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EdoDecide’20: Kano gov, Ganduje slams Obaseki

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…call him a liability, failure


Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on Friday said his Edo State counterpart Godwin Obaseki is a “liability” to the People’s Democratic Party.

“I can assure you that Governor Obaseki is a liability to the PDP. I can assure you that we are contesting against a governor who failed most woefully,” Ganduje said.

Ganduje had accompanied the All Progressives Congress’s candidate for the Edo state governorship election Osagie Ize-Iyamu to meet President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday.

He failed woefully in the area of providing infrastructural facilities to the good people of Edo State, who failed most woefully in the execution of constitutional provision in the state, especially pertaining to the legislature.

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“14 members were out of the legislature for 13 good months. When we calculated, we saw those 14 legislators are representing 60 per cent of the population. All their constituents are unhappy that elected legislators were not given the chance to participate in the legislation in that state.

“In fact, all the legislations made should be considered as illegal. So, we are ready to fight somebody who has failed and it’s an advantage to us.”

Obaseki has been faced with several criticisms from the APC.

Obaseki dumped the APC in July after he was denied a second term ticket by the party.

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The party had curiously disqualified Obaseki, alleging that his National Youth Service Certificate (NYSC) and the testimonial of the Institute of Continuing Education Benin city submitted by the governor were in-genuine.

However, Obaseki defected to the opposition PDP and clinched the party’s gubernatorial ticket to contest for a second a term.

Obaseki has since blamed the suspended APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, for his travails in APC.

Obaseki became governor under the APC in 2016, while Oshiomhole became the national chairman of the APC. But shortly after Obaseki assumed office, the political marriage between the two men began to unravel.


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Eid al-Adha: Kano govt pardons 43 inmates

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…Urges Prayers For National Security

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, yesterday, granted prerogative of mercy to 43 inmates of Kano Correctional Service in the spirit of Eid-Kabir Sallah celebration.

Ganduje made similar benevolence gesture to 295 inmates in the month of May to commemorate Eid el-fitir Sallah festival while urging the ex-convicts to exhibit positive character and good virtues.

In his Sallah message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, Ganduje charged the inmates and the entire Muslims to be law abiding and sustain prayers for security, peace and growth of the nation. He also advised residents to observe all health protocols against COVID-19 pandemic.

“When we release people, we release them without taking into consideration their religious background, ethnicity, age or sex differences. We believe humanity as a whole should always be assisted.

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“Those on release are advised to be and remain people with sound character. Mrs. Jennifer Okafor is an example of those released from this and similar correctional centres.

She is now holding on tight to her new job with the State Traffic Agency, KAROTA. This shows that we are achieving something.

“It is extremely important for people to pray much harder for national development and the security of our state and the country in general. We must continue observing all the protocols as enunciated by health workers. This way, we can overcome the pandemic,” he said.

Comptroller of Kano Correctional Centres, Magaji Ahmed Abdullahi,commended the governor for the gesture. Those released were given N5, 000 each as transport fare to their various destinations.


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EdoDecide’20: PDP deploys pre- campaign salvo; APC deploys Ganduje, others

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has launched a pre-campaign salvo against the exposed All Progressives Congress (APC), alleging plots by “the sinking APC to use Governors Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Hope Uzodinma of Imo State and Yahaya Bello of Kogi State to derail the September 19 Edo State governorship election.”

The pre-campaign warfare is coming from the PDP after the party had appointed a campaign committee for the Edo governorship election.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement on Thursday, raised alarm over perceived political sinister that impaired suspiciously impaired transparent elections in Kano, Imo and Kogi state where those governors were declared winners, including the Supreme Court created governor in Imo State. Ologbondiyan declared that “the PDP and, indeed, the people of Edo State are already aware that the trio were selected by the APC to lead its campaign so as to force a combined formula of Kano and Kogi electoral violence as well as Imo State mandate robbery to subvert the will of the people of Edo State in the governorship election.”
Kola Ologbondiyan also decried the integrity burden and associated political liability on the leadership of the APC campaign council for the Edo State governorship election. “The PDP described as pathetic that the APC only has a person who has become a butt of international shame after being seen in a viral video stuffing his robe with gratification, in foreign currency, to serve as Chairman of its Edo State governorship campaign council.

“It is equally contemptuous that such a person is being deputized by another individual, who has become a metaphor of electoral manipulation, after being so docketed by a judgment of the Supreme Court.

