Why I Won’t Return 50 Govt Vehicles In My Possession” – Tinubu’s Minister Declares


Minister of State for Defense, Bello Matawalle, has asked Governor Dauda Lawal of Zamfara State and his chief security officer to point out where the Federal High Court sitting in Sokoto, ordered the retrieval of 50 vehicles in its judgement.

This was contained in a statement by Matawalle’s spokesman, Ibrahim Dosara, to journalists on Wednesday.

Matawalle described the statement issued by Zamfara State Government as misleading, fraudulent and a pervasive lie against the court which is tantamount to contempt of court.

He said there was nowhere in the judgement where the court okayed the invasion of the residences of the former governor.

The statement reads in part: “There is nowhere in the judgment delivered by the Federal High Court Sokoto judicial Division on Friday in the suit filed by the immediate past governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle Maradun on the breach of his fundamental rights and that of his family by the present government of Zamfara State under Dauda Lawal Dare where the court ordered force breaking of his residences in Gusau and his home town Maradun, to take away his properties and those of his family, including 50 vehicles donated to him and the presidential candidate then, Bola Ahmed Tinubu by friends and well-wishers for campaign, being the Northwest coordinator for Tinubu/ Shettima Campaign.

“In view of the above, I am challenging the governor to release any of the court documents which stated the order to retrieve the vehicles in question.

“What the Federal High Court Sokoto Judicial Division did was dismissing the case filed by former Governor Bello Matawalle, following his decision to withdraw the case after series of advice and consultations with family, friends, political associates and supporters.”


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