Police raid former governor’s house, recover SUVs

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Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle

The Nigeria Police Force has executed a raid on the residence of the former Zamfara state governor Bello Matawalle leading to the confiscation of more than 40 vehicles.

According to a statement released by the spokesperson for the Zamfara governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris, the Police operation was conducted in compliance with a court order.

The statement further disclosed that a search warrant had been duly obtained for the purpose of the operation.

The statement read in parts: “Recall that the Zamfara State Government has communicated officially to former Governor Bello Matawalle and his Deputy to return all the missing vehicles within five (5) working days.

“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.

“We want to reaffirm our commitment to recover all that belongs to the people. Our common resolve is to rescue and rebuild Zamfara. Recovering the proceeds of crime and public assets is a critical part of our rescue mission.

“We want to call on the people of Zamfara to remain calm as we continue to record massive improvements in the areas of security and the lingering water scarcity in the state.”