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Sanusi Emir of Kano denies spending N6bn since 2014, says only N2.9bn has been spent

Sanusi made the denial through the Walin Kano, Alhaji Mahe Bashir Wali who spoke at a press conference at the Emir’s palace on Monday, April 24.

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Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

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Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has denied reports that he has spent N6 billion in Emirate funds since becoming emir in 2014.

Sanusi made the denial through the Walin Kano, Alhaji Mahe Bashir Wali who spoke at a press conference at the Emir’s palace on Monday, April 24.

Wali also said that the Emir had only spent N2.9 billion since 2014 adding that Sanusi inherited N2.9 billion (exactly N2.895,165,43.77) from his predecessor, Ado Bayero.

Meanwhile, the BBC is reporting that Emir Sanusi is being investigated for alleged corruption by the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission.

Chairman of the commission, Muhyi Magaji Rimin-Gado told the BBC that the Emir is being probed due to several complaints that money was being misappropriated.

Rimin-Gado said further that senior officials of the emir's palace had been summoned for questioning.

Sanusi recently criticized the Kano government for taking a $2 billion loan from China to finance a light rail project.

“We have governors, they go to China and spend one month on a tour and what do they come back with, MoU on debts,” the emir said on Wednesday, April 5, during a conference in Kaduna.

“China will lend you $1.8bn to build light rail. This light rail will be done by the rail workers from China. The trains will come from China. The engines will come from China. The labour comes from China. The driver is Chinese.

“At the end of the day, what do you benefit from it? Your citizen will ride on a train and when you ride on a train, in northern Nigeria, in a state like Kano or Katsina, where are you going to? You are not going to an industrial estate to work. You are not going to school? You are not going to the farm. You borrow money from China to invest in trains so that your citizens can ride on them and go for weddings and naming ceremonies,” he added.

Sanusi has also criticized the Federal Government for borrowing mindlessly adding that its current economic model would not work.

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Investigators however told the BBC that they have evidence of financial misconduct against the emir while denying that the probe was politically motivated.

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