Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) operatives yesterday raided the Kaduna home of former Vice President Namadi Sambo.
They had a search warrant and a bullion van.
It was learnt that an artisan, wearing an overall, accompanied the security officials into the building.
The artisan was said to have entered into the ceiling looking for documents and cash
It was learnt that the operatives of the anti-graft agency stormed Sambo’s home on Alimi Road, Kaduna about 3pm.
Eyewitness accounts also said the ICPC operatives, who rode in a bus, two Hilux vans and a bullion van, searched the house for two hours.
According to the residents, “They (ICPC operatives) came with heavily armed security personnel and raided the house for two hours between3pm and 5pm”.
When our correspondent visited the house, fierce-looking securitymen threatened to shoot at anyone who came close to the house. They did not listen to reporters.
“We are not sure whether this time they found something in the house. But we are suspecting something, because this time, they came with a bullion van,” a resident of the area said.
A source close to the former VP said anti-graft agencies had raided the house five times without finding anything.
He said: “I want to assure you that this time again nothing would be found because the former Vice President is not a corrupt person.”
The spokesman of the former Vice President, Mallam Umar Sani, said the ICPC officials came with a court order to search the residence and that it was not the first time.
He added: “This is not the first time they are searching the house. They have csearched 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.”
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had carried out a similar search on one of Sambo’s properties in Abuja in 2016.
The former Vice-President had been allegedly linked to some cash disbursements during the build-up to the 2015 general elections, an accusation he had denied.
Vital documents were said to have been recovered from his property located at the Central Business District, Abuja, but he was neither arrested nor charged.