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“It is also disgusting that a governor who deployed a Police helicopter to scare voters on election day has been mandated to deploy thugs and dangerous weapons through the northern borderlines of Edo State ahead of the election.

“Part of APC’s plot is to import election mercenaries as observers to attempt to scare the people of Edo State, suppress them and steal their mandate.

Godwin Obaseki & Osagie Ize-iyamu

“It is, however, not surprising that such is the drift of the APC campaign, given that it has neither messages nor plans for the people of Edo State, especially, with a candidate like Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who has also been declared by his former APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, as a person of questionable character, a fake pastor, treasury looter, rusticated student who is only fit for “night meetings” and should never be entrusted with the office of the governor of Edo State.

“Whereas our candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki, enjoys the overwhelming support of the Edo people due to his enthusing track record of personal character and performance in office for which even APC leaders have praises for him, the APC candidate has nothing to present to the people.

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“With its defective nomination process, an ailing campaign council and a dented governorship candidate, it is clear that the APC is not preparing for issue-based and people oriented campaign, but for process manipulation and ballot robbery.

“Our party, in the strongest terms, cautions the APC to note that the “Gandollar,” “Supreme Court Governor” and “helicopter shooting” formulas cannot work in this election as the people of Edo State have never been intimidated, suppressed, subjugated or overpowered by external political influences.

“The APC should also note that the people of Edo State will spare nothing within the law in firmly resisting any attempt by anybody to import violence or try to manipulate the Edo election in any way.

“With the people of Edo State on the side of Governor Obaseki and the PDP, the coast is already clear and any attempt by anybody to subvert the will of the people will surely be met very stiff resistance,” PDP National Publicity Secretary declared.


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Kano announces total lockdown ease

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Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has announced a total easing of the lockdown imposed on the state to check spread of the novel coronavirus.

Ganduje made the announcement on Thursday in Kano while briefing newsmen on the COVID-19 pandemic at Government House, Kano.

He said, however, that restriction of movement from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. would continue.

The governor also directed civil servants on grade level 12 and above to resume work from July 6.

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“Civil servants from grade level 12 and above can return to work from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. but must continue to practice social distancing,” he said‎.

According to the governor, the law banning street begging and hawking is still in place.

‎He told Kano State residents to wear masks when going out and to continue to adhere to social distancing in public places. ‎


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Kano governor to present reviewed budget to Assembly

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Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has submitted a reviewed budget to the Kano State House of Assembly.

Dr Ganduje’s administration hinted a few days back, that the 2020 budget of over N200billion would be reduced by 30 percent due to the frustrations occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The reviewed budget of N138,279,140,661 was first presented at the state Executive Council meeting, Wednesday, by the Commissioner of Planning and Budget, Nura Muhammad Dankadai, before transmitting the document to the State House of Assembly.

The reviewed budget of over N138billion has N78.8billon for recurrent expenditure, which represents 57 percent and N54.9billion for capital expenditure, which represents 43 percent.

Internally general revenue (IGR) stood at N46billion in the original document, but with N7.8billion as actual collection from January to March, the IGR now stands at N24billion in the reviewed budget document.

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The FAAC source for financing the budget was N76 billion in the original document but has now become N52billion, which is lower by N24billion.

In the original document, overhead stood at N18.3 billion as the amount and now reviewed to N16.6billion.

Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, spoke to reporters on Friday, February 7, 2020.

The priority areas of the reviewed budget are education, health, and infrastructure.

While global behaviour inches towards learning how to live with COVID-19 pandemic at both local and global levels, due to the absence of a clear cut vaccine for the menace, the governor further ordered all contractors handling different government projects in the state to go back to the site.

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Governor Ganduje expressed optimism that, life will pick up steadily for the continued development of the state as he ordered for the opening of all manufacturing companies in the state, to further take care of developmental aspects in the state in Post-COVID-19.

“It is pertinent to note that, people should understand lucidly that there will life after COVID-19. As such we should not sit back and give less concern about that,” he said.

Ganduje commended all members of the State Executive Council for their roles in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor also commended the individual and collective commitment of the executive members during this period, stressing that his government philosophy of teamwork is strong and vibrant.


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Fatima-Ganduje-Ajimobi blast Seyi Makinde | Must Read.

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Fatima Ganduje-Ajimobi, who is married to late Isiaka Ajimobi’s son, Idris has taken a swipe at Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

According to the daughter of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Seyi Makinde can never surpass the achievements of the late ex-Governor Ajimobi.

