Heavily armed security operatives yesterday 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, Premium Times reports.
An ICPC operative in the North-West zonal office of the agency in Kaduna, confirmed the raid to Premium Times, the paper says.
“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.