Deposed Emir Sanusi In Fresh Anti-Corruption Trial Over Land Matters

A Federal High Court has approved the investigation of deposed Emir of Kano and former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Muhammadu Sanusi II over an alleged N2.2 billion land scam.

Justice Lewis Allagoa dismissed the fundamental human right suit filed by the deposed Emir against the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, Kano Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, its chairman and the Attorney General/ Commissioner of Justice of the state.

Prior to this development, the deposed Emir Sanusi requested the court to restrict the four defendants from investigating him on the alleged land racketeering, arguing the planned investigation was against his fundamental human right.

However, the judge held that the anti-graft commission and its chairman had the jurisdiction and powers to probe Sanusi regarding the matter.

Justice Lewis had in March granted an ex parte order filed by Sanusi to restrict the commission from inviting and investigating him on the land matter pending the hearing and determination of the originating summons.

The anti-graft agency had invested on the embattled Sanusi a Right of Occupancy CON-RES-2016-503, which was reportedly sold illegally by the Kano emirate council to Family Home Fund Limited at the instance of Sanusi as the Emir.

The commission claimed all the alleged illegal transactions for the sale of the landed properties at Darmanawa, Hotoro and Bubbugaje belonging to the emirate was done by the trio of Shehu Dankadai (Sarkin Shanu), Sarki Ibrahim (Makanan Kano) and Mustapha Yahaya (Dan Isan Lapai) on the instruction of the deposed Emir Sanusi.

The land racketeering suit came up again after the same High Court dismissed allegation of misappropriation of about N4.5 billion against Muhammadu Sanusi II.

The dethroned Emir will now face fresh corruption allegations on corruption 3 months after his deposition and 6 years after his resignation as CBN Governor.

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