Operatives raid my house 5 times in six months, Forme VP Sambo says

Former vice president, Namadi Sambo, said that there are plans by security agents to set him up and his house had been raided five times in six months.

Sambo, who was reacting to the recent raid on his home, said the frequency “exposes plans to plant incriminating items in the house”.

The house of the former vice president in Kaduna was searched by security agents including the police, DSS and ICPC last Wednesday.

The former VP, who issued a statement through his media adviser, Umar Sani, yesterday said the Wednesday incident was the fifth in six months.

The statement reads: “In the late afternoon of Wednesday, the 28th of June 2017, the Alimi Road, Kaduna un-occupied residence of the former Vice President Arc Mohammed Namadi Sambo, was invaded by security operatives armed with a search warrant, who conducted a forensic search of the entire residence.

“Initially, we were at a loss as to their identity but later discovered that they were operatives from the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC). This raid brings to five the number of times the residence was searched within a period of six months and on each occasion valuable fittings were deliberately destroyed.

“It is worthy of note to state that no such brazen attempts were made at any point, either at his Link Road Kaduna residence, or his Abuja apartment, which he presently reside.

“As the visit of the operatives was unscheduled, the reasons for the search were not specifically stated. However, the outcome of the search was made known. At the end of the whole exercise, the officers, who carried out the search were satisfied that nothing incriminating was found.

“As a law-abiding citizen, the former Vice-President did not raise any alarm in the previous invasions in view of the fact that he has nothing to hide.

“The recent desperation exhibited by some security agencies in carrying out a raid on an unoccupied residence blocking all entry and exit points, in a commando-style and coming along with a bullion van speaks volumes of the clandestine intention of the security operatives.

It is therefore worrisome to note that the consistency with which the searches occurred and the intervals between them portrays a desire of a fault-finding mission. We are apprehensive that an incriminating object could be planted in his residence in order to willfully and deliberately incriminate him”.

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