The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led government and the Police Command in the state of forcefully seizing the vehicle belonging to its chairman. The incident, which took place in Gusau, the state capital, has sparked outrage within the opposition party.
According to TVC News, the APC in Zamfara State alleged that the vehicle, bearing the plate number GUS 51 AH, was seized by police officers attached to the government without a warrant. The party further claimed that the driver of the vehicle was detained for several hours without being questioned, raising concerns about the arbitrary nature of the seizure.
In a press statement signed by Yusuf Idris, the APC spokesperson in the state, the party condemned the incident and demanded the immediate return of the vehicle. Additionally, the party called for a written apology from the authorities involved in the seizure. The APC expressed its dismay over the actions of the police, who were found to be secretly trailing the driver before forcefully taking away the vehicle.
The driver, upon realizing that the police were pursuing him, raised the alarm and sought refuge at the government house, where he reported the incident involving the seizure of the vehicle. According to the APC’s statement, the police officers claimed they were instructed by the Commissioner of Police to recover the vehicle and transport it to the Police Command Headquarters. However, they deviated from their orders and diverted to the government house after coercing the driver to change his route.
In a related matter, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) recently denied reports that it had declared Bello Matawalle, the former governor of Zamfara State, wanted. The commission’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, refuted the claim and dismissed rumors that the EFCC had sought the assistance of the Department of State Services (DSS) to apprehend Matawalle. The former governor, a member of the APC, had previously faced allegations of involvement in vehicle theft but cleared his name through legal proceedings.
The APC’s accusations of the PDP-led government and the Police Command in Zamfara State seizing the vehicle of its chairman have generated tension and controversy. As the parties involved exchange claims and denials, it remains to be seen how the situation will be resolved. The incident highlights the ongoing political tensions in the state and raises questions about the conduct of law enforcement agencies in carrying out their duties impartially.
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