The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has announced the dismissal of four police sergeants found guilty of theft at the Gwarimpa residence of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
A statement signed by FCT Police Public Relations Officer, Anjuguri Manzah, yesterday in Abuja, said the four policemen guarding the home of the former president were found guilty of theft and culpable of the offence after they were tried in an orderly room proceeding.
He also said their dismissal was in line with First Schedule of Police Act and Regulation 370 Cap 19.
Recall that the incident was discovered this week and reported to the Nigerian police. The house located in Gwarinpa Abuja, was completely stripped bare with all movable and immovable items, including household furniture, electronics doors and door frames, stolen.
Manzah, in the statement however, noted that the orderly room proceeding in respect of one Inspector Lengs Satlakau and Inspector Usman Wuduki, also posted to guard the home had been forwarded to Assistant Inspector-General of Police in Charge of Zone 7 for further action, while the main culprit, Sergeant Musa Musa, would be charged to court for prosecution.
According to him, efforts have been intensified to arrest his accomplice, one Malam Shuaibu, who is presently at large. He said the dismissal of the four policemen from service was in compliance with the vision of the Inspector-General (IG) of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to rid the Nigeria Police of crime and save the image of the police.
The statement reads, among others: “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 Ebele Jonathan GCFR, the command wishes to state that in line with First Schedule of Police Act and Regulation 370 Cap 19, the policemen guarding the house have been tried in an orderly room proceeding and found culpable of the offence.
Police officers guarding the residence had been alleged to have stolen some valuables from the residence located at No. 89, Fourth Avenue in the Gwarimpa District of Abuja.
The items include sets of furniture, plasma television sets, refrigerators, air-conditioner units and box-loads of clothes, among others.
It was also gathered that the three mobile police officers conducted a systematic looting over a period of three months beginning from March 2016 until they totally stripped the house of all movable items, which they sold piecemeal to dealers at the Panteka second-hand materials market in Tipper Garage, Gwarimpa.
Jonathan had lived in the house for about a year when he was vice president but his mother was said to have stayed there when Jonathan moved to Aso Rock Villa upon becoming Acting President in 2010.