Prove court ordered seizure of cars in my custody – Matawalle to Zamfara Gov, Lawal

Minister of State for Defense, Bello Matawalle, has challenged the Zamfara State Governor, Dauda Lawal to prove where the Sokoto Federal High Court ordered the retrieval of 50 vehicles impounded from his residence.

Recall that Lawal had ordered the removal of about 50 vehicles from Matawalle’s residence in the state.

Governor Lawal had claimed that the vehicles were owned by the government but Matawalle challenged the decision of his successor at the Federal High Court sitting in Sokoto.

Recall that the Zamfara State government had held onto the said cars, claiming their actions were on the orders of the court.

However, the minister described the remark by his successor as misleading and a lie against the court.

In a statement by his spokesman, Ibrahim Dosara, the Minister insisted that nowhere in the judgement was the invasion of his private residence okayed.

The statement reads partly: “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 the 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 dismiss the case filed by former Governor Bello Matawalle, following his decision to withdraw the case after a series of advice and consultations with family, friends, political associates and supporters.”

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