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Kano Fire Service receives 62 distress calls in 2 weeks



The Kano State Fire Service, on Tuesday, said it had received 62 distress calls from different parts of the state within the last two weeks.

The Public Relations Officer of the service, Alhaji Saidu Mohammed, made the disclosure to the Nigeria News Agency in Kano.

According to him, the service received 16 fire calls, 40 rescue calls and six false alarm.

“The calls emanated from victims and witnesses of collapsed buildings, road crashes and fire disasters, ’’ he said.

Mohammed advised residents of the state to be cautious when using electrical appliances and cautioned them to avoid storing petrol and other inflammable substances in shops and at homes. (NAN)


Edited by Ejike Obeta


COVID-19: Fidelity Bank donates N10m to Kano govt



The management of Fidelity Bank Plc has donated N10 million to Borno Government for the prevention and control of COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

Mr Hassan Imam, Executive Director, Northern operation of the bank who presented the cheque on Friday in Kano, said that the gesture was part of the bank’s social responsibility and contribution to the fight against the dreaded disease.

Imam, who lauded the commitment of the state government said that the gesture would go a long way in supporting the fight against the pandemic.

He assured the state government that the bank would be an active partner in the fight against the virus and called for a concerted effort by all stakeholders.

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje who received the cheque thanked the management of the bank for the donation.

Ganduje said that the N10 million would go a long way in complementing ongoing efforts by the state government in containing the virus.

The governor advised other organisations to emulate the bank, while assuring that the donation would be juiciously utilised.

Meanwhile, the governor also received Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from Chinese Business Community in Kano.

The leader of the delegation, Mr Zhiu Bin who presented the items said that the PPE would help the state government in combating the virus.

The items donated include, 5,000 test kits, 126,000 disposable protective mask, 660 protective clothes, 660 face shield and 1,800 KN 95 mask.


Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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COVID-19: Refugee Commission distributes farm inputs to 100 farmers in Kano



The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) has distributed agricultural inputs to 100 local farmers in three Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Kano State.
during the ceremony in Kura, headquarters of Kura LGA on Friday, NCFRMI Commissioner, Sen. Bashir Garba-Mohammed, said the gesture was to ameliorate suffering farmers as a result of COVID-19 lockdown.
As Nigeria is having its share of coronavirus effects, President Muhammadu Buhari has therefore instructed agencies rendering humanitarian services to redouble efforts in their service delivery to vulnerable persons in various localities in order to ameliorate their sufferings.
“In compliance with the presidential directive, the commission has moved from state to state to distribute relief items to persons of concern to enable them keep body and soul together.
“Those efforts are being made towards achieving appropriate durable solutions for the people according to their peculiar situation.
“Today, we are here to flag off the distribution of agricultural items for the benefit of vulnerable but hard working farmers,” he said.
Garba-Mohammed added:“This will no doubt boost their production in the current farming season, thereby improving food supply for the people and contributing to the food security drive of the President.
believe we can collaborate with the Kano State Government to ensure that more sustainable solutions are implemented in the state, so that displaced persons in the state can live more purposeful life.”
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje, represented by the Executive Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Alhaji saleh Jili, said the state government would work hand in hand with the commission to ensure that the stated goals were achieved.
He applauded the federal government for providing the inputs to farmers in Kura, Garun-Malam and Madobi LGAs of the state.
Inputs distributed included irrigation water pumps, fertiliser, assorted seedlings, herbicides and pesticides.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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World Evironment Day: Kano State Govt. to promote policy on environment and pollution



Kano State Government says it will promote its policy on environment and pollution control as well as forestry and enforce compliance amongst the people.

The state Commissioner for Environment, Dr Kabiru Getso, made this known in Kano at a news conference to mark the 2020 World Environment Day.

Getso expressed the need to pay attention to biodiversity, conservation and restoration of degraded lands.

He also said that it was important to address issues of climate change, fight against dessertification and desert encroachment in the state.

“It is also vital to embark on more methods of pollution control, environmental sanitation, erosion and also prevent flooding,  ” he said.

The Commissioner further revealed the state government’s efforts at biodiversity conservation, saying that it had embarked on water conservation and provision of minor irrigation facilities in some local government areas of the state.

“We also call for collective efforts to conserve the ecosystem because land degradation is responsible for the decline in ecosystem service, food insecurity and reduction in the resilience of natural climate variability,” he said.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the United Nations has set aside June 5 of every year to celebrate the World Environment Day globally.

