Police Officers Assigned To Guard Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan Abuja’s Resience, Looted His Property For Three Months Before They Were Caught.
Nigerian Police Officers are gradually turning to a burglars, even, to the extent of ripping off Nigerian top political officials.
The recent felonious was pulled at the Ex-President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Abuja’s residence located at No. 89, Fourth Avenue in the Gwarimpa district where the police officers assigned to keep guard on the building and all the properties in it with full security measures but, they turned out to be the same person who carted away the properties.
The news was reported by Premium Times while the Ex-president spokesman, Ikechukwu Eze confirmed it, adding that three police officers has been arrested among them.
List of Items said to have been stolen From Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s Residence In Gwarimpa, Abuja:-
1. Niger Delta traditional attires in about 20 Ghana-must-go sacks.
2. Suits, each one with “President Jonathan” inscribed in the inner side, in five big Ghana-must-go sacks.
3. About 10 big Ghana-must-go sacks of women attires made from lace materials sewn in Niger Delta style.
4. More than 10 bundles of Ankara materials, known as Atamfa.
5. About 10 sets of babban riga.
6. One big Ghana-must-go sack containing clothes with PDP logo neatly sewn on each one.
7. About 20 Niger Delta bowler hats.
8. 36 Plasma televisions.
9. About 25 refrigerators.
10. Five sets of furniture.
11. Two sets of sitting room chairs.
12. Several air conditioning units.
According to Premium Times, the looting of the Ex-President’s properties at Abuja started earlier in March 2016 and Ex-President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s family find out in July, reporting that “the house had been stripped bare.”
The suspected police officers turned burglars were reported to have sold the looted properties at Panteka second-hand materials market in Tipper Garage, Gwarimpa.
According to PT, The looting processes at the Ex-President’s resident in Abuja was noted when a neighbour noticed “severe damage to the house” and called the JEG’s family members to ask if the house was undergoing renovation.
The Ex-president himself, Goodluck Jonathan reportedly inspected the property and later reported the case to the Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris.
A source close to one of them said:
“It all started sometimes around March 2016 when a mobile police sergeant came to Tipper Garage market and brought some items for sale. He approached one of the wholesalers to buy them, but the trader said he does not buy items from an unconfirmed owner.
He identified himself asSergeant Musaand told the trader that he was one of the security men guarding Mr. Jonathan’s private residence at Gwarimpa. He took the trader to follow him to confirm that he was not a thief who had come to sell off stolen properties in the market.
The trader followed him to the residence where he met two other policemen, an inspector and a sergeant. They convinced him that the items were part of gifts to them.
At a point, the trader became scared when he suspected foul play and told Sergeant Musa that he was no longer interested in the transaction.
Premium Times reports that traders at the market were aware of the sales”.
A trader 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.”
Another trader who also spoke said:
“The policeman sold one to the wholesaler who is now on the run at N50, 000. 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.”
Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan lived in the house for a year during his tenure as the Vice President of Nigeria, but later moved to the main Presidential villa (Aso Rock) after he became Acting President, and later, President.
His mother moved into the residence later on, but vacated it, leaving it in the hands of the police officers.