Despite Reconciliation, Kano Government Insists on Continuing Emir of Kano Probe

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SWITZERLAND, JUNE 13 – The Kano State Anti-Corruption and Public Commission has insisted that its ongoing probe of the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, would continue despite reports of reconciliation moves between Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and the monarch.

In a recent statement , the Commission’s Chairman, Barr. Muhyi Magaji Rimin-Gado said the three fundamental issues raised by the commission include obstruction of its investigation which necessitated its reports to the government.

He expressed worry that after the issuance of the query to the Emir by the Government, many things happened which necessitated the stating of its position as an independent entity.

“Our position that the investigation was not commenced at the instance of the government but as a result of series of complaints by Kano Citizens, and that by virtue of section 8 of the State Public Complaints and anti Corruption law 2008 as amended the Commission shall not be subjected to the direction and control of any authority, that the Commission is not under the control or discretion of any authority or person.

“That our preliminary reports is only for the government to act administratively so that the Commission can continue to exercise its responsibilities without any interference and nothing more.

“That as far as the Commission is concerned this investigation is ongoing and the Commission will do everything legally possible to deliver its mandate with respect to the case.

“The Commission hopes that with what is happening, Nigeria’s anti-corruption crusade would be allowed to flourish regardless of who is involved,” the statement read in part.

There is growing discontent against the Kano State governor, Umar Ganduje after a series of moves by the state government against the Emir of Kano which are believed to be aimed at deposing him. Besides the ongoing probe into the financial activities of the emirate, the state government has created 4 new emirates, breaking the centuries-old Kano emirate into five.

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