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Federal High Court approves investigation of Muhammadu Sanusi over land scam

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Approval has been granted by a Federal High Court for the investigation of deposed Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II over an alleged N2.2 billion land scam.

The fundamental human right suit filed by the former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor against Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, Kano Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, its chairman as well as the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice was dismissed by Justice Lewis Allagoa on Tuesday. Due to this, Sanusi will face fresh anti-corruption charges three months after his deposition after he resigned for about six years.

Sanusi asked the court to restrict the four defendants from investigating him on the alleged land racketeering, arguing the planned investigation was against his fundamental human right. But the judge held that the anti-graft commission and its chairman had the jurisdiction and powers to probe Sanusi on the matter.

An ex parte order filed by Sanusi to restrict the commission from inviting and investigating him on the land matter pending the hearing and determination of the originating summons had earlier been granted by Justice Lewis in March.

The anti-graft agency had invested on the embattled Sanusi a Right of Occupancy CON-RES-2016-503, which was reportedly sold illegally by the Kano emirate council to Family Home Fund Limited during Sanusi tenure as the Emir.

It claimed the trio of Shehu Dankadai (Sarkin Shanu), Sarki Ibrahim (Makanan Kano) and Mustapha Yahaya (Dan Isan Lapai) ,following alleged instruction of Sanusi were responsible for the alleged illegal transactions for the sale of the landed properties at Darmanawa, Hotoro and Bubbugaje belonging to the emirate.

Reported by: Fatimah Oyesanmi

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