The theme of the 2020 the World Environment Day is:  “Celebrate Biodiversity/Time for Nature”, with a focus on its role in providing essential infrastructure that supports life on earth and human development.

Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)

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Firemen rescue 30-year-old man from well in Kano



Officials of the Kano State Fire Service has rescued a 30-year-old man, Mohammed Haladu, who fell into a well at Kofar Ruwa Naira da Kwabo in Dala Local government Area in Kano.

Alhaji Saidu Muhammad, the Service Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incident in a statement issued to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Kano.

He said that the man went to renovate the well, but in the process, he fell into it at about 1:25 pm and was rescued alive from the well.

“The man was handed to his brother, Malam Aliyu Iliyasu, of Kofar Ruwa”

Muhammad noted that a neighbour from Kofar Ruwa,Mal Nasiru Abdullahi, raised the alarm and informed the State Fire Service that Haladu had fallen inside the well.

“Upon receiving the information, we quickly dispatched our rescue team and vehicle to the scene and rescued the victim,” Muhammed said.

He however, used the opportunity to call on parents who have wells in their houses to put a cover and raise the wall for safety of people especially children.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

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76% COVID-19 patients in Kano male – official



The Kano State Government has said that 76 per cent of  confirmed  Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases  in the state are male.

The Technical Coordinator, Kano State Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Tijjani Hussain, made this known during a press briefing in Kano.

“As at Wednesday, 770 COVID-19 cases were recorded, out of which 697 were active.

A total of 318 people were discharged across 30 local government areas,” he said.

He said that the metropolitan local government areas contributed 90 per cent of the cases.

Hussain said that Tarauni Local Government Area had the highest number of the  cases, with 28.5 per cent, while Kano Municipal had the lowest number.

He added that, of the outskirts local government areas, Karaye had the highest number of COVID-19 cases – 32.

“We have so far collected 5,002 samples. We have since commenced community case searching.

“Such will enable us to get to densely populated communities as part of our efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in our society.

“With this development, we are not waiting for people to come for testing; we are going to them so that we reduce their burden,” he said.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)

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1 dead, 12 injured in Kano accident



The Kano State Fire Service has confirmed the killing of one person, while 12 others sustained injuries following an auto crash along Daura Road in Danbatta Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
The Spokesman for the Service, Alhaji Saidu Muhammad, said this in a statement in Kano on Thursday.
said that the accident occurred on Thursday at about 7:09 a.m. when a vehicle and a motorcycle had a head-on collision.
The Toyota model F car and a Honda CG motorcycle coming from opposite directions had a head-on collision,” he said.
Muhammad attributed the accident to over speeding.
He noted that 12 persons were rescued, while one person was confirmed dead.
“We received a rescue call from Daura Road, in Danbatta LGA at about 7:09 a.m. through Malam Shamsu Isah.
receiving the information, we quickly dispatched our personnel and vehicles to the scene of the incident on a rescue mission.
“The victims were evacuated to Danbatta General Hospital where one person was confirmed dead, while the other 12 persons are receiving treatment,” he said.
He appealed to motorists to always obey traffic regulations so as to stay alive and minimise accidents on the road.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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COVID-19: Lagos, FCT, Kano, account for 64.2% of total cases, Nigeria records 11,166



The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday said that Lagos, FCT and Kano state accounted for  64.2per cent of the total number of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic recorded in the country, 

The NCDC, on its website, said as at June 3, it recorded 348 new cases bringing the total total number of infection in Nigeria now at 11,166.

The NCDC noted that Lagos recorded  5,440FCT 763, while Kano state  recorded 970, which amounted to 11,166, making the two states plus the FCT to account for 64.2 per cent of the total number of infection in the country.

According to the agency, 33 states accounts for 36 per cent of the total infection in the country.

The NCDC said that the new cases take the country’s total infections cases to 11166, out of which 3,329 have been treated and discharged with 7,522 active cases in the country.

According to the health agency’s report, 163 of the new cases were recorded in Lagos, 76 in the FCT and 23 in Ebonyi.

Other affected states were Rivers with 21 cases, Delta, Nasarawa and Niger with eight each, Enugu with six, five each in Bauchi, Edo, Ekiti, Ondo and Gombe, four in Benue, two in Ogun, and one each in Osun, Plateau, Kogi and Anambra.

The NCDC noted that 75 per cent of COVID-19 cases in the country have unknown sources of infection.

