Although no amount of money can bring back the dead, it can at least help to offset some burden occassioned by the loss of a loved one. Perhaps that was what the Kano State Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso had in mind when he donated a three-bedroom flat and N1 million each to the families of three members of staff of the Kano Emirate who lost their lives protecting the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, when gunmen attacked his convoy one week ago.
Also benefitting from the governor’s largesses are three other staff of the Emir, who suffered gunshot wounds during the attack. They were given the sum of N250,000 each while their medical bills will be offset by the state government. The governor’s Special Adviser on Emirate Council Affairs, Alhaji Tijjani Mailafiya Sanka, who announced the gesture Saturday, said it was made out of Kwankwaso’s sympathy and concern for the victims who had demonstrated heroism in protecting Bayero.
Beneficiaries of the houses and N1 million are families of the Bayero’s orderly, Ado Bala, 34 (Dan Morin Sarkin Kano), the monarch’s driver, Kabiru Shuaibu, 35 (Barde Sarkin Ruwa) and Ahmadu Magayaki (Maji Dadin Dan Rimi), the rider of the emir’s horse-driven carriage.
The wounded victims are Garba Zagi, Musa Umar Zagi and Abubakar Zagi who are assistants to Bayero and two of his wounded sons, Alhaji Sanusi Ado (Chiroman Kano) and Alhaji Nasiru Ado (Turakin Kano) who accompanied their father to the United Kingdom for medical check-up after the attack.