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Governor Ganduje’s wife was not Arrested by EFCC – Commissioner for Information says
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Governor Ganduje’s wife was not Arrested by EFCC – Commissioner for Information says

The Kano State Government has denied reports that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC arrested Hafsat Ganduje, wife of the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje. It was widely reported in the media on Tuesday that Mrs. Ganduje was arrested and interrogated by the EFCC operatives over a petition filed against her by her first son, AbdulAzeez. In a statement released by the state Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, the state government described as a 'Fake story” the reports that its first lady was arrested by the antigraft agency. “Most, unfortunately, the fake story is being peddled on social media platforms without confirmation from either the government or the EFCC.”the statement in part read
Update: EFCC releases wife of Kano state governor
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Update: EFCC releases wife of Kano state governor

Hafsat Ganduje, the wife of Kano state Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has been released by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Guardian reports that Ganduje who was compelled to report herself to EFCC headquarters in Abuja on Sunday was quizzed for more than five hours for her alleged involvement in a land scandal.? Hafsat had earlier ignored the EFCC’s invitation following the petition filed against her by first son Abdulzeez Ganduje. The governor’s wife, who was drilled over alleged illegal hijack of land property worth billions of naira, was granted an administrative bill under the influence of her husband. Governor Ganduje, who accompanied his wife to the EFCC headquarters, was said to have helped to secure her release. The Governor and his wife returned ...
EFCC allegedly arrests Governor Ganduje’s wife
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EFCC allegedly arrests Governor Ganduje’s wife

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have reportedly arrested Hafsat Ganduje, wife of Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, over a bribery and land fraud case reported by her son, Abdulazeez Ganduje. Premiumtimes reports that Mrs Ganduje had earlier been invited to report to the EFCC’s Abuja headquarters on September 13 but she did not appear and the EFCC then threatened to arrest her. Sources close to her later said she travelled to the UK at the time to attend the graduation ceremony of one of her other sons. A person, who has the knowledge of the arrest but asked not to be identified, said “ told the publication she was arrested this (Monday) evening.” Abdulazeez had dragged his mum, Hafsat Ganduje, to the EFCC, sources familiar with the matter said, suggesti...
Jaafar Jaafar, Journalist Who Exposed Ganduje’s Bribery Video Flees Home Over Death Threats
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Jaafar Jaafar, Journalist Who Exposed Ganduje’s Bribery Video Flees Home Over Death Threats

A journalist and publisher of Daily Nigerian, Jaafar Jaafar, who exposed a video in 2018 showing the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, stuffing dollars in his pockets, has fled his Kano and Abuja residences over some death threats he recently received. SaharaReporters learnt that Jaafar is presently in hiding and one of his close associates said some unknown persons had been on his trail for some time. “The journalist is no longer staying at home. He is in danger as some unidentified persons, likely to be hit men, have been trailing his movements, both at his Abuja and Kano residences,” the source said. It was gathered that the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Unit, also in a letter dated April 14, invited the Daily Nigerian publisher for questioning, alleging that...
Ganduje, Others Reconcile Dangote, BUA Over Sugar Plant
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Ganduje, Others Reconcile Dangote, BUA Over Sugar Plant

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has waded into the dispute between Dangote and BUA companies owned by two business moguls from the state. This is in order to resolve the lingering conflict among the two Kano State prominent indigenes Aliko Dangote and Abdussamad Isyaka-Rabi’u over the establishment of a Sugar plant by BUA. A statement by Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor on Thursday in Kano, said the reconciliation meeting took place on Wednesday in Abuja. He said that Alhaji Aminu Dantata, Kano Emirate and the Kano State Council of Imams joined the governor in the reconciliation meeting. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that recently there were reports that Dangote complained about the establishment of a sugar plant by BUA International...
I Chose Kano To Prove That Yoruba And Fulani Are One – Tinubu
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I Chose Kano To Prove That Yoruba And Fulani Are One – Tinubu

Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Monday gave the reason he chose Kano as the venue for his 12th colloquium and 69th birthday. He said that he picked Kano to prove that Yoruba and Fulani are one. Making reference to the marriage of the daughter of Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, to the son of the late ex-Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, which took place in Kano in 2018, he asked: “Why are we in Kano? “It is to demonstrate to Nigerians at this critical time. It is because there is a Fulani man, a herder man who gave his daughter to a farmer, Yoruba man. And that Fulani, that Yoruba (sic), and some people are agitating wrongly.”
All Nigerians Must Be Born Again – Ganduje
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All Nigerians Must Be Born Again – Ganduje

