Gen. Idris Dambazau rtd. chairman of the Kano State Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has been arrested by the Department of State Service over allegations of economic sabotage.
Sources close to the DSS accused Dambazau of unilateral closure of seven petroleum filling stations without following due process.
The sources added that all efforts to make the former military officer open the filling stations fell on deaf ears, despite his allegedly undertaking an illegal assignments which is beyond the powers of the office he was occupying.
“The Security view Gen. Dambazau’s actions as deliberate acts of economics sabotage with the intention to create scarcity of the commodity in Kano where there was none”
The source quoted section 48 of the Nigeria Constitution stating 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.
He explained that the section required that prior to issuing any regulations, guidelines, enforcement order or directives, the authorities must be consulted. This the source said Gen. Dambazau failed to adhere to.
The section stipulates further that even after consulting the relevant authority, the authority shall review the recommendations of the government ministry, department or agency and communicate decisions accordingly before the decisions shall be complied with.