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Kano Emirate Council vows to sue anti-graft agency for contempt of court

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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Kano State Emirate Council has vowed to sue Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission for contempt of court.

The anti-graft agency had sent invitations to the wife of Muhammadu Sanusi, Emir of Kano, and two widows of Ado Bayero, the former Emir of Kano, alleging that they benefited from the N3.4 billion said to have been misappropriated under the watch of Mr Sanusi.

DAILY NIGERAIN reports, however, that the agency on Thursday had withdrawn its invitation, following outcry from the public.

READ ALSO: Kano anti-corruption agency summons Emir Sanusi’s wife, late Ado Bayero’s wives, 93-year-old Sarkin Bai, others

In a letter dated June 20, addressed to the chairman of Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, counsel to the emirate counsel, N.A. Dagiri, said the commission had defied subsisting court orders to invite elderly members of the council for investigations.

Mr Dangiri, however, said the state and federal high court sitting in Kano, where the matter was already being heard, had directed the agency to suspend all activities related to its investigations into the finances of the emirate and maintain status quo.

He said: “Both orders have been duly and properly served on you. Notwithstanding this position, you have chosen to defy these orders and continue your belligerent actions, including choosing to embarrass very senior citizens of the state, many of whom are in advanced age and some in conditions of ill-health.

“The invitations to the wives of the late and present Emirs is not only absurd but also completely repugnant to societal norms and values and could only be intended to humiliate the families of the late and present Emirs.

“We consider your actions obnoxious and in defiance of valid and subsisting court orders. This is a clear contempt of court in respect of which appropriate steps will be taken against you and all officers of your commission acting in contempt of the court.

“We have as counsel and officers of court accordingly advised the Emirate council not to accede to your request.” 

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