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Police officers assigned as guards loot Goodluck Jonathan’s Abuja Property

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Police officers assigned as guards loot Goodluck Jonathan's Abuja PropertyPolice officers assigned to guard ex president Goodluck Jonathan’s residence at No. 89, Fourth Avenue in the Gwarimpa district of Abuja looted the property over a period of three months, Premium Times is reporting.

According to the news outlet, Jonathan’s spokesman Ikechukwu Eze confirmed the report, adding that three officers have been arrested.

The items, worth millions of naira according to PT, include “furniture, dozens of plasma television sets, refrigerators, air-conditioner units and 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 looting was said to have begun in March 2016, and the former president’s family found out early July but by that time, “the house had been stripped bare.”

Police officers assigned as guards loot Goodluck Jonathan's Abuja Property

The suspects were said to have sold the items at Panteka second-hand materials market in Tipper Garage, Gwarimpa.

According to Premium Times, the list of items said to have been stolen

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.

The looting was discovered after a neighbour noticed “severe damage to the house” and called the family to ask if it was undergoing renovation.

Jonathan reportedly inspected the property and later reported the case to the Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris.

Two of the alleged buyers are reported to be at large after hearing of the arrest of the police officers.

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 as Sergeant Musa and 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.

“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.

Another trader who also spoke said: “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.”

The trader added: “I personally bought babban riga, and a suit with Jonathan’s name printed underneath it at the cost of N5,000.00 each.”

Some of the clothes:

Jonathan lived in the house for a year during his tenure as Vice President, but later moved to Aso Rock after he became Acting President, and later, President.

His mother moved into the property afterwards, but later vacated it, leaving it in the hands of the security guards.

Photo Credit: Premium Times

28 Comments

  1. kellyfbaby

    July 31, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    And you want me to believe money not was involved?
    Modern day tales by moonlight!

    • ND Babe

      August 1, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      36 “plasma” TVs? Is this news from 2004? why own 36 TVS? I mean how many walls can you possibly use for TVs? Even malls and airports have not achieved that. Abi BroJonah this na the one way una carry go from Aso Rock for ya future electronics store for Rumumasi junction?

  2. Bolaji

    July 31, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    36 plasma TV sets in an unoccupied house. Even if the house was occupied, that would be much.

    • nene+

      August 1, 2017 at 12:11 am

      BN is quick with such news this type of news but but will give us stale or no news on news worthy events! Continue….

  3. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    July 31, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    Sounds like another story of thief way thief thief to me. This dog eat dog life sef. Na wa. O ooooooo.

  4. Mohammad

    July 31, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    The looter is looted. How e take consign me?

    • nene+

      July 31, 2017 at 11:57 pm

      @ Muhammed i know your type. The type dead afraid of restructuring cos you love to loot oil from Niger Delta!
      Your elites are the chief looters, they ruled us 37 years in 50 years. No wonder we are like this. The one you call a looter made Nigeria the biggest economy in Africa and a force to reckon with globaly! Thunder fire every one who brand Niger Delta people thieves unduly. What am I saying? They are already suffering ……
      This is simply annoying, Buhari branded every Niger DELTAN thieves except ameavhi who bank rolled him ?

    • nene+

      August 1, 2017 at 12:16 am

      @ Muhammad if that is the case why are your people afraid of restructuring? The oil looting by your people sweet una too much ABI? Thunder fire all of mouth calling Niger Delta thieves when the oil well owners are in North and South West!

    • Mohammad

      August 1, 2017 at 6:24 am

      Ki l’eleleyi nso?

      Firstly, Muhammad? That’s not my name! Check am well!

      Secondly, not everyone who gats my name is a northerner and/or Moslem.

      Thirdly, you sure say you well so? Defending any and every southern-easterner from any manner of criticism because you assume that we won’t criticise looters from other regions? You dey crase! Not all of us are against restructuring, you know?!!

      Amadioha thunder fire any tiff wey tiff from the hands of the national pocket, causing you to become badly educated, or subject to poor mental health facilities and leaving the rest of us to have to deal with you!

    • nene+

      August 1, 2017 at 7:18 am

      Okay so you wore an Hausa toga to insult Niger Delta???? How foolish and boneless are you? Coward!!!

    • Mohammad

      August 1, 2017 at 8:33 am

      Chei! You have serious problems if you genuinely think I insulted Niger Deltans. The looters done did a number on your education and healthcare already yet you can’t see it! Ndo ?

