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My attention has been drawn to publications on an online medium, Saharareporters, on
Sunday 2nd July and in Daily Trust newspaper on Monday 3rd July, 2017.
One of the spurious allegations was that I was sacked as Magajin Garin Sokoto, a position
I held for 20 years and inherited from my great-grand parents, who were undoubtedly
major stakeholders in the establishment and development of the Sokoto Caliphate.
The second allegation was that the Sultan refused to intervene on my behalf when I,
according to report, went and begged him to do so in my case with the EFCC.
The first case, according to reports, was that I fraudulently collected money for an
unexecuted contract in Taraba State, while the second one was that I was involved in a
fraudulent deal in Paris Club loan refund consultancy services.
It is both saddening and disheartening that a person holding an exalted throne will engage
in peddling falsehood and lead a smear campaign against his council member by feeding
editors with lies.
For the purpose of setting the records straight, I voluntarily resigned my position as
Magajin Garin Sokoto at a meeting with the Sultan, council members and some eminent
personalities in our society such as former Governor Mallam Yahaya Abdulkarim, former
Deputy Governor Mallam Chiso Dattijo and former Secretary to the Military Government,
Makaman Sokoto Mallam Sani Dingyadi, among others.
This was the second meeting we held to resolve our differences with Inuwa Abdulkadir,
and at no point during the two meetings the issue of EFCC was mentioned by my humble
self or any other person present at the meeting.
I honourably resigned, walked out on the Sultan, retuned my staff of office, official vehicle
and other title paraphernalia because I could no longer stand the Sultan’s verbiage,
disparaging remarks and tacit attempts to humiliate my lineage.
I will like to also make it categorically clear that none of my companies failed to execute
contract in Taraba State or defaulted in its contractual agreements.
As for Paris Club consultancy service, I have never begged nor discussed the issue of
EFCC with the Sultan. Let me also make it clear that I was never arrested or detained by
the EFCC. As a responsible citizen, I honoured the invitation of the commission and after
handling the matter in a professional way by taking my statement without humiliation or
harassment, I was asked to go.
I challenge the Sultan or any of the council members to prove that I have ever begged
them to intervene in any of my dealings, either at this trying moment or previously.
A Sultan who commoditizes caliphate services with a price tag, knows that I know his
price, which I can as well afford, if I wanted his intervention in any matter.
I am aware that Sultan is hell bent on having me jailed as he has confided in one of the
council members. So it should be noted that should anything happen to me, Sultan should
be held responsible.
With this barrage of accusations against my person and attempts to humiliate my lineage,
one cannot but infer that the long-standing acrimony and animosity borne against the
family of late Sir Ahmadu Bello Sardauna is fast resurfacing.
Alhaji Hassan Ahmad Danbaba