19 May 2017

Nigeria: Reps Can't Intervene in Sanusi's Probe - Kano Speaker

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The New Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, right, and others during his arrival at the Emirate of Kano.

Kano — The Speaker of Kano State House of Assembly, Alhaji Kabiru Alhassan Rurum has said that the House of Representatives has no mandate to intervene in the ongoing investigation of the Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II.

Speaking exclusively to Daily Trust yesterday, Rurum faulted the call by Rep Aliyu Sani Madakin Gini (APC, Dala) asking the House of Representatives to intervene in the probe of the emir by the Kano assembly.

Rurum said "The section 14 (2b) of the constitution which Madaki relied upon to back his argument is categorical and cannot be applicable in Kano because the situation on ground did not warrant for that.

"The section says the NASS can intervene in the affairs of state assembly only if the assembly cannot sit or if there is crisis in the house but in our own case, there is nothing like that. Out of the 35 members, 34 voted in support of the investigation, while only one member failed to vote in support. So, the move is completely out of context."

He reiterated the determination of the Kano assembly to continue with the investigation to ascertain the truth or otherwise of the eight-count charge levelled against the emir.

The speaker said, "The 7-man ad-hoc committee saddled with responsibility of investigating the emir is within the ambit of law. We formulated the law that is governing the affairs of the Kano emirate council and with the provision of section 128 of the Constitution, we have the mandate to cross-check its activities whenever the need arise."

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