Kano Emir, Sanusi in trouble, might be removed

Trouble might be looming for the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi, as the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje is planning to remove him from office according to reports by The Cable.

This is the second time the governor will be making moves to have the Kano monarch deposed.

The paper reports that the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission, on Monday reopened investigation into the expenditure of the emirate council.

Asides the investigation by the commission, one Ibrahim Salisu joined some others in asking the state house of assembly to create new Kano emirates in other areas of the ancient town.

Their letter of request was read by the Speaker of the Assembly, Kabiru Alhassan Rurum at plenary on Monday.

The areas where they are asking for new emirates are Karaye, Bichi, Rano and Gaya.

“The governor is determined to remove the emir, and if this does not succeed, he will break the emirate into pieces to whittle down Sanusi’s power,” an official of the state government, who asked not to be named, told TheCable on Monday evening.

The Cable gathered that the Anti-corruption Commission invited one Isa Bayero to appear before it to shed more light on the payment vouchers from 2013 to 2017 in his name.

The commission also intends to question Mohammad Sani Kwaru, the accountant, Mannir Sanusi, the chief of staff, Danburan Mujittafa and Falakin Kano.

The letter said the commission was inviting the staff over alleged violation of section 26 of its enabling law in the management of the emirate’s funds.

The letter also stated that the invitation was sequel to the power conferred to it under “section 9 and 15 of Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission Law 2008 (as amended).”

Sanusi who was the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, has been having a running battle with Governor Ganduje since he criticised the governor on the award of contracts to Chinese companies by the state government and on the governor’s foreign trips.

The Emir was appointed by Ganduje’s predecessor, Rabiu Kwankwaso when the former was his deputy governor.

Both men have however fell out, with Kwankwaso leaving the All Progressives Congress, APC for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and his son-in-law, Abba Yusuf contesting against the incumbent in the 2019 governorship election in the state.