Kano anti-corruption agency goes after ex-commissioner for holding on to govt vehicles

Idris Dambazau

The immediate past Kano State commissioner for Special Duties, Idris Dambazau, is under fire for refusing to return three government vehicles three months after leaving office as commissioner.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that Mr. Dambazau, a retired army general, cornered three government vehicles including a bus and two saloons and refused to return them after leaving office.

Our correspondent gathered that the Directorate of Administration and General Services in the office of the Secretary to the State Government has formally written to him but the former commissioner allegedly refused to respond to their demand.

Acting on a tip-off, the Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission is currently making arrangements to recover the vehicles and charge him to court.

The chairman of the state anti-corruption agency, Muhuyi Magaji, confirmed the development, saying his office has finalized arrangements to recover the vehicles and make Mr. Dambazau face the law.

Mr. Magaji said the former commissioner converted three government vehicles for personal use after leaving office and refused to return them despite the fact that he was officially asked to do so.

When contacted for comment, the former commissioner neither clearly denied nor admitted holding the vehicles.

When PREMIUM TIMES insisted on getting a clear response, Mr. Dambazau said, “I don’t know what you are talking about.”

About an hour later, Mr. Dambazau called and told PREMIUM TIMES that the present administration in the state is owing him severance allowance as former commissioner.

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