The Two Rolls-Royce Owned By The Dethroned Emir Of Kano (PHOTOS)
Yesterday, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, born Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, was dethroned from the position of the Emir of Kano.
The former Governor of Central Bank Of Nigeria was crowned the 14th Emir of Kano on 8 June 2014 after the death of his grand-uncle, Ado Bayero.
His short spell as the Emir of Kano was marked with not a few controversies. One of them was centred around his ownership of luxury cars –specifically, Rolls-Royces.
Interestingly, owning Rolls Royces is almost an entrenched tradition of the Kano Emirate. Long before it became mainstream, the Kano Emirate has been acquiring Rolls-Royces. The outspoken former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria and recently dethroned Emir was no exception.
Sanusi II is among several Nigerian monarchs that love to be chauffeured around in a Rolls-Royce car. His garage includes inherited classic Rolls-Royces such as the 1952 Model Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith.
The 58-year-old former monarch took ownership of two brand new Rolls-Royces during his brief stint as the traditional head of the Kano Emirate.
Let’s take a look at the two controversial Rolls-Royces of the recently dethroned Emir, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II.
Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II has a black Rolls-Royce Ghost. He reportedly acquired it shortly after his enthronement.
The Rolls-Royce Ghost is a dream of many rich and famous individuals in the country, let alone average residents.
The Rolls-Royce Ghost has an estimated price of about N70 million.
Rolls-Royce Phantom VII
In September 2016, the maverick former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and former Emir of Kano, in keeping with that tradition of the Kano Emirate, took delivery of the range-topping Rolls-Royce – a 2016 Rolls-Royce Phantom VII.
The erudite Sanusi II announced the new Rolls-Royce on social media. On his official Instagram page, the Emir captioned the shared pictures thus: “Has just been added”. The Phantom had an estimated cost of about N60 million.
The luxury car has a custom number plate MS-1, signifying Muhammadu Sanusi 1.
The Rolls-Royce Controversies
In May 2019, the Kano State government accused the Emir of Kano of using the Emirates account to fund his opulent lifestyle, including the acquisition of the two Rolls-Royces.
Sanusi soon responded to the allegation. He announced that the two luxury cars were gifts from his friends,
“The Rolls-Royces they talked about were bought by my two friends, Kola Kareem and Bola Shagaya. This is normal”, he said in a statement.
“The late Emir’s limousines were bought by Aminu Dantata, Fernandez, Isiaka Rabiu, Sani Abacha and Ahmed Muazu. Everyone has friends and well-wishers”
“Kola Kareem who bought him the cars is the Managing Director of Costain and Shoreline”, he added. He is an old friend of “mine right from my banking days”. Bola Shagaya was Emir Sanusi’s classmate in SBS (1977) and in Economics class (1978-1981) in ABU, Zaria. The Emir said the cars were their contributions to him. They asked what they can do for him and he said ‘buy me new cars’.
He added that “They (his friends) asked what can we do and I said ‘buy me new cars’. The limos here are all antique and dead”.
As far as we know, Emir of Kano’s Rolls-Royce Phantom costs around ₦60 million while the Rolls Royce Ghost model starts at ₦70 million.