The offices of former vice president Namadi Sambo in the central business district, Abuja was raided by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) during the weekend.
According to a report by The Nation, the anti-graft agency may have ransacked his office over an
alleged N20 million monthly subvention he received from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) while he was Vice President.
It was learnt that the search was informed by the unusual movement of hefty bags into the office of
Sambo’s Manyatha Company on Saturday. EFCC sources say the relocation of the suspicious bags
from Sambo's home to the office made the Agency act swiftly.
A company owned by the national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, Destra Investment allegedly paid N25m to Abba Dabo, a former
special adviser to Sambo in December 2014.
A source close to the former Vice President confirmed the search of the office in Abuja Central Business District (CBD).
“The EFCC operatives invaded the Manyatha Company of the former Vice President on Saturday, broke the doors. The operatives did not come with any warrant and when
they left, there was no record of inventories. What happened was that the ex-VP moved some documents in Ghana-Must-Go bags from his house to the office in the Central
Business District. I think they got false alarm that dollars were stuffed in the bags and decided to raid the office on the sixth floor.
We share the same office complex with the British Visa Section. Do you know that since Saturday, the policemen brought by the
EFCC are still in the office? The EFCC asked the company to repair its doors before the police could leave the place.”
On the alleged N20 million collected monthly from ONSA, the source added:
“It is a statutory subvention for the Office of the Vice President. When ex-president Goodluck Jonathan was VP, he was getting it. The same subvention was given to ex-VP
Atiku Abubakar. Ex-VP Sambo is ready to defend the subvention when necessary. He did not steal public funds and he did not get
campaign funds from ONSA.”