Emir Sanusi’s Probe: Kano Assembly Speaker Resigns
The storm raging over the supposed investigation of the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II for corruption has been claiming some casualty.
But the biggest yet is the Speaker, Kano State House of Assembly, Alhaji Kabiru Rurum, who has just resigned.
The House had moved to investigate the Emir for alleged corruption, but later backed down after prominent Nigerians, including Acting President Osinbajo, intervened.
But there had been allegation that the Speaker collected money to scuttle the investigation.
The former speaker was alleged to have collected N100 million from business mogul Aliko Dangote but failed to share the money to the members.
He had earlier at a news briefing before the assembly went on Sallah recess, denied the allegation and threatened to sue an online media group that first published the report.
Nevertheless, Rurum resigned in a letter read at plenary by the Deputy Speaker, Ibrahim Chidariof who presided over the sitting on Monday.
The Deputy Speaker, who read the letter, said Rurum resigned to protect his image due to allegations bordering on corruption leveled against him by some of the members.
Shortly after the letter was read and accepted, the lawmakers elected the Majority Leader of the Assembly, Alhaji Abdullahi Atta as the new Speaker.
Atta, who represents Fagge constituency, was nominated for the position by Babangida Yakudima and Zubairu Mamuda and the nomination was unanimously accepted by the members including Rurum who was at the sitting.