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State on Monday said as far as national integration is concerned, all Nigerians must become born again. Ganduje made the comment in his welcome address as at the 12th Bola Tinubu Colloquium in Kano. The colloquium, organised to mark the 69th birthday of Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), has as its theme: “Our common bond, our common wealth: The imperative of national cohesion for growth and prosperity”. Ganduje admitted that the level of cohesion in Nigeria is currently at a very low point, saying that if nothing is done to change the narrative, the the divisive variables will pull the country down. “As far as the issue of national integration is concerned, all Nigerians must be born again,” he said. Dai...
Tinubu Hails Ganduje For Fighting Corruption
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Tinubu Hails Ganduje For Fighting Corruption

The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Bola Tinubu, has lauded Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State for strengthening anti-corruption institutions. Mr Tinubu gave the commendation on Sunday in Kano while inaugurating the Office of Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission. Despite Mr Ganduje being caught in a video collecting bribe years ago, the APC leader praised him for “his efforts in fighting corruption”. Mr Ganduje has consistently denied this. “This is a welcome development indeed and we salute the governor for this encouraging effort. “In ensuring Nigeria becomes a member of a committed international community that frees us from the burden of corruption this and similar edifices could play an important role in that. “To a lo...
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Don’t Host Tinubu’s Birthday Party In Government House – Arewa Youths To Ganduje

Northern Youths under the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has cautioned Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State against using the Government House for the celebration of the birthday of a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu. It described the plan as “an insult on the symbol of authority that the Government House has been to the Kano people for decades.” A statement signed by the AYCF national president, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, on Friday, took exception to the choice of the Kano State Government House as “the only place in the North” for celebrating Tinubu’s birthday, “a man who kept quiet while Northerners were under attack in Oyo State and some parts of the South West.” The group said: “While people from Ganduje’s Northern Nigeria were...
Buhari Didn’t Understand The Picture Ganduje Presented To Him – Kwankwaso
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Buhari Didn’t Understand The Picture Ganduje Presented To Him – Kwankwaso

Former Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari did not understand the picture that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State presented to him at the presidential villa in Abuja. Earlier in the week, Buhari played host to Ganduje who showed him a prototype of the proposed Muhammadu Buhari three-level interchange in Kano. Speaking with BBC Hausa, Kwankwaso wondered why the governor acquired a “loan of N20 billion” for the project, which he said is the responsibility of the federal government. He accused Ganduje of not getting his priorities right, saying education and welfare of the people ought to be on the front burner. “Instead of Ganduje to go and see the president and ask him to do the bridge, because it is the responsibility of the federal go...
Kano State Government, Hisbah Operatives Destroy Beer Parlour, Cart Away Fridges, TVs
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Kano State Government, Hisbah Operatives Destroy Beer Parlour, Cart Away Fridges, TVs

A beer distributor in the Kano has alleged that the state government and operatives of the police and Islamic corps, Hisbah, destroyed beer parlours at Agangara, Badawa area of the state, carting away refrigerators and plasma televisions from the shops. The source, who spoke with SaharaReporters on Wednesday, alleged that the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, alongside some policemen and Hisbah officials visited the beer parlours in the axis last Friday to destroy the buildings as owners count losses running into millions of naira. He said a man, Hillary Okafor, popularly known as Larry White, who was badly affected, has revealed plans to leave Kano for the South-East as there was nothing left for him anymore in the North anymore. According to him, Okafor's door was broken do...
Ganduje Asks FG To Re-Open Kano Airport For International Flight
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Ganduje Asks FG To Re-Open Kano Airport For International Flight

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has appealed to the Federal Government to re-open the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Kano to allow for the resumption of international flight operations. This is contained in a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Abba Anwar, in Kano. The governor spoke when he led a delegation of legislators, business, traditional and civic leaders to pay a courtesy visit to the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, in Abuja. He lamented that the continued closure of the airport is causing hardship to international travelers from the Northern part of the country, as the action is severely impacting on ease of doing business in Kano. “The closure of MAKIA has impacted negatively on the business environment...
APC Registers 2.5 Million Members In Kano State
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APC Registers 2.5 Million Members In Kano State

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State says the All Progressives Congress (APC) has so far registered about 2.5 million members in the ongoing membership registration/revalidation in the state. This is contained in a statement by Mr Abba Anwar, Chief Press Secretary to the governor on Monday in Kano. Anwar said that the governor disclosed this during the sixth APC stakeholders meeting in Kano. “We are all aware that the first set of 100 registers sent to polling units were exhausted. And the second set of 200 per polling units has also been exhausted. “The registration is heading towards three or four million members in the state. Just look at the trend since we started,” he said. The governor also urged those in charge of the registration to ensure fairness. “There...
No-Fly Zone: Ganduje Warns Against Politicizing Security Matters
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No-Fly Zone: Ganduje Warns Against Politicizing Security Matters

The governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, has cautioned politicians not to toy with security matters, saying negative reactions from states can undermine the efforts of the federal government in securing the nation. He described the declaration of Zamfara a no-fly zone as a well thought-out security strategy by the National Security Council that will help to overcome security challenges not only in Zamfara but other neighbouring states. Reacting to the declaration, the governor, who spoke to journalists at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, noted that politicians should at least wait and see how the strategy works before making comments that are capable of undercutting the efforts of our security services to keep the country safe. Mr Ganduje’s comments, whi...
Gov. Ganduje approves recruitment of 500 doctors, pharmacists, others
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Gov. Ganduje approves recruitment of 500 doctors, pharmacists, others

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Tuesday approved the recruitment of 500 doctors, pharmacists, laboratory scientists and other allied health workers. Dr Aminu Tsanyawa, Kano State Commissioner for Health, who made this announcement, said the recruitment was approved to enhance healthcare delivery in the State, NAN reports. “In order to provide affordable and quality healthcare delivery to residents of Kano, the state government has approved the recruitment of 500 doctors, laboratory scientists and technicians, pharmacists and others,” he explained. The Governor also directed the ministry to assess the state of health facilities in 484 Wards of the state. Ganduje also approved the employment of 1,500 other sets of health care workers who would be posted to the 484 heal...
Salihu Tanko-yakasai More Courageous Than Adesina And Shehu – Sule Lamido
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Salihu Tanko-yakasai More Courageous Than Adesina And Shehu – Sule Lamido

Former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, has said Salihu Tanko Yakasai, former media aide of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state, has more courage that Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu, presidential spokesmen. Salihu was arrested on Saturday over his call for President Muhammadu Buhari to resign due to widespread insecurity. News of his arrest was making the round when Ganduje announced his sack. Reacting in a statement on Monday, Lamido said Salihu is as brave as his father who stood up to tough leaders. “The Government and its Security Agencies need to be more circumspect in dealing with minor political irritations from irritant youths. Those dealing with security management should have done some background checks to understand the political DNA of Salihu Tanko and ...
DSS Frees Salihu Tanko-Yakasai
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DSS Frees Salihu Tanko-Yakasai

The State Security Service has freed Salihu Tanko-Yakasai, the former spokesman to governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje. Mr Tanko-Yakasai’s elder brother, Umar, confirmed the development on Monday night. “My brother has just been released by DSS. We are now driving home,” he said without further elaboration regarding the conditions of the bail. The SSS admitted on Saturday that Mr Tanko-Yakasai was in their custody after mounting social media storm over the arrest. The Kano State Director of the service, Alhassan Mohammed, earlier on Saturday morning denied arresting Mr Tanko-Yakasai, describing the report as mere rumour. But in a terse statement sent to DAILY NIGERIAN on Saturday night, spokesman for the service, Peter Afunanya, confirmed the general belief that th...
“Asking Buhari To Resign Is Not An Offence, Release Tanko-Yakasai” – Falana
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“Asking Buhari To Resign Is Not An Offence, Release Tanko-Yakasai” – Falana

A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), says it is no crime for any citizen to call for President Muhammadu Buhari’s resignation. Falana’s statement is not unconnected to the arrest of Salihu Yakasai, a former special adviser on Media to Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje. State security operatives reported arrested Yakasai shortly after criticizing President Buhari on Twitter. Reacting to the arrest, Falana condemned the action of the Department of State Services stating that there is no justification for the arrest and detention of Yakassai. In a statement titled, ‘Asking Buhari to Resign is Not An Offence’, the rights activist noted that many politicians and activists have continued to call for Buhari resignation due to the deteriorating security situation across t...
SSS Confirms The Arrest and Detention Of Ganduje’s Ex-Aide, Salihu Tanko-Yakasai
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SSS Confirms The Arrest and Detention Of Ganduje’s Ex-Aide, Salihu Tanko-Yakasai

There were fears that Mr. Yakasai could also disappear into thin air just like another critic of government, Abubakar Idris, popularly known as Dadiyata. Authorities of the State Security Services have confirmed that Salihu Tanko Yakasai, a former aide of Kano state governor Abdullahi Ganduje is in their custody. The announcement follows heightened apprehension in the polity following the declaration by the Kano office of the SSS that it was not aware of the arrest of Mr. Yakasai, otherwise known as Dawisu on Twitter. The whereabouts of Mr. Yakasai who was picked in a Gestapo style became a subject of controversy as the government initially kept mum on the arrest. Commentators on social media feared that Mr. Yakasai could also disappear into thin air just like another criti...
DSS Reportedly Arrests Governor Ganduje’s Media Aide, Salihu Tanko-Yakassai, After he Criticised President Buhari and APC
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DSS Reportedly Arrests Governor Ganduje’s Media Aide, Salihu Tanko-Yakassai, After he Criticised President Buhari and APC

