State govt queries Emir of Kano over misappropriation

Posted by:Abubakar Dundu

Kano state government had issued a letter of query to the emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II over the alleged financial misappropriation at the emirate.

The essence of writing the query to the Emir is to give him fair hearing to respond to the allegations raised against him instead of suspending him without giving him the right to defend himself.

The letter of query was served to the emir on Wednesday. 

The anti corruption also had an informal meeting with Emir which was reduced to an affidavit of facts and had satisfied the commission but upon all, government decided to issued a query to him.

It was also informed that the anti corruption had insisted of suspending the emir for it to carry out it investigation duty successfully on the alleged the financial mess.

The government also decided to give the emir fair hearing and issued a letter of query to defend himself.

The source revealed that the emir may likely be suspended after the reply of the query sent to him.

Our reliable source added that the emir had received it and is expected to respond in good time.

The query, according to a source, was written by the office of the secretary to the state government (SSG) seeking clarification on  the issues raised by the Kano anti corruption commission.

Sanusi was alleged by the State Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission that has uncovered over N3.4 billion allegedly misappropriated by the Emir.

The alleged amount was said to have been misappropriated between 2014 and 2017.

The anti corruption interim report raised four cardinal issues bordering on indictments, amount involved, obstruction of investigation and recommendations.

The report indicated that the Kano Emirate Council had spent over N1.4 billion in various expenditures believed to be fraudulent and unappropriated.

In addition, the Emirate Council was alleged to have spent over N1.9 billion unappropriated on seemingly personal expenditures, making the total sum of the questionable expenditures.

According to the report, the expenditures contravened the provisions of Section 120 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and Section 8 of the Kano State Emirate Council Special Fund Law 2004.

Similarly, the expenditures had also violated Section 314 of Penal Code as well as provisions of Section 26 of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission Law 2008 (as amended).

“It is also the opinion of this Commission, based on the available evidence, that Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II continued to undermine the investigation through various means which include giving instruction to all officers invited for clarification to shun the commission’s invitation.

“The act is seriously affecting the process of our statutory responsibility and offends the provisions of Section 25 of the Commission’s enabling Law 2008 (as amended),” the report said.

The report, therefore, recommended that the principal suspect in the person of Muhammadu Sanusi II and all other suspects connected with the case be suspended, pending the final outcome of the investigations.

“This is a necessary administrative disciplinary action aimed at preventing the suspects from further interfering with the commission’s investigations.

“The commission further recommends that the contract awarded to Tri-C Nigeria Limited for renovation of Babban Daki, Kofar Kudu and Gidan Sarki Dorayi should be revoked as the company belongs to one of the suspects in person of Alhaji Mannir Sanusi, (The Chief of Staff in the Emirate),” it said.

According to the report, the company failed to settle the sub-contractor, Cardinal Architecture Ltd, after being duly paid.

It further recommended that appropriate authority should be put in place to oversee the affairs of the Emirate Council in line with established statutes and policies, pending the final outcome of the commission’s investigations.

It also recommended that further legal action should be taken against all the suspects as soon as the final outcome of the investigations were concluded and legal advice.