Court restrains agency from investigating Emir Sanusi over N2.2bn land scam

Emir Muhammadu Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

The Federal High Court in Kano has restrained the Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-corruption Commission from investigating Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, for alleged N2.2 billion land scam.

The monarch, on Friday, filed an ex-parte motion before the court against the anti-graft agency, Muhyi Rimingado, Attorney General of Kano State, and the governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, as 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th respondents respectively.

Sanusi, through his legal team led by Nureini Jimoh, prayed the court to restrain the 1st and 2nd respondents (the commission and its chairman, Mr Rimingado respectively) from investigating him pending the hearing of the originating motion.

Justice Lewis Allagoa granted the prayer of the monarch and ordered that the status quo be maintained in the interim pending the hearing and determination of the originating motions.

“Also that the respondents are to be served with the order of the court made in this suit and other processes through the 1st respondent (Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission),” the judge said.

The case was adjourned till March 18.

The anti-graft agency had invited Sanusi to appear before it on Thursday to defend himself on the fresh allegation.

But the emir wrote to the agency through his lawyers, requesting for an extension time for him to appear on March 25.

But the commission rejected his proposal, saying he should appear before it on March 9.