About 10 policemen from the Force Headquarters yesterday invaded the house of a former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN), ostensibly on a tip-off from a whistle-blower.
However,the one-hour search was in vain as no money or incriminating documents were found.
Adoke alleged that the searches were in “furtherance of an orchestrated plan to harass, intimidate and generally prevent me from pursuing my suit against the Federal Government.
The policemen, according to eyewitnesses, stormed Adoke’s country home in the Government Reserved Area (GRA), Okene, at about 4.15pm allegedly looking for cash.The search, which was conducted under tight security, ended at about 5.15pm.
It was learnt that the policemen included eight from the Force Headquarters in Abuja, one from the Area Command in Okene and another belongs to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Federal).
Apart from pistols and rifles, the policemen also mobilized diggers and axes for use to gain entrance into the residence.
The ex-minister’s relations, led by Mr. Abdul Adoke(a junior brother), cooperated with the team.
“The policemen presented a search warrant obtained from the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Gudu in Abuja. Their leader identified himself as a police officer from the Force Headquarters, Abuja, but he refused to disclose his identity.
“They said they came to screen the duplex based on some clues. They came with pistols and rifles, but there was no resistance from our family. We obliged the policemen their request.
“I quickly mobilized all the security men in the area to witness the search. They ransacked the house from the Boys’ Quarters to the Guest Room and the ex-minister’s master bedroom and the wife’s bedroom.
“They also climbed the surface tank and the roof at the pent house. They also frisked all the upholstery chairs in the house and the dining set.
“After about one-hour search, they said nothing was found in the house. They wrote a report which I and three others countersigned, indicating that there was no cash or document retrieved from the residence.”
Yesterday’s incident was the third time Adoke went through such a search.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had raided the ex-minister’s residence in Kano on April 12, 2017.
Also, on May 6, 2017, the Nigeria Police team invaded the three-bedroom bungalow of Alhaji Bashir Adoke, the junior brother of the former minister.