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Customs Officials Shoots Student in Kano, Critically Injured.



Adamu Aminu, Kano.

Some customs officials in Kano have allegedly wounded both legs of a postgraduate student when they fired at his car
First Weekly Magazine learnt that the student, Jibrin Yahya Maikifi was driving back to Kano from Gashua, Yobe state on Monday when he was stopped by customs officers at Zakirai, Kano.

Mr Maikifi, who spoke from a hospital bed, said the customs officers fired at the car after he had applied instant brake.

According to him, the officers were not wearing full uniform and they had not mounted a roadblock.

Mr Maikifi, an Msc Computer Engineering student at University of East London alleged that the customs officers zoomed off in their car when they realized that the shots had injured him.

However, spokesperson of Nigeria Customs Service Kano/Jigawa area command Isa Danbaba said the command is yet to confirm the incident.

Mr Danbaba said the command is investigating the matter, as there are three layers of customs officers operating in the area.

The spokesperson however said criminals could disguise as customs officers to commit atrocities.

On Wednesday a police sergeant attached to UBA Malam Kato square in Kano had also shot a 21 year graduate of Computer science from Noida International University India, Mus’ab Muhammad.

However, the police spokesperson in Kano, Abdullahi Kiyawa said the command would prosecute the policeman after investigating the circumstances that led to the killing.

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American Woman Travels Down To Kano, To Marry Nigerian Lover



Adamu Aminu, Kano.

An American woman Janine Sanchez is set to marry her Instagram lover in March after visiting his home in Panshekara, Kano.

FWM reports that Ms Sanchez, 46, fell in love with Sulaiman Isah, 26, after they met about 11months ago on the social networking platform, Instagram.

Ms Sanchez was visibly delighted as she holds Mr Isah’s hand with constant love-glimpsing during an interview with newsmen in Kano metropolis.

Mr Isah said he had always dreamed up about marrying a white woman and fathering mixed-race kids.

“It was an imagination come into reality for me when she reacted to my message.

“We continued exchanging messages and our relationship became closer and stronger”

“I, therefore, invited her to visit me in Kano.” Said Isah.

Ms Sanchez, a chef based in Lindon, California said she would be taking Isah back to the US after the marriage.

“I have two kids – a boy and a girl – from my previous marriage. As we have joint custody with my ex-husband, I cannot take the kids away from their father.”

Isah, a barber, and a student, popularly fondly called as ‘Babayaro’ said that is not a problem.

“I will be visiting my parents and other relations regularly. And she has agreed that even our future kids will be coming to Nigeria to visit my family.” He said.

Another point of contention is the 20-year age gap between the couple.

“I wasn’t looking to date anybody younger than 30 but he is very mature for his age.

“When I talk to him I feel like I’m talking to somebody my age.” Ms Sanchez said.

“The age difference doesn’t matter as Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) married an older woman too. So I’m following in his Sunnah.” Isah said.

Meanwhile, Mr Isah’s family are happy about the forthcoming marriage but worried about the religious implication.

His mother, Mrs Fatima Sulaiman said she has agreed to the marriage and Sulaiman’s relocation to the USA.

“We are now singled out as the in-laws of a white woman.

“I pray for Allah’s protection as Sulaiman leaves for America.” She said.

Adding that this is the will of God. We have only good wishes for the couple.

“But my prayer is that he retains his Islamic religion wherever he finds himself,” She said.

Isa has now become celebrated in his neighbourhood in Kano as people trooped in mass to snaps glimpse of him being a young man who grabs the heart of an American woman travelling all the way from California, the United States to come and seek his family’s permission in marrying their son.

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NDLEA Intercepts 895 Kg of Cannabis in Kano.



Adamu Aminu, Kano.

The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, Kano command intercepted 895 kilograms of cannabis in Kano.

The NDLEA, Kano State Commandant, Dr Ibrahim Abdul stated this while briefing newsmen, on Wednesday in Kano.

He said the huge concealment originated from Ogbese, Ondo state and billed to be distributed to Kano and Bauchi state.

“Our operatives intercepted a trailer truck at Kwanar Dan-Gora, Kiru local government area where huge concealment of suspected cannabis sativa amidst other goods was discovered,” He said.

Dr Abdul stressed the Kano command unalloyed determination blended with unflinching cooperation from the members of the general public to rid the state of the drug abuse and trafficking has amounted to this spectacular arrest and seizure.

“Three men and one female suspects were arrested in connection with the seizure” he confirmed.

Dr Abdul added that the truck driver was presently at large, and the female suspect in detention was said to be the wife of the driver on the run, who was said to be wedded to him for less than a fortnight ago.

The NDLEA Kano commandant, Dr. Ibrahim Abdul has craved the cooperation of the general public, to remain steadfast towards compliments the efforts of his command to stem the tide and get Kano rip-off drug abuse.

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INEC Kano: Security, Fairness, Paramount In Upcoming Re-Run Elections.- Kano INEC Commissioner.



Adamu Aminu, Kano.

The resident Electoral Commissioner (INEC) Kano State. Professor Risqua Shehu said apart from INEC commitment to conduct of free, fair and credible upcoming re-run elections, security issue is a paramount for the successful conduct for the forthcoming elections in Kano State.

Professor Risqua made the statement during the meeting of stakeholders, held Tuesday at INEC headquarters in Kano.

He said the commission has been liaising with all relevant security agencies to provide adequate security for the re-run elections in the affected local government’s areas.

“They have assured us of their readiness in ensuring a safe and conducive environment for the conduct of the re-run elections,” he said.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Kano State asserts that the commission finds the increasing trend of violence in recent elections very disheartening and disturbing despite all efforts to curtail it.

“It is important to note that based on security advice, no NYSC member will be posted to Bebeji local government” He assured.

Adding that henceforth his commission will not allow violence to mar the credibility of the elections.

Risque further said the elections will be suspended in the event for the threat to the safety of voters, personal and materials.

In his remarks, Police Commissioner, Kano state Ahmad Sani said his command would leave no stone-unturned in taming the tide of any security issues, capable of blemishing the re-run contest in the affected neighbourhoods.

” Anybody found posed to wreak havoc during the upcoming elections will be decisively dealt with in accordance with the provision of law” Commissioner advised.

During the interaction, most of the party stakeholders have called on the state electoral commission, based on the past insinuations, they deserve to be non-partisan and impartial in the course of discharging their statutory obligations.

While on the other hand, some party representatives craved the indulgence of the state police commissioner with regard to the misguided and provocative statements over the media by some political bigwigs, having the temperament of hovering above the law.

Saying that this had happened and still happening, and nothing is done to bring them to book, based on the belief of enjoying strong backing of the incumbent government.

According to Kano State Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the upcoming re-run elections are scheduled to be conducted on 25th January 2020 at two federal constituencies (,
Kiru/Bebeji and Tudun Wada) and two polling units in Kumbotso federal constituency and four other state constituencies which include; Bunker, Madobi, Minjibir and Rogo.

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