries


Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state, has approved the appointment of Malam Usman Muhammad, as the state new Head of Service (HoS).

This is contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Abba Anwar on Monday in Kano.

Anwar said the governor also approved the appointment of four new Permanent Secretaries in the state civil service.

He said that Muhammad was a permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information before his appointment.

“The new permanent secretaries includes Muhammad Shehu, who until his appointment was Director of Research and Statistics with the state Roads Maintenance Agency (KARMA).

“Other are, Malam Magaji Lawan who was, Director of Finance and Accounts, Ministry of Finance before his appointment.

“The rest two are Mr Bilyaminu Zubairu, and Malama Mairo Dambatta,” Anwar said.

He said that the appointments were with immediate effect.

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Kano well digger cheats death by whiskers


A 25-year-old well-digger, Abba Yusuf, almost suffocated on duty in Kano on Tuesday, but for a quick rescue operation by the Kano State Fire Service.

Yusuf was digging a well at Hotoron Mahauta area of Kano when he fell inside and was buried in sand.

“The man was trapped while digging the well in hot weather and lack of oxygen made him to nearly suffocate,’’ Alhaji Saminu Abdullahi, spokesman of the Kano State Fire Service, said.

“We received an emergency call from one Abubakar Haruna and immediately dispatched our rescue team to the scene.

“Yusuf was rescued alive and taken to Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, Kano, for treatment.

“He was later handed over to an Inspector of Police at Kofar Wambai Police Division,’’ Abdullahi added.

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Fire Service rescues 4-year-old from well in Kano


Kano Fire Service rescued a four-year-old boy who fell inside a well at Bayan Kara in Danbatta Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday.

Alhaji Saminu Abdullahi, spokesman of the Kano State Fire Service made the disclosure in a statement made available to newsmen.

“We received an emergency call at about 10:52 a.m. from Aminu Muktar-Magaji, a Higher Fire Superintendent and our rescue team was sent to the scene four minutes after,’’ he stated.

Abdullahi said the boy was playing with other children in an uncompleted building when he fell into the well.

The victim was rescued alive, conveyed to Danbatta General Hospital and treated and discharged.

Abdullahi enjoined parents to always watch over their children and instruct them on safe places to play.

He also called on the public to always keep an eye on young children within their surroundings so as to keep them off danger.

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5 die while excavating sand in Kano


The Kano State Fire Service has confirmed the death of five people trapped under a heap of sand at Yanlami Village in the Bichi Local Government Area.

A statement issued to newsmen by the Public Relations Officer of the fire service, Alhaji Saminu Abdullahi, on Sunday in Kano said the tragic incident occurred on Saturday morning.

“We received a distress call from Bichi Fire Station that puddle trench has covered five people. We sent our rescue team to the scene at about 11:05a.m.,’’ Abdullahi said in the statement.

He gave the names of the victims as Alasan Abdulhamid, 22, Jafaru Abdulwahabu, 30, Jibrin Musa, 30, Masaudu Nasiru, 25, Muhammad Sulaiman, 35.

“The victims were trapped while working in a puddle trench to get sand with the intention to help their friend who was about to marry build a house. Part of the sand collapsed and covered them and they died subsequently,“ Abdullahi said in the statement.

He said that the recovered bodies were handed over to the police and the village head of Yanlami.

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Kano, Lagos States demand 1 per cent in Revenue Allocation Formula —- Gov Ganduje


Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, says Kano and Lagos States are demanding for 1 per cent in the new nation’s Revenue Allocation Formula.

The demand is contained in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the governor, Mr Abba Anwar, issued on Tuesday in Kano.

Anwar said that Ganduje made the case when his Lagos State counterpart, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, paid a condolence visit over the death of Aliko Dangote’s brother, Sani Dangote.

He quoted Ganduje as saying, “looking at the population size of Kano and Lagos states and other similarities of mega cities, both states demand for 1 per cent in the new nation’s revenue allocation formula. We have already made our submissions.”

He noted that the two states were lucky to have the highest number of members of House of Representatives in the country.

Ganduje pointed out that both Kano and Lagos States have 24 legislators, each, in the Green Chamber.

In the statement, Anwar said that Gov. Sanwo-Olu revealed that both states were mega cities.

“While Lagos is the most populous city in Nigeria and in West Africa, Kano is the second after Lagos.

“We have similarities and we also have same problems.

“Problem of managing population, problem of providing social services to people, and you cannot determine who will use your facilities, your services because people are coming into our cities for almost 24 hours.

“Every second, people are entering the two cities of Kano and Lagos, and you have no control over that. They also have to get the security services.

“Since there is now an attempt to review the revenue formula in Nigeria, Lagos and Kano are demanding for 1 per cent.

“That will enable us to take care of the circumstances of mega cities,” the governor said.

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Kano state govt. approves completion of abandoned road projects, ratifies others –commissioner


The Kano state Executive Council has given approval for the completion of the multi-million naira Janguza-Durum-Kabo-Karaye road projects, which were abandoned since 2010, the state Commissioner for Information Mr Muhammed Garba, said on Monday.

In a statement in Kano, Garba said that the approval was granted at a meeting of the council.

It said that the contract, initially awarded by the Ibrahim Shekarau administration at the cost of N3, 424, 010, 877.00 billion, was reviewed to N7, 020, 139, 700.55 billion, based on the scope of work.

Garba further explained that the council, however, had rejected a proposed downward review of the project cost, by over N2 billion, to allow for the execution of quality job and taking cognisance of the high prices of construction materials.

