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This week in Kano History: July 28 to August 3

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Hassan Hamza

1975 – Murtala Mohammed became Head of State

On 30th July, 1975, Murtala Mohammed became Head of State after overthrowing General Yakubu Gowon.

Mr Gowon was overthrown while attending an Organization of African Unity (OAU) Summit in Kampala, Uganda.

As Head of State, Murtala started the preparation to move the Federal Capital Territory from Lagos to Abuja because Lagos was then overcrowded.

During his reign, he created seven more states which include: Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Imo, Niger and Ondo.

He was assassinated along with his Aide-de-camp (ADC), Lieutenant Akintunde Akinsehinwa in his black Mercedes Benz saloon car.

1986 – Rimi, Bakin Zuwo, jail term reduced to three years

On August 01, 1986 – The Federal Military Government led by General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida commuted the sentences of former Kano state governors Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi and Sabo Bakin Zuwo.

The decision of the government was based on the Justice Muhammad Bello Panel which reviewed cases of politicians convicted by the Buhari military administration.

The Babangida government commuted Sabo Bakin Zuwo’s sentence from 21 to three years, while Abubakar Rimi’s sentence was commuted from 10 to three years.

Rimi’s deputy governor, Abdu Dawakin Tofa got his sentence commuted from 10 to seven years while Bakin Zuwo’s deputy governor, Wada Abubakar got his sentence reduced from five to four years.

Other politicians from Kano state whose sentences were reduced on the same date included Sadauki Kibiya, from five to three years, Farouk Da’u, from five to four four years.

However Sani Gule’s jail term of three years was left intact without reduction.

2004 – Kano State Government resumed polio vaccination

On 3rd August, 2004, Kano State Government, under the leadership Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau resumed polio vaccination after suspending it for about eight months.

Shekarau’s administration suspended the polio vaccination because of the rumour that it contains anti-fertility drugs and Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV).

However, Mr Shekarau was forced to renege from his position after pressure from international organizations.

2013 -Isah Waziri died

On 2nd August, 2013, prominent Islamic scholar, Isah Muhammad Gidado, popularly known as Isah Waziri died.

Sheikh Waziri was born in 1925 to the family of Muhammad Gidado.

He attended Judicial School, Kano, Kano Law School and Al’azhar University, Egypt.

He was a popular teacher, whose Tafseer used to be aired on radio and television in Kano, especially in Ramadan.

He was a member of Kano State Emirate Council who held the title of Wazirin Kano.

He died at 88 at his Tudun Wazirici residence in Kano metropolis after a protracted illness.

2017 – Nasir Salisu Zango rejected N700,000-bribe to kill a story

Nasiru Salisu Zango

On 1st August, 2017, Nasir Salisu Zango, a journalist working with Freedom Radio Kano rejected a N700,000 bribe to kill a story he was working on.

Mr Zango received the money from officials of Kano Municipal local government who were selling plots at Kofar Wambai Market despite a court order.

He however presented the money to the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission.

Mr Zango is the presenter of a popular daily Hausa magazine programme “In Da Ranka” of Freedom Radio.

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