Kano Assembly Speaker Resigns Over Probe Of Emir Sanusi

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The Speaker of the Kano State House of Assembly, Kabiru Rurum has resigned amidst allegation of collecting money to scuttle investigation on the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, The New Diplomat has gathered.

Rurum resigned in a letter read at plenary by the Deputy Speaker, Ibrahim Chidariof, who presided over the sitting on Monday.

The former speaker was alleged to have collected N100 million from business mogul, Aliko Dangote, but failed to share the money to 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.

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, 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.

Meanwhile, Kano Assembly on Monday set up a five-man committee to investigate the corruption allegations leveled against its immediate past Speaker, Kabiru Rurum.

The decision of the Assembly to investigate the allegations, which was proposed to the House by the new speaker at the plenary, was unanimously accepted by the House.

The Deputy Chief Whip of the Assembly, Muhammad Butu-Butu, a member representing Rimin Gado/Tofa constituency, was appointed as chairman of the committee.

Similarly, at the plenary, the Assembly also elected Alhaji Abdulaziz Gafasa, member representing Ajingi Local Government, as its new majority leader.

Again at the session, the Assembly had impeached the Deputy Majority Leader, Alhaji Maifada Bello, member representing Kibiya local government constituency.
The deputy majority leader was accused of siding with the former speaker, who is currently being investigated.

Bella’s impeachment followed a motion moved by a member representing Nasarawa Local Government Area, Alhaji Ibrahim Gama, with an impeachment letter signed by 31 out of the 40 members.

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