Kano Targets Top Three At National Youth Games

The Kano State Director of Sports, Malam Bashiru Ahmed, has said that the aim of the state is to surpass its previous performance at the Youth Games, holding in Ilorin.

Ahmed told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Ilorin, that the state is participating in more individual events.

“This year’s National Youth Games ( NYG ), Kano is featuring in 15 events and we hope to get medals in 12 events.

“Last year, we had 2 gold, 2 silver, and 2 bronze and I’m sure we’ll improve this year.

“The state’s target is between 1st to 3rd position.

“We are participating in more individual sports like swimming, Karate, Taekwondo, Judo, Wrestling and I’m optimistic victory is ours,” Ahmed said.

He revealed that Eminike Emeka won a silver for the state in the Gymnastics event.

“In the Vaulting Exercise of the boy’s gymnastics event, Eminike Emeka brought the state a silver and more is coming,” Ahmed added.

Scores Injured As Ganduje, Kwankwaso Supporters Clash In Kano

Several people were injured in Kano on Saturday as violence occurred between supporters of the current administration of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and those of his predecessor, Rabiu Kwankwaso.

Two of those who sustained injuries and were reportedly hospitalised include a former Secretary to the State Government under Mr. Kwankwaso, Rabiu Bichi, and the ex-governor’s younger brother, named Sani.

Narrating her version of what led to the violence, Binta Sipikin, a spokesperson to Mr. Kwankwaso, said the former governor’s supporters went to the palace of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, just before the commencement of a traditional celebration, Hawan Daushe.

Ms. Sipikin alleged that on arriving at the palace, police officers there pushed them back using tear gas cannisters and other devices, forcing the supporters to scamper for safety.

“But as that ensuing melee grew, we just saw people hitting us with cutlasses, heavy sticks and other dangerous weapons,” she said. “Then I fell down and my eyeglasses broke.”

She added that while her children were trying to drag her up, she “saw Rabiu Bichi the former SSG standing on me before somebody from his behind hit him with cutlass and another moved forward to stab; him but Kwankwaso’s younger brother used his hands to block and they nearly cut his hands.”

Ms. Sipikin accused Governor Ganduje of being behind the attack. She said it was Mr. Ganduje who mobilised the police and the thugs.

The governor, however, denied the allegation.

The Kano State Commissioner of Information, Mohammad Garba, said the governor was not even in the state when the violence occurred. He said the governor and his team travelled to neighbouring Katsina State to pay Sallah homage to President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura.

The president is in his home town of Daura for the Sallah celebrations.

Mr. Garba said when the governor and his team returned to Kano on Saturday evening, the emir’s palace was peaceful and the Hawan Daushe held peacefully.

The state caretaker chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Abdullahi Abbas, also refuted allegations that the governor or his supporters were responsible the attack on Mr. Kwankwaso’s supporters, known as ‘Kwankwasiyya.’

Mr. Abbas suggested that the violence may have been caused by the former governor’s supporters.

“If they didn’t go to the emir’s palace with mischievous purpose, how will the police chase them away if they were peaceful.”

But Ms. Sipikin insisted that the attackers were Mr. Ganduje’s supporters.

“We recognised most of them,” she said. “And right now, our people including the former SSG are receiving treatment at Murtala Muhammad Hospital, Asiya Bayero hospital and AKTH; over 20 of us.”

When contacted on Saturday evening, the spokesperson of the police in Kano, Musa Majiya, asked to be given time to find out the true situation.

Mr. Majiya, a deputy superintendent of police, called back on Sunday morning to explain that the police only got involved when it received a complaint of the violence at the emir’s palace.

He said the police deployed its officials to the scene to maintain peace and orderliness.

Although Messrs. Ganduje and Kwankwaso were allies and belong to the same political party, APC, the rivalry between them has become intense, splitting the party in the state into two.

Efforts by the national leadership of the APC, including by President Buhari who has met both men, to resolve the dispute have failed.