  5. FasholasLover

    July 31, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Utter disrespect.

  6. nwa nna

    July 31, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    It’s called recycling.. Haha

  7. nene+

    August 1, 2017 at 12:06 am

    The saint in power should disclose his medical fee thus far. He should tell us his aeroplane hanging fees. He has out-stayed two maternity leave within a year with his airplane waiting for that long and you have the temerity to brand GEJ name!!!???

    • Tru

      August 1, 2017 at 12:30 am

      Nene…eternal defender of thieves…you are beginning to sound like a broken record

  8. MurdaSheWrote

    August 1, 2017 at 12:09 am

    LMAO

  9. Amanda

    August 1, 2017 at 5:29 am

    The case of when a thief gets stolen from.

  10. Oyinbo

    August 1, 2017 at 9:32 am

    nene+ is surely a very respected and brave lady on this platform. She sure forthright on her opinion. She is not afraid put forward her strong opinion even if its unpopular. Nene+ we need you in the Senate. Hugs.

    • Mohammad

      August 1, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      Respected gini?! Don’t make me laff.

      You want someone in your senate who is able to make at least three mistakes and when it is pointed out to them starts to blame the person who points it as coming in “Hausa toga.”

      You want someone in your senate whose tribalism makes them attack anyone who calls out corruption simply because the accused happens to be from their geo-political zone? These kinds of attitudes, right here is why Nigeria won’t be great. Shiooh! ?

    • Mohammad

      August 1, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      You call it “brave” to relentlessly espouse such stupid and poorly-thought out opinions in public. The word I think you’re looking for is shameless.

    • nene+

      August 1, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      @ Muhammad I wish you were bold enough to be consistent with a name! Not just one random vampire changing moniker upandan .Who speaks hausa , igbo and yoruba in a bid to cover up your ethnicity and hatred you have for cetain region(s). You don’t have a history and in your 100th life you will still be a coward!!!
      nene+ is bold enough to be consistent while you waste your balls…..

    • Mohammad

      August 1, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      You this Nene+ be serious doboyo! Your eyes are clearly not working to add to the existing problems you have of being poorly educated, unable to reason logically, and having serious mental issues to boot. The only variations to my name have come from you and your inability to read and comprehend.

      Ode oshi. Anu e se mi.

      Some of us still dream of a multicultural, pluralistic Nigerian dream, whilst you go around spreading your tribalistic hate, supporting looters upandan. Shege banza!

  11. princess mimi

    August 1, 2017 at 11:35 am

    36 plasma tv. 36!!!! come on now? anyway,

  12. amy

    August 1, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    And in this news, nobody has seen anything wrong with what has happened except that GEJ is a looter? I will not even go there because you all are fixated with him and our moral laxity is nothing new. But note that having 36 TVs is not strange in Nigeria because as we know when you are in a position of note, all manners of people gift you with all kinds of things; even those you do not know or have dealings with. All of you know this as this happens even with local government chairmen and other government personnel. Check yourselves and your families or acquaintances. It has now become ridiculous labeling GEJ and other Niger Deltans as thieves or looters when we know the real issues in Nigeria. Why don’t we extend these labels to all who have been in government since 1960; including clerks in government offices by BOLDLY calling them out as much as we have GEJ and his kin? Who has questioned the wealth of these people? I have heard people say “old money” about wealth of some of our country people. Please tell me more about that. The real issues with us will remain for as long as we don’t face them. I digress but could GEJ have been sick from the first day of office and been away for so long and a presidential jet standing by without being booted out?
    GEJ looted? Agreed. Diezani looted? Agreed. “I have looted”? Agreed. But please hang us with all other looters!!!!! You cannot burn off the leaves of a sick tree without burning the tree!!!!!!!

  13. Thababybwoy

    August 1, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    What is my business and what could one be watching with 36 plasma TV set…..Biko show me where that house is???

  14. Blablabla

    August 1, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Whatever the Items involved! The point is – Stealing is stealing, No defence! Wrong!

  15. Lipstickalley

    August 1, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Several Air conditioning.
    36 Plasma televisions.
    25 refrigerators.
    If you ask me that’s a 3 star hotel.

  16. Tosin

    August 2, 2017 at 10:57 am

    on the one hand . . . on the other hand

    I’m sure GEJ doesn’t mind too much.

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