Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, confirmed on Monday a “foolish attempt” to burgle the residence of the President’s Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, inside the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
He claimed that the incident that occurred around 3 a.m. was a failure.
The presidential aide wrote, “The Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, has confirmed that there ‘was a foolish attempt’ to burgle his residence at 3am this morning, but it turned out to be unsuccessful.
“Prof Gambari, whose house is on a street next to the Villa, has assured that there is nothing to worry about from the incident.”
Earlier in the day, an online newspaper, Peoples Gazette, reported that armed men suspected of being robbers invaded the residences of two senior aides to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), inside the Presidential Villa precinct.
According to the medium, the incident forced Gambari and the administrative officer, Abubakar Maikano, to flee their homes.
“Their houses were robbed and the robbers packed money and other valuable assets from both houses,” the medium had quoted a source as saying.
It is yet to be ascertained how armed robbers gained access into the well-fortified Presidential Villa manned by a combined team of policemen, officials of the Department of State Services and men of the Presidential Guards Brigade of the Nigeria Army.