"They Stripped My House Bare": Former President Goodluck Jonathan Confirms Burglary At His Abuja Home
Former President Jonathan has confirmed that his Abuja home in Gwarimpa was broken into by thieves who then made away with every movable item in the house.
This was disclosed through a statement issued by his spokesman, Ikechukwu Eze, last night. He said the theft was discovered last month and has been reported to relevant police authorities. It was revealed that six of the suspects arrested by the police were policemen guarding the house, as opposed to the statement by the FCT Police Command that only four policemen were arrested.
The statement read: "Following series of enquiries from journalists and other concerned Nigerians on the extent of the reported vandalisation and theft in the house of former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan located in Gwarimpa, Abuja, we, therefore, would like to make the following clarifications: The theft was discovered last month upon which a report was duly lodged with the relevant police authorities. The police immediately commenced investigations which led to the arrest and detention of some suspects, six of whom were policemen, even as investigations continue.
"The house, which the former President bought from CITEC estate developers in 2004, was totally stripped bare by the thieves who stole every movable item in the house, including furniture sets, beds, electronics, toilet and electrical fittings, as well as all internal doors and frames.
"However, contrary to exaggerated reports in some media, only six television sets, three refrigerators and one gas cooker were stolen. Being that the house is a modest, 4-bedroom duplex, it couldn’t have been fitted with '36 Plasma television sets and about 25 refrigerators' as falsely reported by some media outfits.
"We thank all Nigerians for their show of concern and wish to convey the former President’s goodwill to all Nigerians."
A security source said two dealers who had been main recipients of the stolen items were said to have closed down their shops at Panteka market and have since remained at large, Vanguard reports. The source also revealed that the looting was discovered when a neighbor noticed "severe damage in the house" and called a member of President 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 vandalism to the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.