Kano anti-corruption agency issues two- day ultimatum to deposed emir, Sanusi, to respond to land racketeering charges
The Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission has asked Muhammad Sanusi II, the deposed Emir of Kano, to respond to allegations of land racketeering against him in two days.
According to a report, the anti-graft commission in March, had requested Sanusi to appear before it for allegedly ordering the illegal sale of several hectares of land in the state.
It argued that the “proceeds of the sales remitted to the emirate council bank account can be traced to the companies of interest belonging to His Highness”.
In a letter dated September 8, the anti-graft agency said it was investigating “the management of pieces of land that were reserved as ‘GANDUN SARKI’ spread in many parts of the state” under the stewardship of the former emir.
It said the allegations against Sanusi breached sections 22, 23 and 26 of the state corruption law.
“Investigation revealed that all transactions for the sale of the landed properties belonging to the Emirate were done corruptly by the trio of Shehu Muhammad Dankadai (Sarkin Shanu), Sarki Abdullahi Ibrahim (Makaman Kano) and Mustapha Kawu Yahaya (Dan Isan Lapai) purportedly on behalf of Ado Bayero Royal City Trust Fund and allegedly on your instructions,” the letter read.
“Another issue that needs clarification from you is that at its 4th sitting dated the 8th June 2016, the Kano Emirate Council refused to approve the request to pay a foreign consultant (Messer Apple One Integrated Resources) the sum of N175,000,990.90 but you allegedly instructed the above-mentioned trio and members of Ado Bayero Royal City Trust Fund to directly without even channelling the proceed from the site and services programme of Darmanawa Phase II to the Emirate Council account and the sum was given to Dan Isan Lapai by the company handling the project of CityScape Properties Ltd. based on your alleged instruction for the settlement of the said consultant and another N220 million for an undisclosed entity.
“Moreover, the proceeds of the sales were N225 million from Countrywide House Ltd. in respect of Darmanawa Phase II 20 hectares, out of which N266 Million was moved on 1st August 2018 to Kano Emirate Council account upon which an instruction for the transfer of N185,163,996.02 to a private entity Harara Turnkey Project Ltd. on 6th August 2018 was issued and the transfer was effected on 7th August 2018.
Sanusi, was alleged to have approved the sum of N147,590, 000 be moved to a personal account belonging to one Sani Hamisu Umar between 8-10 August 2018 in four tranches of N46 million, N32 million, N48 million and N3.590 million respectively.
“Similarly, on 16th December 2016 the sum of N70, 0000,000 was deposited to the account of Harara Turnkey Project Ltd. which was subsequently transferred to Majeeda Farms Ltd. on the same day. The said company allegedly belonged to you and that it is being managed by your younger brother and Principal Private Secretary (PPS) in the person of Mujitaba Abba.
“Investigation further revealed that such entities afterwards channelled the proceed back into your personal account No. 2666482899 at First Bank an act which contravened Sections 22 and 23 of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission Law 2668 (as amended).
“For example, Sani Hamisu Umar transferred N91,303,000 to your account on 25th October 2018, on 10 tranches. Also, on the 9th of November, 2018 transferred the sum of N2 1,500, 000 on 3 trenches to your account.
The commission said Sanusi’s response which is expected to be received by the anti-graft agency after two working days was in the spirit of fair hearing.
“The Commission, therefore, deemed it appropriate in the spirit of fair hearing to invite your attention to respond to the allegations raised in this letter and the surrounding circumstances, especially the relationship with the corporate and individuals entities involved,” it stated.
“We expect your response within a reasonable time not later than two working days from the time of the service of this letter.”