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Court orders retrieval of over 50 government vehicles carted away by former Zamfara Governor

Governor Bello Matawalle
Governor Bello Matawalle

A lawsuit filed by the immediate past Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle over ownership of over 50 vehicles which reportedly belongs to the State Government, has been dismissed.

Matawalle who filed the lawsuit following a raid on his residence where the vehicles were recovered, had claimed ownership of the vehicles which he is accused of cornering prior to the handing over of power on 29 May, 2023.

Confirming that the lawsuit was thrown out, spokesperson of Zamfara State Governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris stated that the former governor and his cabinet members carted away several critical official vehicles belonging to the state government, “thereby leaving the present administration with nothing to use”.

Court orders retrieval of over 50 government vehicles carted away by former Zamfara Governor

The statement read; “Recall that in June, the Zamfara State Government gave the former governor and his deputy five working days to return all official vehicles taken away.

“All demands for the return of the said vehicles proved abortive, and as a result, the Zamfara State Government resorted to obtaining a court order to retrieve them. In pursuit of that order, a total number of over 50 vehicles were recovered by the police.

“After the vehicles were recovered, Bello Matawalle quickly went to the Federal High Court in Gusau. The court granted an order for the cars to be returned to him. Additionally, he filed a separate suit at the same court, seeking to enforce his fundamental right to own property, including the vehicles in question.

Court orders retrieval of over 50 government vehicles carted away by former Zamfara Governor

“The Zamfara State Government requested the transfer of the case to another jurisdiction of the Federal High Court. The Federal High Court of Nigeria, Sokoto Judicial Division, dismissed the matter on Friday.

“The court refused the reliefs sought by Bello Matawalle and rejected his claim to the ownership of the official vehicles. As a result, the vehicles are still considered the property of the Zamfara State Government.

“Our government is committed to recovering all that rightfully belongs to the people through an all-encompassing rescue mission that leaves no stone unturned.

“The judgment by the Federal High Court will encourage us to ensure that justice prevails and all perpetrators of financial banditry in Zamfara are brought to book.”

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