Sunday, May 25, 2014

Big Trouble In Aso Rock: VP Sambo Loses Over N200m to Thieves

These are not good times for Vice President Namadi Sambo. Not only is he battling to be relevant as the second in command in a troubled government, but beyond the political pressures almost suffocating him in the Aso Rock presidential villa, Sambo’s business empire has also come under attack about a fortnight ago when he lost over N200 million to armed night marauders.
The incident, which has been kept under wraps and downplayed in government circles, has greatly unsettled the number two citizen, who is not only unhappy that gunmen could enter his premises in Kaduna and cart away his life investments unhindered, but also that almost three weeks after, security agencies, especially the police, seem not to have any clue on how a sitting vice president would be so brazenly robbed.
A top source close to the Vice President said: “This issue, though not in the public domain because of the quiet nature of the vice president, it is generating strong suspicion and mistrust not only in the presidency but between Northern elite and the government because of some other persons that were targeted in what we regard as a calculated decimation of the economic power of northern leaders.”
It was learnt that about a fortnight ago, some armed men in military uniform invaded a commercial farm owned by the vice president along Birnin Gwari road, Kaduna State, where they allegedly loaded about 2000 imported special specie cows into trailers and disappeared till date.

A close associate of Sambo told Saturday Sun that “the monetary value of those special cows far exceed N200 million”, adding that “the incident and subsequent development look more like a deliberate attempt to strangle the VP economically because he has been a successful businessman in and out of politics.”

According to the reliable source, the highly influential Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris was also attacked by the marauders who invaded the first class royal father’s commercial farm along Soba road in Zaria and carted away over 250 cows also valued at Millions of Naira.

A very close aide to the monarch told Saturday Sun that “this pattern of attack leaves us with a conclusion that there is more to it than meets the eye. A situation where trailers escorted by armed men in military uniforms are driven into well secured premises and hundreds of expensive cows are driven away without any security agent accosting them on the road or any trace of where such are taken to points to a dangerous dimension which does not augur well for our economic well-being and the unity of the nation.”

The Commissioner of Police in Kaduna refused to speak to Sun on what is being done about the sad incident.

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