Armed men suspected to be robbers invaded the residences of two senior aides to President Muhammadu Buhari inside the precinct of the Presidential Villa, administration officials and security sources have told Peoples Gazette, raising fears that the rising insecurity across the country was drawing closer to the elite than previously estimated.
The incident on May 9 (yesterday) prompted Ibrahim Gambari and Abubakar Maikano, the chief of staff and admin officer, respectively, to abandon their residences, sources said.
“Their houses were robbed and the robbers packed money and other valuable assets from both houses,” an aide to the informed about the robbery told The Gazette.
It was not immediately clear whether or not valuable documents of state interest were carted away by the intruders, but The Gazette heard that the residences were thoroughly ransacked.
“The robbers took away as much as possible from both places,” a security officer that confirmed the incident said. “What is more unfortunate is that no one has been arrested.”
Officials also said Mr Gambari was given an official residence at the Defence House, but has not been living there, preferring instead to live inside Aso Rock and be close to the president.
Nigeria’s presidential palace just west of the city centre has long been seen as highly fortified and far beyond the reach of burglars, bandits and other criminals currently holding the vast swathes of the country to ransom.
But as criminal activities overshadow other matters of national consequences, Mr Buhari has faced calls to act urgently before it would be too late.
Armed bandits have abducted thousands of citizens since January alone, claiming billions in ransom payments at an alarming rate.
No explanation was immediately rendered for the invasion and why it was not prevented by the ubiquitous contingent of security officers, especially those of the State Security Service, guarding the fortress.
Mr Gambari did not immediately return a request seeking comments.
A spokesman for the SSS said he would not comment on the matter and a spokeswoman for the police in Abuja abruptly disconnected the call upon hearing The Gazette’s enquiry was about a security breach at the Presidential Villa.
Just In: National Assembly roof leaking
An early morning downpour on Tuesday led to the leaking of the National Assembly roof with water splashing to the lobby of the federal parliament.
The leaking roof also spread to the Press Centre in the Senate wing of the nation’s apex legislative institution.
The leadership of the National Assembly had in 2020 approved N37bn for the renovation of the edifice, built about 27 years ago.
Cleaners had a hectic time scooping water from the floor while the development delayed the sitting of the senators who resumed on Tuesday after a one-week break to mark the end of their second legislative year.
Pay Us Our Money: Heritage Bank Workers Storm Senator Uba’s House In Abuja, Ask Him To Pay Up His Debt
Staff members of Heritage Bank Plc have accused Senator Andy Uba, representing Anambra South Senatorial District in the Senate, of collecting loans from the bank and refusing to pay them back
Over 20 young bank workers – Men and women, in branded T-shirts and Jean trousers are seen in a video gathered in front of what they described as Uba’s house in protest, with placards in hand.
A voice in the video said they were staff members of Heritage Bank and were at Senator Uba’s residence in Abuja to put pressure on him to pay back his loans after several efforts had failed.
They said they felt compelled to take the action because their jobs were at stake, adding that they would likely lose their jobs if the loans were not repaid.
The voice said: “Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Today is Monday, the 21st day of June 2021, and we have here the staff members of Heritage Bank Pl, Abuja. We are in front of Senator Andy Uba’s house in Abuja.
“Senator Uba has been owing the bank for a couple of years now, and we are here for a peaceful meeting with him, very peaceful meeting. To ask him to kindly repay those loans, because they are depositors’ funds.
“Those monies, if they are not repaid, will throw the number of the people you see here, with their families out of work. And we know the situation of the economy now. If this number of people are thrown out of work, you know what it means.
“So that people will not lose their job…”
The senator whose net worth as of February 2021 was put at $2.1 billion, has demanded a probe into rumours of his arrest over money laundering, noting that he was never arrested for any reason in 2019.
He said he was surprised when his attention was drawn to a news report in the media that he was arrested in Lagos with a huge sum of money.
APC Civil War: Scores injured as supporters of APC leaders clash in Kwara
Kwara state police command Monday confirmed a clash between two prominent All Progressives Congress (APC) members in Offa, Offa local government area of the state.
During the street brawl on Sunday this week, scores of people were reported injured and hospitalized.
The fracas was said to have happened when supporters of two prominent APC stalwarts clashed in the ancient town.
It was gathered that the clash allegedly caused by supremacy battle between the two political leaders, as they embarked on separate ward rally in Offa.
It was gathered that dangerous weapons were freely used by the party supporters said to have been brought from outside the state.
One person shot on the head and in critical condition is said to receiving treatment at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Ilorin.
Eyewitness account also had it that several people sustained varying degrees of injury in the melee that ensued.
It was gathered that the clash was between supporters of the Kwara state Commissioner for Water Resources, Femi Agbaje and the senator representing Kwara South senatorial district of the state.
The state police command spokesperson, Okasanmi Ajayi said that, “at about 3: 45pm on Sunday, while on a rally in his ward around Tumade area of Offa, Commissioner of Water Resources, Kwara state, Alhaji Femi Agbaje, and his group were allegedly attacked by some hoodlums wielding dangerous weapons and two of his men were injured in the fracas.
“The hoodlums have disappeared before the arrival of policemen to the scene. The two injured victims were taken to the hospital for treatment.
“The commissioner of Police Kwara state, CP Mohammed Lawal Bagega, has ordered an investigation of the incident. Effort is still in progress to arrest the fleeing hoodlums.”
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