●Emir lied in response to query –Kano graft agency
The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has allegedly declared that the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, must publicly apologise to him and the entire people of the state. This emerged as the state’s Public Complaint and Anti- Corruption Commission declared that Sanusi lied in his reply concerning the alleged misappropriation of N3.4 billion emirate funds. However, Ganduje in a 45-paragraph response to an article, ‘Letter to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje,’ written by one Jibrin Ibrahim in respect of the face-off between the duo, urged the Emir to own up to his errors for allegedly dragging the Emirate Council into politics before the ongoing reconciliation moves yield the desired result.
The statement reads: “Emir Sanusi has the moral burden to withdraw all court cases he’s personally sponsoring against Kano State Government as part of reconciliation conditions. “It is very important to state that for the reconciliation to yield the desired result, Emir Sanusi has the moral burden to publicly apologise to Governor Ganduje and the entire people of Kano State for dragging the revered Kano Emirate into the murky water of politics.”
It also asked the monarch to extend a hand of fellowship to the emirs of Karaye, Rano, Gaya and Bichi and demonstrate his readiness to assume his position as the Chairman of Kano State Council of Emirs. Meanwhile, the Kano anticorruption commission position on Sanusi was contained in a preliminary report on the investigation as it declared that Sanusi did not tell the truth with his claim that he was not the accounting officer of the Kano emirate council. The report, signed by the agency’s Chairman, Muhuyi Magaji, with reference number PCAC/GEN/6/VOL.I and dated June 11, 2019, was addressed to the secretary to the state government. It reads: “It is imperative to state categorically that, the commission’s investigation is on alleged misappropriation and questionable expenditures but not on the funds left behind by the late emir of Kano Alhaji Ado Bayero and we still maintain our stance.
“In the cause of investigation we undertook an analysis of the main Account belonging to Kano emirate council and domicile at (a bank) with account No. 2005888452 starting from the era of the late emir to enable the commission have an idea of how the money is being managed. “As from 2nd January 2013 to 13th April, 2017 the opening balance is N432,338,412.98. Total credit made in the account during this period was N6,784,146,335.73 while the total debit during the period under review is N7,209,035,163.09.
The closing balance as at April, 2017 is N7,449,585.62.” The report claimed that on February 13, 2014, and February 26, 2014, payments were made to a company said to have undertaken the construction of Ado Bayero Royal City via Inter-bank transfers of the sum of N776,159,519.50. “There were transfers of N388,079,759.75, N338,079,759.75 and N50,000,000.00 made on February 13, 2014, and February 26, 2014, respectively; making the total quoted figures,” the report said. It alleged that during the period, fixed deposit placements were made to the tune of N581,884,729.54 (placement and rollovers) while net withdrawals on some engagements stood at N1,056,533,728.31.
“In summary, the total withdrawal made from the account under the late emir was N2,414,577,977.35, subtracting this amount from total debit on the account which is N7,209,035,163.09. “It is evidently clear that the current emir is responsible for the expenditures to the total sum of N4,794,457,185.74 from the The report which claimed that all the expenditures made by the emirate council were either based on the approval or instructions of Emir Sanusi, attached a copy of payment voucher in respect of one of the withdrawals.
The voucher reportedly read: “Being payment to the above named in respect of making special prayers for peace as directed by H.H. Emir of Kano respectively.” The report said as a result, any claim that the emir is not the accounting officer of the Kano emirate council is a deception and a misrepresentation of facts.
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