Salihu Tanko-Yakasai, the Special Adviser on Media to Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has been reportedly arrested by the Department of State Services' operatives. This comes hours after he called on the President Buhari-led government to either deal with bandits in the country or resign. While reacting to the abduction of 317 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Talata Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Friday, February 28, Salihu had tweeted; "Clearly, we as APC government, at all levels, have failed Nigerians in the number 1 duty we were elected to do which is to secure lives & properties. Not a single day goes by without some insecurity in this land. This is a shame! Deal with terrorists decisively or resign.'' Hours af...
Shasha Crisis: Northern Governors Arrive Oyo, Meet Makinde Behind Closed-Doors
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Shasha Crisis: Northern Governors Arrive Oyo, Meet Makinde Behind Closed-Doors

Some governors from the Northern region have arrived in Oyo State and are currently holding a closed-door meeting with Governor Seyi Makinde. The meeting is a part of the efforts being made to ensure that peace is given a chance following the recent conflict at Shasha market in Ibadan, the state capital. Present at the meeting which is holding at the government house in Agodi are the governors Bello Matawalle (Zamfara), Abubakar Bagudu (Kebbi), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), and Abubakar Bello (Niger). Details regarding resolutions at the meeting are expected shortly.
“Sanusi Couldn’t Change From Social Critic To Traditional Ruler” – Ganduje
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“Sanusi Couldn’t Change From Social Critic To Traditional Ruler” – Ganduje

Muhammadu Sanusi, former Emir of Kano, was deposed because he did not understand the responsibilities of a traditional ruler, says Abdullahi Ganduje, Governor of the state. Sanusi was dethroned in March 2020 by the Kano Government, citing “total disrespect to lawful instructions from the office of the Governor”. Speaking on ‘Politics Today’, a Channels Television programme, Ganduje said the former Emir was unable to evolve from a social critic to a traditional ruler. He said Sanusi forgot “to watch his tongue” and was destroying the institution. “Well, the real story was that the deposed Emir of Kano did not understand the responsibilities of a traditional ruler especially for a strong institution like that of Kano,” Ganduje said on Friday. “The Emir of Kano was a social...
I Think El-rufai Doesn’t Understand The Issue Of Insecurity – Ganduje
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I Think El-rufai Doesn’t Understand The Issue Of Insecurity – Ganduje

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has alleged that his Kaduna Counterpart, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, is either misunderstood or ill-informed on the insecurity affecting the north. In an interview with BBC, El-Rufai had said the lack of synergy on how to tackle banditry is fuelling it. But speaking on Radio France International on Thursday, Ganduje said he once spoke with El-Rufai and the Governor of Bauchi State on how to tackle insecurity. He said he initiated the conversation based on the advice of security agents on how Falgore forest in Kano could be made safe for the benefits of other states. Ganduje said Bauchi and Kaduna governments sent representatives to a meeting where insecurity was discussed and strategies adopted, wondering what prompted El-Rufai’s remark. ...
Herdsmen Crisis: Buhari Will Be A Talkative To Speak On Every Matter – Adesina
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Herdsmen Crisis: Buhari Will Be A Talkative To Speak On Every Matter – Adesina

The Presidency, on Tuesday, says the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), will be a talkative if he speaks on every matter including the herdsmen crisis. Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, spoke on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme monitored by The PUNCH. Many Nigerians including Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, had urged the President to address Nigerians and make it known publicly that he does not support the criminal activities of some herdsmen in parts of the country. Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, had also called for the enactment of a law to abolish the movement of cattle by herdsmen from the Northern part of the country to other parts in order to prevent the incessant herdsmen-farmers clashes...
Northern Governors Declare Open Grazing Outdated
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Northern Governors Declare Open Grazing Outdated

Governors in the North on Tuesday described open grazing by herdsmen as obsolete. It should end, they declared. This decision was the outcome of, a meeting of Northern Nigeria Governors Forum, held virtually. The decision is in line with the position of Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, who said herders should embrace ranching and stop herding their cows from the North to the South is search of pasture. The Senate has warned that should the farmers-herders conflict be allowed to fester, it could lead to ethno-religious war and famine. The North’s governors, according to the meeting communiqué issued by its chairman, Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong, have decided to sensitise herdsmen on the need to adopt ranching and other acceptable modern methods. They said t...
Movement Of Cattle From North To South Should Be Banned – Ganduje
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Movement Of Cattle From North To South Should Be Banned – Ganduje

Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, says there should be a law banning the movement of cattle from the north to the south. Speaking with journalists after he and All Progressives Congress (APC) governors met with President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, Katsina state, Ganduje said if the movement of cattle is not stopped, there will be no end to farmer-herder conflicts. The governor said his administration is already constructing a settlement for herders in a forest near Kano’s border with Katsina. He said the settlement will have houses, a dam, an artificial insemination centre, and a veterinary clinic. “We are building a Ruga settlement in Samsosua forest, our border with Katsina and we have succeeded in curtailing the effect of banditry in that area,” Ganduje said. ...
COVID-19: 19 Members Of One Family Test Positive In Kano
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COVID-19: 19 Members Of One Family Test Positive In Kano

Governor of Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje, has warned residents of the state, especially market community to strictly obey the COVID 19 protocols. The Governor said this on Thursday at a COVID 19 stakeholders’ meeting with market community leaders in the state at the Government House. The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Nasiru Gawuna, said 19 family members tested positive to COVID-19 after its breadwinner recently died of the virus. “This COVID-19 pandemic is real and we have to seriously fight it. “There was a house where the breadwinner died of COVID-19 recently and when the family members were tested, 19 of them were found to be positive,” Ganduje said. He warned that the second wave is worse than the first and advised residents to adhere to protocols in order...
East Carolina University Denies Appointing Ganduje Visiting Professor
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East Carolina University Denies Appointing Ganduje Visiting Professor

An American university has denied appointing the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, as a visiting professor. The East Carolina University (ECU) said the letter Mr Abdullahi Ganduje got from a member of its faculty was unauthorised by the appropriate officials. The university stated its official stance in a letter sent to the Kano state governor which the university also shared with PREMIUM TIMES. Solacebase recalls that the spokesperson of the governor, Abba Anwar, had issued a statement to journalists in Kano on Tuesday that the governor’s appointment was contained in a letter sent to him by the school through Victor Mbarika, a lecturer of International Center for IT and Development at East Carolina University College of Business on November 30. The university confirm...
Ganduje Reappoints Muazu Magaj, Commissioner Sacked For Mocking Abba Kyari’s Death
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Ganduje Reappoints Muazu Magaj, Commissioner Sacked For Mocking Abba Kyari’s Death

Muazu Magaji, former commissioner for works and infrastructure in Kano, has been appointed as the state’s chairman, Gas Pipeline Project Delivery and Gas Industrialisation Committee. Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano, had sacked Magaji in April for his “unguarded utterances” over the demise of Abba Kyari, the late chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari. In a series of posts on his Facebook page, Magaji had mocked the late chief of staff who died of COVID-19 complications. “Win win … Nigeria is free and Abba Kyari dies in epidemic… The martyrdom of man is perfect!” one of Magaji’s posts read. However, the former commissioner had apologised, saying “I could not have celebrated the death of any human being; because it’s against my culture, social civilization and most im...
Governor Ganduje Reinstates Media Aide Suspended For Criticising Buhari
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Governor Ganduje Reinstates Media Aide Suspended For Criticising Buhari

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje , on Wednesday night , ordered the reinstatement of his Special Adviser on Media , Salihu Yakasai . The PUNCH had reported on October 11 , 2020 that Yakasai lambasted the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd . ) , for not addressing Nigerians amid national outrage as well as days of online and offline protests against the Special Anti- Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force . Yakasai , who tweeted through his handle , @ dawisu , had said the President has no empathy for Nigerians by his inaction . Reacting in a statement , the Kano State Government had described Yakasai ’ s comments as “ unguarded utterances” and suspended him “ with immediate effect ”. But in a tweet on Wednesday , the state government , @ KanostateNg , w...
Oshiomhole, Ganduje, Yahaya Bello, El-Rufai On US Visa Ban List
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Oshiomhole, Ganduje, Yahaya Bello, El-Rufai On US Visa Ban List

A former governor of Edo State and ex-National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, is among top Nigerians slammed with a visa ban by the United States Government on Monday, SaharaRepoters has learnt. Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, and Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, are also among those affected by the latest US sanction, it was gathered. Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna on the other hand had his own visa ban extended. He has been banned from entering the US since 2010 over a graft case. According to US officials, more Nigerian politicians may be included on the visa ban list after the Edo governorship election if they are involved in electoral malpractice. He has been banned from entering the US since 2010 over a graft case. Acco...
Ganduje Seeks Amendment To Emirate Council Act
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Ganduje Seeks Amendment To Emirate Council Act

