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Hisbah commander arrested in hotel with married woman

A commander of Hisbah, a religious police dominant in Kano State, has been arrested after he was allegedly caught with a married woman in one of the hotels in the State.

The operatives of the Hisbah Corps are responsible for the enforcement of Sharia.

In most cases they arrest unmarried people caught in hotels and people breaking Sharia laws and even destroy truck loads of alcoholic drinks.

They have been seen on many occassions punishing those who are indecently dressed and young people on haircuts considered immoral in Islam.

However, Freedom FM, Kano reported on Tuesday that a senior official of the religious police was seen in a hotel in Sabon Gari with a married woman

Although his name was not immediately mentioned, he was described only as police chief when the matter came up on Freedom FM’s popular magazine programme “Inda Ranka”.

He is said to be in charge of arresting beggars and prostitutes in the State capital.

The arrested commander was taken into custody after the husband of the woman with whom he allegedly had affairs filed complaints.

Kano Hisbah Commander, Muhammed Haruna, while describing the incident as unfortunate, said a two-man committee has been established to investigate the matter, according to Freedom FM.

Embattled herdsmen from Oyo, Enugu, Niger, others heading to Kano RUGA Settlement – Miyetti Allah

Amid rising tension over herders/farmers clashes in Nigeria, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State recently proposed the stoppage of the movement of cattle from North to South, leading to an ongoing debate on whether the proposal is capable of ending the crisis.

The message resonated so much as if the governor was making such a call for the first time.

Long before the latest tension in the country over the matter, Ganduje had made a similar proposal.

He even went ahead to suggest that foreign herders be banned from entering Nigeria.

In his recent call, the governor, a Fulani, restated his earlier position that the North/South movement of cows is responsible for the rising tension associated with the activities of herdsmen.

The Kano State helmsman revealed that he has built a Rural Grazing Area, RUGA, settlement in Kano where herders are being resettled.

Meanwhile, the leader of Fulani herdsmen and Secretary of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, in Kano State Zubairu Ibrahim, told Sunday Vanguard, at the weekend, that herdsmen from many parts of the country have indicated interest to relocate to the Kano RUGA settlement.

Ibrahim said some of them are from states such as Nasarawa, Niger, Enugu and Oyo states, among others.

He said herdsmen willing to relocate to its RUGA settlement provided by the state government are welcome so long as they would abide by the law.

Ibrahim added that herdsmen from five states have already relocated to the state.

According to him, “we have some Fulani herdsmen from Kebbi, Zamfara, Kaduna, Sokoto, and Jigawa who are now in Kano. The governor has invited anyone willing to stay in the RUGA settlement to come. If they come and they are good people, nothing will stop us from receiving them.

“All they need to do is to follow the rules and regulations of government. They should go for grazing in the afternoon and not at night. Nothing can stop them from coming if they are interested.

“Since the governor of Ondo State has gone to the media to say that they (herdsmen) should vacate the area, instead of staying there they should leave. they should leave so that something bad does not happen to them and their property. They should just vacate the area for their safety.”

He commended Ganduje for fulfilling his promises and making history by resettling them in the RUGA settlement.

Fulani herdsmen have, for some time now, been in the eye of the storm over killing of residents, especially in the southern part of the country, after allegedly causing their cattle to graze recklessly in farms of farmers and, in the process, destroying valuable crops.

Mid last month, Ondo State government ordered herdsmen operating from the state’s forest reserves out of the place following kidnappings and ransom taking linked to them.
In Oyo, Yoruba activist Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, led a group to give herders operating in Ibarapa area of the state one week ultimate to vacate the area.

An attack was subsequently launched on the Sarkin Fulani in the Ibarapa area, leading to the burning of some of his property and forcing him to relocate to Kwara State.

For several days last week, there were protests against herders in parts of Edo and Delta states by women against alleged criminal activities of herders.

Vanguard

Foundation rejects Kano Sharia death sentence, appeals to US for intervention

President of One Love Foundation, Chief Patrick Eholor has appealed to the Government of the United States of America to intervene in the Sharia Court judgement sentencing a Nigerian musician based in Kano, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu to death over blasphemy.

In a letter addressed to the Ambassador, Embassy of the United States of America, in Abuja, Eholor termed the judgement an outright violation of the Nigerian constitution, due to the imposition of state religion over national laws.

Making reference to public outrage over the development, Eholor said the United States should prevail on Kano State Government and the Nigerian Government to stop the illegality.

The letter read “We write to your office to request your urgent intervention on the sentencing of a Nigerian citizen, Yahaya Sharif- Aminu to death by a Sharia Court for blaspheming against Prophet Mohammed.

“The Judgement has generated condemnation from well meaning Nigerians home and abroad, including civil society organizations.

