Emir Sanusi
Sanusi Lamido Sanusi former CBN Gov now Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II

By Bashir Bello

A Federal High Court sitting in Kano has on Monday said the anti-graft agency, Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission can investigate the dethroned Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II in an alleged N2.2billion land racketeering.

The court presided over by Justice Ambrose Lewis-Allagoa while giving his judgment granted the anti-graft agency the go-ahead to investigate the dethroned Emir.

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Recalled that the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating the 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II over allegation of N2.2 billion land racketeering at Gandu Sarki.

The dethroned Emir had on Friday, March 6, 2020, filed an ex-parte motion before the Federal High Court against the Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission (1st respondent), Muhyi Magaji Rimingado, Attorney General, Kano State, and the Governor as 2nd, 3rd and 4th respondents respectively.

In the ex-parte motion, he was seeking that the court restrains the 1st and 2nd respondents (Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission and its Chairman, Muhyi Magaji Rimingado respectively) from investigating the affairs of (the applicant) pending the hearing of originating motion in which the court granted the order and adjourned till 18th March 2020 but the case took another dimension as the Governor and the Attorney General were challenging the jurisdiction of the court.

At the resumed court sitting on Monday, Justice Lewis-Allagoa however dismissed the suit on the ground that the fundamental rights of the dethroned Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II was not infringed upon with the investigation.

Meanwhile, Counsels to the parties were not in court at the ruling.

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