Voice of Nigeria: Kano Emirate Council have dismissed allegations that the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II inherited N4 billion from the late Emir of Kano, Ado Abdullahi Bayero and lavished the money.
Spokesperson of the emirate Council, the Walin Kano, Mahe Bashir Wali while addressing newsmen at the Emir’s Place in Kano state north western described the allegation as untrue.
It could be recalled that the social media was awash with stories that the emir inherited over 4 billion naira from the council fund when he ascended as the Emir of Kano and has spent the money.
Walin said that the current Emir, Sanusi 11 inherited only N1, 893, 378, 927.38, as against N4 billion allegedly inherited by the Emir.
“Before the appointment of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi 11, the Kano Emirate Council hds the sum of N2, 875, 168, and 431.17 under various Banks as Fixed Deposit Accounts, out of which N981, 784, 503.79 was withdrawn and used during the late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero on 7/2/2014 for the payment of Ado Bayero Royal City Project leaving a balance of N1, 893, 378, 927.38 with various banks,” reacted Wain Kano
The Kano Emirate Council further stated that about N152, 627,723.00 was paid out of the balance to Dabo Gate for the procurement of furniture for the Palace, after the existing ones were removed and given to the late Emir’s children.
“After the demise of the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, Peace Be Upon him, all his belongings, including the furniture were removed and distributed to his heirs in accordance with Islamic injunction”.
“The sum of N108 million was also paid to the heirs of the late Emir of Kano, AAdo Bayero by the Emirate Council in respect of his personal cars inherited by the present Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi 11. The cars now form part of Kano Emirate Council fleet of vehicles in the Palace,” the spokesperson explained.
Walin Kano, however, dismissed allegations that the Emirate spent N15, 458,660.00 on travels, insisting that the amount was actually used for the construction and renovation of Fadancin Dare wing of the Palace.
Walin Kano, however, denied the allegations that the Emirate Council spent billions of Naira on chartered flight, adding that the Emirate Council chartered flight only twice for the Emir’s movement to Sokoto at the cost N4, 651, 000.00” and Benin City at the cost N9, 071, 000.00 respectively, while all other travels were bore by the Emir from his personal account.
The Emirate Council, however, admitted that two bullet proof cars were purchased for the Emir at the cost of N142, 800, 000.00, but insisted that the purchase was based on the advice and approval of the state government.
“This was as a result of an attack on the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji (Dr.) Ado Bayero on his way back from Murtala Muhammad Mosque to the Palace,” Walin Kano added.
He also stated that the sum of N154, 873, 000.00 was paid for the purchase and replacement of vehicles that were destroyed when the Emir’s convoy was attacked by Boko Haram insurgents on his way back from Murtala Muhammad Mosque to the Palace.
The Emirate Council also insisted that the two Rolls Royce executive cars for Emir Sanusi 11 were purchased by his friends.
On spending about N37, 054, 192.06 on phone calls, the Emirate Council stated that, “it is true that the sum of N37, 054, 192.06 was paid to Airtel due to the fact that the Emir has been identified with only one local mobile phone which he uses within and outside the country.
“The majority of the charges are that of roaming which are normal. The telephones of the palace are upset by the Council particularly when it comes within the provision of the budget,” Stated Walin Kano.
Walin Kano said the Emirate is ever ready to cooperate with anybody or agency that needs more clarification on the alleged financial misappropriation in the Palace.