Fatima, who is SA to Speaker Gbajabiamila, said this in a tweet in response to a post by Nigerian activist Segun Awosanya aka Segalink on Tuesday.

Awosanya had tweeted, “I don’t know how many people are glad to know that Seyi Makinde, the Governor of Oyo State cannot be guilt-tripped into endorsing a heist wrapped in emotions at the expense of the beleaguered people of Oyo State. I’m personally happy he saw through the shenanigans.”

In her response, however, Fatima tweeted, “Lol. Face with tears of joy half-truth is dangerous sha! SM can never ever ever come close to Ajimobi. Not your mate!!!”

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The Ajimobi family has been engaged in a feud with the governor since the death of their patriarch last week.

Ajimobi’s widow, Florence, had last week accused Makinde of abandoning the family, and being insensitive and refusing to condole with the family when Ajimobi died.

The family had also accused the governor of refusing to give them the approval to bury their father on a parcel of land in Ibadan.

Makinde had said the land in question was a subject of court litigation and thus could not allow Ajimobi to be buried there.


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Top Story: Ajimobi’s widow clashes with Makinde – Ganduje finds peace

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Late Abiola Ajimobi’s wife, Florence has slammed Governor Seyi Makinde over the way his government treated her husband in the last one month of his illness.

The visibly angry widow denied ever contacting Makinde or anybody in government for any kind of support during the illness of her husband, which eventually resulted in his death.

She spoke while receiving a delegation of Governors who were at the Oluyole residence to commiserate with the family and pay their last respects.

The delegation was led by the Oyo Deputy Governor, Mr Rauf Olaniyan.

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The former first lady, who acknowledged she was not supposed to talk, said she decided to break her silence since his husband fell ill about a month ago and died last Thursday because of misgivings emanating from the government.

While appealing to the govenrment to stop what she described as dirty politics, she said her late husband was for peace and served the state for eight years making him deserve better treatment even in death.

She said:

“Although I should not be the one speaking but I just want to clear the air on a lot of misgivings that has been spreading.

“On behalf of my late husband, children and the entire Ajimobi’s family, I want to sincerely thank you for all your support at this very crucial point of our lives.

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“My husband is not a very difficult man but thank God we are here today. For me, when things like this happen, I want to pick up something. It is a time for everyone of us to reflect on our lives because death is a necessary end. It will come when it will come. We don’t know who is next and we don’t know when our time will come.

“Either you are a Christian or a Muslim, both religions teach love and peace and I am glad that the deputy Governor of Oyo State is here because I need to put some records straight. It is the first time I’m going to make any public announcement or statement since my husband actually died.

“I opened the papers a couple of days ago and I saw the Oyo State Government writing a lot of things.

“Your Excellency, the Deputy Governor of Oyo State, for the avoidance of misinformation to the public and damage to the image of my husband because my husband is a peace- loving person. He lived for peace passionately.

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“My husband took ill on the 22nd of May and he was hospitalised and I was reading in the papers that the Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency Seyi Makinde, claimed he called me. But he didnt.”

Referring to the Deputy Governor, she said “I don’t have your number and I have never spoken with you on phone. But it’s important we put the records straight because this is a family of politicians and I don’t want anybody to tarnish my husband’s name and well my husband is gone. It could be me or anyone else tomorrow.

“Life in itself is vanity upon vanity. Either you are PDP or APC, the man is dead and he has been buried.

“But the Governor didn’t call me. Even if he had called me and I didn’t pick his calls, I don’t have his number and I have never spoken with him on the phone. He could have sent me a text message for record purposes.

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“And then today again, I read in the papers and saw how the Ajimobi’s family was lying about something again

“Mr Deputy, my husband never had anything against the Governor or anyone else. We were in different parties but he was an elder stateman and he slept on the ground.

“The Governor of Oyo State never called me nor sent a condolence message, my husband was hospitalised for one month. What politics are we playing, please?

“Life is short, I’m a Christian and my husband is a Muslim, we all should let the fear of God guide us in whatever we are doing. Ajimobi is gone today. Whatever he does doesn’t matter to me. It doesn’t matter to me as his wife and his widow. I’m going to mourn and respect my husband’s wishes and that was what I did today, laid him to rest peacefully.

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“I don’t want any controversy. Everything I read in the papers, I just swallowed them all and let it go. So, please, the press are here, we never had any rift with the Governor with the state government. I never dialogued with them. I never contacted them nor sent them a word because I didn’t know it was necessary for me to send official messages that my husband was hospitalised.

