Nigerian police recover over 40 government vehicles after invading Zamfara former governor’s residence

Zamfara State Police Command has recovered more than 40 government vehicles from the residence of the former governor of the state, Bello Matawalle.

According to a statement by Sulaiman Bala Idris, spokesman for the governor of Dauda Lawal state, the vehicles were recovered during a raid on Matawalle’s residence on Friday, June 9, 2023.

Idris noted that the raid was carried out under a police search warrant.

“In the early hours of Friday, the Nigerian Police Force stormed the former Governor’s residence where more than 40 vehicles were impounded,” he say.

“Police acted on court orders and search warrants obtained for this operation.”

The raid took place after the Zamfara State government officially notified Matawalle and his former deputy to return all lost vehicles within five working days.

The governor’s spokesman added that the state government has also filed a formal complaint with the Police about members of the previous administration wastefully looting valuables, including vehicles. equitment.

“The Police therefore obtained a valid court-issued search warrant and therefore raided Matawalle’s residence in Gusau, the Maradun Local Government Area and another unidentified hideout.

“More than 40 vehicles were recovered, including three bulletproof vehicles and eight SUVs.”

The state government reiterated its commitment to reclaim all property belonging to the people, emphasizing the importance of the effort in the mission to rescue and rebuild Zamfara.

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It appealed to residents for calm, assuring them of significant improvements in security and efforts to address the ongoing water scarcity in the state.

Meanwhile, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has announced that it is investigating Matawalle over allegations of corruption, including the awarding of ghost contracts and the transfer of more than N70 billion.

The revelation comes after Matawalle accused Commission chairman Abdulrasheed Bawa of demanding $3 million in bribes from him.

“The commission wanted to inform the nation to expect more of the kinds of extravagant accusations made by Matawalle as those at the end of the EFCC investigation fought back fiercely.

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