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Facing investigation for corruption, Kano Consumer Protection Council boss, Idris Dambazau, absconds from custody

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The the managing director of Kano Consumer Protection Council, KCPC, Idris Bello Dambazau, has reportedly fled when the operatives of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, PCACC, escorted him to his house to take medication after being grilled for hours at the commission.

Briefing journalists at his office on Wednesday, the PCACC chairman, Mahmoud Balarabe said Mr Dambazau, a retired army general, had severally ignored the commission’s invitation before finally honoring the invitation on Tuesday.

According to Mr Balarabe, Mr Dambazau was invited to to respond to petitions of corruption allegations against him.

Mr Balarabe said the anti-graft commission had received many complaints of corruption and other allegations against the KCPC boss.

While responding to questions from commission’s investigators on Tuesday, Mr Dambazau requested that he be allowed to take his medications at home, after which he absconded.

“I already left the office and went home when the operation department called and informed me that the suspect took an excuse to be allowed to go and take his medication at home, and I obliged the request and asked them to escort him.

“Unfortunately, he escaped in the process. So, this is another offence and the commission will do what is appropriate within the law to deal with the situation.

“When he came here, we treated him with respect and honor, but at the end, he absconded,” said the PCACC chairman.

Mr Balarabe also stated that Mr Dambazau, while responding to questions about the allegations leveled against him, failed to respond satisfactorily.

The PCACC chairman vowed to investigate the case to its logical conclusion and take appropriate action.

Mr Balarabe also denied that the anti-graft agency had harassed the KCPC MD, as contained in a viral petition he (Mr Dambazau) reportedly posted on social media.

“We did not harass him. In fact, when he came here, we treated him nicely. So, his allegations of harassment and intimidation as contained in that purported petition credited to him is untrue and baseless.

“We are now investigating him. We have not said he is guilty. Only investigation would prove him guilty or innocent,” Mr Balarabe said.

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