Barely a week after the meeting between President Goodluck Jonathan and Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, the Department of State Security (DSS) has handed over the passport of the emir back to him.
The State Director of the State Security Services, (SSS), Bassey Etang handed over the two travelling passports to the Kano emir at his palace on Saturday.
Confirming the handover of the passport, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Kwankwaso on Chieftaincy and Emirate Council Affairs, Alhaji Tijjani Mailafiya, pointed out that Emir Sanusi got back his travelling passports on Saturday morning.
Emir Sanusi’s diplomatic travelling passport was seized at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos when he returned from Niger Republic, while the other local passport was seized at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport when he was about boarding Turkish Airlines to France.
Sanusi had a running battle with President Jonathan following the allegation of missing $49.8 billion oil money. His insistence on the alleged missing oil money, which pitted him against the President earned him a suspension, which eventually led to his ouster as CBN governor.
The genesis of the battle was the leakage of the September 2013 letter he wrote to President Jonathan, in which he raised issues about the management of the country’s crude oil revenue.
In the letter, where Sanusi alleged that the NNPC failed to remit more than two-thirds of the oil money earned by the country between January 2012 and July 2013, the former governor insisted that out of the sum of $67 billion, only about $18 billion had so far been accounted for, while the sum of $49.8 billion was unaccounted for.
He however reviewed the alleged missing fund downward to $12 billion and later $10.8 billion upon reconciliation with the ministry of finance. He thereafter brought it up to $20 billion.