A Federal High Court sitting in Kano on Friday dismissed the preliminary report of the Kano Anti-graft Commission, which recommended the suspension of Emir Muhammad Sanusi II over alleged misappropriation of the Kano Emirate Council’s funds.
Delivering the ruling on Friday, Justice O. A. Egwuatu faulted the commission for not giving Emir Sanusi an opportunity to be heard before releasing the said report, stressing that such act of omission contravenes the principle of fair hearing.
Sanusi had sued Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, alongside the State Attorney-General, Ibrahim Mukhtar, seeking a declaration that the findings contained in the anti-graft commission’s preliminary report, issued on June 6, 2019, was in breach of his fundamental human right to fair hearing and were contrary to the rules of natural justice.
Emir Sanusi sought an order from the court to set aside the preliminary report, as it relates to his indictment for fraud, misappropriation, as well as the recommendation for suspension by the commission.
The court also awarded the Emir the sum of N200, 000 as general compensation for the breach of his human rights.