As Sanusi Basks In BBC Apology, Kano House Raises Probe Panel Over Fresh Claims

by Samuel Abasi Posted on May 11th, 2017

As Sanusi Basks In BBC Apology, Kano House Raises Probe Panel Over Fresh Claims. The Kano State House of Assembly yesterday raised an eight-man committee to investigate fresh allegations against the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II.

Headed by the Chief Whip and member representing Warawa constituency, Labaran Abdul Masai, the panel is mandated to probe the alleged false claims made by the monarch against the state government to ridicule Governor Adullahi Umar Ganduje.

It is also to look into his alleged ventilation at the President Muhammadu Buhari administration among other accusations. It has 14 days to submit its report.

The decision followed a motion raised during plenary by the representative of Nassarawa constituency, Ibrahim Ahmad Gama, wherein he accused the traditional ruler of going against rules and constituted authority in the state.
He told the House that Sanusi had allegedly tarnished the image of the governor and some members of the Assembly while on an official visit to China. Gana further claimed that the monarch, on that trip, accused the concerned people of financial reckless and wasteful spending of scarce resources.

The lawmaker, who also accused the emir of bringing the emirate into disrepute when he sent his daughter to represent him at an official function in Abuja, equally demanded for a revisit of the N4 billion financial malfeasance earlier levelled against Sanusi. The fund was claimed to have been left behind by his predecessor, the late Alhajo Ado Bayero.

Seconding the motion, the member representing Municipal constituency, Baffa Baba Danagundi, called for a swift action to mitigate the effect of the alleged damage caused by state.

Meanwhile, The British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, has apologized to the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, over reports it published claiming the Emir was connected with a financial recklessness that took place with the Kano Emirate fund.

Recall that on April 24, the corporation had published a report claiming that the Emir was under probe by the Emirate’s anti-graft commission for alleged mismanagement of Kano Emirate fund.

The Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission had opened an investigation into allegations of ‘questionable expenditures’ running into billions of naira by the council over a short period of time.

However, in the apology letter dated April 28, 2017 and sent to Emir Sanusi, Mr. Jamie Angus, editorial director at BBC, said that an April 24 story quoting the Chairman, of Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, Muhyi Magaji, as saying that he (Sanusi) was amongst those being investigated in connection with alleged misappropriation of about N6 billion Emirate Council fund was “not correct.”

“The recording of the interview was passed to another colleague in Abuja office, summarised in a despatch and then sent to London where the online report was written and published.”

“It is now clear from our investigations that the reports did not accurately reflect what we were told by Mr. Magaji, who had, in fact, made clear to our reporter that you had not been invited in for questioning and indeed that it was unlikely that there would be a need to invite you for question.

“Accordingly, the report we published suggested that you were under personal investigation was not correct and for that I offer my sincere apologies,” Mr. Angus said.

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