- The Kano state's anti-corruption agency is probing the Emirate Council under Emir Bayero over an alleged illegal land sale
- Muhyi Magaji Rimingado, the agency's chairman, vowed to summon and investigate anyone whose name is mentioned in the alleged corruption case
- Emir Bayero has barely spent one year in office as he succeeded the deposed emir, Sanusi, in 2020
The Kano state’s Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC) is reportedly investigating a corruption case linked to the Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero.
According to the newspaper, the alleged corruption case involves the sale of 22 hectares of land at Gandun Sarki, Dorayi Karama, in Gwale local government area of the state.
The proceeds of the sale were allegedly diverted into private royal pockets, thereby landing the Kano royals in hot waters.
Legit.ng gathers that two court orders show that the anti-graft commission is investigating the emirate council under Emir Bayero for the land transaction.
The property in question was said to have been divided into two with eight hectares belonging to the Estate of Late Alhaji Ado Bayero, the former Emir of Kano and father of the current one.
The remaining 14 hectares belonged to the Kano Emirate Council. The land was reportedly being managed by the Ado Bayero Royal City Trust Fund (ABRCTF) which was created by the late emir to manage all royal assets.
ABRCTF had subsequently raised a committee to oversee the development of a residential layout on a Site and Services basis on the land.
However, eight hectares from the land have now been allegedly sold to one Alhaji Yusuf Shuaibu Aliyu, the Chairman/CEO of Amnet Institute of Technology.
Curiously, the remaining 14 hectares were also offered to the same Aliyu, this time addressed as Chairman/CEO of Jaen B & Sons Ltd.
Aliyu was said to be a councillor and house leader in the Kano Municipal Local Government Area.
Court papers allegedly indicate that the royal heirs agreed to sell the eight hectares to Aliyu at the cost of N575 million which he has paid.
In another curious move, the remaining 14 hectares were reportedly sold to Aliyu at a lesser price of N200 million.
The money was reportedly received by one Awaisu Abbas Sunusi, a Principal Executive Officer, Administration at the Emirate Council.
The Kano state anti-graft agency said Sunusi who had earlier being summoned will be questioned again.
The chairman of the PCACC, Muhyi Magaji Rimingado, confirmed the development, Daily Nigerian also reported.
He said anyone whose name is mentioned in the transaction will be summoned.
Meanwhile, The Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has again claimed that the videos showing him stuffing bales of dollars into his pockets in 2018 were doctored.
Ganduje made the claim on Friday, March 19, during an interview on the BBC Hausa service. He said:
“The video is fake and we are preparing to prove that. But I cannot preempt what we are doing with regard to that. I am assuring you this video is fake and all those that are behind it would be put to shame."