- Governor Ganduje has ordered the probe of Kano emirate land
- The probe, according to a report, is not unconnected with the lingering feud between Ganduje and Emir Sanusi
- Some members of the emirate council were said to have got N20m kickbacks from sale of the land
The crisis between Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state and the Emir of the city, Malam Muhammadu Sanusi ll, has taken a twist as the former ordered the probe of the emirate land.
Daily Trust reports that the Emir is facing a fresh investigation by the Kano state public complaints and anti-corruption commission over the alleged sale of landed properties belonging to the state emirate council.
Legit.ng gathered that the documents obtained by the newspaper showed the emirate entered a joint venture partnership with a private firm, Capital Properties Nigeria Limited (CPNL), for development of one of the lands known as (Gandun Sarki) at Hotoro, in Nassarawa local government area of the state.
The report said that the deal with CPNL was reached through a six-member committee set up by the emirate under the chairmanship of Jarman Kano, Professor Isa Hashim, to coordinate the transaction.
The newspaper's investigation, however, revealed that the commission had arrested two members of the committee for “allegedly collecting N20m kickbacks and allegedly fronting for the emir and would be charged to court for extortion and collecting gratification.”
The chairman of the committee, according to the report, the Kano emirate council only has the right to comment on the issue.
The fresh investigation is coming a few days after the Supreme Court affirmed Governor Ganduje’s victory.
It would be recalled the governor has been at loggerhead with Emir Sanusi and it was believed the investigation is a continuation of the initial crisis that led to the creation of an additional four new emirates in the state.
It was alleged that the Gandun Sarki in Bubbugaje was sold to CPNL at the cost of N70m. It was further alleged that 406 plots were carved out and sold at the rate of N1.1m and N360,000 per plot depending on its size.
Daily Trust also gathered that the N70m realised from the Gandun Sarki in Bubbugaje was allegedly paid to the emirate’s official account after a deal was concluded between the company and the Professor Hashim-led committee.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that members of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) began moves to ensure reconciliation between the Governor Ganduje and Emir Sanusi II.
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