Court Dismisses Corruption Report Against Emir Sanusi
A Kano Federal High Court has dismissed an interim investigation report carried out by Kano state public complaints and anti-corruption commission indicting Emir Muhammad Sanusi II of misappropriation of the Emirate fund as well as recommending his suspension from office.
Delivering a ruling on Friday, Justice Obiorah Egwuatu said the commission was wrong by not availing the Emir opportunity to defend himself before submitting the report to the government which is an infringement on his fundamental rights to a fair hearing.
Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II had filed the suit on 7 June 2019 asking the court to declare that submission of the commission on investigation of the emirate finances without according him opportunity to defend himself was breach of his fundamental human rights as contained in section 36 of the Constitution and therefore an order of the court quashing the report.
In granting the prayers of the plaintiff in the suit, Justice Obiorah Egwuatu dismissed 4 grounds of a preliminary objection of the commission saying fair hearing is a fundamental right and in conformity with the principles of natural justice.
The Judge then awarded N200, 000 costs against Kano state public complaints and anti-corruption commission.
Solacebase recalled that Kano state public complaints and the anti-corruption commission had in an interim report discovered alleged misappropriation of over 3.4 billion naira belonging to the emirate council and recommended suspension of the Emir.