“I didn’t send messages to Governor Fayemi. I didn’t send to Governor Ganduje. I didn’t send to Lagos State Governor, I didn’t send messages to anybody because it was all over the social media and they knew that my husband was ill.

“I think the least anybody can do as a God- fearing person was at least to send me a word of encouragement at that time. And even after he died. Not even you Mr Deputy Governor called. If you had called me as you claimed and I didn’t pick, you could have at least sent me a message Sir.

“I don’t have your number, I am the wife of a politician, I don’t pick numbers that I don’t know Sir. You can send a message. Everybody is going to die. My husband is dead and he served this state for eight good years.

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“Are you saying he didn’t contribute anything to this state and you could not honour him for a second? The man is dead and I need to put the record straight. I don’t want anybody, any government to tarnish my husband’s image. He was a peace loving man. And he played his role and he’s gone.”

“Nobody can be on the stage for so long. You come, play your roles and you leave. Somebody else comes. I pray for Governor Seyi Makinde to succeed because that is the only time I would say that my husband succeeded.

“So, please let’s put the record straight. I never had any interactions with Governor Seyi Makinde, he did not contact the family and that is the fact. His deputy Governor is here, he did not even send me a text message and I don’t have your number and I don’t pick calls from numbers that I don’t know. So, please let’s stop dirty politics.”

The quick intervention of Kano Governor Umar Ganduje, who quickly called for prayers for the repose of the soul of the late Governor, put the matter to rest.


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COVID-19: Ganduje extend Kano lockdown relaxation.

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Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, Sunday approved the relaxation of the COVID-19 lockdown in a bid to further ease the restriction of movement in the state.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abba Anwar, who disclosed this in a statement in Kano, said the governor extended the directive to include Mondays.

The state government had last month ordered the relaxation of the lockdown on every Friday, Sunday and Wednesday.

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He said: “To further cushion the effect and hardship caused by the lockdown in Kano State, Governor Ganduje has approved the relaxation of the lockdown on Mondays to be part of the existing free days (Friday, Sunday and Wednesday).

“While I urge the people to continue observing the COVID-19 protocols, I wish to convey to all, that, Monday is now the fourth day of a week, that lockdown is suspended.

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“People are now free to move freely on Mondays within the stipulated time between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

“They must maintain wearing of face masks, social distancing, use of hand sanitizer and washing of hands with soap under running water.”


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Court rules in favor of PCACC, Ganduje – Sanusi loses.

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A Federal High Court on Monday, in Kano State, dismissed a case filed by the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, seeking to stop investigation over alleged racketeering of landed property of the Kano Emirate Council.

Sanusi, in an ex parte motion, sought the court to stop the Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC) from investigating him.

The suit also sought an order restraining the PCACC Chairman, Mr. Muhyi Rimingado, Attorney-General of Kano State and Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje from investigating him.

But, the presiding Judge, Justice Lewis Allagoa, in a ruling, said that the commission did not violate the right of the emir by investigating the allegations against him, NRM reports.

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Allagoa, thereafter, dismissed the case, adding that the fundamental human right of Sanusi was not infringed.

Sanusi is being investigated by PCACC over alleged N2.2 billion land racketeering at Gandun Sarki area of Kano.

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Other Kano Emirate Council members under investigation are Sarki Ibrahim, the Makaman of Kano and Shehu Dankadai, the Sarkin Shanun Kano.

Recall that court had sometime in February ordered PCACC to stop its investigation on the emir and ordered the parties to maintain the status quo pending the determination of the matter.


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Herdsmen causing destruction in Nigeria – Ganduje.

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Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Saturday urged the Federal Government to seek the review of the West African protocols that allow free movement to stop herdsmen migration to Northern Nigeria.

Ganduje made the call during the inauguration of 200 Ruga Housing Settlements for Fulani cattle rearers at Dansoshiya village in Kiru local government area of the state.

He said there was need for the federal government to use the international blockage created by COVID-19 to stop the migration of dangerous weapons-carrying herdsmen to Nigeria.

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The governor said:

“Such movements of the herdsmen always cause conflicts and destruction of human lives.”

He implored the federal government to seize the opportunity of the COVID-19 pandemic blockage to act on the herdsmen’s migration.

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Ganduje added: “One can clearly see that these migrating herdsmen always move with dangerous weapons and are the ones causing conflicts in most places around the North and the nation at large.”