“The judgement is also an outright violation of the Nigerian constitution, which forbids religious policing in section 10, which prohibits the practice of a State Religion in any part of Nigeria, and section 38 which guarantees the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion, including freedom to change religion and belief.

“We urgently appeal to you to prevail on the Government of Kano State, led by Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje and the Federal Government of Nigeria through all necessary diplomatic means to grant the victim of this repulsive judgement a pardon.

Thank you in advance.

Chief Patriot Patrick Osagie Eholor

President, One Love Foundation”.

Group queries WHO’s proposed Covid-19 vaccine trial in Kano

A Kano-based group, Kungiyar Matasan Kano Advocacy Organisation, has kicked against the proposal to try the COVID-19 vaccine in the State.

In a statement signed by Comrade Alhassan Haruna Dambatta Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Kungiyar Matasan Kano, the group wondered why the people of the State should be used as Guinea pigs.

“Our attention has been drawn to a news item in the Media suggesting a proposed vaccine trial in Nigeria by WHO,” the group’s statement said.

“The vaccine trials is one of the efforts to discover a vaccine for the deadly Coronavirus and the trials are being supervised by the WHO which selected Nigeria as a ground to conduct these trials on some unlucky individuals whose lives are to be used as a laboratory specimen.

“We wouldn’t have become outraged, but the appearance of Kano State amongst states selected for the clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria got our attention the most and raised the need to set the record straight.

“Kano has suffered on various occasions in the past and equally has been neglected in the past, especially at the period of the devastation of the aftermath of these vaccine trials.

“In the recent past, people of Kano are yet to forget Pfizer’s clandestine drug trials which led to our people suffering from various ailments and medical conditions.

“The trials were made without proper vetting and approvals were never issued but Pfizer went ahead clandestinely and crippled our children and killed many innocent ones.

“But today, our dear state is once again being taunted as a possible ground for another medical jamboree and subjugation of the good people of Kano State to another round of trials of vaccines that are yet to be sufficiently proven as an effective means for the cure of the Coronavirus.

“What this simply means is that we the people of Kano state are still being regarded as guinea pigs that every Dick and Harry will turn to at the time of clinical trials of vaccines and drugs.

“Those whose families were crippled or killed because of Pfizer trials are yet to receive compensation a decade after but today the people of Kano state are selected for another round of vaccine trials only that this one is referred to as COVID-19 which remains the deadliest of the viruses discovered in recent past.

“We are astonished as to why this vaccine missed the road and found its way to Nigeria and unfortunately Kano State when Kano is not the origin of the virus neither was Kano recording mass death that will warrant a vaccine trial.

“We outrightly reject this WHO activity in our state and demand a withdrawal of our state’s name from the list of the states chosen to participate in this Coronavirus vaccine trials.

“The law has mandated us to ask proper questions when in need of answers especially those that are made on behalf of the voiceless, in view of this, therefore, various questions have been developed but the one needing an answer is whether the 15billion allocated to Kano state to fight COVID-19 was attached with conditions of vaccine trials, why Kano state?

“Why not China, the US or Europe where the devastation of the virus is enormous and are the index countries where the virus originated from and spread to Africa.

“Whilst we presently pay attention to the situation in our state, it remains not our business if these vaccine trials are conducted elsewhere, but in a situation where some individuals are ready to serve as willing tools for this vaccine trials, we would like to suggest it to be conducted on a well-set agreement between the willing tool and the authorities, proper compensations should be maintained and these should include an insurance cover for the willing individuals.

“The condition in Kano State caused by the spread of the Coronavirus seems under control and well managed, this can be verified from low death and low daily infection recorded and there is no doubt that Kano state will come out of this COVID-19 issue strong but what remains unacceptable is choosing the state as a colony for COVID-19 vaccine trials. This should be reversed.”

Northern Nigeria begins evacuation of Almajiri child beggars over virus fears

Hundreds of boys have their names and temperatures checked as they wait to board buses in a northern Nigeria’s city to transport them back to their villages.

The children are pupils of controversial Islamic schools who would usually be found begging in the streets of Kano for small change.

Now, they are the first batch in a programme that seeks to curb the spread of coronavirus by clearing some 250,000 children from the city’s streets and squalid seminaries.

“For now we have a total of 1,595 children which we are going to evacuate,” Muhammad Sanusi Kiru, Kano’s education commissioner, told AFP as the first buses readied to leave Tuesday.

“This is a gradual process, we are doing it in phases, we are picking them step-by-step.”

Usually a vibrant city of four million people, Kano is the third hardest-hit area by the virus in Nigeria, with 73 confirmed cases and one death.

Residents are under a week-long lockdown that has seen roads emptied and people largely remaining indoors.

As part of the clampdown, the authorities have also turned their attention to child beggars who, according to one estimate, could number several million in this state.

