Kano Police arrest most wanted notorious thug "Big Star" after he inflicted life-threatening injuries on a victim
Kano State Police Command has arrested the topmost most wanted notorious thug (Dandaba) Sadiq Ahmad, after causing life-threatening injuries to his latest victim.



Spokesperson of the command, SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyaw, who disclosed this in a statement on Friday, September 1, 2023, said the suspect used scissors to attack one Abdulrahman Isah, of Dorayi Karama Quarters. 


“As the Kano State Police Command is escalating the hunt for those on the wanted list of unwilling notorious thugs that are hesitant to repentance among them one Sadiq Ahmad, ‘m’, popularly known as “Big Star”, 33 years old, of Dorayi Karama Quarters Kano, infamously known behind wanted terrorizing people within Kano Metropolis has finally fell into the police dragnet. He was trailed and arrested after he used scissors, attacked and inflicted life-threatening injuries to one Abdulrahman Isah, ‘m’, 50 years old of the same address,” the statement read.


“The victim was rushed to Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital Kano where he was treated and discharged, and the violent suspect is currently in custody of the State been Criminal Investigation Department of the Command (CID) where a discreet investigation is ongoing


“On preliminary investigation so far revealed that the suspect confessed to the violent atrocities he has committed. Furthermore, he raised claim that he was under the influence of drugs while he engaged in all those crimes,” 


“I used to be induced with intoxicants and drugs such as Indian Hemp, Diazepam, Exol and Syrup and not in my state of mind”, said the suspect. 



At the conclusion of the investigation, the suspect(s) will be charged in court upon completion of the investigation.



Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police uses this medium to call on the members of the public with useful information that will lead to the arrest of more suspects especially Abba Burakita of Dorayi Karama Quarters Kano and Hantar Daba of Kwanar Disu Quarter Kano, to cooperate with the Police and volunteer such information. 


The Commissioner of Police still reiterated that the five hundred thousand naira (N500,000:00) cash bounty he placed on each of their heads still stands.


“The Commissioner of Police appreciates the good people of the State for their continuous support and cooperation. He further urges them to keep reporting any suspicious movement of person(s) or item(s) they come across to the nearest Police Station or through the following Kano State Police Command emergency contact numbers:- 08032419754, 08123821575, 09029292926, or log in to the NPF Rescue Me Application available in the Play Store, or through the following Online Media Platforms,” 

My illness not life-threatening ? Akeredolu debunks rumours over health status

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has reacted to rumours that he is battling a life-threatening illness.


The governor said Tuesday, Jan. 17, that he had been under the weather for a while but he is recuperating.


He added that his state of health has not in any way affected his official duties as governor of the state.


The governor’s health became a source of concern after an audio alleged to be from his wife, Betty, gave a hint about his condition.


The governor, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olabode, stated that he has been engaged in rigorous activities since last week and urged the people to dismiss the rumours that he is not active.


He added that the Governor was actively present during the presidential rally of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state on January 7, as well as the activities of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day.


The statament reads: “Governor Akeredolu, just like every other mere mortal has had some health challenges for which he has since received treatment and recuperated speedily. Since the Governor is not a superhuman and the immunity his office enjoys does not extend to physical wellness or otherwise, the health issue is therefore not an unusual one.


“However, contrary to speculations and insinuations making the round, the Governor though frail, is discharging his official functions.


“The Governor will continue to discharge his official duties to the good people of Ondo State in line with the Redeemed Agenda of his administration while he finds quality time to rest for renewed vigour and strength just like any man in his situation.”

The Presidency has explained the reasons why the pardon request of former Governors Joshua Dariye of Plateau State and Jolly Nyame of Taraba State, was approved by the Council of State.

In a statement released, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said Dariye and Nyame were pardoned due to life-threatening ill-health.

Recall that last week, President Buhari at the Council of State meeting granted presidential pardon to the two former governors who were incarcerated for financial crimes committed while in office. Following the public outcry that greeted the pardon, the presidency has now released a statement explaining why the politicians were granted presidential pardons.

“The Presidency wishes to throw light on the recent note presented to the Council of State, on the report of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy, PACPM as a culmination of a process begun by the convicts and others concerned in line with the Constitution.

Section 175 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999(as amended) enjoins the President to exercise his constitutional powers “to grant any person concerned with or convicted of any offence created by an Act of the National Assembly a pardon, either free or subject to lawful conditions; to grant respite, either for an indefinite or a specified period of the execution of any punishment imposed on that person for such an offence; substitute a less severe form of punishment imposed on that person for such an offence or remit the whole or any part of any punishment imposed on the person for such an offence or of penalty or forfeiture otherwise due to the state on account of such an offence.”

The Federal Government constituted the PACPM on August 28th, 2018 with the mandate of assisting the President in the discharge of his constitutional responsibility of granting pardon/clemency to convicts or ex-convicts in deserving cases.

The Committee filed its first report in March 2020 and reconvened on Thursday, 28 September 2021 to attend to the myriad of pending applications for presidential pardon and clemency from Nigerians across the country.

These accrued cases followed the established process of applying for pardon or clemency first to the Correctional Service (formerly Nigerian Prison Service), which must certify claims made, be they of life-threatening ill-health, (as in the cases of Governors Dariye, Nyame; John Joshua Uloh, Engr Umar Bamalli, Sa’adu Ayinla Alanamu, Charles Ihenatu, Akinwumi Ajayi and tens of others making the approved list of 159; or such cases arising from remorse and good conduct or plainly on the basis of compassion among other stated criteria.

The PACPM members, under the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, followed up the recommendations with a visit to selected Correctional Centers in several states of the Federation to “critically appraise and identify potential cases of convicts and ex-convicts before recommending them for presidential pardon/clemency and reduced sentences.

In this round of the exercise, 412 inmates were interviewed and 162 were recommended to the Council of State by the President in the exercise of his powers, pursuant to Section 175 (2) which requires that he should carry out this function after being “advised by the Council.”

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