The police authorities in Abuja have detained three of its personnel following the reported theft of household items at the former residence of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan in Gwarimpa Estate, Abuja.
It is understood that the suspects – accused of the theft – were posted to guard the house.
A statement issued on Monday by Anjuguri Manzah, the police spokesperson, quoted the federal capital territory police command as saying that an investigation into the matter had commenced.
The statement read: “The FCT Police Command wishes to inform the general public that it has commenced full-fledged investigation into the case of theft in the Gwarimpa residence of former President, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.”
“Preliminary police investigation on the matter has revealed that some items were found to be missing in the house.
“Meanwhile, the Policemen who are supposed to be on guard duty at the house have been detained for questioning.
“Investigation to find out what actually happened is currently in progress. The command wants to assure all that the result of findings on the on-going investigation will be made public.”
Also lending voice on the matter, a top source said that the policemen had admitted to selling some of the items which they allegedly stole from the house.
The source, who pleaded anonymity, identified items allegedly stolen by the policemen to include expensive furniture, television sets, refrigerators, split air conditioners, bowler hats, designer suits and some Ijaw attire.
“The investigation into the theft is almost concluded and it is certain that the policemen involved in the case would be eased out of the service for gross misconduct. How can they steal what they were meant to protect?” the source asked.