The commissioner pointed out that the project would be jointly financed by the state government and benefitting local government councils of Kabo, Karaye and Rimin Gado, on 50-50 basis contribution, respectively.

The statement also announced the council’s ratification of an approval for the award of contract for the construction of Ganduje-Landigel-Jalli Road at the cost of N863, 148, 176.40 million.

Another approval, he said, included the sum of N89, 952, 927.65 million for the provision of facial recognition systems at both the domestic and international wings of the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport as part of efforts to strengthen its security.

The Commissioner revealed that the council had also approved the award of contract for the provision of flood control measures at Bichi Area Command of the Nigeria Police Force at the sum of N42, 643, 899.58 million.

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Lagos, Kano alone have 50% of Nigerian vehicles – Official


Of the 13 million vehicles on Nigerian roads, about 50 per cent of them, representing 6.5 million, are in Lagos and Kano states, the two commercial nerve centres of the country.

While Lagos is the commercial hub of the country, Kano State is the commercial centre of the northern part of the country.

Speaking during a courtesy visit by the officials of the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) to the governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, in the state recently, the commissioner for insurance, Mr. Sunday Thomas, said Kano was leading in many fronts in the country, stressing that Kano and Lagos states alone have almost more than 50 per cent of vehicles plying the Nigerian roads.

While persuading the state government to partner with the insurance industry in a bid to insure all vehicles in the state, he added that this will significantly impact on the Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state even as it will equally boost revenue of all stakeholders.

Speaking further, he said: “The issue of collapsed buildings has continued to be one of the problems in our big and major cities in the country that seems to have defied solutions and checks put in place by the authorities.

“The commission is collaborating with some federal agencies like the Fire Service, Police and relevant professional associations like COREN to ensure provisions of the law regarding the insurance of public buildings against 3rd party liability and all buildings under construction that are above 2 floors are strictly adhered to.”

While soliciting for the cooperation of Kano State governor to work closely with the insurance sector on adoption and enforcement of insurance to ensure safety and protection of lives and properties in Kano State, he noted that NAICOM was planning to organise a one-day sensitisation workshop for permanent secretaries and directors of all MDAs in the state in order to sensitise them on the need and benefit to adequately protect and insure strategic government assets and human resources.

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Court to deliver judgment in deposed Emir Sanusi’s suit Nov. 30


A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday fixed Nov. 30 for judgment in a suit filed by deposed Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II against the Kano State government and others.

Justice Anwuli Chikere fixed the date after counsel to parties in the matter adopted all their processes and argument taken.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the deposed emir had, on March 12, 2020, sued the Inspector-General (I-G) of Police and Director-General, Department of State Services (DSS) over what he called “unlawful detention/confinement” at the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Also joined in the motion with suit number: FHC/ABJ/CS/357/2020 are the Attorney-General of Kano State and Attorney General of the Federation as 3rd and 4th respondents respectively.

The former emir had, in a motion -ex-parte dated March 12 by his team of lawyers, sought an interim order of the court releasing him from the detention and/or confinement of the respondents and restoring his right to human dignity, personal liberty.

NAN reports that Sanusi, after his banishment from Kano, was confined to Awe town, Nasarawa State.

The presiding judge, Justice Anwuli Chikere, however. ordered his immediate release.
Although the deposed emir had since been released after the court ruling, the case is still in court as the originating motion was yet to be determined by the court.

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Kano CJ directs reopening of courts

Kano State Chief Judge, Justice Nura Sagir, has directed Magistrate Courts to reopen for normal activities on Monday July 6.

The Public Relations Officer of the state’s Judiciary, Mr Baba Ibrahim, made the disclosure in a statement on Sunday in Kano.

Sagir said that the directives followed easing of the COVID-19 lockdown by the state government.

“All Magistrates’ in the state should resume court sitting immediately,” Sagir was quoted as saying in the statement.

FELLOW PRESS reports that Sagir had on March 25, directed for the suspension of court sitting, in compliance with the COVID-19 lockdown imposed to stem further spread of the pandemic in the state.

NAN reports also that Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje, on Thursday announced total eased of restrictions in view of the successes recorded in the campaign against the pandemic.

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Kano Hisbah confiscates 100 cartons of alcohol

The Kano State Hisbah Board has confiscated a tricycle loaded with 100 cartons of alcohol trying to smuggle it into the state.

The Commander General of the Board, Dr Harun Ibn-Sina, made the disclosure in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the board, Malam Lawan Ibrahim, in Kano on Sunday.

The Commander made the disclosure while inspecting the intercepted consignment at the board’s Headquarters in Sharada Kano.

“As a result of co-ordinated exercise, the tricycle loaded with hundred cartons of alcohol was successfully intercepted while the tricyclist is at large,” he said.

According to him, investigation reveals unscrupulous persons among the tricycle operators were being hired to smuggle alcoholic substance into the state.

Ibn-Sina urged tricyclist, owners and their associations in the state to pay attention to the activities of its members.

He said the state would not tolerate any operator who hide under the name of business to engaged in crime.

The Commander called on security agencies in the state to put more efforts to curtail such illicit trade.

He advised various stakeholders to collaborate with the board in fishing out erring individuals among tricycle operators.

“Tricyclists should expose those behind smuggling of alcohols, Indian hemp and other dangerous drugs in the state in order to protect their integrity,” he said.

He emphasised that government would deal decisively with anybody that was found in such activities.

