By Mustapha Usman, Kano
The emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has debunked the allegations that he squandered a whopping sum of N6billion between June 8, 2014 to 11th April 2017, saying he is ready for probe.
This newspaper had exclusively published the emirate’s reckless and questionable expenditures, raising questions about the emir’s husbandry of the council’s coffers.
Addressing Journalists at the emir’s palace on Monday, Walin Kano, Mahe Wali, said the emirate council spent a total sum of N4,314,476,542.94 within the period under review, not the alleged N6 billion.
Explaining the emirate’s expenditure within the three years, Mr. Wali said Emir Sanusi met N1,893,378,927.38 at various banks as fixed deposit accounts.
On payment to axed bureau de change operator, Dabo Gate Ideal, Mr Wali said the sum of N152,627,723.00 was paid to the company for procurement of furniture for the palace after the death of late emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, because all his belongings, including the furniture were removed from the palace and distributed to his heirs, according to Islamic injunction.
Mr. Wali further said N108 million was paid to the late Bayero’s heirs by the emirate council in respect to his personal cars by Emir Sanusi, adding that the cars have now formed part of the emirate council’s vehicle fleet.
He further explain that “it is true the emirate council raised two payment vouchers for N6,993,203.00 and N5,560,235.00 to Western Union being the cost of air tickets for the emir’s entourage alone, excluding the emir who used to pay for his ticket.
“The council chartered an air flight only twice for His Highness for a trip to Sokoto State in September 2014 when the emir paid a traditional homage (mubaya’a) to sultan of Sokoto after he (Sanusi) was turbaned as the emir of Kano in which N,4,651,000.00 was spent.
“In January, 2015, the emir traveled to Benin for his Installation as Chancellor of Benin University and it cost the emirate council N9,071,000.00,” Mr. Wali added
On the allegation of the purchase of 2 Rolls Royce Executive Cars, the emirate council said the said cars were never purchased by the council, adding that they were donated to the emir by his friends.
On the internet data, the Walin Kano explained that “it is true that N37,054,192.06 was paid to Airtel due to the fact that the emir has been identified with only one local mobile phone, which he uses within and outside the country. Majority of the charges are that of roaming which are normal. The telephones of the palace are offset by the council particularly when it comes to within the provision of the budget.”
He noted that the emirate council operates a budget as approved annually by the council, adding that no expenditure was ever made outside the budgetary provision.
“Let me tell you that all these expenditure was made within the council’s budget. It is a mere allegation to say that the emirate council expended N6 billion in three years,” he added.