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Kwankwaso slams Ganduje for the dethronement of Sanusi II
Rabiu Kwankwaso, the man who served eight years as the People's Democratic Party''s (PDP) governor of Kano State has returned to public eye. This time around, he is pointing his fingers at his successor and incumbent All Progressives Congress' (APC) governor of Kano, Umar Ganduje, for the dethronement of Emir Sanusi II.
Sanusi II, a unique figure and a vocal critic, was appointed as the Emir of Kano back in 2014 by then Governor Kwankwaso after the former Emir, Muhammad Sanusi I, passed away. His enthronement came at the time when he had just been sacked as the Central Bank's governor by then President Jonathan.
After Kwankwaso was succeeded by Ganduje in 2015, Sanusi became critical of his government's and the APC's policies.
Sanusi II was suddenly deposed from his position as Emir of Kano in March of 2019 by Governor Ganduje on the basis that he showed "total disrespect" to the Kano State government.
Kwankwaso, in a statement signed by his Principal Private Secretary, Muhammad Ali, on Tuesday said Ganduje couldn't stand the influence of Sanusi II, as such found a way to get rid of him.
The statement reads in part:
"We know that Ganduje always feels diminished and inferior in the presence of the Emir, and we know that Gov Ganduje harbors a pathological hatred for the Kano Traditional Institution, that was why he had to dethroned him.”
“We also know that Ganduje was madly obsessed with reversing everything that Sen. Kwankwaso did in the state. And we are aware, for these reasons, Gov. Ganduje was set, ab initio, to destroy the Kano Emirate. And Emir Sanusi II was marked to be the first victim."
He also pointed out how Sanusi II was deposed, saying he was "abducted and illegally dethroned by Gov. Ganduje and his cohorts."
Opinion: What You Should Know Before Blaming Buhari For Visiting His Farm And Not Abducted Students
The news of the abduction case of students being kidnapped from school grounds has been evenly spread across the country, and thus a lot of fellow students, teachers and parents have become overly concerned over the state of health and condition of these kidnapped students, placing great faiths in the government to provide a solution to this case as soon as possible.
However, the lack of results after the government had reacted to the update, had made a lot of people believe that the government is turning a blind eye to the incident, which is probably not the case.
Based on the reports from verified sources, the abductors made an appearance at the school's premises at an ungodly hour of 11:00pm on Friday, shooting sporadically in the night to create the necessary panic in order to scare the students.
After this exchange, a lot of students from the Government Boys Science Secondary School in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina, had been kidnapped, leaving others in the school premises.
According to "ThisDayLive", the security personnel in the area responded to the raid on the students, even though the response was slow, the operatives were able to exchange shots with the abductors and therefore rescue some students.
However, what had captured the attention of Nigerians most is the action of president Muhammad Buhari the next morning after the abduction case, because at 6:00am in the morning, the President made a visit to his farm in Daura.
This made Twitter users launch severely criticism on the president, blaming him for being in the state when the abduction happened, and yet not visiting the students the next morning after the incident.
But before more criticisms are rained on the President, has anyone stopped to consider the tasks of a President, and how possible it is that the reports had not reached him before he set out to visit his farm?
Mr Garba Shehu had revealed to the correspondents of "PremiumTimeNg", that after their arrival in the state, the President visited his farm without knowledge of the kidnapping that happened the night before.
Thus, the president need not be blamed for visiting his farm, instead Nigerians should be eager to know how the President, after hearing the news will deal with the situation and ensure that the boys are returned to their schools.
Chibok, Dapchi, Buni Yadi... And We can only hope and pray that the Kankara student kidnapping will not end up joining this list of abductions that were never unraveled.
Mother sells baby to childless couple so she can buy sweets
Police in Russia are now investigating a mother who sold her newborn baby to a couple for £250.
Police say the woman, Chechena, 30, was arrested after childcare services became suspicious about the baby's whereabouts.
She told the police that she needed the money to "buy sweets and clothes" for her other three children.
Chechena gave birth at a maternity hospital in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
"When I gave birth to a son, my maternal instincts appeared. Before we were discharged from the hospital, I breastfed him myself,” Chechena said.
But after giving birth, she proceeded to selling her baby to a couple she said she met on Facebook.
A midwife at the hospital was said to have given the baby to a man, whom she thought was Chechena's husband.
