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Emir Sanusi to appear before Kano Assembly for questioning

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Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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By Mustapha Usman, Kano

The Kano State House of Assembly will invite the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, to appear before its adhoc committee set to investigate him over allegations of misappropriation of the emirate council funds.

The emir is currently facing probe by the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission over alleged misappropriation of Emirate Council funds to the tune of over N4billion.

DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that the commission had invited top officials of the council for questioning, and may likely quiz the emir next week.

In an interview with journalists in Kano, the vice chairman of the adhoc committee and member representing Kano Municipal, Baffa Dan’Agundi, said all those involved in the matter, including the emir will appear before the house for questioning.

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“All those involved in this issue will be invited to appear before this committee.

“The emir is the chairman of the emirate council. He is the one who authorises expenditures. So His Highness the Emir will be invited for questioning,” Mr Dan’Agundi said.

The legislator, however, did not mention the date the monarch will appear before the committee.

Raising a matter of public importance at the Wednesday sitting, a member representing Nassarawa constituency, Ibrahim Gama, said it was imperative for the House to investigate the emir, following “various allegations from many quarters”.

The legislator therefore raised eight-count charges of allegation/defamation of character, breach of oath of office/oath of allegiance, abuse of office privileges and protocol and political and religious interference.

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Other charges are “unguided (sic) utterances, misappropriation of public funds, misrepresentation at public gatherings and undue criticism of President Buhari/APC led government.”

Mr Gama then prayed for the House to constitute an ad-hoc committee to investigate the allegations and also look at the law establishing the institution for possible ammendments.

The speaker, Alhassan Rurum, therefore set up a 7-member committee to investigate the allegations, study the law establishing the traditional institution for possible amendment and report to the House within two weeks.

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