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Emir Sanusi gets N200,000 as court dismisses corruption report against him

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Nasiru Yusuf

A federal high court sitting in Kano on Friday dismissed the preliminary report of the state’s Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission (PCACC) which recommended the suspension of Emir Muhammad Sanusi II, over  alleged financial misappropriation of the emirate council’s funds.

In his ruling, Justice O. A. Egwuatu said the PCACC was wrong for not giving Mr Sanusi an opportunity to be heard before releasing the said report on him, adding that such an omission was against the principle of fair hearing.

The emir had sued the PCACC, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and the state’s Attorney-General, asking for a declaration that the findings contained in the anti-corruption commission’s preliminary report–which was issued on June 6, 2019–was a breach of his fundamental right to fair hearing and contrary to the rules of natural justice.

Hence, the emir asked the court for an order to quash the preliminary report as it relates to his indictment for fraud, misappropriation, as well as the recommendation for his suspension by the commission.

While granting the emir’s prayers, the court equally awarded him a sum of  N200,000 as compensation for breaching his fundamental rights.

This is coming just two days after a Kano state high court presided over by Justice Sulaiman Na-Mallam also restrained the anti-graft commission from continuing with its probe against Mr Sanusi.

KANO FOCUS recalls that the PCACC had last year asked the Kano state government to suspend Mr Sanusi pending the final outcome of an investigation into alleged financial misappropriation of the Kano emirate’s funds, which the commission said was up to N3.5 billion.

However, Counsel to Mr Sanusi, Suraj Sa’ida presented an ex- parte application requesting the court to restrain the commission from probing the monarch.

The probe against Mr Sanusi is widely seen as a calculated attempt by Mr Ganduje to punish the monarch over his alleged support for Abba Yusuf, a member of the opposition People Democratic Party (PDP) during 2019 governorship election, an allegation the emir denied.

Mr Ganduje has also carved out four emirates in Gaya, Rano Karaye and Bichi areas from Mr Sanusi’s Emirate apparently to curtail the emir’s influence.

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AIG orders investigation of Policeman seen voting in Kano APC Congress

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Aminu Abdullahi

The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone Abubakar Sadiq Bello has ordered the investigation of unprofessional conduct of a policeman caught on camera voting during state congress of All progressive Congress (APC) in Kano.

KANO FOCUS reportsthat in view of the unprofessional conduct of the policeman, the AIG has referred the matter to the Zonal X-Squad for investigation.

A statement issued on Monday by Zonal Police Public Relations Officer Abubakar Zayyanu identified the police officer as Bashir Mohammed attached to the government house, Kano, from where he was deployed to work with the state Chairman of APC Abdullahi Abbas as a security aide.

Mr Zayyanu noted that if the inspector is found to have committed an offence by this action, the appropriate disciplinary measure will be taken against him.

He further assured the general public that further development on the matter will be communicated.

The statement reads in part.

“The attention of the Inspector-General of Police Zone one Headquarters, Kano has been drawn to a trending picture on social media, of an inspector of police casting vote at the recently conducted Kano State congress of the APC along with his principal, the state party chairman, Abdullahi Abbas.

“The inspector of police has been identified as Bashir Mohammed of the Special Protection Unit, Base One, Kano. The inspector is attached to the government house, Kano from where he was deployed to work with the said Abdullahi Abbas as a security aide.

“In view of this seemingly unprofessional conduct of the inspector, the AIG has referred the matter to the Zonal X-Squad for investigation.

“If the inspector is found to have committed a disciplinary offence by this action, the appropriate disciplinary measure will be taken against him.

“Finally,  we want assure members of the public that further development on the matter will be communicated please.”

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EFCC Grills Rabiu Kwankwaso

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Saturday grilled former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso over allegations of abuse of office, diversion of public funds and fraudulent allocation of government properties to cronies.

KANO FOCUS reports that Kwankwaso, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, was first invited by the EFCC in September but failed to honour the invitation as reported by Channels TV.

An associate of the politician informed Channels Television that Kwankwanso may have been invited in relation to a petition by some retired employees of the Kano State Government.

The retired employees had told the EFCC that the former governor mismanaged pension remittances to the tune of N10 billion between 2011 and 2015, to fund a housing project for his cronies.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren did not comment on the interrogation of the former governor when contacted on Saturday.

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Crisis rocks Kano APC as Ganduje, Shekarau hold parallel Congress

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Aminu Abdullahi

Crisis rocked Kano chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC), as Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and faction loyal to former governor of Kano and serving Senator Ibrahim Shekarau held parallel state congress.

KANO FOCUS reports that while Ganduje group held their congress at Sani Abacha stadium, faction loyal to Shekarau had their own at Janguza town, Tofa local government area.

Ganduje’s led group endorsed Abdullahi Abbas as state chairman of APC for a second term in a consensus arrangement, while the faction loyal to Shekarau announced Ahmadu Haruna Zago as newly elected chairman of APC in Kano state.

Reports shows that the security have earlier disrupted Shekarau’s camp congress at Sani Abacha youth centre and sealed the premises before they moved to Janguza where they held the election.

Below are some pictures of the parallel Congress.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje while voting at Sani Abacha stadium

 

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje with APC chieftains

 

Delegates at Sani Abacha stadium

Ballot box

Factional chairman of Kano APC Ahmadu Haruna Zago

Ahmadu Haruna Zago and Abdilkadir Jobe

APC factional congress at Janguza

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