A residence of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja has been burgled, according to Premium Times report.
But it turns out the burglary wasn’t perpetrated by known thieves but by policemen @ssigned to guard the house located on No. 89, Fourth Avenue, in the Gwarimpa district of Abuja.
Items lifted from the raid include sets of furniture, dozens of plasma television sets, refrigerators, air-conditioning units and box-loads of clothes including designer suits imprinted with the former president’s name, male and female Ijaw traditional attires, lace materials and bowler hats.
The police are said to have arrested three of its officers linked with the crime, while they were in the process of selling the stolen items valued at several millions of Naira.
“They were arrested about two weeks ago,” the police source familiar with the development told PT last Tuesday.
According to PT, the suspects conducted a systematic looting over a period of three months dating back to March 2016, before they totally stripped the house of all movable items which they disposed of piecemeal to dealers at the Panteka second-hand materials market in Tipper Garage, Gwarimpa. The dealers are currently at large.
It is understood that both the purchase and resale of the items were not hidden, as many of the traders were aware of the racket.
“Whenever particular or specific items of our interest were brought for sale from Mr. Jonathan’s residence, we used to buy from the wholesaler who bought them in large quantity,” a trader said.
Mr Jonathan’s spokesperson, Ikechukwu Eze, has since confirmed the heist, saying the three policemen had been arrested.
The burglary was discovered after a neighbour noticed “severe damage to the house” and called a member of Mr. Jonathan’s family to ask whether the house was undergoing renovation.
The former president was said to have personally gone to inspect the property after which he reported the vandalization to the Inspector General Of Police, Ibrahim Idris, who then ordered the arrest of the three police officers who were still on guard duty at the residence.
Jonathan reportedly lived in the house for about a year when he was vice president, after which his mother @ssumed residence there in 2010. It is not yet clear why she left.