Security agencies search ex-VP Namadi Sambo’s house

Former Vice President, Namadi Sambo; Photo credits: Desert Herald
Former Vice President, Namadi Sambo; Photo credits: Desert Herald

Heavily armed security operatives on Wednesday raided the residence of a former vice president, Namadi Sambo, in Kaduna.

The operatives are believed to have come from the State Security Service, SSS, and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC.

An ICPC operative in the North-West zonal office of the agency in Kaduna, confirmed the raid to our reporter.

“Yes, we carried out a raid of the former Vice President Sambo’s house around 3:00pm today (Wednesday) with other agencies,” the operative said but declined to give further details because he has no official permission to speak to journalists.

“You can contact our headquarters in Abuja for details,” he added.

Umar Sani, the former media aide to Mr. Sambo, who also confirmed Wednesday’s raid said it was the fifth by security operatives on the house.

He accused Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress of allegedly intimidating people to scare possible contenders in 2019.

“This is not the first time they are searching the house. They have been coming to search the house on several occasions,” Mr. Sani said.

“Today they came with a court order and gave a copy of the court order to the 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,” Mr. Sani said.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the operatives arrived the newly renovated residence of the former vice president at No. 1 Alimi road in Kaduna, around 3:07 p.m., conducted their search and left at about 5:28 p.m.

“The heavily armed team came in a white Toyota Hilux, a Toyota Corolla and a Coaster bus, a Toyota Hilux van and a dark coloured Toyota Corolla car.

“The Corolla was parked outside as the operatives numbering up to ten conducted the search within the residence while the others waited outside,” a resident of the neighbourhood who witnessed the raid said.

A witness also told our reporter that some operatives blocked the major road leading to the residence to wade off motorists and other passers-by plying the road while other operatives went‎ into the residence.

Mr. Sambo served as deputy to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan from 2010 to 2015.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how the ex-vice president in May held a closed-door meeting with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.

It is not clear if the earlier searches mentioned by Mr. Sani were discussed at that meeting as details of the meeting were not disclosed.


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  • robin

    i beg make we hear word.Rubbish dis aboki dey prepare to go search and humiliate Jonathan which we must collectively reject except they start from all the northern parasites dat ve ruled nigeria not only dat also search all those secret supporters of book haram such as satan of sokoto

    • tundemash

      To search anyone’s house is humiliation ?

  • Tega

    Which date has been set for the Secession Referendum? I want my Niger delta Republic. We demand and shall enforce 100% resource control or else…

    • tundemash

      Ask your Rep/Senator/Gov.

  • eyobaba

    Nigeria should by now have gone beyond this Gestapo style of intimidation. Our leaders should act in more civilized and cultured manners and in accordance with the laws of the land.

    • tundemash

      “Today they came with a court order and gave a copy of the court order to the 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 what exactly is the gestapo style and intimidation ???? They shouldn’t have got a court order or they shouldn’t have presented it or is Sambo above the law than yourself ??

  • T-Rex

    A prelude to the invasion of Otuoke.

  • Frank Bassey

    Drama, Drama …. Drama!!!