There are indications that an ongoing probe by the state government’s anti-corruption agency could lead to charges being filed against the Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II.
Daily Trust reports that Sanusi’s status as the only first-class emir in the state was whittled when the state government balkanized the emirate, carving out four new emirates and appointing first class emirs to rule them.
It has been gathered that the exercise which lasted only two days fuelled speculations that the government was going after the emir over his rumored support for the opposition during the recently concluded governorship election.
The fresh investigation by the Kano state public complaints and anti-corruption commission as well as the bid to appoint new first class emirs by the state assembly kick-started almost simultaneously last week.
According the newspaper, the source in the commission, who craved for anonymity, on Saturday, May 11, said that the ongoing probe on by the commission was targeting the emir, noting that, ”it will reach to a point where the commission will transfer the case to court for the emir to defend himself. After our findings, whoever is found wanting in misappropriating the public funds will be dragged before the court.”
It also stated that a government source disclosed that Emir Sanusi, after sensing trouble at the turn of events between the state government and the palace lately, sent business tycoon, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, to beg the governor to have a change of mind.However, the source added that even though the governor has spared the Emir being removed from office, there is a likelihood that after the turbaning ceremony of the four new emirs, Ganduje will transfer the emir to another emirate and replace him with one of the newly appointed emirs.
Meanwhile, It had also previously been reported that some heavily armed policemen were reportedly deployed to the palace of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, and the residents of some senior council members of the Kano Emirate.