Unknown armed men reportedly invaded Nigeria’s Presidential Villa and robbed the residence Prof Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to a report by Peoples Gazette, administration officials and security sources in Aso Rock revealed that the residence of Abubakar Maikano, the admin officer was also robbed during the incident which happened on Sunday, May 9.
“Their houses were robbed and the robbers packed money and other valuable assets from both houses,” an aide said about the robbery.
It was not immediately clear whether or not valuable documents of state interest were carted away by the intruders, but The Publication reports that the two 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 east 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, President Buhari has faced calls to act urgently before it would be too late.