EXCLUSIVE: Why Emir Sanusi sacked Gov. Ganduje’s brother as Village Head

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Breach of trust, fraud and other cumulative offenses are some of the reasons that forced the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, to depose the younger brother of Kano State governor, Alhaji Sani Ganduje, as the Village Head of Ganduje in Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area of the state.

The emirate council announced the removal of the village head, who had been on suspension for a couple of months, at a sitting on Monday, following investigation into the matter and submission of report.

Against mounting complaints of villagers, Sani Ganduje was appointed village head by Emir Sanusi at the instance of his elder brother in 2014.

Although as acting ward head, there had been mounting complaints against Sani Ganduje even before his elder brother becomes the governor of the state, two particular cases of defrauding three women and cornering inheritance wealth cost him the seat.

A reliable source told DAILY NIGERIAN that last year the ward head defrauded three female intending pilgrims by promising to use his position as the governor’s brother to get allocations for them.

“He asked them to pay their Hajj fare to him with the hope that he would remit same to the Kano State Pilgrims Board and get them Hajj seats. You know there are limited slots every year, and so getting the slot is difficult.

“He kept promising the women that he had remitted the money and that they would soon be called for departure. That was how the poor women missed last year’s Hajj and also lost their lifesaving to him.

“So they petitioned us, and we acted appropriately,” said a source at the Emirate Council.

The emirate council also found him guilty of cornering the fertiliser allocations of the entire village and sold it off in the market.

Another recent case the emirate investigated and found the village head guilty was the cornering of inheritance wealth, a reliable source added.

“Some orphans in the village went to him seeking resolution of inheritance dispute. Instead of sharing the money according to the dictates of Islamic law, he took a substantial portion of the wealth for himself,” the source said.

Previously, DAILY NIGERIAN gathered the governor had to personally pay the sum of N2million to settle a dispute between the ward head and one of the village subjects.

While announcing the deposition of the village head, Emir Sanusi II said the emirate took the decision after finding him guilty of the charges brought before the council against him.

He warned other village heads to desist from cheating their subjects, assuring that the emirate would ensure justice to all.

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