UPDATED: Why Nigeria Police raided Senator Goje’s home

Senator Goje's house
Senator Goje's house

Security operatives, believed to be from the police headquarters, on Thursday evening raided the Abuja home of Danjuma Goje, a former governor of Gombe State, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.

The operation, which began after 5:00 p.m. was still ongoing as at 7:01 p.m.

Our correspondents report that at least 12 vehicles, including about eight police vans were stationed outside the building.

At least 25 mobile police officers were sighted outside the building, located on Haile Selassie Street, Asoroko.

About half a dozen detectives were also seen standing outside, with even more likely to be inside.

It was initially thought that the operatives who raided the building were from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, hence our earlier report to that effect.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, was not initially available for comments. But he later circulated a statement saying his agency was not involved in the operation.

A security source said the operatives were from the Monitoring Unit of the Inspector General of Police, and were on a mission to recover funds believed to be hidden in the building.

A whistleblower is believed to have provided that information to the police.

The police is yet to comment on the ongoing operation.

Mr. Goje, a serving senator, is currently being prosecuted for alleged corruption while he was Gombe governor.

Read our earlier story below:

Operatives of the anti-graft EFCC on Thursday evening raided the Abuja home of Danjuma Goje, a former governor of Gombe State, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.

The operation, which began after 5:00 p.m. was still ongoing as at 7:01 p.m.

Our correspondents report that at least 12 vehicles, including about eight police vans were stationed outside the building.

At least 25 mobile police officers were sighted outside the building, located on Haile Selassie Street, Asokoro.

About half a dozen plain clothed EFCC detectives were also seen standing outside, with even more likely to be inside.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, was not immediately available for comments.

Other anti-graft officials said they won’t comment on an ongoing operation.

Mr. Goje, a serving senator, is currently being prosecuted for alleged corruption while he was Gombe governor.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post has been updated to reflect the fact that it was the police, not the EFCC, raided the politician’s home.


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  • Mayo

    …Mr. Goje, a serving senator, is currently being prosecuted for alleged corruption while he was EFCC chairman….

    I believe that’s a typo. Goje was not EFCC chairman…

    • Akinola Oluwadammylare

      Mr. Goje, a serving senator, is currently being prosecuted for alleged corruption while he was Gombe governor.

      • Uzoma John

        Please correct him. They read with some negative perception and miss the point.

        • Mayo

          You are the one who reads with negative perception. I clearly wrote – ‘I believe it’s a typo’, so if you’re seeing something different now, it should have occurred to you that maybe Premium Times has fixed it.

      • otitokoro

        Goje ni oruko mi, Emi ki ise ole Gombe. Ta lo ni mo jale? Magu abi? Enikeni to so be, aiye Oluwa re ko ni dara o lol.(His response is crass and infantile). I am just imagining him responding in that manner instead of letting the search and investigation take its course. Boy oh boy, senators and governors don finish this country o.

        • Julius

          lolz…he better get out of their way and let them do their job. I hope they obtained search warrant from a Judge before going in there.

          • otitokoro

            I hope they did o so they do not bungle this.

          • Julius

            I’m with you.

          • Tunji Olarewaju

            Of course, I’m sure they wouldn’t dare without one

          • Julius

            I pray they did but, you know how we tends to do the wrong things even when we are right..Naija story.

        • Kallah Bature

          Don’t worry at all, because the ingenious whistle blowing strategy will finish all of them as well.

      • Patrick Omokagbo

        You saw just one link!Why not look for more links. You appear challenged.

      • Mayo

        Did you see where I wrote – I believe it’s a typo. So if you’re seeing something different now, it should have occurred to you that maybe they have fixed it.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Seems like it may have been corrected.

    • Julius

      Yes, you are correct… It’s typo, I think.

  • STAND OUT

    Goje was never EFCC chairman now

  • www.electionoffenders.ng

    If he stole, investigate him, nab him, prosecute him and then jail him if guilty.

