Kano Emirate dismisses allegation against Sanusi

Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

Kano Emirate Council, has dismissed allegation that the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi, squandered N6 billion, since assuming office in June 2014.

The council’s senior officer in charge of finance, Bashir Lawal, made the denial at a news conference he addressed in Kano.

He explained that, Emir Sanusi inherited N1.9 billion, and not N4 billion as is being alleged.

Bashir also said the Emirate Council has spent only N4.3 billion since Emir Sanusi mounted the throne.

Walin said that the current Emir, Sanusi II inherited only N1, 893, 378, 927.38, as against N4 billion allegedly inherited by the Emir.

“Before the appointment of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi 11, the Kano Emirate Council hds the sum of N2, 875, 168, and 431.17 under various Banks as Fixed Deposit Accounts, out of which N981, 784, 503.79 was withdrawn and used during the late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero on 7/2/2014 for the payment of Ado Bayero Royal City Project leaving a balance of N1, 893, 378, 927.38 with various banks,” reacted Wain Kano

The Kano Emirate Council further stated that about N152, 627,723.00 was paid out of the balance to Dabo Gate for the procurement of furniture for the Palace, after the existing ones were removed and given to the late Emir’s children.

“After the demise of the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, Peace Be Upon him, all his belongings, including the furniture were removed and distributed to his heirs in accordance with Islamic injunction”.

“The sum of N108 million was also paid to the heirs of the late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero by the Emirate Council in respect of his personal cars inherited by the present Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II. The cars now form part of Kano Emirate Council fleet of vehicles in the Palace,” the spokesperson explained.

Walin Kano, however, dismissed allegations that the Emirate spent N15, 458,660.00 on travels, insisting that the amount was actually used for the construction and renovation of Fadancin Dare wing of the Palace.

Walin Kano, however, denied the allegations that the Emirate Council spent billions of Naira on chartered flight, adding that the Emirate Council chartered flight only twice for the Emir’s movement to Sokoto at the cost N4, 651, 000.00” and Benin City at the cost N9, 071, 000.00 respectively, while all other travels were bore by the Emir from his personal account.

The Emirate Council, however, admitted that two bullet proof cars were purchased for the Emir at the cost of N142, 800, 000.00, but insisted that the purchase was based on the advice and approval of the state government.

“This was as a result of an attack on the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji (Dr.) Ado Bayero on his way back from Murtala Muhammad Mosque to the Palace,” Walin Kano added.

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