He, however, enjoined the people of the state to report any suspicious move either by group or individuals to the nearest authority, to protect lives and property.

According to him, all hands must be on deck to ensure adequate security in the state.

Ibn-Sina commended the public for the cordial relationship with the board.

He added that the positive move would assist in reducing the rate of immoral act and crimes among youths in the state.

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Kano Govt establishes 3 more schools for Almajiri children

Kano State Government says it has established three additional Tsangaya Model Schools, to facilitate enrollment of 976 Almajiri (Qur’anic school pupils) evacuated from other states.

Gwani Yahuza, Chairman, Kano State Qur’anic and Islamic Schools Management Board, stated this in an interview with journalists on Monday in Kano.

Tsangaya is the term used for the Qur’anic schools commonly found in northern Nigeria.

NAN reports that the Federal Government had initiated the Tsangaya School programme, to fast track integration of Almajiri children into formal school system.

Yahuza disclosed that the schools were established in addition to the existing 12 Tsangaya schools in the state.

He said the schools were designed to teach the children Islamic Religious Knowledge, Qur’anic and Western education.

The chairman added that each of the schools was designed with 300 pupils capacity and equipped with necessary facilities to create conducive teaching and learning environment.

Yahuza said: “The establishment of the three additional schools bring the total number of Tsangaya schools to 15 in the state, comprising of 12 boarding and three day schools.

“We have 2,810 pupils’ population in the Tsangaya schools with 513 of them in exit classes.

“While over 300 Qur’anic schools have indicated readiness to key into the Tsangaya School programme in the state.”

According to him, the Board is exercising supervisory role to the Islamic and Qur’anic schools to enhance sanity in the system.

Yahuza urged parents to desist from sending their wards to itinerary Qur’anic teachers, who migrate to the urban centres and engage in street begging.

While commending the state government for effective response to curtail spread of Coronavirus pandemic, Yahuza said the Board would employ proactive measures to ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols when the schools reopen.

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Kano plans palliative for teachers, distributes PPEs to 538 schools

The Kano State Government said it would provide palliatives to teachers and non-teaching staff of private schools to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano disclosed this while flagging-off the distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to 538 public and private schools in the State.

Ganduje, represented by his Deputy, Mr Nasir Gawuna, said the private schools owners had complained to government over the challenges their staff were facing occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He added that the Government would look into the issue and see the possible way out of it.

On the distribution of the PPEs, Ganduje said it was part of preparations for the resumption of secondary schools final year students.

According to him, the materials include face masks, hand sanitisers, hand washing facilities and infrared thermometer to check the students’s temperature.

Ganduje further said that the state government was on the verge of winning the fight against the highly contagious COVID-19 in the state.

He called on the residents to strictly adher to the laid down protocols by health experts in order to completely stop the spread of the virus.

The governor said the government had made use of facemasks mandatory not only in schools but across the state, noting that the enforcement would start soon.

He called on the Frontline workers, principals and teachers, to judiciously put to use the materials to curb the spread of the disease among students.

Earlier in his speech, Commissioner of Education, Mr Sanusi Kiru, said Kano State was the only state that had taken the responsibility of distributing the materials to the schools which had met the request of the Presidential Task Force (PTF).

According to him, out of 27,454 students taking final year West African Examination Council (WAEC) Examination in the state, 11,400 are from public schools and 16,460 from private schools.

The Commissioner of Health, Dr. Ibrahim Tsanyawa, said all students would be subjected to screening and hand washing.

He added that the provision of the materials was to ensure that nothing was taken for granted.

The representative of the Proprietors of Private Schools Association, Hajia Maryam Magaji, commended the effort of the government for the donation.

She however, appealed to the state government to waive off revenues from private schools for two terms, due to non-payment of school fees occasioned by the pandemic.

NAN recall that the state government had since embarked on fumigation and disinfection of 538 schools in the state ahead of resumption of schools on Aug. 10, for the exit students.

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WAEC: Kano Govt sets up 12 examination centres for boarding students

Kano State Government says it has designated 12 centres for exit students of the 33 public boarding secondary schools, to write the West African Examination Council (WAEC) examination.

WAEC examination is scheduled to start on Aug. 17.

Alhaji Bello Shehu, Executive Secretary, Kano State Secondary Schools Management Board (KSSSMB), told newsmen in Kano that the measure was to protect students and stem further spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

Shehu disclosed that students from GGUC Kachako, GGSS Sumaila and GGSS Albasu would sit for the examination at Government Girls Unity College, Kachako.

He said that Government Girls College, Kano was designated as examination centre for students of the GGSS Kura and GGSS Madobi.

While students of the GGASS Danbatta and GGASS Tudun Wada would write the examination at Government Girls Arabic College Goron Dutse.

Shehu added that: “Students of the GGSS Kwa are to write their examination at Government Girls College Dala.

“And those of the GGSS Yar Gaya and GGSS Kabo are to converge at Government Girls Secondary School Shekara while those of the GGC Gezawa and GGSS Jambaki are to meet at Government Girls Secondary School Jogana.

“GSS Kafin Mai-Yaki, GC Tudun Wada and GSS Kwankwaso are to write their examination at Government Secondary School Karaye.

“Students of the GSS Rano, GASS Tsangaya and GSS Ajingi are to meet at Government Secondary School Sumaila.”

Shehu added other examination centres are GSS Danbatta for students of the GSS Bichi and GSS Bagwai and GSCS Wudil, while thowe of the GSS Dawakin Tofa would write the examination at Government Secondary School Gwarzo.

