Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s Abuja home has been burgled.
According to Premium Times, the house was not burgled by thieves but police officers in charge of guarding the house.
Three police officers has been arrested by the Nigeria Police for stealing from the former president’s residence, items estimated in millions of naira.
The house said to have been stolen from is located at 89, Fourth Avenue in the Gwarimpa district of Abuja.
Item stolen includes dozens of plasma television sets, air-conditioners, sets furniture, box-loads of clothes such as designer suits imprinted with the former president’s name, male and female Ijaw traditional attires, lace materials and bowler hats.
The theft has been confirmed by Mr. Jonathan’s spokesperson, Ikechukwu Eze.
The stolen items were said to have been sold off at regular interval.
Premium Times further quoted one of the trader who bought the items to have said: “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.
Investigation further confirmed that the traders sold off the stolen items such as suits, women wears, traditional cloth popularly called ‘babban riga,’ Ankara fabrics at about N5,000.00 apiece and bowler hats. It could, however, not be confirmed how much the bowler hats were sold for.
A petty trader at the market said he witnessed the sale of one of the sets of furniture.
“The policeman sold one to the wholesaler who is now on the run at N50, 000.00. The wholesaler sold it at N180,000.00 to a lucky buyer in the market who in turn instantly sold it at N390,000.00.
“I personally bought babban riga, and a suit with Jonathan’s name printed underneath it at the cost of N5,000.00 each.”
The petty trader, who claimed to be an apprentice at Tipper Garage, said they were scared when they heard that the three police officers had been arrested in connection with the theft of the properties from Mr. Jonathan’s residence.
List of clothes said to have been stolen and sold are
- Niger Delta traditional attires in about 20 Ghana-must-go sacks.
Suits, each one with “President Jonathan” inscribed in the inner side, in five big Ghana-must-go sacks.
About 10 big Ghana-must-go sacks of women attires made from lace materials sewn in Niger Delta style.
More than 10 bundles of Ankara materials, known as Atamfa.
About 10 sets of babban riga.
One big Ghana-must-go sack containing clothes with PDP logo neatly sewn on each one.
About 20 Niger Delta bowler hats.
Also electrical appliances and furniture items stolen include:
36 Plasma televisions.
About 25 refrigerators.
Five sets of furniture.
Two sets of sitting room chairs.
Several air conditioner units.