Source: Premium Times

Kano Govt To Construct New Drugs Market

A new drugs market would be constructed at the Kano Economic City, the governor of Kano state, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has revealed.
“Already an agreement has been reached between the contractor, JAIZ Bank, the drug marketers and other relevant stakeholders in respect of the project”, he governor added.
The move, he stated, was in compliance with directives of the Federal Ministry of Health, to build separate market for drug vendors, to ensure that their business was properly supervised.
Governor Ganduje made the disclosure on Wednesday evening, in Kano, while receiving an award given to him during the recent National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Annual conference, where he was represented by his Deputy, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar.
The honor was based on Governor Ganduje’s stride in checking the menace of drug abuse and his remarkable effort in supporting the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.
Maintaining that his administration is deeply concerned about the level of drug abuse and trafficking in the state, he announced that in consolidation of its anti drug war, the state government has not too long ago, confiscated banned drugs worth hundreds of millions of Naira which would be destroyed soon.
The governor also stated the government-owned Kiru reformatory would soon be renovated and expanded to include a separate section for female drug abusers, lamenting that the problem of drug addiction among women, especially married ones in the state, was becoming alarming.
“This situation must not be allowed to continue so while thanking NDLEA for this award, I want to emphasize that our commitment in the war against drug users and traffickers will remain tough”, he said.

96 Suspected Rapists Arrested Within 2 Months In Kano

The Kano State police command, Public Relations Officer(PPRO), DSP Magaji Majiya, on Tuesday revealed that 96 suspected rapists have been arrested from April till date. 77 of the suspects had been charged to court, while eight cases were under investigation.

Majiya gave the average age of the suspects to be from 75 to 23.

“It is disheartening to note that from April to date we have recorded 85 incidents of rape and other related offences. “A total number of 96 suspects were arrested and 77 cases have already been charged to court for Prosecution”.

Majiya expressed regret that indecency and unnatural offences have been on the increase in the state. He said the Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Yusuf, has made it a priority to ensure that all such cases were thoroughly investigated and prosecuted. The PPRO assured the public that the police would continue to apprehend all suspects involved in crimes.

He urged parents and guardians to monitor the movement and behaviour of their children, so as to keep them away from criminal activities. Majiya appealed to religious leaders to collaborate with the command in sensitising the youth on the need to shun evil acts.

He further called on traditional rulers, community leaders and other well-meaning residents of the state to join hands with security agencies to fight crime in their communities.

Revenue Generation Drive: Kano State Govt To Tap From Culture Potentials – Gov. Ganduje

Kano state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has hinted that as part of efforts to ensure sustainableeconomic growth and development of the state, his administration intends to exploit Kano’s hitherto untapped culture and tradition potentials.
“The State Government will continue to work with stakeholders in this sector so as to tap the inexhaustible economic resources that can be found in the culture and tradition industry”, he stated.
He made the assertion in a speech during the opening of an Arts, Crafts and Food Exhibition, in commemoration of the state golden jubilee, at Gidan Dan Hausa, the state History and Culture Bureau.
The governor noted that apart from been the centre of commerce, Kano was also proud to be one of the leading states that uphold indigenous culture and tradition.
“So many successes of our cultural troupes at both national and international competitions can bear testimony to this with the most recent one at the Africa Drum Festival where our contingent came first” he enthused.
Thus, Gov. Ganduje described the exhibition as window to showcase the state’s rich cultural heritage including Arts and Crafts, adding “it is also educative in the sense that it will show how our craftsmen make tools such as farm implements, dying, horse regalia, weaving, and different types of traditional food that are highly nutritious”.
The governor later inspected exhibited Hausa snacks like bakilawa, dubulam, gireba, algaragis, alkaki, dakuwa among others are light foods, which are traditionally given out as a mark of generosity and friendship.
Also on display were varieties of leather which are traded in North Africa, Europe etc, and wrongly regarded by Europeans to have originated from Morocco.
The governor took time to admire pictures of past and current leaders both military and elected ones together with their cabinet members and a brief of their modest contributions to the development of the state.

Girl Found Hanging From A Tree in The North

This is a very sad new about this young girl who was probably forced into marriage, the picture of a young girl who was found hanging from a tree has hit the internet and has stirred controversy. The picture was shared on Facebook by Sirrinsu media, who claim the girl had been forced into an early marriage. It is assumed that the girl may have killed herself out of frustration.

This was written on the post:

“Marriage problem is compulsory. A teenager has killed herself as she committed suicide after being forced into a marriage she never wanted. The forceful marriage made compulsory, taking life, that should not be, the youths seek ease. may God protect us from happenings like this”.