The presidency has confirmed the attack on the residence of the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.
Presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu confirmed the attack in a Twitter statement on Monday night.
It will be recalled as previously reported by Naija News that earlier reports had it that the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja was reportedly invaded by a gang of armed robbers who escaped with a lot of items.
It was reported that the residences of the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Professor Ibrahim Gambari as well as that of an admin officer Abubakar Maikano within the premises of the Villa were specific targets.
According to Peoples Gazette, the robbers took away many valuables from both residences during the attack which occurred on Sunday, May 9, 2021.
The report added that both Gambari and Maikano were forced to temporarily abandon their residences in the Villa due to the strange occurrence.
Reacting to the news, Shehu said the Chief of Staff has confirmed that there was an attempt to burgle his house around 3 am on Monday morning but added that the attempt was not successful.
He added that Gambari’s house is located on the next street to the Villa and there is nothing to worry about.
He wrote: “The Chief of Staff, Professor 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.”
The Chief of Staff, Professor 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.
— Garba Shehu (@GarShehu) May 10, 2021
However, the personal assistant on new media to President Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Ahmad in his own reaction to the news that armed robbers invaded Aso Rock Presidential Villa and carted away many valuable items on Sunday, described the report as “an exclusive fake news.”
He wrote: “An exclusive FAKE NEWS from this news blog, that is what is expected from you, fake news and more fake news.”
See the tweet from the presidential media aide.
An exclusive FAKE NEWS from this news blog, that is what is expected from you, fake news and more fake news. https://t.co/5lmrltKIwG
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) May 10, 2021
Meanwhile, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has denied allegations that the group is planning to attack Lagos State.
Kanu in a statement on Monday evening accused the Lagos State Police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu of lying by the alarm he raised that IPOB is planning to launch an attack on Lagos State.
He also accused the Police Chief of attempting to cause bad blood between Yorubas and Biafrans.