Full report of commission that accused Emir Sanusi of fraud

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The following is the full Interim Report of examination by the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission as acquired solely by NAN.

Features of the 19-page record incorporate the prosecution of people, sums included impediment of examination by suspects and proposals.

PRELIMINARY REPORT OF INVESTIGATION IN RESPECT OF PETITION OF

FINANCIAL MISAPPROPRIATION AGAINST KANO STATE EMIRATE

COUNCIL UNDER THE PRESENT EMIR MUHAMMADU SANUSI II

INTRODUCTION

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The Commission is in receipt of a complaint filed by Concern Friends of Kano Emirate dated 28th March 2017 on allegation of Financial Misappropriation by Kano Emirate Council under the Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II.

The petitioners raised some allegations bordering on spending the funds without due regards to due process. They alleged that the Emir (Muhammadu Sanusi II) engaged in indiscriminate spending without regards to due process and the rule of law.

In the exercise of its powers under the provisions of Section 9 of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission Law 2008 (as amended) the Commission launched an investigation into the allegation and in conformity with the provisions of Section 15(2) and (3) of the Commission’s enabling law to wish to forward the preliminary report of the investigation to the Government. The opinion of the Commission is that disciplinary action is taken before further legal action.

FACTS OF THE CASE

The case was initially filed before the Commission by Concern Friends of Kano Emirate on allegation of Financial Misappropriation by Kano Emirate Council under the Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II. In their petition, they raised some allegations bordering on spending the funds without regards to due process. They alleged that the Emir (Muhammadu Sanusi II) spent over Three Hundred and Sixty Million (N360,000,000.00) only in the provision of CCTV in the Emir’s Palace. This is in addition to expenditures on hotels, chartered aircraft and many more which petitioners alleged to be well over Four Billion Naira.

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INVESTIGATION

The investigation commenced in 2017 through inviting the officers who are directly connected with the maintenance of the Treasury of the Emirate for information and interview and also requested for relevant documents covering the said period of investigation which the Emirate Council complied.

In the same vein, the Commission received a piece of information from the Ministry of Planning and Budget and Office of the Auditor General Local Government.

Audit in respect of:-

(a) Approved budget for the Emirate Council from 2013 to 2017

(b) Audited Financial Account of the Emirate Council from 2013 to 2017.

The Commission also got statements from the Financial Controller of the Emirate who is also the Walin Kano Alh. Mahe Bashir Wali, Sarki Waziri the Deputy Secretary of the Emirate as well as Rufa’I Buhari who is the Treasurer of the Emirate Council.

At the peak of our work during that period an investigation into the activities of Emirate Council was also commenced by State House of Assembly. The Commission then sent a letter to the speaker of Kano State House of Assembly seeking for clarification as to avoid duplicated investigation as enshrined under Section 16(1 )(a) of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Law 2008 (as amended). The letter was duly acknowledged but never replied. (Copy attached). The Commission, as a mark of respect to the House and in fairness to the parties under investigation halted and suspended its investigation.

It was after the closure of the Assembly’s investigation that the Commission then decided to re-open and continue with its investigation with a view to ascertain the true position of things.

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While the investigation process was going on, another complaint was lodged by Cardinal Architecture Ltd. against the Emirate Council, specifically the Chief of Staff who is the Danburam of Kano. The company alleged that it was awarded a construction work at Baban Daki and the money was paid to Tri-

c Nigeria Ltd. but was never paid to them. The complaint bothered on Eighty Four Million Nine Hundred Thousand and Twenty Three Naira Naira (N84,900,023.00) only which was alleged to have been criminally diverted for personal use. This prompted the Commission to merge the complaint together and treat it as one.

In the cause of investigation an invitation letter was served on four personnel of the Emirate Council for discussion and clarification on some expenditures incurred and the Commission believed they are at the right position to clarify but three persons refused to honour the invitation on the instructions of the Emir. By way of substantiating the assertion, Munnir Sanusi (one of the invitees) honoured the invitation of the Commission barely a week before the subsequent matter on a separate case.

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