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has proposed an amendment into the Emirate Council Act, seeking removal of the rotation clause in the Council of Emirs’ chairmanship in the state. The act stipulates that the chairman of the Central Council of Emirs, appointed by a governor, will chair the Council for two years. The provision, however, states that it is the prerogative of the governor to ensure that the Chairmanship rotates round all the 5 Emirates. The executive bill, which has scaled through second reading at the state House of Assembly, when passed into law will make Emir Aminu Ado-Bayero the chairman of the State Council of Emirs for life. During the plenary on Monday, the Majority Leader of the house, Kabiru Dashi, who read the bill for the second time, said the bill ...
Ganduje’s N300bn Chinese Loan Slavery, Kano Elders Tell Buhari
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Ganduje’s N300bn Chinese Loan Slavery, Kano Elders Tell Buhari

Kano State Elders, under the aegis of the Kano Unity Forum, has petitioned the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), the National Assembly and the Federal Ministry of Finance, asking them to stop the N300bn loan the state Governor, Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje, plans to obtain from China. In the petition, titled, “A call for the urgent review of the proposed Chinese mono rail loan to Kano State Government,’ which was signed by its Chairman, Alhaji Bashir Tofa, the forum condemned Ganduje’s insistence on obtaining the loan from China Development Bank. In a copy of the petition made available to journalists on Thursday, the group the loan was an invitation to enslavement and it vowed never to allow people of the state to be enslaved. It stated, “Except for a few in the...
Ganduje Calls On FG To Ban Entry Of Herdsmen From Other African Countries
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Ganduje Calls On FG To Ban Entry Of Herdsmen From Other African Countries

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has called on the Federal Government to put a stop to the movement of herdsmen from other African countries into Nigeria. This, according to him would help to curb the rate of crime attached to the Fulani-herders conflicts across the country. He made the call on Saturday during the commissioning of 25 housing units of RUGA settlement project at Dansoshiya forest, in Kiru local government of the state. “This is the first batch of the housing units of 25 out of 200 units earmarked for construction,” the governor said. According to him, the call was necessary in order to “successfully and effectively prevent the coming of herdsmen from other African countries, because they come to this country with guns and other weapons. Which flame th...
Governor Ganduje Slashes Salaries of Political Appointees by 50 Percent
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Governor Ganduje Slashes Salaries of Political Appointees by 50 Percent

Governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje has slashed the salaries of political appointees by 50 percent following a shortfall in the federation account and collapse in the state’s internally generated revenue due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In a statement released by Governor Ganduje's Chief Press Secretary Abba Anwar on Sunday May 17, it was gathered that those affected include the Kano State Governor, his deputy Dr Nasiru Gawuna,  all commissioners, Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants and Special Assistants among others. The new pay scale will be effective from May. The statement reads in part; “Due to shortfall in the federation account and collapse in the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) because of COVID-19 challenges, all political office holders in Kano State...
COVID-19: Why Buhari Turned Down Ganduje’s N15 Billion Request – Femi Adesina
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COVID-19: Why Buhari Turned Down Ganduje’s N15 Billion Request – Femi Adesina

The presidency has revealed reasons President Muhammadu Buhari refused to approve the N15 billion request by the Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, to fight Coronavirus in the state. The president had in March approved N10billion and N5billion to Lagos and Ogun states respectively to support the fight against Coronavirus. A few days after Kano State started recording COVID-19 cases, Mr Ganduje had also requested for similar financial support to the tune of N15billion from the Federal Government to fight the spread of the virus in the state. DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the governor’s request stirred up controversies among Nigerians. Speaking on a Wazobia FM’s live Radio chat, ‘As E Dey Hot’, monitored in Kano on Thursday, a senior presidential adviser on media and publi...
COVID-19: Kano In Trouble – Governor Ganduje Says
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COVID-19: Kano In Trouble – Governor Ganduje Says

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, says the state is in trouble due to the presence of the coronavirus disease. Speaking on Sunday at the presentation of a COVID-19 Mobile Testing Centre donated by the Dangote Foundation to the state, Ganduje said the delay in testing suspected cases was responsible for the exploding number of coronavirus infections in the state. According to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, the governor said the absence of functional testing centres in the state worsened its situation amid the pandemic. Ganduje said, “There is no doubt that Kano is in trouble. And there is no doubt that we started on a shaky foundation. When samples were taken to Abuja for 7 hours and came back again in 7 hours, that was the shaky foundation I am talking...
COVID-19: Ganduje Rejects Kwankwaso’s Amana Hospital As Isolation Center
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COVID-19: Ganduje Rejects Kwankwaso’s Amana Hospital As Isolation Center

Kwankwasiyya Foundation has disclosed that Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has rejected the former Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso’s donation of a newly-built 60-bed capacity hospital as isolation center for Coronavirus patients in the state. Recall that on Monday, April 20, the former governor had announced the donation in terse statement signed by Ibrahim Adam, spokesman to Abba Kabiru Yusuf, the Kano State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate in the 2019 elections. According to the statement, the hospital, named Amana Hospital and located at Miller Road, Bompai in the Kano City, had been equipped by Mr Kwankwaso, a former Senate who represented Kano Central during the 8th Assembly. On Friday, a few weeks thereafter, Kwankwasiyya Movement took to twitter to d...
Eased Lockdown Not Permission For Carelessness, FG Warns
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Eased Lockdown Not Permission For Carelessness, FG Warns

