The Kaduna resident of the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, was on Monday raided by Gunmen.
The house which is said to be located along Kano Street in Kawo new extension area of the state capital Kaduna was among the houses that were sealed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as proceeds of corruption.
Residents of the building said some of the gunmen came in military uniform, while others were in mufti, and were reportedly in search of cash and ammunition in the house.
However, the Kaduna State Police Command Spokesman, ASP Aliyu Mukhtar, who confirmed the incident, said that the command got a report from the Divisional Police Office in Kawo regarding the incident.
“We got a report from DPO Kawo regarding the raid on Maina’s house. But we are yet to confirm whether they are real officials of EFCC, Investigation is ongoing,” he told our correspondent on phone on Monday.
According to an eyewitness, the gunmen came in a Hilux Van with guns and stationed in front of the house.
“The gun-wielding men had begun surveillance of the area at 5 PM till 8 PM when another car (Peugeot 406 brand) with plainclothes security personnel, forced the gate open and drove into the compound.
“But on entering the house, the operatives met a security guard by name Imrana Ahmadu and quickly handcuffed him, just as they forced him to take them around the 4-bedroom flat.
The 22-year old Ahmadu while speaking with journalists said the gunmen continued to ask him whether the house belongs to Maina or whether he (Maina) was staying there.
Ahmadu said the gunmen told him that they were from the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to carry out a search on the house for alleged hidden arms and ammunition as well as cash (money).
He said, “They came in military uniforms and Hilux van with another small car after they had forced the gate open around 8.PM.
“They handcuffed me and started forcing doors open to the bedrooms, they turned everything upside down.
“They were communicating with somebody somewhere in Hausa, directing them to one room or the other where to find cash.
“They must have been disappointed because at the end, they found nothing, neither cash nor arms as they claimed.
“They now drove away with me and dumped me in the bush along Mando road, close to Kaduna International Airport where they dumped me.
“They said I should go to any police station so that the police can unlock the handcuff on my hand.
“I hide my cuffed hand in my shirt so that nobody would suspect me and that was how I got a motorbike that took me to Kawo police station where the handcuff was unlocked.”