- The Zamfara State government has opened up on the raid of ex-governor Bello Matawalle's residence in Gusau
- The state government disclosed that over 40 vehicles were recovered from his residence on Friday, June
- According to a statement issued by the state government, a court order was obtained to enforce the raid
Zamfara, Gusau - The State House in Zamfara has opened up on the raid of ex-governor Bello Matawalle's residence by operatives of the Nigerian Police Force.
It was later confirmed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that his residence in his hometown of Maradun was also raided by police and operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).
APC accused the current government of Zamfara State of witch-hunting Matawalle instead of going through legal routes.
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Meanwhile, a statement issued by the Zamfara state govt stated that:
“The Zamfara State Government has cleared the air on the operation of the Nigeria Police Force that led to the recovery of vehicles looted by the former State Governor, Bello Mohammaed Matawalle.”
“In the early hours of Friday, The Nigeria Police Force stormed the residence of the former Governor, where over 40 vehicles were impounded."
Raid on Matawalle's house done on court order - Zamfara govt
As contained in the statement, the Zamfara State government revealed that the raid carried out by the operatives of police and DSS was backed by law.
The state government said a court order was granted for Matawelle's residence to be searched, noting that a notice was issued to the ex-governor and his deputy to return all the missing vehicles belonging to the state government.
According to Daily Trust, the statement reads:
“We also lodged an official complaint with the Police on overriding public interest on wasteful looting of valuables including official vehicles.
“Consequently, the Police sought a search warrant which was duly given by the court and hence raided Matawalle’s residence in Gusau, Maradun Local Government, and another unidentified hideout.
“Over 40 vehicles were recovered including Three bulletproof vehicles and Eight SUVs."
Northern APC Governor Bello Matawalle on EFCC Radar for Alleged N70bn Fraud
In another development, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it would commence a probe of Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) governor is being investigated for an alleged N70 billion fraud.
Matawalle has been accused of gathering the money as a loan and diverting it to several accounts without executing the projects.