It said that this was normal for a respiratory virus and suggested ongoing community transmission in the country.

NAN reports that the health agency has said that for families with loved ones abroad or in another state, who have passed on due to complications from COVID-19, transporting the remains is a tough process.

The NCDC has developed a guide to ensure efficient transportation in compliance with regulations.

The interim guidance is based on what is currently known about COVID-19.

The virus is spreading through contact with contaminated respiratory droplets released when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or from contact with contaminated hands, surfaces or objects.

It said that Funeral directors and mortuary personnel were less likely to contract COVID-19 from deceased persons infected with the virus if they adopt appropriate infection control procedures and wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

The health agency said precautionary strategies should be used to minimise public health risks and to prevent further spread of the disease.

“Contact and droplet infection control precautions should be used when handling deceased bodies confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19.

Wear appropriate PPE at all times without contaminating environmental surfaces,” it added.

The NCDC noted that for transport and storage, the body must be placed and secured in a bag or wrapping in a manner that prevents leakage; double bagging may be required to achieve this.

“The body bag should be labelled COVID-19 – Handle with care. Avoid unnecessary manipulation of the body that may expel air or fluid from the lungs.

“Embalming of a body confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 is not recommended,” it said.

It noted that family viewing of the deceased may occur; however, family members should avoid any contact with the body.

The agency stressed the need to maintain the recommended social distance from families and friends of the deceased.


Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)


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Court reinstates 5 suspended Kano lawmakers



A Federal High Court sitting in Kano on Wednesday set aside the suspension of five members of the Kano State House of Assembly.

The lawmakers were opposed the dethronement of Emir Muhammad Sanusi II, by the speaker of the House,  Abdulaziz Gafasa

The lawmakers are: Labaran Abdul Madari, APC representing Warawa Constituency, Bello Bututu, APC, representing Rimin gado/Tofa Constituency, Isyaku, PDP Gezawa, Garba Yau APC Kunci/Tsanyawa and Maje Gwangwazo PDP, representing Kano municipal.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that on March 16, the assembly had suspended five members over alleged involvement in snatching a mace during plenary, while hearing a motion for the investigation and dethronement of former Emir Sanusi.

The lawmakers in an originating summons urged the court to declare their suspension as a violation of Section 109 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

They said that the section stipulates and guarantee their tenure in office.

The five lawmakers had opposed to a motion for investigation and dethronement of the former 14th Emir of Kano on March 16 leading to a fight at the assembly.

Nuraini Jimoh, Counsel to the lawmakers, said that the suspension contravenes article 13 of the African Charter on people’s and human rights and Section 109 of the Constitution.

The presiding Judge, Justice Lewis Allagoa, however, agreed with the submission of the counsel to the lawmakers.

Allagoa, in his judgement, said that the suspension was unconstitutional, null and void.

He also ordered the Speaker and the Kano State House of Assembly to pay salaries and allowances of the five suspended members.

Counsel for the speaker and the assembly, Mr  Marcelenious N. Duru, had earlier urged the court to dismiss the prayers made by the plaintiffs.

“I am satisfied with the court verdict, the truth had resurfaced at the end of the day,” Madari told newsmen

Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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COVID-19: NGO distributes face masks to cleaners, security guards in Kano



A Kano based Non-Governmental Organisations, Community Health Research (CHR), has distributed over 1,000 face masks to messengers, cleaners, security guards and food vendors in Government offices in Kano State.

Distributing the face mask to the beneficiaries on Tuesday, Hajiya Rabi Mustapha, one of the AMMKaS officials, an NGO under the CHR, said the donation was a collective effort of various humanitarian organisations in Kano.


According to her, the distribution of the face masks was to ensure that the beneficiaries protect themselves from COVID-19,  so as to halt the transmission of the virus.


Mustapha added that the NGOs have also distributed face mask to water vendors, market women, vegetable, meat and fruit sellers across the state.


“We hope to reach more people wherever they are doing their businesses and enlighten them on the disease and preventive measures.”


According to her, the CHR has also distributed over 5,000 sanitiser  and soap to various health facilities across the state.

“The main objective is to raise awareness, prevent and control COVID-19 spread in the state.


“We are also discouraging issues related to stigma and discrimination towards discharged COVID-19 patients, and enlightening people to differentiate between fake and genuine information on COVID-19,” she said.


Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to newsmen commended the effort of the group, calling on individuals and other organisations to emulate the gesture.


Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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