This week in Kano history: November 17-23

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1969 – 43 Kano passengers died in Nigerian Airways crash

On November 20, 1969, a Nigerian Airways VC-10 plane crashed in Lagos killing 43 passengers from Kano.

The Kano state Solicitor General/Commissioner for Justice, Nuhu Usman and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education Muhammadu Mukhtar were among the victims.

The plane which took off from London via Rome and Kano crashed with 87 passengers and 11 crew members.

1980 – House of Representatives suspended Kano lawmaker Sidi Ali for brandishing a gun at plenary

On November 20, 1980, the Federal House of Representatives suspended a member representing Dambatta constituency of Kano state for six months for brandishing a gun during a plenary session.

Mr. Sidi Hamidu Ali used the gun to prevent the speaker from reading out a letter by the Santsi faction of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) changing the party’s leadership in the House.

Mr. Ali was the Party Whip under the leadership of Mustapha Balarabe which was loyal to the Tabo faction.

1993 – Sani Abacha became Head of State

On November 17, 1993, Sani Abacha became the 7th military Head of State of Nigeria following the resignation of Earnest Shonekan as Head of Interim National Government.

Mr. Abacha, a general in the Nigerian Army, ruled Nigeria for five years and died in office on June 08, 1998.

His government left a mixed legacy of economic development, public works under the Petroleum Trust Fund, as well as human rights abuses against journalists and pro-democracy activists.

During his reign, Nigeria’s relations with Western nations soured as his government allied itself with Libya, Palestine and North Korea.

After his death, he was discovered to have looted about $10 billion from the Nigerian treasury, with some of the loot still to be repatriated from foreign accounts.

2000 – KNSG evacuated 223 victims of OPC

On November 21, 2000, the Kano state government evacuated 223 victims of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) attacks from Lagos.

The victims including 32 women who lost their husbands, 181 men and women who lost their means of livelihood, and 10 orphans left Lagos by 9:45 pm.

The Kano state government under the leadership of Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso also distributed N10,000.00 each to those who chose to stay in Lagos.

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