The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested General Idris Dambazau (rtd), Kano State Chairman of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC), over alleged economic sabotage.
Dambazau is the immediate-past Kano State Commissioner for Special Duties.
It was learnt that the secret police picked up the retired general for unilaterally closing seven petroleum filling stations without following due process, an action that sources said is outside the mandate of his agency.
Before his arrest, Dambazau was said to have spurned all entreaties to open the filling stations.
According to a confidential source quoted by Vanguard, the Kano CPC chairman’s was viewed by the DSS as a deliberate attempt to create artificial scarcity of petrol in Kano.
The source said that Section 48 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) clearly states that, any government ministry, department or agency exercising any power or function or taking any action which may have direct impact on midstream or downstream petroleum operations shall consult with the authority.
In 2015, Dambazau was in the limelight for refusing to return three government vehicles three months after leaving office as commissioner, saying the then administration owed him severance allowance.