-FCT Police sack four officers for stealing items from ex-president Goodluck Jonathan’s Abuja home.
-Trader linked to the robbery of former president Goodluck Jonathan’s home.
Federal Capital Territory Police Command has sacked four policemen for stealing domestic appliances and attire belonging to former President Goodluck Jonathan which they sold to traders.
The sacked officers had stolen six televisions, air-conditioners, fridges, Ijaw attire and designer suits from Jonathan’s residence in Gwarimpa, after which they sold the items to traders at the Pankera second-hand market in Gwarimpa, Abuja.
The corrupt officers were laid off after they were found guilty in an orderly room trial.
In a statement on Thursday by the FCT police spokesman, Anjuguri Manzah, the offenders are Sergeants Musa Musa, John Nanpak, Ogah Audu and Gabriel Ugah, PUNC reported.
The spokesperson added that detectives were on the trail of one Mallam Shuaibu, who bought the items.
The police further said the orderly room proceedings in respect of Inspectors Lengs Satlakau and Usman Wuduki had been forwarded to the Assistant Inspector-General, Zone 7 for further action.
The statement read, “In fulfilment of the promise by the FCT Police Command to make public its findings on the investigation of the case of theft at the Gwarimpa residence of former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, the command wishes to state that in line with the first schedule of the Police Act and Regulation 370 Cap 19, the policemen guarding the house have been tried in orderly room proceedings and found culpable of the offence.
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“Sequel to the outcome of the orderly room proceedings, the FCT Commissioner of Police, Musa Kimo, has approved the immediate dismissal of the policemen from the Nigeria Police Force.”
The command pointed out that it would prosecute the main culprit, Sgt. Musa, adding that this was in compliance with the vision of the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, “to rid the Nigeria Police Force of criminal elements that are out to disparage the good image of the Force.”
Meanwhile, the leaders of the Pankera second-hand market, Gwarimpa, have barred their chairman, Ibrahim Bagobiri, from the market for supposeddly buying household materials and attire stolen from Jonathan’s residence.
The traders also requested that he come out of hiding and surrender himself to the police immediately for investigation.
The Federal Capital Territory Police Command in a statement disclosed three policemen were already in custody in relation to the theft, adding that investigation was ongoing in the matter.
However, one of the Pankera market leaders, Ibrahim Adamu, along other members disclosed in an interview with PUNCH on Thursday, that they were surprised by Bagobiri’s involvement in the case.
They noted that he had by his action disgraced on the traders.
He explained that the market union chairman, who is currently in hiding, did not inform his colleagues about the incident until they were privy to it in the media.
Adamu said, “We are so disappointed in him over this incident. He didn’t inform us about it and his number has remained switched off, he is unreachable.
“He is no longer a member of this market, he is gone forever. He can no longer sell here (in the market). He has brought shame upon us and can no longer be our member.”
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The trader said he saw Bagobiri with policemen but explained that there was no way he could have questioned him transacting with them.
“When we see him with policemen, you can’t ask him questions because we don’t expect the chairman to be involved in an illegal act with a policeman,” he said.
Adamu explained that the traders had no concern on the sale of stolen materials in the market because according to him, they usually confirm the source of any second-hand property brought to the market for sale.
He included that policemen from the Gwarimpa Division and from the FCT command visited the market on a regular basis, on surveillance, saying that this made the traders feel safe and certain that nothing criminal could take place in the market.