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Kano Emirate Spent N4.314bn not N6bn Since Emir Sanusi Assumed Office in 2014 – Official

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Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II

Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II

The Kano Emirate Council at a press conference on Monday said that it has only spent N4.314 billion since Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II took office in June 2014 after Ayo Bayero‘s death.

According to Premium Times, Bashir Wali, the senior council official in charge of finance disclosed this, even as he debunked reports that the monarch has spent N6 billion of the emirate’s fund since he assumed office.

He said the council had N2.8 billion in fixed deposits with various banks, until February 7, 2014 when it expended N981 million on the Ado Bayero Royal City project under the late emir, Ado Bayero, leaving in the kitty a balance of about N1.8 billion.

Wali added that Emir Sanusi inherited N1.9 billion (exactly N1.893,378.927.38) and not N4 billion as stated in some media reports.

He added that N152m was spent in the procurement of furniture foe the palace after Bayero’s death as all his belongings were distributed to his heirs in accordance with Islamic injunctions.

“The sum of N108 million was also paid to the heirs of the late Emir Ado Bayero by the Emirate Council in respect of his personal cars inherited by the present Emir Muhammadu Sanusi. The cars now form part of Kano Emirate Council fleet of vehicles in the palace,” he added.

Wali adds that N142m was used to purchase bullet-proof vehicles on the advice of the state government following assassination attempt on the former emir.

 

On the two Rolls Royce cars being used by Emir Sanusi, Wali said: “The two Rolls Royce cars were never purchased by the Emirate Council. The cars were donated to His Highness by his friends.”

Wali said that according to the law, “The Emirate Council should receive three per cent of the total statutory grants of the 44 local governments and also 10 per cent of what the 44 local governments contributed is to be paid by the state government. From 2012 to date, the council has been denied of this contribution.”

He added that the emirate council received N1.7bn between June 2014 and March 2017. He however said the money should have been three times what was received in accordance to the law establishing the Emirate Council Fund 2004.

He also said Emir Sanusi upon assumption of office, reviewed the salary structures of the council upward, including their remuneration.

“The total monthly pay is now N36 million as against the N9.910 million before September 2014.”

Wali said the state government were fully informed of the review.

The Emirate Council’s secretary and treasurer have been summoned to appear at the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission’s office on May 2 to shed light on how over N4 billion was expended and to present legal instruments backing the expenditure, Premium Times said.

The allegation the emirate council is facing is coming on the heels of the emir’s criticism of Northern leaders and their policies.

He had slammed Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara for saying the recent meningitis outbreak was as a result of fornication. He also disagreed with Governor Umar Ganduje of Kano for his planned light rail project in the state, tagging it a misplacement of priority.

 

 

7 Comments

  1. funmilola

    April 24, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Na wa oooo, these people are flexing!

  2. nnenne

    April 24, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Am not surprised. Our traditional rulers are part of the problem.

  3. Ms B

    April 25, 2017 at 10:15 am

    What on earth is an emirate council doing with 4billion naira?? Is it to build schools or hospitals?? In a purported 3rd world country? Just shameful! They buy cars houses and marry wives! Isn’t that corruption?! I mean it’s sad. Just imagine how much the sultan or ooni is getting. They are all stakeholders in ensuring corruption subsists!

  4. FasholasLover

    April 25, 2017 at 11:37 am

    This is what happens when you install known thieves. You met 2.9 Bill and you already spent it all in a space of 3 yrs? If your predecessors spent like that would there hv bn anything for you to spend? What did Sanusi spend all the money on? Talk is cheap. He is forever proffering solutions while doing the exact opposite. Thief!

  5. Suga

    April 25, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Yes, I can agree that Sanusi could have been very extravagant and should be cautioned and sanction accordingly but we should not allow ourselves to be distracted from the present fight that he is fighting for and against a typical Northern man who has always enjoyed marring many wives and children that they want regardless of the uncountable negative effects and consequences. Which is the root of all these sudden allegations on Sanusi.. Who has ever checked the previous Emir and even some other emirs of the other Northern States publicly, let alone publishing their expenses. This people turn everything to politics including the things that affect them directly and indirectly. It’s obvious that nobody is perfect but let the truth be said and championed regardless who is involved and who it affects. I only hope that Sanusi will not give up on his latest campaign as he becomes more prudent because if he eventually succeds in enlightening the Northerners, his legacy will be forever remarkable in Nigeria and all over the world.

    • Lailatu

      April 25, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      Thanks Suga, let’s look beyond the smear campaign by the northern elites who are angry that Sanusi is speaking some hard truths and challenging their archaic culture and traditions. They are irked that a northern emir will dare speak against Buhari. Sanusi certainly has his issues,but I am with him on this one.

  6. Olabilaji

    April 25, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    So many people we claimed they are educated only to comment online without digging out facts the emirate council has been in exist before the so called govt and they are a parallel govt supporting the Hausa culture so average northernal are aware of this even the so called govt know of this and this money has been using to pay salaries are areas of every ruling house involve and his a wide empire so check the break down compare to what some govt official is spending u see the different mind u Kano state is the gaint and heart beat of north

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