According to him, students of the GSS Tudun Maliki and Chinese Bilingual College are to remain in their respective schools.

The secretary noted that students of other 161 public schools would sit for the examination in their respective schools

He urged parents to ensure that their wards reported to the designated centers on Sunday, August 9.

FELLOW PRESS reports that the state government had fixed Aug. 9 for resumption of exit students of boarding schools while those of day secondary schools would resume on Aug. 10.

More than 11, 000 students had registered for the WAEC examination in 191 public secondary schools in the state.

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Police decorate 252 promoted officers in Kano

Mr Habu Ahmad, the Police Commissioner in Kano State, has tasked the 252 promoted officers to display high level of professionalism and commitment in the discharge of their duties.

Ahmad stated this in a statement by Mr Abdullahi Haruna, the spokesman of the Command on Wednesday in Kano.

The statement said the CP gave the task while decorating the newly promoted officers of the command on Tuesday.

Ahmad congratulated the newly promoted officers for their elevation to the new ranks.

He said: “To whom much is given, much is expected,” and stressed the need for the officers to be steadfast and resolute in the discharging of their constitutional roles.

While calling on the people of the state to adhere to the COVID-19 protocols, Ahmad also wished Muslims faithful a blissful and peaceful Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

One of the promoted officers, SP Muktar Sabiu, commended the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, and the Police Service Commission for the gesture.

Sabiu pledged to be committed and dedicated to their duties.

According to the statement, the promoted officers include nine Superintendent of Police (SP), four Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), and 239 Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP II).

It added that the event was attended by Brig.-Gen. B.A. Alabi, Commander 3 Mechanised Brigade, Kano; Alhassan N. Mohammed, Director Department of State Service (DSS); Air Commodore, Mohammed Isah, 455 BSG Air Force Base, Kano, and Mr Abu Audu, the Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), among others.

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Sallah: FRSC deploys 1,354 personnel to Kano

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Kano State Command, said it has deployed 1,354 personnel to ease traffic flow and enhance safety on the roads during Eid-el-Kabir festivities.
The Sector Commander, Mr Zubairu Mato, made the disclosure in a statement on Tuesday in Kano.
Mato disclosed that the Corps also deployed 16 patrol vehicles, three ambulances and one tow truck, noting that the special Sallah operation would be conducted between July 22 and August 7.
He said the personnel would be deployed on major routes, highways and roads leading to the Eid prayer grounds.
The Commander explained that the personnel comprised of 741 Regular Marshals and 613 Special Marshals.
“The personnel will ensure safe and smooth vehicular traffic flow as well as give prompt attention to road traffic crash victims.
“The operation focuses at enforcing compliance with the guidelines on inter-state travels issued by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
“Our patrol teams will also engage in massive public enlightenment and emergency response services.
“We will focus on traffic rules violations such as overloading; use of phone while driving, route violation and driver’s licence as well as driving with expired or worn out tyres,” he said.
Mato reiterated commitment to collaborate with transport unions and state government to enforce compliance with the COVID-19 guidelines in motor parks and terminals in the State.
He enjoined drivers, passengers and other motor park workers to comply with the COVID-19 protocols, use of hand sanitisers, face masks and social distancing to stem further spread of the pandemic.
While wishing Muslims a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebrations, Mato warned against under-aged driving, noting that defaulters would be sanctioned.

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COVID-19: Kano Govt distributes 2m face masks to transport unions, students

The Kano State Government on Sunday distributed 2 million face masks to various groups in the state, in an effort to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

The distribution of the face masks was carried out by Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje ofvKano State.

He said that the gesture would go a long way in curbing the spread of the pandemic.

According to him, National Association of Transport Owners (NARTO), the National Union of Transport Workers (NURTW), student unions, markets associations, among others will benefit from the exercise.

Ganduje said that the state government had made the wearing of face mask compulsory in public places across the state.

“If the state government wants to sustain the efforts it has made in curtailing the disease in the state, COVID-19 protocols must be followed.

“Although Kano State is winning the war against Coronavirus, there are some issues to stick to, especially coordination among the stakeholders to ensure compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

“We have also observed that people are not comfortable with wearing face masks, which is a very important preventive measure.

“We are working with relevant stakeholders, especially security agents to ensure total compliance in the state,” he said.

He said that transport unions must ensure that the face masks are distributed to their members and drivers must ensure every passenger wears one before boarding their vehicle.

The Deputy Governor of Kano state, Alhaji Nasiru Gawuna, said that the state government had earlier distributed 3 million pieces of face masks to various organisations in the state.

Gawuna, however, urged the public to take responsibility to complement the government’s efforts to curb the spread of the virus.

In his comment, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Bayero, said that the Emirate would continue to call on the good people of the state to abide by the order since it was meant for the general well-being of the public.

“We are calling on the good people of Kano State to abide by the laid down rules and regulations, especially, during Eid-el-Kabir,” he said.(NAN)

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Sallah: Kano residents decry hike in ram prices

Some residents of Kano metropolis have decried hike in prices of rams and other livestock as Muslim faithful prepare for the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

Eid-el-Kabir is an annual event observed by Muslim faithful in which they sacrifice rams, sheep, cows and other livestock.

The Eid celebration is marked on the 10th day of Dhul-Hijja of the 12th months of the Islamic Calendar (Hijra).

