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Police Officers Bugle Goodluck Jonathan’s Home in Abuja

An Abuja home of former President Goodluck Jonathan has been burgled, Nigeria Newsday can confirm.

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 stolen include sets of furniture, 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.

Mr. Jonathan had lived in the house for about a year when he was vice president. His mother was said to have assumed residence there after Mr. Jonathan moved to the Aso Rock Villa upon becoming Acting President in 2010.

The policemen who were dismissed from the Force for burgling the house have been arraigned by the Federal Capital Territory Police Command, Abuja.
The house in question was situated at No. 89 Fourth Avenue, Gwarimpa District.

They were arraigned at a magistrate court in Wuse, Abuja.

While taking their pleas, the magistrate, Mabel Segun-Bello, granted one of the suspects, a N7m bail, noting that the law is clear about a citizen’s right to liberty.

“Bail is granted to allow the accused attend trial. Where it is perceived that the accused may jump bail, he may be denied,” Segun-Bello said.

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