The Presidency has confirmed that there was an attempt to burgle the official residence of Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Staff to President Ibrahim Gambari.
It also admitted that there was a similar attempt to burgle the home of Abubakar Maikano, the Administration Officer of the Presidency.
Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, made these known in a statement issued on Monday in reaction to a report alleging a burglary attempt within the Presidential Villa, the seat of power.
An online medium, Peoples Gazette, had on Monday reported that “armed men” invaded the residence of Gambari on Sunday, raising fears that the rising insecurity across the country was drawing closer to the elite than previously estimated.
Although the report did not specify the date of the burglary attempt on Maikano’s home, the medium, however, claimed that both incidents happened “inside the precinct of the Presidential Villa”.
But reacting, Shehu said the incident occurred and Monday morning,, describing it as a “foolish attempt” which was unsuccessful.
Contrary to the report, the presidential spokesperson said the residence of the Chief of Staff and the Administration Official ” is on a street next to the Villa”.
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.
Shehu also disclosed that the Nigeria Police Force is looking for a suspect who was caught on CCTV trying to burgle into the home of Maikano last week.
The police, in a related development is searching for a suspected burglar who unsuccessfully attempted to break into the house of Maikano Abdullahi on Thursday, last week. Maikano lives on the same street with the Chief of Staff, close to the Villa.
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