Po­lice guards bur­gle ex-pres­i­dent Jonathan’s house

Os­in­bajo: Lake Chad basin cri­sis dis­places 2.4m per­sons

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

An Abuja home of for­mer Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan has been bur­gled, Pre­mium Times re­ports.

How­ever, in what ap­pears a cu­ri­ous twist, the house was not bur­gled by known thieves, but by po­lice of­fi­cers as­signed to guard the house.

The Nige­ria Po­lice have thus ar­rested three of its of­fi­cers for steal­ing items val­ued at sev­eral mil­lions of naira from the Abuja res­i­dence of the for­mer pres­i­dent.

The items were al­leged to have been stolen by the of­fi­cers from the res­i­dence lo­cated at No. 89, Fourth Av­enue in the Gwarimpa dis­trict of Abuja.

They in­clude sets of 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 three mo­bile po­lice of­fi­cers con­ducted a sys­tem­atic loot­ing over a pe­riod of three months be­gin­ning from around March 2016, un­til they to­tally stripped the house of all mov­able items, which they sold piece­meal to deal­ers at the Pan­teka sec­ond-hand ma­te­ri­als mar­ket in Tip­per Garage, Gwarimpa.

Jonathan’s spokesper­son, Ikechukwu Eze, con­firmed the theft to Pre­mium Times. He also con­firmed that the af­fected of­fi­cers have been ar­rested.

Ac­cord­ing to a se­cu­rity source in­volved in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, by the time fam­ily mem­bers of the for­mer pres­i­dent were made aware of the loot­ing early this month, the house had been stripped bare.

Source: Pre­mium Times Act­ing Pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo yes­ter­day told a del­e­ga­tion of the African Union Peace and Se­cu­rity Coun­cil that the cri­sis in the Lake Chad Basin has re­sulted in the dis­place­ment of about 2.4 mil­lion peo­ple.

He said the sit­u­a­tion had also led to ex­ten­sive de­struc­tion of prop­erty, homes and farm­lands as well as in­fra­struc­ture such schools.

Ac­cord­ing to the act­ing pres­i­dent, "In some cases, the sit­u­a­tion re­quires the re­build­ing of whole so­ci­eties."

The del­e­ga­tion, led by its chair­per­son for the month of July, Am­bas­sador Bankole Adeoye who is also Nige­ria’s Am­bas­sador to Ethiopia and to the AU, has been vis­it­ing coun­tries in the Lake Chad Basin re­gion on a fact-find­ing mis­sion on the cri­sis.

Os­in­bajo told his visi­tors that the hu­man­i­tar­ian con­se­quences of the in­sur­gency were "Com­pounded by deep poverty, mak­ing the costs of deal­ing with the sit­u­a­tion huge and enor­mous.”

He how­ever, af­firmed that coun­tries in the Lake Chad Basin had worked to­gether in deal­ing with the in­sur­gency and the con­se­quent hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis.

“The Lake Chad Basin col­lab­o­ra­tion is one we are ex­tremely proud of, where we as Africans are work­ing to­gether on our own is­sues. I am pleased to say the coun­tries have worked greatly to­gether.

"Un­like in the past when there were dif­fi­cul­ties when the mil­i­taries of the four coun­tries tried to work to­gether, the Multi­na­tional Joint Task Force sur­mounted the chal­lenges and had suc­ceeded. The Buhari ad­min­is­tra­tion is ex­tremely pleased with what we have seen, and we like to see more,” he said.

The act­ing pres­i­dent ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion with the work of the Peace and Se­cu­rity Coun­cil of the AU, say­ing “I am ex­tremely pleased and en­cour­aged by the work of the PSC, the time and at­ten­tion paid to this is­sue. These are mat­ters we must ad­dress now and in the fu­ture.”

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