The Kano State government has reportedly launched a fresh probe into the expenses of the Kano Emirate Council from 2013 to 2019.
Details: The probe has been initiated by the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission in a letter dated May 2 which was signed by the commission’s head of operations, Suleiman Gusau.
The letter has invited emirate officials including Mohammad Kwaru (accountant of the council); Mannir Sanusi (chief of staff to the Emir); Isa Sanusi (former principal private secretary and half-brother to the emir) and Mujittaba Falakin Kano (private secretary to the Emir), to shed light on spending from 2013 to 2019.
The officials are expected to present themselves to the commission on Thursday, May 9.
Ulterior Motive: There have been reports that the probe into the Council’s spending is an attempt by the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, to dethrone the Emir, Lamido Sanusi II, over his refusal to collude to rig the recently concluded elections.
Backstory: Governor Ganduje’s feud with the Emir of Kano can be traced back to a critical comment made in 2017 by the Emir on the award of contracts to Chinese companies by the state government, and the frequency of the governor’s foreign trips. Shortly after the Emir commented, the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission alleged the misappropriation of N6 billion by the Kano emirate council which the state claimed it had not approved.
PS: It’s hard not to stifle a laugh when the Kano government launches an anti-corruption investigation. The same government headed by a governor got on camera accepting bribes!