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, on Thursday warned Nigerians against mistaking the eased restrictions for permission to act without care. Speaking in Abuja at a briefing of the task force, Mustapha said as the nation approached the commencement of the first of a three-phased easing of lockdown from Monday, Nigerians should receive and digest the implementation guidelines. He emphasised that states, law enforcement agents, trade associations, employers, businesses and citizens should understand their roles, obligations and responsibilities. He said, “Above all, we must understand that this is still a war against an unseen and potent enemy. No one should mistake the easing of restrictions for per...
Ganduje Asks FG To Relax Lockdown In Kano To Help Residents Buy Food
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Ganduje Asks FG To Relax Lockdown In Kano To Help Residents Buy Food

Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, has appealed for an urgent ease of the 14-day total lockdown the federal government imposed on the state. Following the rise in COVID-19 cases and the strange deaths in the state, President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered a total lockdown in Kano which took effect on Monday. But the governor said it is important to relax the lockdown for a while in order to ease the hardship in the state, especially in the holy month of Ramadan. Speaking on Thursday at the government house where he inaugurated a panel of experts to support the state task force technical committee, Ganduje said government is expanding treatment centres for COVID-19. “We would engage the presidential task force on COVID-19 to seek permission to relax the total lockdown ...
Omokri Blasts Kano Govt Over Verbal Autopsy On Mysterious Deaths
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Omokri Blasts Kano Govt Over Verbal Autopsy On Mysterious Deaths

Popular political commentator, Reno Omokri took to his Twitter handle to call out Kano State Government over its comments on mysterious deaths in the State in the last few days. Recall that Kano Governor Abdullahi Ganduje directed the Ministry of Health to carry out verbal autopsy of those who lost their lives to various strange ailments over the weekend. Reacting to this development, Reno described the assertion by the State Government that malaria is responsible for the increased deaths in the State as a dumb one. He also expressed that the use of verbal autopsy shows the State is not ready for help. See his tweet below: The dumbest thing I heard in 2020 is that malaria is to blame for increased deaths in Kano. What is so shameful about #COVID19 that you can’t admit th...
Coronavirus: 3 Patients In Kano Flee After Testing Positive, Switch Off Their Phones
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Coronavirus: 3 Patients In Kano Flee After Testing Positive, Switch Off Their Phones

The Kano State coordinator of technical response team on COVID-19, Tijjani Hussaini, said three persons who tested positive of COVID-19 in the state have run away. Mr Hussaini told PREMIUM TIMES on Monday that the patients fled their known addresses and switched off their phones. He said his team is working with security agencies to trace the patients and move them to the designated isolation centre. Although he declined to reveal the specific location where the patients were previously living on ethical grounds, the coordinator said residents of the area were fully aware of runaway patients. “Out of 77 confirmed cases tested positive in Kano, we are yet to trace three persons, because they have changed (their) place(s) of residence and switched off their phones. But we hav...
Nigerians panic as mysterious deaths in Kano allegedly rises to 640 in one week
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Nigerians panic as mysterious deaths in Kano allegedly rises to 640 in one week

Nigerians have taken to social media to express worry over alleged mysterious deaths in Kano state which has reportedly risen to 640 in one week.   Though the state was on lockdown for 7 days, it was recently relaxed for a day by Governor Umar Abdullahi Ganduje following the declaration of Ramadan.   While the mysterious disease killing people in the state has been linked to Coronavirus by many, others have countered it and also pointed out that it may be something else.   A health worker who spoke to The Cable said there is a high level of suspicion that top government officials in the state have been exposed to the virus.   “Things are in disarray here, and there is no well structured response to COVID-19. The government is not communicating. The...
Kano Govt Disagrees With NCDC, Says No New Case Of COVID-19 On Thursday
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Kano Govt Disagrees With NCDC, Says No New Case Of COVID-19 On Thursday

Kano State Government has said that there was no new confirmed case of COVID-19 in the state on Thursday. The National Center for Disease and Control, NCDC, had on Thursday announced 5 new cases of Coronavirus recorded in Kano, bringing the total number of cases to 26. This was after NCDC had reported 34 new cases of COVID-19, with 12 cases recorded in Kano state on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Salihu Tanko Yakasai, the media aide to Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, said the confirmed cases mentioned by NCDC were those from Wednesday’s report. He noted that the total number of cases in Kano still stands at 21 as no new case was confirmed on Thursday. On his Twitter page, he wrote: “Its worthy to mention that the five cases reported for Kano on Thursday are part of the 21...
Coronavirus: Ganduje Monitors Border Closure Enforcement, Orders Arrest Of Defaulters
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Coronavirus: Ganduje Monitors Border Closure Enforcement, Orders Arrest Of Defaulters

The Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje has swung into action to ensure compliance with the lockdown order issued some days ago. Recall that last week, the Governor ordered the closure of all borders entering into Kano State in order to prevent Coronavirus from entering the State. On Tuesday, the Governor went out to inspect Kano borders. During the process, a truckload of people from Madalla in Abuja, en route Kano was intercepted by him. As a result of contravention to the closure of Kano borders, the Governor promised that the truck driver would be escorted to the nearest police station for the law to take its cause.
Ganduje’s Aide Rants Over Cartoonist’s Depiction of Governor, Sanusi
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Ganduje’s Aide Rants Over Cartoonist’s Depiction of Governor, Sanusi

Tanko Salihu Yakasai, Special Adviser on Media to Kano Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has condemned the cartoon depicting the state as a cage. A cartoonist, Mustapha Bulama, on Saturday, posted an image which showed a character of of Ganduje in a cage while pointing at that of the dethroned Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II. Sanusi is seen walking away and saying to Ganduje: “You can stay there.” Yakasai described the drawing as a mockery and an insult to the people of Kano. He said that Kano is not a cage but a state with “a thousand year old history and has produced great leaders and scholars” was attacked. Yakasai tweeted: “I see this as a mockery and insult to the entire people of Kano. Kano is NOT a cage, its a state with a thousand year old history, that has en...
You don’t have good friends – Soyinka slams Ganduje over Sanusi’s dethronement as Emir of Kano
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You don’t have good friends – Soyinka slams Ganduje over Sanusi’s dethronement as Emir of Kano

Playwright and Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has taken a swipe at Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State over the dethronement of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the Emir of Kano. Soyinka stated that Ganduje's action is an ''innate travesty of justice, at a par with the repudiated colonial order and synonymous with authoritarianism of the crudest temper.'' Recounting how a governor in Ogun State almost removed a monarch before a friend pleaded with him to give it a second thought, the nobel laureate stated that the Kano State Governor does not have good friends. Soyinka wrote in his statement; "I was a participant, albeit on the sidelines, when a similar scenario began to unfold in my own state, Ogun some years ago. The then governor, on account of an imagined slight by one of...
Kano State Government Bans Almajiri Children from Street Begging
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Kano State Government Bans Almajiri Children from Street Begging

Kano State Government has banned street begging by Almajiri children in the state. The state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, made this known during the launch of Basic Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) and the Distribution of Offer of Appointment to 7,500 volunteer teachers, held at Sani Abacha Stadium, Kofar Mata, today Tuesday February 25th.  He said the move is to ensure all children in the state benefit from the free and compulsory primary and secondary schools education policy provided by the state. The governor announced that any child found begging will be caught and the parent prosecuted. “This policy of free and compulsory basic and secondary education goes along with the integration of our Almajiri system into the mainstream policy implementation; which suggest...
PDP Candidate, Ali Datti-Yako  Who Defeated Abdulmumin Jibrin Plans Defection To APC
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PDP Candidate, Ali Datti-Yako Who Defeated Abdulmumin Jibrin Plans Defection To APC

Ali Datti-Yako, the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the last Saturday’s by-election for Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency has reportedly perfected plans to defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kano State. DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Mr Yako defeated former chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation Abdulmumin Jibrin of APC with 35,094 vote margin. While Mr Yako scored 48,601 votes, Mr Jibrin got 13,507 votes. During the build-up to the rerun election, sources revealed that APC leaders in the state had struck a deal with Mr Yako to move to the ruling party after winning the election. Barely two days after Mr Yako was announced winner of the election, the lawmaker-elect was seen in viral pictures holding his Certificat...
Supreme Court Affirms Ganduje’s Election As Kano Governor
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Supreme Court Affirms Ganduje’s Election As Kano Governor

The Supreme Court on Monday affirmed the election of Abdullahi Ganduje as governor of Kano and dismissed the appeal filed by the PDP and its candidate, Abba Yusuf. The arguments Adegboyega Awomolo, Counsel to the PDP candidate had argued that the returning officer had cancelled results in 207 polling units, declared the election inconclusive and rescheduled another election for March 23, 2019. According to Mr Awomolo, the cancellation after announcing the entire results in the state is ultra vires, adding that the declaration of the election as inconclusive is also ultra vires. “Therefore, the result of the second rescheduled election of March 23 is null and void. “The only lawful votes at the Kano State governorship election were those announced by the returning officer on...

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