A check at Kofar Ruwa and Unguwa Uku livestock markets and other sales outlets in the metropolis indicated that prices shot up by over 40 per cent, as against what was obtainable within the same period in the past one year.

A small sized ram is sold at N25,000 and a medium sized one goes for N50,000 while a well-bred ram attracts between N80,000 and N150,000 as against its previous prices of N15,000; 30,000 and N80,000, respectively.

An average sheep costs N25,000 while a big sized sheep goes for N40,000 as against their old prices of N15,000 and 30,000, respectively.

Cattle also indicated similar increase in prices amid high patronage for the animals during the festive season.

An average cow is sold at N100,000 and well-bred bull costs as much as N300,000.

Traders at the market attributed the hikes to the increase in transport fares and animal feeds.

Malam Maigari Abdullahi, a ram dealer, said that prices were up due to high cost of transportation and animal feeds.

Abdullahi noted that the animals were being transported to the markets from villages in Kaduna, Jigawa, Yobe, Borno and Bauchi States as well as Niger Republic.

“The animals are being supplied from neighboring states, we spent a lot on transportation and animal feeds which resulted to the hike in prices,” he said.

Another trader, Sirajo Danliti, who decried the poor market condition, expressed the hope that prices would go down in view of the expected increase in the supply of the animals.

“We are not making good sales, we are hoping that the market condition will improve in the coming days.”

However, Abubakar Sulaiman, a resident, blamed the traders for the hike in prices.

Sulaiman said that he bought a ram at the cost of N45,000 which caused a heavy drain in his pockets.

“I bought the same size of ram for N25,000 during the previous festive season.

“The traders are taking advantage of the festivities to exploit buyers,” he said.

Another resident, Ibrahim Maikudi, lamented that most families in the area could not afford to slaughter rams this season due to the exorbitant prices.

Maikudi called on the traders to reduce prices to enable the faithful to celebrate the Eid in a happy mood.

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Man arrested for raping 40 women in Kano

The Kano State Police Command say they have arrested a man after 40 people were raped in one town over the period of a year.

A mother in Dangora, Kano, caught the man in her children’s bedroom, according to police spokesman Abdullahi Haruna. The man ran away but neighbours chased and caught him, he added.

The man was arrested on Tuesday, June 9.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Abdullahi Haruna confirmed this in a statement that reads: “Police on Tuesday arrested 32-year-old Muhammad Alfa in Kwanar Dangora, an outskirt of Kano.

“During interrogation, the man confessed to have raped more than 40 female in a year, including girls, married women, as well as an 80-year-old.”

The police say the spate of rapes included an attack on children as young as 10 years old.

The chief of the town, Ahmadu Yau, said the arrest is a welcome development.

“People of Dangora are so happy at this time and we hope justice will be served appropriately.”

Residents told the BBC that they had lived the last year in fear, even in their own homes, because they had heard that a serial rapist was climbing fences and raping women indoors.

“We can now sleep with our eyes closed,” one woman told the BBC.

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60 percent of Kano deaths linked to COVID-19 – Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire

Dr Osagie Ehanire, Nigeria’s Minister of Health, today disclosed that 60 percent of recent deaths recorded in Kano State have been linked to COVID-19 infection.

Recall that in April, Nigerians took to social media to express worry over the mysterious deaths in Kano state which reportedly rose to 640 in one week.

This prompted the constitution of a Ministerial task force that was sent to Kano to investigate the causes of the mysterious death and to also ascertain if it is related to COVID19.

Speaking at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID19, Ehanire said that the ministry have received the report of the Ministerial Task Team.

According to the Minister, it was observed that 50 to 60 percent of persons above the age of 65 died of COVID-19 related cases while others died due to neglect or delay in treatment. The minister added that about 979 strange deaths occurred in eight Municipal Area Councils of the state.

“The team confirmed from graveyard records, that a total of 979 deaths were recorded in 8 municipal LGA in the state at a rate of 43 deaths per day, with a peak in the second week of April.

By the beginning of May, the death rate had reduced to the 11 deaths per day it used to be. The verbal autopsy revealed that about 52 per cent of deaths had occurred at home while 38 per cent were in a hospital.

If circumstantial evidence are all to go by, investigation suggests that between 50-60 per cent of the deaths may have been triggered by or due to COVID-19 in the face of preexisting ailments. Most fatalities were over 65 years of age” he said

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10 coronavirus patients discharged in Kano

The Kano State Government has said that ten coronavirus patients have been discharged after showing full recovery from the virus.

The State Ministry of Health made the disclosure in a tweet via its Twitter account while confirming that 8 new cases of the viral infection have been recorded in the State.

According to the Ministry, the ten patients discharged brings the total number of discharged patients in the state to 133.

The tweet reads “COVID19 Kano Update as at 11:45pm 22nd May, 2020.

“8 new cases of COVID19 Kano cases confirmed.

“Total confirmed cases in Kano now are 883.

“10 additional COVID19 Kano patients were discharged bringing the total number of discharged patients to 133.

“Residents are advised to stay safe and adhere to social distancing rules.”

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COVID-19: Kano Islamic leaders kick against opening of mosques


The Highest Islamic decision body in Kano state, the Council of Illamas, has kicked against the decision of the Kano state governor, Umar Ganduje, to lift the ban against religious gatherings in the state.

The state governor, Umar Ganduje, on Tuesday May 19, approved the opening of worship centers across the state with an instruction that all COVID-19 precautionary measures must be adhered to by worshippers. A statement from the state government said the decision was reached after a stakeholder’s meeting with religious leaders, medical practitioners, and others.

