On Sunday night, officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) invaded the residence of Adamu Abdullahi, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to execute a search warrant.
According to sources, the APC National Chairman resigned as a result of pressure from top members of the ruling party.
According to two people familiar with the matter, including one of the policemen involved, EFCC agents arrived at Adamu’s house on Ali Akilu Crescent, near the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, at 8:00 p.m. and were confronted with resistance from police orderlies assigned to the politician.
According to Peoples Gazette, a standoff started soon after police officials stated that no one would be permitted to access the premises because it was already after 6:00 p.m. Despite being shown a warrant signed by a judge, the officers insisted.
The nature of the warrant was not immediately clear, but Mr Adamu had faced corruption charges that may still be under investigation.
“The police officers said no one can enter the house because it was already past 6:00 p.m. and too late for any search operation,” one of our sources said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss the operation.
“They said they won’t let anyone inside, even if they go back to bring the judge who signed the warrant,” he added.
The officers, who arrived in four trucks, spent hours unsuccessfully attempting to mediate the situation.
There were no casualties reported during the standoff, which one source described as “physically intense.” Police and EFCC spokespeople were unavailable for comment between the early hours of Monday and the start of business.