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Kano Assembly begins probe of Emir Sanusi

Kano Assembly begins probe of Emir Sanusi

Members of the Kano State House of As­sembly have set up an eight-man committee to inves­tigate the activities of the Emir of Kano, His Highness Muham­mad Sanusi II.
The Assembly on Wednes­day mandated the committee to probe Sanusi’s conducts and al­leged financial misappropria­tion currently rocking the Emir­ate Council.
The move to probe the Emir was at the instance of a motion of urgent public importance ini­tiated by a member representing Nasarawa Local Government, Alhaji Ibrahim Gama.
Gama presented to the House a series of allegations against Sanusi II, including his statements condemning the proposed Kano light rail project of Kano State Governor Abdul­lahi Umar Ganduje.
Hon. Gama, who is the Chairman of the House Com­mittee on Works, said that, “the statement from the Emir is ca­pable of tarnishing his image, the government and that of the Assembly.
“The Emir during his recent speech in Kaduna, alleged that the Kano State Governor and his entourage, including myself as the Chairman of the House Committee on Works, wasted one month in China seeking for loan to construct rail.
“The Emir’s statement was not true, we spent only four days in China, and our vis­it was to find out the capabili­ty of the company to handle the rail project. His allegations have caused a lot of insult to me, the state government and also the House of Assembly by the gen­eral public in the state and out­side the state.”
Gama also faulted Emir Sanusi for sending his daugh­ter to represent him in one of the functions organised by the Bring Back Our Girls Group (BBOG) in Abuja, describing it as inimical to the tradition of the Emirate Council.
“There are many respon­sible Emirate Council mem­bers who could have represent­ed him at the programme. This is the first time we are seeing such in the historical tradition­al home,” he added.
According to Gama, the mode of dressing by the Emir’s daughter during the Pro­gramme, was an embarrass­ment to the Emirate Council and the tradition of Kano peo­ple.
He also accused Sanusi of introducing religious issues that are contrary to the teachings of Islam, saying such things are ca­pable of disgracing the religion.
Gama further accused Emir Sanusi of involvement in polit­ical issues, misappropriation of the Emirate Council’s fund, and making statements against Pres­ident Muhammad Buhari.
Already, the state anti-graft commission is probing the Emirate Council over the N6 billion it allegedly spent since Sanusi ascended the throne.
The Emirate Council, which admitted that it received N4.3 billion under Sanusi, said that the money was spent on roy­al furniture, posh cars in the Emir’s convoy, reconstruction of the palace, chartered flights, and telephone bills,
Meanwhile, a prominent Islamic cleric, Sheikh Nasiru Bazallah, has been arraigned before a Kano Senior Magis­trate Court for allegedly insult­ing Sanusi.
The prosecution alleged that Sheikh Bazallah insulted the Kano monarch with the in­tention to cause a breach of pub­lic peace.
The cleric was charged on Wednesday for inciting distur­bance, defamation of the char­acter of the monarch, contrary to Sections 114, 392 and 399 of the Penal Code Law.
According to the First In­formation Report, “on May 8, 2017, Emir Sanusi lodged a complaint to the Kano State Commissioner of Police alleg­ing that the accused on March 20, 2017, acted in a manner that defamed his character.”
Sanusi also alleged that the Islamic scholar criminally gath­ered his followers at Goron Dut­se Quarters where he made statements to incite distur­bance, defame the character of the monarch with the intention to demean his integrity.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the allegations and ap­plied to the court to admit him into bail.
Police prosecutor, Inspector Haziel Ledapwa, told the court that police investigation was still in progress.
The Presiding Magistrate, Hassan Ahmed Fagge admitted the accused on bail in the sum of N1 million with two reliable sureties, who must be directors in federal ministries.

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