– ‘No graver risk’ –

For generations, parents in majority-Muslim north Nigeria have sent their sons from as young as six to learn the Koran with local clerics at unlicensed schools known as Almajiris.

The lessons are free, but the children must fend for themselves, usually by begging or performing menial jobs.

The seminaries — which often double as so-called “rehabilitation centres” for drug addicts — came into the spotlight last year after raids across northern Nigeria uncovered men and boys held in atrocious conditions.

Some residents were found chained up, while hundreds were crammed together in filthy rooms.

In an open letter to northern leaders last month, the civil society Almajiri Child Right Initiative called for the children to be taken home and feeding programmes to be laid on for those left behind.

“Formal schools in different parts of the country have been suspended to control the likely spread of the pandemic… (but) similar measures have not been implemented in Almajiri schools,” the group wrote.

Given the “dire” conditions these children already face, “we believe there is no environment of graver risk,” it said.

‘Scratch of the surface’

Kano is following in the footsteps of nearby Kaduna and Nasarawa states, which last month sent hundreds of children to their parents as part of a resolution by 19 northern governors to tackle begging in the fight against coronavirus.

A committee in Kano state said on Monday it had identified 251,893 child beggars to send back home.

The authorities made radio appeals to clerics to evacuate their pupils — and the 1,500 boys collected so far were those “willingly ready” to go.

“The teachers who brought these children to Kano are the ones voluntarily calling us now to come and pick these children,” education commissioner Kiru said.

“We are not compelling them to leave the state.”

But social activist Saminu Dala said the 251,000 young beggars “are only a fraction of the actual number and the government needs to widen its search.”

“In an emergency like this you need to be stern and employ the might of the state to take these children out.”

Even reaching the figure of a quarter of a million may be wildly ambitious.

According to a 2017 survey, three million children out of the 13.4 million population of Kano state were beggars.

In February, prior to the outbreak of coronavirus in the region, the state announced it was banning street pan-handling.

The state Sharia law police, known as the Hisbah, were ordered to arrest any clerics and parents who failed to comply.

But an initial crackdown saw only 1,500 children returned to their homes in neighbouring states before the enforcement lost steam.

Concern mounts as Kano records ‘180 deaths within four days’

The recent rise in deaths in Kano has been a source of concern to residents.

A health worker, who spoke off the record, told TheCable that 180 persons have been buried in the last four days.

Although the development comes at a time when the state recorded 59 COVID-19 cases, the third highest in the country, some health workers said the deaths are not related to the disease which has claimed over 170,000 lives across the world.

One of the sources at the Murtala Muhammad Specialists Hospital Kano said most of the deaths resulted from hypertension, anaemia, diabetics, malaria and typhoid.

Another source also attributed some of the deaths to ulcers “as a result of hunger and poverty which requires urgent attention from the government and wealthy individuals.”

There has been panic in the state since the deaths went on the increase after the state recorded its first case of COVID-19.

Areas where deaths have been reported include; Zage, Kano Municipal, Tarauni, Gwale, Kurna, Dala, Chiromawa, Zango, Kofar Mata, Fagge, Kumbotso, and some local government areas outside the metropolitan like Bichi, Kunchi, Wudil, Gwarzo, and Shanono.

Adamu Umar, a cemetery guard at farm centre, said he buried over 17 people, adding that the situation is scary, as it is unusual since he began working there in the last four years.

On Tuesday, about 10 people were also said to have been buried at Dandolo.

Tijjani Hussaini, the state’s executive secretary of the primary healthcare board, said they were yet to ascertain the cause of the said deaths, but that the situation had “sent residents panicking.”

“The investigation is prompted by reports that more deaths have been recorded in the past seven days. We want to know the number of persons already dead. We also want to investigate how they died,” he said.

“It is when we have a good idea; it is when we get the outcome of the findings that we can properly draw conclusions and brief the public.”

Mustapha Hikima, the chief medical director of Nassarawa Hospital, said the areas where deaths have been recorded are densely populated which makes the number insignificant.

he said.

“We should also take the time of the occurrence of the deaths into consideration. The time happens occasionally. So it is subjective to judge when a case happens within just three days. To me, this is not a serious problem because it happens sometimes. So I appeal to people to be calm.”

The Kano government says it has activated community informants structure of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to report deaths and cause of deaths and has also deployed officers in all cemeteries to count bodies brought in for burial every day.

Some undertakers had expressed worries over the increasing rate of burials in the state.

The Cable

Ban on Street Begging: Ganduje inspects Tsangaya schools for full implementation

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has visited some Tsangaya schools for the full scale implementation of the banning of street begging by Almajiri in the state.

The Governor visited Tsangaya schools in Kiyawa town of Bagwai local government, Kanwa town of Madobi local government and Bunkure, in Bunkure local government.