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    Hope this brings something tangible and not just sound and fury on the pages of newspapers.

    • Julius

      Indeed but, I still give Buhari a slight kudos for letting the efcc do this. It never happened under our ex president. Correct me if I’m wrong.

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        No, GEJ was too timid for that.

        And in any case, both Waziri and Lamorde were willing accomplices.

        I truly wish this was the constant PMB and not the fits and starts he has given us for some time. There are too many dishonourable laying false claims to being honourable.

        Nothing would please me better than to see an all out war against the corrupt in our society. If it consumes the whole of NASS, let it so be.

        • Julius

          I’m attributing his slowness on the system of government we are practicing now..Democracy…where things must be done legally with the help of the Judiciary and you know how that is going. At any rate I too would like him to be more forceful, make some noise and deal decisively with these thieves.I hope we are getting there now. I hate to say that none of them is honorable. I hope I’m wrong.

        • whereto

          I see you are losing faith. You really should not. This fight was always going to be long in view of the layers of rut we’ve had over the years.

      • CeeCee1818

        Kiddo when are you blowing your whistle so we can eat?

        • Julius

          hahahahahaha, when I find out where you stashed your own share of the $2.1 billion and the rest of the re-election bribe money. I’ll make a deal with you, call me so we can share them and there wont be any reason to blow the whistle. Oya !

        • Julius

          Moti so fun yin !

    • Sanssouci

      Given the extreme strain on executive/legislative relations this lead must be rock solid for it to be allowed to proceed. I dont think baba can authorize a mere “hunch” on a senator, I think danjuma is toast

    • MilitaryPolice01

      Like somebody noted above, once the money is fully recovered from Goje it will be re-embezzled by the Nigerian Police.

  • Bright Henry

    Danjuma Goje was the chairman Senate committee on appropriation. I see a link.

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    • Usman

      You mean Chairman, Senate Committee on Misappropriation!

  • Watch man

    I hope this will not end as a media prosecution and conviction. EFCC should be wary of this media hullabaloo.

    • Rumournaire

      Did EFCC issue any statement to the media or did the media simply report what they saw? EFCC cannot stop the media reporting what they see, and it is not all the news about EFCC’s activities that are issued by the organisatiuon.

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    • Naija united

      Didnt you hear that the EFCC spokesman was not available for comments? you people always condemming every efforts to fight corruption are the biggest problem in this fight against corruption.

    • MilitaryPolice01

      which one be hullabaloo, please lets stop following our politicians and their aides to speak this type of English

  • SAMSAM

    1. Where did a former Governor get money to buy or build a house of this size in Asokoro?
    2. Could he have built this property with his monthly salary? if Yes, then what was his monthly income (including allowances)?
    3. We all know that Dogara’s N400,0000 per month should not be sufficient to buy this property…and we are all silent

    BECAUSE we know ALL are guilty. For example,
    1. Ibrahim Babangida and Abdulsami Abubakar own Hilltop houses in Niger State and several in choicest places in Abuja…and we all applaud!
    2. Obasanji Olusegun has mansions on Hiltop too at Ota in Ogun state and several in Abuja, Lagos and around the world
    3. Same applies to all other past presidents living or dead…and in all cases, their monthly and yearly earnings would not explain their property
    4. Mohammadu Buhari is even worse. He has deliberately REFUSED to give details of his asset declaration. This is criminal.
    5. So if all these presidents- past and present have stolen or at least been dubious at one point, why won’t Senators and others steal?
    6. I almost forgot Pastor Osunbanjo who declared $1m and N100,000,000 as cash assets before assuming office. Haba! Pastor? Where and how did you make that physical cash?

    …So until Nigerians rise up and take over this country by stoning all these politicians to death and confiscating their property and/or invading them, there will be no comfort for the average Nigerian.

    • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

      Ol’ boy, take am easy o.

