ICPC, DSS, others raid Namadi Sambo’s residence in Kaduna
By Ehi Ekhator
The anti-graft agency: Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and the Department of State Security (DSS) raided the residence in Kaduna belonging to the former Vice President of Nigeria Namadi Sambo yesterday.
It could be recalled that his residence at Gobarau road, Kaduna have been raided twice this year.
The operatives arrived at the residence at No. 1 Alimi Road, GRA, Kaduna around 3pm and left at about 5.30pm.
The operatives who were heavily armed arrived at the residence in a commando style with three vehicles: A white coloured Coaster bus, a Toyota Hilux Van and a dark coloured Toyota Corolla car.
Policemen were stationed at every entrance, turning away vehicles as the main road leading to Alimi road were blocked.
A source closed to the residence confirmed the presence of the security operatives. He however said that some of the operatives were the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) due to their uniforms. The witness wasn’t sure if the other men were the EFCC or ICPC.
He revealed that the operatives as they entered the house, warned everyone not to move an inch from their positions or be ready to get shot.
He disclosed that the heavy presence of the uniform men at the gate gave it away that something was definitely amiss.
The source further said the two vehicles with the well armed men escorted the bus as it came out of the house.
Confirming the incident, the Spokesperson of the former Vice President, Malam Umar Sani said the ICPC officials came with a court order to search the residence.
“This is not the first time they are searching the house. They have been coming to search the house on several occasions.
“Today they came with a court order and gave a copy of the court order to the CSO (Chief Security Officer) in the house.
“After they finished the search, they wrote at the back page of the court order that they gave to the CSO that they didn’t find anything and they left. “So we are not surprised because it has now become a routine activity.”
But the Acting spokesperson for the Kaduna police Command, ASP MD Muhammad said he could not comment at the time he was contacted as he was with visitors. He promised a call back but did not as at the time the report was filed.
A source within the ICPC office in Kaduna told our correspondent that their men had gone out on certain operation when contacted.