The Kano State Public Complaints and Anti Corruption Commission has threaten to arrest, the Managing Director, State Consumer Protection Council, General Idris Bello Dambazau Rtd over his failure to respond to the commission’s invitation to answer the allegations of corruption against him.
The Chairman of the Commission, Barrister Mahmoud Balarabe made the disclosure at a press briefing late evening, Thursday.
He said the commission recieved many complaints of alleged corruption and allied matters against him.
” We’re mandated by the law establishing the commission to invite any person, when a petition filed against him to hear his own version for the interest of fair hearing and justice”,
He lamented that the Managing Director has never honoured any of the invitation sent to him by the commission.
He explained that both anti corruption commission and consumer protection council were established by statutory law of Kano State.
” Our main responsibility as head of the Public agencies is to safeguard the sanctity of the law,” he said.
He revealed that the law establishing the commission empowered it to arrest any person who fail to honor its invitation.
” Police Operatives from operation department visited his office to arrest him, but were told he was not on seat.
“They checked everywhere and couldn’t see him, bu he should either honour our invitation or risk arrest anywhere we see him.”
He maintained that invitation to answer allegations doesn’t mean someone is guilty.
” We’re not jocking here, we’re here to squarely address the issue of corruption which is bedeviling our society”.
The Kano Anti Graft boss similarly lamented the way and manner Federal Ministry of Transportation compensated the People of Communities affected by the Federal Government’s Railway line projects.
He explained that the Federal Government has awarded a railway line projects from Lagos to Ibadan to Kano and Niger Republic.
He further explained that the project will no doubt bring economic development to Kano State.
” While the project will bring development but we have consider the right of people in the communities affected by the project,” the chairman stated.
He, pointed out that the commission recieved complaints from the people living around Fanshekara, Tudun Hayi, Hayin Kaya, Zawachiki and communities around the areas, that their farm lands were taken over with very token amount as compensation.
He maintained that upon receiving the complainants the commission conducted investigation and found that due process was not followed.
” The Land Use Act was not considered while compensating the affected residents.
I found that a person with 4 bedroom plat compensated with the sum of 900,000 Some recieved only 250,000 some 300,000″
He explained that Kano state Government or its relevant agencies were not involved in the compensation process.
The Chairman said investigation revealed that people are sleeping inside a tent some on their farmland after demolishing of their houses.
” We wouldn’t allowed this, I already invited the consultant handling the project, i similarly requested the list of all people affected from federal Ministry of Transportation.” he added.