Kano State Government Re-Opens Corruption Case Against Emir Sanusi

Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II

SAN FRANCISCO, May 07, (THEWILL) – The Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission has launched a fresh probe to scrutinise the expenses of the Kano Emirate Council from 2013 to 2019.

A letter signed by the commission’s Director of Operations, CSP Sulaiman Aliyu Gusau, invited an aide to the Emir, Alhaji Isa Bayero for investigation.

The letter, written on behalf of Executive Chairman, Muhuyi Magaji Rimin Gado, is a sign of fresh corruption charges against Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.

“Pursuant to provision of section 31(1) (a) and (b) of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Law 2008 (as amended) requested release of the officer to explain payment vouchers from 2013 to 2017.

“It directed Isa. S. Bayero to be at the commission conference room by 12.00noon on Thursday, May 9, over an investigation on alleged violation of section 26 of the commission’s enabling Law in the management of Kano State Emirate Council Fund,” the letter reads.

The current move comes just hours after the Kano Assembly formed a committee to look into the possibility of creating four additional emirates in the state in order to whittle down the emir’s powers.

In a plenary session on Monday, Speaker of the House, Kabiru Rurum, read a letter signed by one Ibrahim Salisu “and others”, seeking the creation of new emirates in Karaye, Bichi, Rano and Gaya.

The commission had in 2018 commenced large-scale probe against Emir Sanusi before the state House of Assembly intervened, which forced the commission to stay action on the matter.

Investigation by the Assembly later took another twist when the House leadership allegedly received gratification to dismiss all allegations against the Emir.

THEWILL recalls that Sanusi was a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). While he held sway under the Jonathan administration, he often revealed acts of fraud in the economy which did not endear him to many.

Since assuming the throne, he has also constantly put the authorities on their toes through regular criticism of government policies.

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