The Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission has reopened probe on the finances of the emirate council two years after suspending the investigation.
On May 22, 2017, the Kano State House of Assembly suspended investigation of alleged misappropriation of funds and other infractions by the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, following a letter from the governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, seeking discontinuation of the probe.
But in a letter dated May 2 and addressed to the secretary of the emirate council, the commission invited four officials of the emirate councils to appear before it and explain some the payments from the 2013 to 2017.
Those invited include the chief of staff to the emir, Mannir Sanusi; emir’s private secretary, Mujtaba Abubakar; accountant of the council, Mohammad Kwaru and; a former secretary to the emir, Isa Sanusi alias Isa Pilot.
“The commission in the exercise of its power conferred to it under Section 9 and 15 of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Law 2008 (as amended) is further investigating an alleged violation of Section 26 of the commission’s enabling law in the management of Kano State Emirate Council Funds.
“Consequent upon the above and pursuant to the provision of Section 31 (1) (a) and (b) of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Law 2008 (as amended) you are requested to release the above named officer to report to this commission to shed more light on the payment vouchers from the year 2013 to 2017 bearing his name,” one of the letters with reference number CR:3000/PCACC/DOPS/15/2019/VOL.I, seeking the appearance of Isa Bayero said.
In a move aimed at weakening the power of Kano Emirate, the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Monday sought the approval of the state House of Assembly to create more emirates in the state.
Although the governor did not officially initiate the move, insiders said the governor had meeting with principal officers of the Kano State House of Assembly, during which the idea of making the move by proxy was hatched.
Insiders said the governor is on coalition course with the emir, following the emir’s alleged support for the opposition PDP candidate in the last governorship election, Abba Yusuf.
A similar move was made about four decades ago by the late former governor of Kano State, Abubakar Rimi, when he created more emirates in the early 80s to settle scores with the late Emir Ado Bayero. But the emirates did not last long as the succeeding administration of Sabo Bakinzuwo dissolved them in 1983.
At today’s plenary, the Speaker of the House, Alhaji Kabiru Alhassan Rurum read a letter signed by one Ibrahim Salisu and others, seeking the creation of new emirates in Karaye, Bichi, Rano and Gaya.