He also invited herdsmen from across Nigeria to come to Kano and enjoy the benefits of the state government’s new Ruga Settlements.


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Ganduje makes ‘Enough is Enough’ order – End Almajiri existence in Kano


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NEWSCOVID 19: Ganduje abolishes Almajiri system in KanoPublished 3 hours agoon May 27, 2020By Muhammad Bukar

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has finally abolished Almajiri system for life in the state.

Ganduje, who was briefing the media on the state of the COVID-19 in Kano on Wednesday, insisted that the system of Almajiri system has been totally abolished in the state.

The Government explained that if an Almajiri system would be allowed in Kano, there are guidelines which if followed they will allow for it to continue.

The guidelines according to the Governor include having a curriculum that tallies with a formal school system, there must be a provision for Almajiri in terms of their full shelter, foods, clothing and all other necessary livelihoods.

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Ganduje added that if Almajiri system will continue, there must be qualified teachers who will be certified by the government through test and examinations.

“If these guidelines are strictly followed and abide by, then we will allow the system to fully operate in Kano,” Ganduje assured.


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Kano allow Friday Eid-El-Fitr amid lockdown review.


The Ganduje-led Kano State Government on Monday reviewed the lockdown order to allow Friday and eid-el-fitr prayers to hold across the state as the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 extended the lockdown in the state by two weeks.

This was disclosed by the state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje after holding a closed-door meeting with Islamic clerics at the government house on Monday.

A statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media to the governor, Malam Salihu Tanko Yakasai, said the Ganduje approved Fridays and Eid prayers after a lengthy consultation with the Islamic Scholars and other government officials at the Government House.

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“His Excellency, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR has accepted and approved recommendations by a selection of 30 Islamic scholars in Kano for the Government to allow Friday Prayers as well as Eid Prayers to hold.

“This means that the relaxation of the lockdown on the days of Monday and Thursday will continue, but Friday prayers will also be allowed as well as Eid Prayers, but traditional Eid celebrations in the State will not be allowed,” the statement read in part.

According to the statement, the Imams have also been directed to ensure that everyone wears face mask, as well as the use of sanitizers and washing of hands. They should also observe spacing as well as making brief khutbah and observing social distancing.

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Recall that the Federal Government on Monday said that Nigeria is not yet ready for full opening of the economy and tough decisions have to be taken for the good of the greater majority.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said this in Abuja at the 33rd joint national briefing of the Taskforce


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COVID-19: Kano govt quarantine more than 2000 Almajiris. [Nigeria]


Kano state government has quarantined over 2000 Almajiris to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state, the second hotspot of the virus after Lagos State.

The Kano state Commissioner of Health Ibrahim Tsanyawa confirmed this to Channels Television that a team of rapid response experts have been trained to manage the Almajiris at their quarantine centres.

Mr Tsanyawa revealed that the trainees were selected from medical doctors, nurses, community health workers and laboratory scientists to test and screen the Almajiris at their in their camps in Kiru, Gabasawa and Karaye Local Government Areas of the state.

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He explained that the Almajiris, including those that had been repatriated from other states to Kano, would be tested for COVID-19.

He added that those who have tested positive for the virus would be taken to isolation center for treatment, while those that are negative would be taken back to their homes and reunite with their parents.

“They are all going to be tested for COVID-19 to know their status. Those with the disease will be taken to isolation centres while the negative ones be reunited with their families.

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“We have over 2000 frontline health workers in Kano. Adequate Personal Protective Equipment, PPE had been provided to them to protect themselves. They are also working in public facilities. They work at both private and secondary health institutions,” the commissioner said.

In his remarks, the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje described the almajiris as the most vulnerable to the virus.

According to him, the kids are subjected to health threats as they have no shelter, living in congestion with no proper sanitation, emphasising that quarantining them and subjecting them to health care is the only way forward.

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“We shall commerce testing them. Those that are negative will be taken to their origins. Those found positive will be taken to isolation center and be taken to their states of origin after they recover and fully certified COVID-19 free by NCDC,” he said.

Governor Ganduje charged the trainees to perform above expectations, noting that no amount of allowance could match their reward for sacrifice and service to humanity.


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COVID-19: Ganduje lament troubles in Kano.

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has said that the spread of COVID-19 in the state is due to delay in the testing of suspected cases.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, yesterday stated that the mysterious death of over 100 people in the state may have been due to coronavirus.

Lamenting the situation during the unveiling of the mobile testing center donated by Aliko Dangote, the Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ganduje, quoted him to have said:

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“There is no doubt that Kano is in trouble.

