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KANO POLITICS: Pervasive Thuggery and Backing of Political Elites.



The general election is few days from now and the excitement is continuously building up, while the electioneering campaign would be officially stopped within days or hours from now.

Kano, in particular, been regarded as beehive and hotbed of northern politics, which is witnessing unfortunate milestone of retrogressive development.

Apart from incitements and negative rhetoric which is currently renting the air, blaring by the acclaimed political untouchables in Kano, there is resurgence of thugs, teeming youth whose mindset was fractured by political insensitivity, serving as safety escorts to political godfathers during rallies.

The two competing political gladiators, the ruling and the opposition parties are allegedly pinpoint for backing and facilitating the unbecoming trend of employing restive youth causing mayhem during rallies in the name of an electioneering campaign.

It is glaringly clear, during rallies, brandishing of party physical party logos, umbrella and twigs brooms are replaced by wielding dangerous weapons freely up in the air.

While snatching phones by the thugs, at a knife-point, whisking away belongings of commuters and innocents passerby, trapped amidst the procession are becoming worrying and extremely disturbing.

While the act of defacing opposition’s glossy billboards and posters by thugs on their way or back from rallies is nothing in comparison to senseless zeal to satisfy their masters.

Unarguably, these atrocities are reportedly happening in the presence of security operatives, reluctantly standing and timid to intervene in fear of adverse effect from the above.

Since from the commencement of political rallies to date, particularly in Kano, unreported thugs clashes were recorded, in which lives were lost, scores were injured, while some residences of political figures in Kano were recently torched and properties vandalised.

This was stem from the hate speeches and incitement from both parties untouchables, allegedly backing the banditry acts, who goes on air spelling the doom and ordering attacks on the opposition if the need arises, and allowed to go scot-free.

Even though, in every generality, there must an except, but it is hard to get a celebrated politician in the state who doesn’t have sternly-looking bandits, equipped with weapons that served as escorts in case of giving protection or attacking the opposition thugs, depending on the warranted situation.

The unfolding phenomenon in Kano has gone to the extent of craving the indulgence of Kano’s outspoken Emir Muhammad Sunusi II, calling on Kano politicians to reverse the ugly trend of banditry, while the newly- assumed State Commissioner of Police Muhammad Wakili observed with dismay and pronounced that political thuggery is a serious issue which should not be handled with kids glove in the state.

What holds for the future of teeming youth who deserved to be led through forthrightness instead, but dragging them astray to the life of illusion with no hope in sight?

A Stitch in time save nine

Written by Adamu Aminu, Kano.

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CP Wakili Has Integrity, Oversteps Confine of The Law – NDLEA Commandant, Kano.



Adamu Aminu, Kano

The Commandant of National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Kano command Mallam Abdul Ibrahim said the State Commissioner of Police Mohammed Wakili is a hard-working law enforcement officer of national repute, who possessed hard-earn integrity, but goes beyond the confine of the law in the course of discharging his duties.

Abdul Ibrahim made the disclosure in an interview, while responding to newsmen in Kano sequel to the recent interception of drugs by Commissioner Wakili, which were publicly branded as Tramadol with no forensic evidence.

Abdul added that NDLEA and other agencies are an offshoot of Nigeria Police command enjoying the good working relationship, which laws have earmarked boundaries on how each agency should discharge its statutory duty without trespass.

Adding that supposed drugs apprehended and exhibited by Wakili to members of press without proper forensic verification, were not Tramadol, is an anti-inflammatory drug which serves the same purpose with “Feldene”.

” The problem with Wakili is, he has a good intention, but he doesn’t know how to policed illicit drugs, his work stops when he makes an arrest he supposes to take drugs case to the experts” Abdul added.

The Kano NDLEA Boss added that his agency has a constitutional superiority to take drug-related cases to federal high court under section 26 of the Nigerian constitution, not the police.

“Had it been Police have been abiding by the due protocols all this infraction could have been averted, we are friendly with Police in all where I served, in case of Wakili he has never transferred case to us” Kano commandant assured.