The couple agreed to pay her £250 but she said she didn't receive the money until during Summer.
"In the summer they transferred me the money to my bank card, like a lump sum. I used it to buy sweets and clothes for the children," Chechena said.
Authorities say the couple have been arrested and the baby is now in the care of social services.
Chechena has also been put in house arrest in order to take care of her other children.
US woman in Germany "deliberately" spreads COVID-19 at a bar
Even though a person is to self-isolate while awaiting COVID-19 test results, an American woman in Germany defied that guideline and went on to infect dozens and exposed hundreds more to the virus at a local pub.
German contact tracers, on Thursday, tracked down the photo of the woman, known as Yasmin A— a 26-year-old civilian employee of the US armed forces in the Upper Bavarian market town.
According to reports, Yasmin was experiencing a sore throat after she returned from a holiday trip to Greece.
She went for testing and while awaiting the test results, she went partying with friends at a bar.
Local authorities now say 23 people at that bar have tested positive for the virus and at least 800 more people have been exposed.
Meanwhile, Yasmin could face a severe punishment for exposing others to the virus. The Munich public prosecutor,Staatsanwaltschaft München, has launched an investigation for "negligent body harm."
If this investigation is concluded and she is charged, she could be jailed for up to six months to 10 years.
12 doctors recover from coronavirus at Unilorin teaching hospital
Dr Lanre Olosunde, the President of Association of Resident Doctors, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) Chapter, says 12 doctors who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered.
Speaking with newsmen in Ilorin, on Wednesday, Olosunde explained that the 12 ARD members were infected in the line of duty.
He said most of the doctors had moderate symptoms, adding that the association had already taken proactive measures against the disease.
“We actually sensitised our members and that went a long way to help our members to prepare for the scourge.
“We had a course to write to the DG of Nigeria Centre for Disease and Control (NCDC), the Federal Government via our national body to help us and we got donations of Personal Protective Equipment from them.
“We also approached private companies in Kwara for help to which they responded well too.
“Presently, I will say we had a fairly moderate supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), though not sufficient. But as at now, our members have enough of PPE,” he said.
He added that the Federal Government had paid the long-debated hazard allowances to his members, but urged the government to implement the Residency Training Act for the doctors.
“The issue of hazard allowance is a chronic problem; it has been on the table for long.
“You can imagine as a doctor with lots of risks we are facing, the hazard allowance has been N5, 000 per month.
“There are even other staff that are not exposed to COVID-19 that are getting more allowances than the doctors.
“The Federal Government has agreed to pay us what they called special COVID allowance. The Federal Government has paid 50 per cent of our basic salary.
“While we appreciate the government for doing this, we want to ask them to do more by prioritising the health care system this time,” he said.
Olosunde, however, said the search for a COVID-19 vaccine was imminent as over 100 vaccine trials were ongoing across the world.
The ARD president said he was optimistic that Nigeria would survive the pandemic, adding there was time smallpox was killing people and the country survived it.
“There was a time we had HIV, we had Ebola too, and we survived it. But how did we survive it?
“We survived it through ingenuity; we survived it through innovation and through advancement in technology.
“Currently, we have over 100 vaccine trials that are going on and I know that we won’t be unlucky not to have one that will work.
“I know in the nearest future we are going to get the vaccine.
” But having the vaccine may not be the solution completely given the rate of spread of the virus globally.
“I think what is more important is to appeal to the citizens of our country to strictly abide by the rules laid down to curtail the spread of COVID-19,” he said.
Teenager docked over alleged sexual molestation of six-year-old girl
A Kwara State Family Court, on Friday, docked 17-year-old boy, Taofeek Yunus, over alleged sexual molestation of a six-year-old girl at Alore area of Ilorin.
The Police First Information Report (FIR) revealed that the victim’s mother, one Bashirat Ibrahim, reported the matter at Oloje police station, after having discovered strange developments around her daughter.
The report stated that Ibrahim noticed that her daughter’s movement was no longer stable and when she examined her, discovered that she had allegedly been sexually abused by Yunus, who was found with her.
The State Prosecutor, Akinjide Adisa, urged the court to remand the defendant in the appropriate quarters so as to serve as deterrent to others, who might want to perpetrate such a heinous crime.
The Magistrate, Shade Lawal, however, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000, with two sureties in like sum.
She adjourned the matter till July 29, for further mention.