“And there is no doubt that we started on a shaky foundation.

“When samples were taken to Abuja for 7 hours and came back again in 7 hours, that was the shaky foundation I am talking about.

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“We then lodged our complaint to President Muhammadu Buhari, who ordered for the establishment of a Testing Centre at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, which after take-off was shut down for some days if not weeks.

“That was what escalated the transmission of the disease up to community transmission.”


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[Nigeria] Governor Ganduje accuse COVID-19 taskforce of Neglecting Kano.

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>>> 2 Police officers test positive for COVID-19 pandemic <<<


Two officers of Nigeria police have tested positive for coronavirus in Ondo State.

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Ondo State governor Rotimi Akeredolu made the disclosure during his weekly broadcast on COVID-19 in the state.

Currently, Ondo State has eight cases of coronavirus after recording five cases over the weekend.

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“The fourth and fifth Cases occurred on Saturday while the sixth, seventh and eighth Cases were discovered yesterday, Sunday,” Akeredolu said.

“The fourth and fifth Cases are officers of the Nigerian Police Force, serving under the Lagos State Police Command.”

Akeredolu on Sunday disclosed that one of the arrested suspects in the murder of Funke Olakunrin tested positive for coronavirus.

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The governor disclosed that the seventh coronavirus case “was a female civilian who sneaked into the State from Abuja. Meanwhile, the eighth case was discovered in Owo and samples taken were confirmed positive late last night.”

To curtail a further spread of coronavirus in the state, Akeredolu said he has directed the wider processes to trace, isolate and test all primary and secondary contacts with all the cases while at large in the state.

Akeredolu said himself and other governors in the country “are seriously worried about the implications of the existing measures on the self-preservation, well-being and prosperity of our people.”

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>>> Kano Governor blame presidential taskforce for COVID-19 over neglecting Date <<<


Kano State governor Umar Ganduje on Monday accused the Presidential Taskforce on Coronavirus of neglecting the state in treatment and containing the spread of the global pandemic.

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“The problem (is) with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. Even its Director-General was in Kano. He spent a night here but we have not heard from him again,” Ganduje said in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service.

“The Minister of Health is also aware that the laboratory is not functioning.”

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Kano State health commissioner Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa on Saturday, April 11 announced the first case of coronavirus in the state.

Since the first case, Kano now has 77 confirmed cases of coronavirus according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). One death has been recorded.

But asides the cases of coronavirus, Kano State is currently dealing with a situation of ‘strange deaths’ that has killed over 600 residents.

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The state government is yet to speak on the cause of the deaths whether it is coronavirus related or not.

Residents of Kano have continued to live in anxiety about the strange ailment killing many people, including prominent indigenes, in the city almost on a daily basis.

Nigeria’s health minister Dr Osagie Ehanire during the weekend said the Federal Government is investigating the cause of the ‘mysterious deaths’ in the state.

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Ganduje, however, speaking on coronavirus in the state describes the situation is scary.

“We are in a serious problem. I can tell you the situation is really bad and scary. Because what we solely rely upon in fighting the disease is the testing centre,” Ganduje said.

The governor said there is also a shortage of sample collection equipment which is expensive to acquire.

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Ganduje said residents, whose samples were collected are still waiting to know their fate.

“There is a serious problem. We have been complaining that Kano needs more than one testing centre, right from the beginning of this (pandemic),” Ganduje said.


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COVID-19: Ondo confirms 2 new cases. [Nigeria]


>>> University Professor Dies In Kano <<<


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Professor Balarabe Maikaba of the Mass communication Department of Bayero University has died.

A senior staff of the department Dr Gambo Nababa confirmed Maikaba’s death to The Guardian on telephone on Sunday.

Maikaba, a former head of department and member of the Senate, Bayero University, died at home after a brief illness.

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Although the cause of death was not disclosed, NobleReporters learnt that the professor of communication research suffered high fever for four days before his death.

The main of Professor Maikaba is expected to be buried today according to Islamic rites.

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>>> 2 new COVID-19 cases in Ondo <<<


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Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo has confirmed two new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.
Akeredolu disclosed this through his verified Twitter handle on Sunday in Akure.

He said: “we have confirmed two other cases in Ondo state, one of the cases involves one of the recently arraigned suspects in the murder of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, Pa Fasoranti’s Daughter.

“The Commissioner of Police has been duly informed and the line tracing of Police officers and others in the SARs facility where he was kept has started and their specimens are being collected.

