There is palpable tension in Kano as the state government has directed Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II to initiate the process of assigning four Kingmakers as District Heads to local governments under the jurisdiction of Kano Emirate.
This was contained in a letter dated March 2, 2020, signed by Secretary to Kano State Government Alhaji Usman Alhaji and titled ‘’ Assigning The Former Kano King Makers To Relevant Local Government Council Under The Jurisdiction Of Kano Emirate’’
According to the letter received on March, 4 addressed to Emir Muhammadu Sanusi, following the creation of four Emirates and other certain development, the four Kingmakers are presently under Kano Emirate.
Reports say that in the letter, the affected four Kingmakers listed include, Alhaji Mukhtar Adnan, Alhaji Yusuf Nabahani Ibrahim Chigari, Alhaji Abdillahi Ibrahim and Alhaji Abubakar Bello Tuta.
It added that the Emir is required to implement the posting of the Kingmakers to the relevant local governments after approval of the governor.
Anti-graft agency Extends Time For Appearance of Emir Sanusi
In the meantime, the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission has granted an extension of the time given to Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II of Kano to appear before it for a fresh allegation of N2.2 billion on land racketeering to March 9.
NAN reports that the commission had before the emir requested for extension of time to honour the invitation was given Thursday, March 5.
Addressing journalists in Kano on Thursday, the commission’s chairman, Muhuyi Rimingado, insisted that the commission is empowered to open fresh investigation on any body found wanting, while asserting that the Emir has a case to answer.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the commission had before the emir requested for extension of time to honour the invitation, was given Thursday.
Mr Magaji also explained that Mr Sanusi is being invited to clear himself over allegation of illegal sale of government property, adding that this allegation is not related to the previous investigation of alleged financial fraud of N3.4 billion from the coffers of the Emirate Council.
“I wish to categorically state that this commission is entering a new investigation brought forward by a whistleblower on 29th December 2019 and it is not related to an earlier investigation which is still the subject of the civil suit.
“As we await the arrival of the invitee, we received a letter from Messrs Dikko and Mahmoud stating among other things that the powers of this commission to initiate criminal complaint is being challenged in suit No.K/208/2019.
“They also on behalf of their client requested the postponement of the date to March 25, 2020, and some document to allow their client to prepare for the case in suit,” he said.
The chairman said in response to that the commission drew their attention on the binding decision of the Court of Appeal, which affirmed the Kano State High Court’s decision that settled the powers of the commission to investigate an allegation of corruption against any person in the state.
He said the commission had equally denied the requested document as the same may jeopardize its investigation but assured to make available to them its findings along with any document when it concludes the investigation.