However in a swift reaction, the Illamas say they were not consulted before this decision was taken.

Speaking to BBC Hausa, the chairman of the council, Sheik Ibrahim Khalil, said the move could jeopardize the fight against COVID-19 in the state. He has appealed to residents of the state who may want to attend the Jum’at and Eid congregational prayers this weekend, to observe the COVID-19 prevention guidelines which includes wearing of Face masks and keeping social distancing.

Kano state currently has 847 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the second-highest in the country after Lagos.

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Ganduje extends lockdown, approves Eid prayers in Kano

COVID-19: 38 new cases confirmed in Kano

Kano Governor, Umar Ganduje, on Monday extended the lockdown imposed by the federal government on the State.

The order was prolonged by another two weeks.

His spokesman, Tanko Yakasai, said this in a statement.

Yakasai said the development was the outcome of a meeting the governor had with religious leaders.

He noted that Ganduje “accepted and approved recommendations by a selection of 30 Islamic scholars in Kano for the Government to allow Friday Prayers to hold, as well as Eid Prayers”.

Yakasai said his principal gave the directive “after a lengthy consultation with the Islamic Scholars and other government officials at Africa House, in the Government House.

“This means that the relaxation of the lockdown on the days of Monday and Thursday will continue, but Friday prayers will also be allowed as well as Eid Prayers, but traditional Eid celebrations in the State will not be allowed.’’

He disclosed that the Imams were directed to ensure that everyone wears a face mask, as well as the use of sanitizers and washing of hands.

“They should also observe spacing as well as making brief sermon and observing social distancing,’’ he said.

The statement added that the government had also inaugurated a committee that will oversee the distribution of hand sanitizers, Sanitation equipment as well as face masks, among others to Imams of Friday Mosques.

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16 Almajiris sent to Jigawa from Kano test positive for coronavirus

Sixteen Almajiris who were sent to Jigawa state from Kano state, have tested positive for the novel Conarovirus.

The state Commissioner for Health, Abba Zakari, who disclosed this in a press conference today May 7, said 607 samples from the deported Almajiris were taken for testing but only 45 of the results were released today. Of the 45 test results, 16 of them came back positive.

Read also: Cross Rivers security operatives intercepts 5 trucks conveying almajiris

Zakari said the remaining 29 that returned negative would be united with their families soon and each would receive N10,000 and clothing while the 16, who tested positive, would be transferred to the state’s isolation facility for treatment

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Buhari’s team says Coronavirus responsible for Kano mass death

Dr Nasiru Sani Gwarzo, leader of the Presidential Task Force Committee on COVID-19, has said that the novel Coronavirus is responsible for the mysterious deaths recorded in Kano state in recent times.

Gwarzo who disclosed this to newsmen on Sunday May 3rd, said tests carried out so far, established that COVID-19 was the cause of the mass deaths.

“Let me inform us that most of the deaths recorded of recent and test carried out showed that coronavirus was the cause. So, before the final report which would be ready in the next one week or few days, it is necessary for people of Kano to wake up from their slumber that this is a serious issue.

We need to know what is happening. We are successful in identifying what the problems are and secondly we are happy on the level of cooperation the private sector and other stake holders. Many people have come out to support the state. We cannot expand our investigation until we are certain.

We have five cogent reasons to say that the mass death recorded in Kano is associated with coronavirus” he said

There have been concerns about the COVID-19 cases and the increasing deaths in the state. President Buhari last week, gave a matching order to the Gwarzo-led Presidential Task Force to unravel the cause of the mysterious deaths in Kano and also to contain the spread of the virus in the state.

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FG deploys 3,000 health workers to Kano over mysterious death

FG deploys 3,000 health workers to Kano over mysterious death

3,000 primary healthcare workers have been deployed to Kano state to help in the fight against Coronavirus, Secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha has disclosed.

The SGF disclosed this at the presidential task force briefing on Friday May 1, and he said the workers were put together by the United Nations through the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Boss Mustapha said; “I wish to inform you that our response to the situation in Kano state is producing expected outcomes since testing was ramped up.

“The state task force in collaboration with our team have also expanded contact tracing and isolation.

“A lot of emphases are being placed on the training of different categories of manpower – medical, nursing, cleaners, etc, the building of capacity for coordination and care management and supply chain. We are also putting together a structure from the presidential task force team to provide support on a full-time basis.

United Nations system coordinated by the World Health Organisation is also putting together a search team and repurposing 3,000 community informants from the Primary Healthcare in Kano State to strengthen the coordination of COVID-19 at state and local government levels.

“Although the spike in numbers coming out of Kano is a bit worrisome, global trends showed that such indicates discovery of previously undetected cases and creates greater opportunities for detection and isolation, care and management.”

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COVID-19: Nigeria records 238 new cases, 92 in Kano alone as toll hits 2170

238 new cases of Coronavirus have been recorded in Nigeria.

According to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC, 92 of the new cases were recorded in Kano, 36 in FCT, 30 in Lagos, 16 in Gombe, 10 in Bauchi, 8 in Delta, 6 in Oyo, 5 in Zamfara, 5 in Sokoto, 4 in Ondo, 4 in Nasarawa, 3 in Kwara, 3 in Edo, 3 in Ekiti, 3 in Borno, 3 in Yobe, 2 in Adamawa, 1 in Niger, 1 in Imo, 1 in Ebonyi, 1 in Rivers, and 1 in Enugu.

