By Mustapha Usman, Kano
The Kano House of Assembly has set up a 7-man committee to investigate the embattled emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, over alleged abuse of office.
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.
The commission had invited top officials of the council for questioning.
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.
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.
Seconding, a member representing Kano Municipal, Baffa Babba-Dan’Agundi, concurred with Mr Gama, saying the House should investigate the emirate.
The motion was then seconded by overwhelming majority of the 40-member House.
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.
Members of the committee included a member representing Ajingi constituency, Abdul Madari (chairman); member representing Kano Municipal, Baffa Babba-Dan’Agundi (vice chairman) and; member representing Kiru constituency, Kabiru Dachi.
Others are members representing Dambatta constituency, Sani Maidaji; Garko constituency, Abba Garko and two officials from the legal department of the Assembly.