Mal. Abdul Ibrahim recalled that sometimes ago, Commissioner Wakili claimed to have apprehended two trucks of Tramadol, and he said it is practically not possible to see Tramadol in such magnitude, and one carton of Tramadol is 16 million Naira.

“He said he conveyed that illicit drugs to NAPDAC when we followed the case, we were shown substandard, fake and anti-malaria drugs, if for instance I asked CP Wakili to produce the two trucks, if he can’t he would be charged to court for tampering with exhibits” He added.

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Kano Emirates Creation: CSO Call on Sultan of Sokoto to Wades in Kano Emirates Tussle.



Adamu Aminu, Kano.

The Renaissance Coalition in collaboration Civil society organisations have described the recent creation of new Emirates by Kano state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje with compliments of State Assembly is deceptive, personal and not in tandem with the overall aspirations of Kano people.

While briefing newsmen in Kano, on Monday, the civil society organisation under the auspices of Renaissance coalition as a move which is not far from subverting people’s interest for the benefits and selfish interest of a few.

In his speech during Abdurrahman Bappa Yola who spoke on behalf of the coalition said the emerging situation in Kano is condemnable and berates ganduje’s actions of they described as a calculated and personal vendetta to clip the wings of emir Sunusi for being outspoken.

“There are more pressing issues which deserved priority and urgent attention by the state government rather than to hell-bent on balkanization of Kano emirate into five fragments, which have no added value to the well-being of Kano populace as far as socio-economic development are a concern” Yola added.

The coalition of the CSO furthers say the state house of assembly was also to be blamed in this regard, towards complimenting Ganduje’s personal wishes to whittle the historic Emirate, instead of passing the numerous unattended bills that are more useful and worthwhile to the betterment of the entire Kano populace, but engage joining the bandwagon of realising what they called the wishes of governor Ganduje.

The coalition of CSO calls on the Sultan of Sokoto, traditional rulers and influential people in the north to call on Governor Ganduje to do everything at their disposal to reverse the creation of more additional Emirates in Kano for peace to reign and to preserve the the.long-standing history which Kano famous for over the years.

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Splitting Kano Emirate not my wish, is a Change From God – Aminu Ado Bayero.



Adamu Aminu, Kano.

The newly-appointed Emir of Bichi, Alh Aminu Ado Bayero said it was not his wishes for Kano emirate to be fragmented into five, but is a changed from God which has to be accepted by all in good faith.

The newly- crowned Bichi Emir made the disclosure while briefing newsmen in Kano on Wednesday.

He added that power belongs to God, gives it to whom he wishes, at anytime of the day or night.

Emir Aminu Ado Bayero asserted that since colonial times emirs were in-charged and in total control of government establishments under native authority, up to the time where traditional were regarded as advisers and mere traditional fathers.

“Change is permanent in life, even though, it is not my wishes to see Kano emirate been fragmented to five, but is a will of God, and no one has a power to change it” Bichi emir added.

While asked about his rapport with the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sunusi II, Alh Aminu Ado Bayero added that “he is my blood-brother, and everyone knows I’m among the early callers who paid homage and expressed total submission when he was announced as the newly- crowned emir of Kano, after the demise of our late father, Alh. Ado Bayero”

His Highness Alh. Aminu Ado Bayero added that, as a true Muslim who believes in fate and destiny, he would accept every outcome discharge by the almighty Allah.

While responding to the question regarding the court ruling regarding the appointment of four emirs in Kano which command both parties to maintain the status quo pending the next court ruling, the Bichi emir said that is the first time he heard about the development.

“I will accept whatever might be the outcome, it is only God that gives and takes, there is no cause to worry” he added.

Alh. Aminu Ado Bayero, an emir of Bichi, who was newly turbaned by Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje due to the amended law passed by the state house of assembly which resulted to the splitting of Kano emirate into five which includes Gaya, Rano, Karaye Bichi and itself, the historic emirate of Kano.

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