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“The suspect has been isolated from others and will be moved to the IDH for treatment. The Commissioner of Police has assured the state that there will be adequate security around the IDH premises to prevent his escape and while on treatment, he will be manacled to the bed.

“I will expatiate on all cases in my weekly press briefing on Monday, April 27,2020,” Akeredolu said.

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>>> Strippers, travellers arrested over lockdown violation in Lagos State <<<


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Nigerian Police Force has said its men arrested 620 violators of lockdown order including about 39 suspects arrested in a hotel for clubbing and striptease.

Bala Elkana, the Lagos police spokesman, said out of the 620 violators arrested during the week, about 288 of them were arrested during the weekend.

Elkana said 39 clubbers were arrested on Friday night in total violation of the lockdown order and social distancing regulations.

Also on Friday, Suleiman Abubakar, the Imam of Sheik Central Mosque, Mile 12 Ketu was arrested for holding evening prayers (Maghrib and Isha prayers – Muslim evening and night-time prayer) in the mosque with a large number of worshippers in violation of the social distancing regulations.

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But earlier during the week, Elkana said 95 inter states travellers and drivers of seven commercial buses were intercepted and arrested at Bhojson area of Ebute Metta on Tuesday.

He said the buses were impounded, while the drivers and passengers were charged to mobile court and sentenced accordingly.

He said about 211 other violators were also arrested in different parts of the state and also charged to court on Tuesday.

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Also, 10 persons on Thursday were arrested for organising a party at Lekki Garden. Police said the suspects were arraigned in court on three-count charges and were found guilty as charged.

“They were sentenced to 6 months imprisonment and community service, to run concurrently,” Elkana said.

Similarly, on Thursday another 121 violators of lockdown order were arrested in different parts of the sate and charged to Court. They were awarded fines ranging from #5000 and #10,000 and two hours of community services.

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The state, being the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, has been on lockdown since March 30. Although, the lockdown order expires on Monday, 27 April, it is unclear if the government will relax the lockdown as the state has continued to record more cases by the day.

As of April 25, Lagos has 689 cases of Nigeria’s 1,182 confirmed cases so far.


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COVID-19: Over 70 new cases confirmed in Kano. [Nigeria]


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The Kano State government has confirmed 74 new cases of Coronavirus in the state.

Speaking at a press briefing on Saturday, the State Coordinator for COVID-19 Rapid Response, Dr Tijjani Hussain explained that the state’s only testing center at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital was locked because it was undergoing a 74-hour fumigation exercise.

Tijjani Husaini noted that in the last two days, Kano State recorded 44 suspected cases.

He said this brings to 489, the total number of samples taken to Abuja, with 74 confirmed positive.

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Also speaking, Ganduje said the situation in the State was getting tougher.

He said, “But as the situation gets serious, we are surely on top of it.”


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Ganduje needs help as COVID-19 cases surge in Kano. [Nigeria]


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The Kano State Government says it has placed an order for the production of one million face masks as part of efforts aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje made this known while addressing journalists in the state on Saturday.

The move is in line with the government’s plan to make the wearing of face masks compulsory.

“We have also directed all the 44 local governments in the state to produce face masks for their people,” the governor said.

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The governor commended frontline health workers for their courage and determination to fight the pandemic and assured them that his administration is committed to ensuring their safety.

Meanwhile, the government has also set up 10 mobile courts to try violators of the lockdown order in the state.

The state government has since shut all of its borders. To ensure compliance with the measures, Governor Ganduje said the state has started registering constables to support the police.

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According to the NCDC data, Kano State currently has 73 COVID-19. However, the agency’s testing centre in the state, which is located at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital has stopped operation due to a lack of testing kits.

Since the centre halted operations, no new case has been reported for the state since April 21 and the state now has to send samples to the nation’s capital, Abuja, for testing.

In his briefing on Saturday, Governor Ganduje said the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 is doing its best to resuscitate the testing centre in the state.

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He appealed to the Federal Government to set up additional testing centres in the state due to the number of cases it has and its population.

The governor thanked the Nigeria National Petroleum Company for the supply of an ambulance and other kits to be used in the state and assurance that they will be used judiciously.


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Kano govt seek financial help as COVID-19 cases surge. [Nigeria]



Kano state continued to witness a steady upsurge of positive cases of COVID-19 pandemic with the latest figure standing at 73, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

Overwhelmed by the rising cases of the virus and burden of curtailing its spread, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has solicited Federal Government financial support.

