A Federal High Court in Sokoto, Sokoto State, dismissed a suit filed by the immediate-past governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, over the ownership of approximately 50 vehicles said to belong to the Zamfara State government; as a result, the court ordered the retrieval of 50 official vehicles from the ex-governor.
The Zamfara State Police Command raided former Governor Matawalle's houses in June and recovered official vehicles taken away by him as he left office as governor of the state on May 29, 2023, as ordered by the court.
According to a statement issued by the Zamfara State Governor's Spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, on Monday, the Sokoto division of the Federal High Court dismissed Matawalle's claims of ownership of the government cars in question.
The statement also noted that the former governor and his cabinet colleagues had taken away all state government official cars, leaving the current administration with nothing.
The statement read in parts: “Recall that in June, the Zamfara State Government gave the former governor and his deputy five working days to return all official vehicles taken away.
“All demands for the return of the said vehicles proved abortive, and as a result, the Zamfara State Government resorted to obtaining a court order to retrieve them. In pursuit of that order, a total number of over 50 vehicles were recovered by the police."