The new figures take the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria to 2170. 351 people have recovered, while 68 others have died from the disease.

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Kaduna Govt confirms 16 new COVID-19 cases of Almajiri from Kano

16 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in Kaduna State are from Almajiri depoted from Kano State.

Governor Nasir El-rufai in a tweet on Thursday said all patients were almajiris from Kano.

The governor who recently recovered from Coronavirus, wrote, “KDSG has confirmed 16 new COVID-19 cases in the state.

“The new cases, all almajiris from Kano, have raised the number of active COVID-19 cases in Kaduna State from 9 to 25.”

Read also: Former Jigawa Speaker, Adamu Ahmed dead

Meanwhile, Nigeria on Wednesday recorded 196 cases of the virus.

Confirmed cases in Nigeria now stand at 1728.

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COVID-19: 38 new cases confirmed in Kano

COVID-19: 38 new cases confirmed in Kano

38 new cases of coronavirus disease has been confirmed in Kano State.

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, on Tuesday confirmed 195 new cases of coronavirus in the country.

Out of the 195 cases, thirty-eight cases were recorded in Kano.

Confirming the development, the Kano State Ministry of Health, in a tweet via its Twitter handle on Wednesday, also said the State has recorded three deaths.

The tweet read “COVID19KN Update as at 1:20am 29th April 2020.

Read also: Dethroned Emir Sanusi lied, no $49.8bn disappeared under Jonathan – Omokri

“38 New #COVID19 cases confirmed.

“Total confirmed cases in @KanostateNg are now 115.

“3 COVID19 deaths were recorded.

“StayAtHome to break the chain of COVID19 transmission.”

Read also: Students wear social distancing headgears to class as schools resume in China

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New Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero breaks silence on strange deaths

The new emir of Kano, Alhaji , has reacted to the mass deaths recorded in Kano State.

Recall that scores of people, including elites and prominent sons of the state, have died in Dala, Fagge, Tarauni, Nasarawa, Gwale and Kano Municipal.

Among those already buried are academics, administrators, bankers, media practitioners and businessmen.

Reacting, a statement the Emir personally signed maintained that the deaths were not COVID-19 related.

“We have been informed by the ministry that the deaths were not as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

“This report is really important, the report has further confirmed to us that COVID-19 is real and that as of today about 73 people have tested positive for the pandemic.

“My people, with regards to this situation, it has become necessary for us to remind you of the need to follow all the necessary medical advice,” he said.

He further urged Kano residents to stay away from crowded places, wash their hands regularly and avoid stigmatizing others.

“I equally call on you to look after your children and make sure they do not continue to play football on the streets, once you notice any symptoms please do not hesitate to report such to medical experts,” he advised.

The Emir while calling for more prayers, commiserated with families of the deceased.

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Kano Govt breaks silence on strange deaths, lists possible causes

 

The Kano State government has finally spoken about the increased death rate in the state.

The state’s Commissioner of Information, Muhammad Garba, in a statement on Sunday, described it as a serious situation.

Garba listed malaria and hypertension as some of the causes of the deaths.

He however assured that the government is working towards keeping residents safe.

“This explains why Kano, apart from being the most populous state, did not record a case of the pandemic until lately.

“Though we agree that the situation on hand currently is serious, we are not resting on our oars in taking appropriate measures to ensure that the good people of Kano State, and indeed, residents in the state protect themselves from the novel COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

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BREAKING: Another prominent Kano indigene is dead

A Professor of Mass Communication, Balarabe Maikaba is dead.

Maikaba passed away on Sunday.

He was a staff member of Bayero University in Kano (BUK).

The burial of the deceased is ongoing in accordance with Islamic rites.

The development comes as many still worry over the recent mysterious deaths of top Kano indigenes

The top Kano indigenes who have reportedly died mysteriously include Ibrahim Ayagi, Aliyu Umar Dikko, Abdullahi Lawal, Musa Ahmad Tijjani, Adamu Dal, Nasiru Maikano Bichi, Musa Umar Gwarzo, Ustaz Dahiru Rabiu.

Others are Salisu Lado, Nene Umma, Garba Sarki Fagge, Shamsiyya Mustapha, Rabiu Dambatta, Kabiru Ibrahim Bayero and mother of a businessman, Ado Gwanja.

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Our situation in Kano is now terrible – Ganduje laments new cases of COVID-19

Governor Ganduje of Kano State has said the situation in Kano State was becoming terrible by the day as cases of COVID-19 pandemic continue to increase in the state.

This is as the state took samples of fresh 44 persons for testing, while issue of deaths among the elderly has not been settled.

“But as the situation gets serious, we are surely on top of it, but this requires putting up a testing machine in Kano by the federal government.

Governor Ganduje, however, assured that nobody that tested positive was in serious need of a ventilator; hence the situation is still manageable.

He said in order to punish offenders of the current lockdown, they have established ten mobile courts to try anybody found wanting.

Dr Tijjani Hussain, the State Coordinator COVID-19 Rapids Response, explained that the state NCDC centre at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital was locked down because the place is currently undergoing a 74 hours fumigation exercise.

Tijjani noted that in the last two days, they recorded 44 suspects, bringing the total suspects whose samples were taken to Abuja to 489 with 74 confirmed positives.

Ganduje explained that they usually transport the samples of suspected cases to Abuja which takes almost 7 hours and in most cases, the samples get wasted, forcing them to look for other samples.

Governor Ganduje who commended Kano people for observing the total lockdown said the initiative was the only remedy to stop the pandemic.

