Presidency confirms robbers’ invasion of Gambari’s residence
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Presidency on Monday, confirmed that armed men suspected to be robbers invaded residences of two senior aides to President Muhammadu Buhari inside the precinct of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
An online newspaper, People’s Gazette, had reported that the homes of the two senior officials were robbed on Sunday night.
The report claimed that “the invaders made away with cash and other valuable items.”
The tweets by the presidency only confirmed the burglary attempts.
Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the president, Garba Shehu, confirmed the development via his verified twitter handle @GarShehu at 9:28pm.
“The Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, has confirmed that ‘there was a foolish attempt’ to burgle his residence at 3:00am this morning but it turned out to be unsuccessful.
“Professor Gambari, whose house is on a street next to the Villa, has assured that there is nothing to worry about from the incident,” Shehu said.
The incident on Sunday prompted Gambari and Abubakar Maikano, the chief of staff and admin officer, to abandon their residences, sources said.
“Their houses were robbed and the robbers packed money and other valuable assets from both houses.
“The robbers took away as much as possible from both places. What is more unfortunate is that no one has been arrested,” the source said.
The Presidential Villa, where the Nigerian president and his family reside, is regarded as one of the most secure places not just in the Federal Capital Territory but in the country.
But, with this robbery attempts in one of Nigeria’s most secure places, it can be argued that the security challenges facing the country has only continued to worsen.