By Ben Agande & Henry Umoru
KADUNA—Heavily armed security operatives from various arms of the security services, led by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, yesterday, stormed the Kaduna residence of former Vice President, Namadi Sambo, in Kaduna State.
The operation, which lasted several hours, saw the operatives cordoning off the 1, Alimi Road residence of the former vice president, while some of the operatives went into the residence ostensibly to carry out a search.
The operatives came in two vehicles, including a Toyota Coaster Bus and Toyota Hilux Van, while a third vehicle, a Toyota Corolla car, was used to block the entrance to the street where the house is located.
An eye witness, a resident of the area, told journalists that the operatives were aggressive as they threatened to shoot any unauthorised person that got close to the residence.
The resident said:“They came at about 3.00pm and left at about some minutes to 5:00pm.
Spokesman, Force Headquarters, CSP Jimoh Moshood, told Vanguard last night that the Police were not involved in the raid, similarly, EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said operatives of the commission were not involved.
The DSS and ICPC could not be reached for comments at press time.
Contacted, spokesman to Sambo, Umar Sani, confirmed that the officials came with a warrant, adding that it was not the first time the house was being searched.
He said: “This is not the first time they are searching the house. They have been coming on several occasions.
“Today, they came with a court order and gave a copy of the order to the CSO (chief security officer) in the house.”
Senator La’ah condemns action
Meanwhile, Senator Danjuma La’ah (PDP, Kaduna South), yesterday, described the action as an assault on democracy.
Speaking with Vanguard, Senator La’ah, who noted that the treatment meted out on the former Vice President of the country by raiding his house, the manner it was carried out irrespective of what offence he might have allegedly committed, was unnecessary and does not make sense, adding that he was worried that the All Progressives Congress, APC, led Federal Government was engaging in acts capable of derailing the country’s democracy.