The governor made the call when he received the director-general of Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu at Government House.

The NCDC boss was in Kano as part of a national tour to access the level of preparedness in the fight against the disease.

Ganduje said based on population size, Kano state requires more support at this point than Lagos state, stressing already dispensed resources to curtail the burden.

While describing how much the state has done so far, he mentioned the basic challenge was lack of sufficient funds and called on the federal government to assist Kano.

Meanwhile, a senior medical doctor who is working under the taskforce regretted that health workers are more exposed to the virus. Other doctors lamented inadequate provision of basic amenities and facility to efficiently manage the pandemic.

Already the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) Kano chapter has directed doctors in the state to consider their safety first while attempting to render clinical services.


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Kano records tens unusual death in 3 days


Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Monday directed investigation to ascertain the cause of the records tens of “unusual” deaths in the state.

No fewer than 40 corpses were reportedly buried since the declaration of the lockdown at Dandolo cemetery in Dala local government area of the metropolis, against the unusual three and at most five corpses daily, NobleReporters gathered.

At Kofar Mozuga Cemetery also in the metropolis, the number corpses brought for burial on daily basis hit 10, a development begging for serious concern, Aminu Abubakar said.

Reacting to the development however, Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba who acknowledged the reported strange death told journalists that government has swing into action to examine the matter.

Although, Garba disagreed that the sudden rise in the case of death in Kano is related to COVID-19 pandemic, he noted that Governor Ganduje has directed the state ministry of health to investigate.

Also reacting to the development, director, Centre for Infectious Diseases Research, Bayero University, Kano, Professor Isa Abubakar Sadiq said research has not confirmed the development has anything to do with COVID-19 pandemic.

The Public health Consultant stressed that information so far obtained from on the development indicated death of aged persons who might have suffered from severe age induced illness.

” What we have seen so far is more or less false and rumour because there is no scientific research to prove that the purported mass death was due to COVID-19 pandemic.

“While investigation as directed by the government is still on, we stand to say the reports are false and it is meant to cause panic in the city. I did not subscript to the fact that there is unusual record of death. There are so many interest around and people are ready to generate unfounded stories”. Professor Isa noted.


>>> Sokoto records first COVID-19 case <<<


Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state has announced the recording of a first confirmed case of Coronavirus in the state.

In a special broadcast on Monday, Tambuwal said, “it is with a very heavy heart and sadness that I break this news to my fellow citizens today of a case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) here in Sokoto.

“The index person is receiving treatment at the Usman Danfodio Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, at the moment.

”Now that the case has been confirmed, the patient shall be transferred to the Sokoto state established isolation center at Amanawa.

“I appeal to our citizens to continue to obey and respect all the measures laid out by all the health experts for us to continue to contain the spread of the scourge of this virus, which is a reality.

“We have heard about it before, but it is nowhere with us. We must, therefore, redouble our efforts as a government and as citizens to curtail the spread.

“I, therefore, appeal once again, that all measures put in place should continue to be respected. And, if need be, for the safety of the generality of the people of Sokoto State, we may take further necessary measures,” he said.

The governor further appealed for support and cooperation, in the best interest of all.

“We pray that God Almighty shall Grant him a speedy recovery and that God Almighty shall help us to curtail the spread of this pandemic,” Tambuwal added.


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COVID-19: Kano Governor declares 1-day fasting and prayer.

prayer is the best fire against diseases – Ganduje


The Kano Governor made the announcement on Sunday March 29, during the inauguration of the fund-raising committee on COVID-19. He asked residents of the state to observe the fasting and prayer which will take off today, March 30.

Ganduje who stated that prayer is the best fire against the COVID-19, also pleaded with retired health workers in Kano to help the state fight the virus.


He said;

“As Nigeria recorded over 90 cases of coronavirus, Kano is yet to record a single case, hence the need for the government to be up and doing to contain the outbreak of the deadly disease,” Ganduje said.


“I call on Kano people to observe fast tomorrow, (Monday) 30th March, and 5th Sha’aban and pray hard against the outbreak of coronavirus in our dear state.

“I also call on people to intensify prayers because prayer is the best fire for this disease. While we are putting effort into taking preventive and curative measures against the coronavirus pandemic, there are some groups of people who cannot earn a living, who must go out to fend for their families.

“There are those who are economically weak and must be affected during this trying moment. That is why we decided to form a committee to raise money in order to help them cushion the effects.”


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