Ganduje in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar said no going back on the ban on street begging.

According to him, “The visit was a part of the final touch for the full-scale take-off of our banning of begging in the state. Begging is banned and will remain banned. We are telling these beggars to leave begging forever. And we are committed to seeing to the implementation of this.

“All arrangements are concluded for seeing that all Almajiri schools and Almajiris comply with the state policy on free and compulsory education.

“When we capture these beggars we take them to these facilities and take good care of them, we give them education, feed them and look after their living condition.

“Each of the facilities visited could accommodate thousands of Almajiris and there are 12 similar facilities across some local governments in the state. Each facility has dormitory, hostels, cafeteria, thousands of toilets, staff quarters among others.

“What would be taught in Tsangaya schools in the spirit of Tsangaya integration, apart from English and Mathematics, Arabic languages would also be taught to children, so that they would begin to understand the meaning of the Holy Qur’an they study under their Malams.

“We employ over 8,000 teachers recently that would be sent to such schools. These children would also be given training on skills acquisition. So that they would become self-independent.

“On the Tsangaya integration system with the free education policy the three strategies for that. Firstly, those begging in the street as we take them off the street we will take them to those newly established Tsangaya schools. We keep them there give them Qur’anic education, English language, Mathematics and Arabic language for them to understand the meaning of the what they are reading, the Holy Qur’an.

“The second strategy is, those that are under their guardians, we will enrol them into nearby primary schools. And after finishing their primary education we will take them to secondary schools also.

“While the third strategies is that those with thousands of Almajiris would be integrated also into out free and compulsory education system. It is also part of the reasons why we employ, just recently about 8,000 teachers.

While at the same time government will continue to provide the schools with foodstuffs and some amount of logistics for them to take care of the children. That we have already started with some pilot Almajiri schools. And we are improving the facilities to be healthy.”

“While insisting that begging is not Islamic, begging is poverty-driven, as a result of lack of parental care and lack of societal care. We must take responsibility of our children.

“As we born them, Allah places such responsibilities on our shoulders. Those kicking against our policy are anti-development and anti-people. Or they even lack proper understanding of the position of Islam on begging,” Governor Ganduje however stated.

Ganduje bans ‘Almajiris’ from begging in Kano streets

by AHMAD DANYARO

In an effort to consolidate the free and compulsory primary and secondary school education program in Kano State, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has banned Almajiris from begging in the streets.

The governor made this known Tuesday during the launching of Basic Education Service Delivery for All, BESDA, and distribution of Offer of Appointment to 7,500 volunteer teachers in the state, as contained in a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar.

According to the governor, the integration of the Almajiri system to the policy will address the lingering problem of the social menace of begging in the state.

Mr Ganduje said: “This policy of free and compulsory basic and secondary education goes along with it integration of our Almajiri system into the mainstream policy implementation which suggests that, English and Arithmetic must be included in the Almajiri school curriculum.”

“…while they [Almajiris] will continue acquiring their study of the Holy Qur’an, they would at the same time learn English and Arithmetic, that will give them an opportunity to continue with their studies to secondary schools and beyond,” he explains.

The governor noted that 7,500 newly recruited volunteer teachers would be posted to Islamiyyah and Almajiri schools, “so that our Almajiri schools would be fully integrated under our new policy of education”.

Mr Ganduje, therefore, warned that all the Almajiri teachers who doesn’t abide by the new school arrangement, stressing that, “If you think you cannot accept that then you leave the state!”

Also speaking, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, commended the effort of the state government in the education sector, saying that what the state is doing under the new policy is exemplary.

Mr Adamu was represented by a Director from the Ministry, Mrs Liman.

In his remarks, the state chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Dr. Danlami Hayyo reveals that, apart from construction of new classes and renovation of many, the state government had procured about 16,327 3-Seater chairs for the schools.

Corps member beats Almajiri to death in Kano

A serving member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC, name withheld) allegedly beat a young Almajiri to death in Bebeji village in Bebeji Council of Kano State.

A source in the village, Shehu Sulaiman, told The Guardian that the incident occurred on Thursday at the NYSC Lodge when the suspect gathered some Almajiris for his usual distribution of charity.

According to the source: “The victim rushed into the corps member’s lodge to collect fruits from residents who were in the habit of giving out fruits to children in the area. While in haste to get his own share of the fruits, the boy collided with the corps member, who got provoked and started beating the boy until he could not talk again.”

It was gathered the boy was confirmed dead at the primary healthcare centre where he was rushed.

The state NYSC Coordinator, Alhaji Ladan Baba, confirmed that the incident, but asked for time to enable him to get more information on the matter.

State Police Command spokesperson, Abdullahi Haruna, also confirmed the development, adding, he, however, that he was yet to receive details of what happened as at the time of going to press.