As the Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Agency (KSPCACA) is set to investigate the Muhammadu Sanusi-led emirate council over an alleged misappropriation of billions of naira supposedly left behind by his predecessor, the late Alhaji Ado Bayero,the Emirate Council on Monday debunked claims that the emir, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has spent N6bn of the emirate’s fund since he assumed office.
At a press conference in Kano, the senior council official in charge of finance who is also the Walin Kano, Bashir Wali, told reporters that the emirate has only spent N3.4bn since Sanusi emerged emir in June 2014.
Wali, who provided some details of the expenditure, also explained that the Emir Sanusi inherited N2.9bn (exactly N2.895,165,43.77) and not N4bn as stated in some media reports.
In a letter of summons signed by the anti-graft agency’s Director of Operations, Sulaiman Gusau, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), and written to Sanusi, the agency had said it wanted to probe activities in the emirate since 2014 when the former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor ascended the throne.
It was learnt that the summons ordered the secretary and treasurer to the council to report to the agency’s headquarters on May 2, 2017, to explain the alleged financial recklessness and perhaps, justify the legal framework under which the expenditure was made.
Speaking to journalists on the development, the Kano state anti-graft agency’s Chairman, Muhuyi Magaji Rimin-Gado, neither denied nor confirmed the summons, but said he was not ready to dwell on any issue under investigation.
Asked what prompted the probe at this time, he maintained that the agency was acting on a petition from a citizen accusing the emirate council of financial recklessness under the current emir.
The probe comes a few days after an online publication allegedly disclosed plans by some northern governors to dethrone the monarch. They were said to have been embarrassed by the position of the emir on their planned foreign loans, particularly the alleged $1.85bn facility to be taken from the Chinese government for a light rail project in the state.
The monarch reportedly said at the just-concluded Kaduna Investment Summit that the proposed foreign loan would be a wasteful venture and misplacement of priority.
Sanusi was further quoted as saying that the plan would never add any impetus to the socio-economic value of the people but, rather, leaves the state with an incurable infectious debt.
Shortly after Sanusi’s public outburst, another publication was reported to have emerged online a supposed outrageous spending and extravagant disposition of the emir.
The report indicated how the monarch authorised billions of naira from the emirate council’s coffer.
Reacting to the development, the Kano State Commissioner for Information Muhammad Garba, however, denied government’s involvement in the probe.
He insisted that the anti-graft agency was an independent body entrusted with a responsibility to be discharged without fear or favour.