Court orders Nigeria to investigate bribery allegation against MD Kano Consumer Protection Council, KSPC-Gen Dambazau
Hon. Justice Nasiru Saminu of the Kano State High Court has ordered the state commissioner of police to cause an investigation to be carried out on the chief executive officer of Kano State Consumer Protection Council (KSCPC), General Idris Bello Dambazau (Rtd).
The court on Monday said in its judgement orders in suit No K/M1084/2021 involving Sani Ismail v Kano State Consumer Protection Council and General Idris Bello Dambazau that “The allegation of bribery leveled against the 2nd Respondent by the Applicant are weighty enough requiring an investigation by the security agencies and the commissioner of police Kano State is hereby directed to cause an investigation into the matter.”
Justice Saminu also said the act of the KSCPC and its chairman in taking away 323 jerrycans of palm oil and 13 drums of vegetable oil permanently from the Applicant was unconstitutional and against the law establishing the KSCPC.
He barred KSCPC and Dambazau from disposing or destroying the items they took away from the Applicant and orderd that they should be kept in safe custody pending the outcome of the laboratory analysis by the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
Mr Ismail had gone to court to enforce his fundamental human rights against the KSCPC and Dambazau for carting away his goods from his warehouse without any just cause. He said he was duly registered to carry out his business and has been doing so for years without issues.
He also claimed that he has been in compliance with all necessary rules and regulations guiding his business.
According to him, General Dambazau arbitrarily descended on his business premises and ordered his KSCPC staff to cart away his goods worth millions. He said the retired General later demanded for N5 million bribe to get his goods released, an amount he said he refused to give.
The Applicant told the court that Dambazau called him through his phone number to make the bribery demand, and provided the court with the call log for their interaction.