Alhaji Namadi Sambo, the immediate past Vice President, Namadi Sambo, has accused security agencies of a plot to incriminate him by planting object in his residence so as to bring criminal charges against him.
Sambo’s accusation follows the raid on his residence in Kaduna on Wednesday by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police and operatives of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
The former VP, in a statement issued by his spokesman, Umar Sani, said security agents have raided his property, especially unoccupied ones, five times and expressed concern that the raids were part of a mission to incriminate him at all cost.
“In the previous searches which I duly complied with as a law abiding citizen, nothing was found.
“Yet, on each occasion, valuable fittings were deliberately destroyed by the security operatives,” the statement read in part.
According to him, during Wednesday’s raid, heavily armed security operatives blocked all entry and exit points to the expansive mansion on Ali Road, Kaduna, preventing neighbours from coming close to the residence.
Sambo noted that the security operatives were armed with a search warrant and 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 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 occupies.
“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.”
“However, nothing incriminating was found.”
The former vice president said although nothing was found, the way the raid was carried showed desperation on the part of the security agencies.
He added that he was concerned that there may be further raids during which an incriminating material could be planted.
“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.”