As Sanusi wins in court, Kano commission vows to continue probe

Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission has vowed to continue its probe of the Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II despite the court ruling dismissing its preliminary report on the monarch.

The court in its ruling on Friday said the commission was unfair to the monarch by not giving him a chance to respond and also asked the Kano State government to pay the traditional ruler the N200,000 legal cost he incurred.

The commission had on June 6, 2019, recommended the suspension of the Kano emir by the state government pending the conclusion of its investigation into the alleged misappropriation of N3.5bn belonging to the Kano emirate.

But Justice O. A. Egwuatu dismissed the report for not containing the side of the emir which is against fair play and violation of the monarch’s right.

Chairman of the Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission Muhyi Magaji Rimingado

Speaking to the BBC Hausa Service, Chairman of the Kano State Anti-Corruption Commission Muhyi Magaji Rimingado, who is a barrister, said the court ruling will not stop the agency from concluding its probe of the emir.

“Our report on the emir was a preliminary report, we also have the final report. So in our understanding, the court ruling is like a wakeup call to us and we would do the needful,” he said.

When asked if the commission would pay the N200,000 cost as ruled by the court, he said “We would do the needful, like I said. Since the court said we were at fault for not inviting the emir to hear his own side, and did not say we don’t have the right to investigate him, nothing stops us from doing another report after inviting the emir.”

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