The Nigeria Police Force has recovered over 40 vehicles, belonging to Zamfara Government, from the residence of former governor Bello Matawalle.
The new Zamfara State governor, Dauda Lawal had accused Matawalle of stealing official vehicles from the Government House before handing over the state’s leadership to him.
Mr Lawal, during a radio programme with Vision FM in Gusau, the state capital, on Wednesday, said his predecessor sold all the official vehicles, refrigerators, television sets and other items in the Government House.
However, on Friday, police stormed the residence of Matawalle and recovered over 40 vehicles.
Sulaiman Bala Idris, the spokesperson of the state governor, confirmed the recovery.
He also rebutted claims that the raid on Matawalle’s residence was done without a warrant.
The statement read in part, “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 the 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.”