“We are appealing to the federal government to as they support Lagos and Ogun States also come to the rescue of Kano State quickly.”

This development came as the state lost so many persons of prominent positions in the state.

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Minister reacts to shutting down of Kano Coronavirus testing centre

Minister of Health, Ehanire Osagie has explained why the Coronavirus testing center in Kano was shut down.

Speaking at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Ehanire said asides the laboratory running short of testing reagents, some of its staff got infected with the virus.

He revealed that the center was temporarily shut down for decontamination. Ehanire said;

“As of the testing in Kano, there was a report that they have reduced availability of reagents and we supplied that.

“But in addition to that, there was a temporary halt in activity because some of the workers in the laboratory got infected, and laboratory had to be shut down for decontamination. That was just temporary.”

The Minister further revealed that the laboratory has been supplied with additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and reagents;

“With regards to supply of reagents, they have been replenished. They have PPE, they have reagents now, they are working.” he said

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Ganduje issues warning to residents as confirmed cases coronavirus hit 27 in Kano


Umar Ganduje, the governor of Kano state, has issued a warning to residents as cases of COVID-19 increase to twenty-seven in the state.

The Nigerian Center for Disease and Control, NCDC, on Friday confirmed six new cases of Coronavirus in Kano state.

Speaking on the spike in the number of cases, Ganduje appealed to Kano residents to obey lockdown orders in order to curb the spread of Coronavirus and avoid being arrested by security agencies.

He urged residents to perform prayers or activities indoors henceforth.

On his Twitter page, Ganduje wrote: “With the number of infected persons now up to 27, I would like to appeal to my constituents to obey the lockdown rules.

“ This is merely a phase that will pass us by so it’s important we adhere to the rules.

“Regular activities can be carried out in your homes or postponed until after the lockdown. It is not the government’s pleasure to arrest well-meaning members of the society but we will enforce the law as we try to contain the pandemic.”

The Governor further warned residents against fake news making the rounds, adding that “disinformation seems to have become the secondary threat after #COVID19.”

Read also: How Buhari reacted to Abba Kyari’s death

“ I would like to implore our news agencies and media to please fact check every information that is put out to avoid causing confusion and making matters worse than they currently are.

“Let us work together as we unite, safely in our homes, against COVID-19.”

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COVID-19: Kano government confirms 12 new cases


The Kano State Government has confirmed twelve new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

The Kano State Ministry of Health confirmed this in a tweet on its official Twitter page on Wednesday night.

The number of confirmed Coronavirus patients in Kano State has now risen to 21.

“Wednesday, 15th April 2020. As at 11:45 pm, 12 additional cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in @KanostateNg,” It read.

Recall that the Kano State Ministry of Health had earlier on Wednesday provided an update on COVID-19 in the state.

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COVID-19: Panic as Kano’s first case attends Friday prayers

A report by Daily Trust indicates that Kano’s index coronavirus case attended prayers at the popular Da’awah Juma’at Mosque on Friday, April 10, which is now become a serious concern to the state government officials.

Recall that the northern state confirmed its first case of coronavirus on Saturday, April 11, after a male victim was discovered on admission at a private clinic in Nassarawa GRA, Kano state.

A source at the clinic speaking to the newspaper publication said that all the staff and patients were evacuated and taken to one of the isolation centers in the state. It was also learned that some neighbors of the clinic were evacuated for medical examination.

Governor Ganduje said on Twitter, “A 75 year old former ambassador of the Federal Republic has been documented as the index case of COVID 19 in the state of Kano. Although he has no travel history outside the country, the former civil servant did return from Abuja on the eve of the state’s border closure.”

The patient who has been identified as a 75-year-old former ambassador was said to have arrived in Kano from Lagos, where he may have likely contracted the virus.

A resident of the areas explained that his sister who was sent on an errand was not allowed entry into her family house. Domestic workers and members of the victim’s immediate family at Giginyu quarters have been evacuated to an isolation center.

There was tension and confusion in the community following the discovery of the patient in the area. Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, the Kano commissioner for health, said health personnel was deployed by the state Task Force Committee on COVID-19 to the three identified areas where the patient visited prior to the confirmation for fumigation.

The three identified places where the patient visited include Giginyu Quarters, where he resides, Da’awah Juma’at Mosque, and the private clinic where he was admitted

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Coronavirus: Kano state govt fumigates parks, markets

The Kano state government has taken the initiative to fumigate places of large gatherings such as parks and market in the state.

Though the state hasn’t recorded any case of Coronavirus, the fumigation exercise which began on Thursday night has been put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.

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What will happen to Sanusi in exile as Ado Bayero emerges new Emir– Ganduje’s aide

Salihu Tanko Yakasai, the media aide to Kano state Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has confirmed that Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has gone into exile after he was dethroned on Monday.

Yakasai also listed some of the conditions attached to the deposed monarch’s exile.

According to him, Sanusi will be under house arrest and won’t be allowed to entertain visitors.

Yakasai also claimed that Sanusi will not be keen on the next election and is only after his freedom.

“Clearly, some people are ignorant of how dethronement works.

“When an Emir is dethroned, he is sent to exile in a remote location and will basically be under house arrest and won’t have access to visitors.

“A person under this circumstances will be after his freedom and not the next election,” he tweeted.

Following Sanusi’s dethronement, the Kano state government immediately named one of the sons of late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, Aminu Ado Bayero as the 15th Fulani Emir of the state.