Sanusi replies Ganduje’s query as Kano anti-graft agency vows to continue emir’s probe

Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi Ii has replied the query issued to him by Governor Abdullaji Ganduje seeking explanation on alleged misappropriation of N3.4 billion by the Kano emirate council.

The emir’s reply was coming just hours after a truce was announced between Ganduje and Sanusi, which was brokered by Africa’s top business magnate Aliko Dangote and Governor of Ekiti state Kayode Fayemi.

In his reply to the query on Saturday, which was addressed to the secretary to the state government, Sanusi said he inherited only N1.8 billion at the time he ascended the throne.

The letter dated 7 June, 2019 and signed by Alhaji Abba Yusuf, secretary to the Kano State emirate council said the emir was not the accounting officer of the emirate at the time in question.

“You wish to know that, as at the time His Highness was appointed Sarkin Kano, the exact amount in the accounts of Kano emirate council was N1,893,378,927.38.

“It is important to note that his Highness is not the accounting officer of the Kano Emirate Council, but the Secretary of the Council,” the document read in part.

The emir thanked the Kano State government for giving him the opportunity to respond to all the allegations contained in the report by the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission.

It would be recalled that the Kano State Anti-Graft Agency, in its report, accused the emir and four other staff of Kano Emirate council of misappropriating N3.4bn.

Meanwhile, chairman of the commission, Muhuyi Magaji told Channels TV that as far as he is concerned, the commission has no business with any dialogue.

“We do not care about any dialogue between the state government and the Emir, we are an independent body and we are doing our job professionally, what we are waiting for now is a response from the state government on our earlier recommendations of suspending the Emir, to pave way for investigation.

“We heard that the state government has demanded an explanation from the emir; therefore, we are not part of any dialogue and our investigation is still ongoing,” he said.

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