The Kano state Emirate Council says the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II spent N37 million on telephone calls since he ascended the throne three years ago. The Walin Kano and spokesperson of the emirate council, Mahe Bashir, disclosed this to newsmen while reacting to reports that the Emir has spent as much as N6 billion since he was enthroned in June 2014.

According to Mahe, the monarch paid N37 million to Airtel to enable him make calls which most times are international.

“It is true that the sum of N37,054,196.06 was paid to Airtel due to the fact that the emir has been identified with only one local mobile phone which he uses within and outside the country. Majority of the charges are that of roaming, which is normal. The telephones charges of the palace are paid by the council, particularly when it comes within the provision of the budget.”

Mahe also disclosed that on the advise of the state government, N142.8 million was used to purchase the Emir’s bullet-proof cars. “This was as a result of the attack on the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, on his way back from Murtala Muhammed Mosque to the palace. The sum of N108 million was paid to the children of the late emir by the council, in respect of the late emir’s personal cars inherited by the present emir.