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  • Updated: June 10, 2023

Zamfara Police Replies Former Governor Matawalle Over Raid On Properties

Zamfara Police Replies Former Governor Matawalle Over Raid O

The Zamfara State Police Command has replied the former governor of the State, Bello Matawalle, over his comment on the raid of his properties, leading to seizure of vehicles.

Following the raid on his properties at Maradun and Gusau, Matawalle had alleged that he was robbed by the state government.

In reaction on Saturday evening, the spokesperson of the command, ASP Yazid Abubakar, challenged anyone who claims his items were stolen to provide proof of ownership to the police. 

He explained that the command was currently investigating the issue of missing vehicles of the state government, urging people with relevant information to support the police in the investigation.

“The Command is currently investigating a Complaint of missing Zamfara State Government vehicles. 

"Members of the public who have useful information about these missing vehicles are humbly requested to come forward with such information to assist the Investigation.

“Persons who feel their vehicles were wrongfully attached while executing search warrants during the course of this investigation are advised to produce proof of ownership to claim such vehicles.

“Members of the public will be duly informed of the outcome of this Investigation and are further advised to desist from spreading false information to mislead the public which is capable of inciting disturbance that can attract arrest and prosecution," Abubakar stated.

Matawalle had told the BBC Hausa in an interview that he was not served with any notification before raiding the properties. 

He had also alleged that during the raid, items from his wives' rooms were taken, adding that stoves were also taken. 

“I have never seen this kind of stupidity where someone’s house will just be entered without any permission as if we are in a lawless country.

“I am in Abuja and nobody told me that any court gave that order or invite me and I refused to answer. 

"The saddest thing is that, in my Gusau house, all my wives’ rooms were broken, even hijabs have been taken away. 

"Stoves were all put in a car and taken away.

“In my Maradun house, they took away all campaign cars that people gave us as contributions, including those I bought in United States even before becoming governor, you know I was a car seller. 

"I will not ask them to bring the cars back, everybody knows that I have cars. 

"This is robbery, they entered everywhere in my houses, even my daughter’s wedding clothing materials (Kayan Lefe) were not spared," he said.

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