The Zamfara State Police Command has recovered more than 40 government vehicles from the residence of the state’s former governor, Bello Matawalle.
According to a statement by Sulaiman Bala Idris, the spokesperson of the state governor, Dauda Lawal, the vehicles were recovered during a raid on Matawalle’s residence residence on Friday, June 9, 2023.
Idris noted that the raid was executed following a search warrant obtained by the police.
“In the early hours of Friday, the Nigeria Police Force stormed the residence of the former Governor, where over 40 vehicles were impounded,” he said.
“The police acted on a court order and a search warrant obtained for the operation.”
The raid came after the Zamfara State government communicated officially to Matawalle and his former deputy to return all the missing vehicles within five working days.
The governor’s spokesperson added that the state government also lodged an official complaint with the Police over wasteful looting of valuables, including official vehicles, by members of the immediate past administration.
“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 Area and another unidentified hideout.
“Over 40 vehicles were recovered including three bulletproof vehicles and eight SUVs.”
The state government reiterated its commitment to reclaiming all assets that rightfully belong to the people, emphasising the importance of the endeavor in the mission to rescue and rebuild Zamfara.
It called for calm among the residents, 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) had stated that it was investigating Matawalle over corruption allegations, including the award of phantom contracts and diversion of over N70 billion.
The disclosure came after Matawalle accused the Commission’s chairman Abdulrasheed Bawa of demanding $3 million bribe from him.
“The Commission would like to put the nation on notice to expect more of the kind of wild allegations made by Matawalle as those at the receiving end of EFCC’s investigations fight viciously back.