      • Okokondem

        It’s uninformed cheerleaders like yourself that convolute the dialog by making childish comments. What do you mean take it easy, do you not see logic and sense in what that person was conveying? Or do you think Nigeria’s corruption problems started with Jonathan? If you’re unable to articulate a coherent thought just leave it to those who can. Issues that people discuss here and elsewhere concerning the tragedy in the country is not a joking matter.

        • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

          “Issues …………….IS not a joking matter”! You are a clown.

    • Julius

      You have to change moniker to post this ? Being a coward must be tasking !

  • Wilfred Bankole Ademokun

    Double wahala for dead body and the owner of dead body, gomina gomina your blood pressure go rise oooo, ou better surrender the KUDI, OWO, EGOO, MONEY, you took away from Gombe state.

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  • Shahokaya

    When you steal , hide the money because of BVN and pay domestic little change money that can’t take them home, you are likely to be exposed in this era of whistle blowing.

    • Julius

      You are correct. Methink those domestic helps are in a good position to know what’s in their oga’s house. Good thinking@Shahokaya. Hope they are taking advantage of this whistle blower law.

    • musa aliyu

      E dey hungry me to be a house help so I can blow mu whistle. Please find a loaded house for me o! I wan burst!!!

    • Cincinnatus

      Even if you pay them well, the helps are likely to expose themselves in a spending spree and draw attention to his masters house if people know who he works for. This is a sweet scenario playing out. I hope it never goes sour.

  • Cincinnatus

    Please arrest him. Don’t even ask too much question. Human rights are for humans.

  • paul irumundomon

    EFCC, WHO OWNED THE $43,000,000, Nigerians demand to know, stop and answer this questions. Otherwise all you are all doing is fake and TV shows everywhere

    • bayobe

      have you been living in another planet?

      • Irumundomon

        If there is another planet, I’m tired to read, and ashamed how Nigerians today reason. I was once a young man, but today, every young Nigerian kids, whether you just want to be heard, I really can’t say. $43,000,000, we can ask questions time without number, who put the money there, buhari own us explanations without limit.
        If there is an alternate universe, please show it to me.

      • Irumundomon

        Do you know the meating of an alternate universe. Check the meaning, and ask me in a different way, so I can rate your intelligent

        • bayobe

          lol. this is your response to everything I said? something is wrong sir, I can perceive it. bye Mr Irunmu.

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      WHO OWNED THE $43,000 ,000? Moi. Kindly tell them to return my money, odeh. You must be living in Mars all this while

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      WHO OWNED THE $43,000,000?Moi. Kindly tell them to return my money, odeh. You must be living in Mars all these while.
      Your name sef for Yoruba language funny no be small : irun-mun-ndo-omo (mustache dey f*ck pikin)

      • jamajake

        Hahaha

      • Julius

        Lmaooooooo !! Gbam.

      • Irumundomon

        May my name not be a yoruba name, you know you all are traitors, from a very small age, to when some of you get to 90 yrs
        Do you know how your name sound and the meaning to others, who don’t speak yoruba, God forbid. How can Nigerians support evil, I pity the life ahead of you all.

      • Irumundomon

        In yoruba land, some of you sleep with sisters and some sleep with their dad’s wives, you are talking from experience

        • Tunji Olarewaju

          Irun-mun-ndo-omo!

    • Gibson Bosah

      Ask ur mum about ur biological father,u will be suprised all these years

      • Irumundomon

        This has nothing to do with my late mom, her blessed memory. This is why you will remain in a country of two dollars a day population. Keep praying your fake support, buhari sent his two daughters to study in england, why your dad was raped, and was only able to manage your public school fees.
        The class of the rank of buharis’ daughters are going to rape you, and you will remain in 3310 life style. I can’t openly come out, to support buhari, in a situation where $43,000,000, was found in a house in Nigeria, and is taking them how many weeks, to tell Nigerians, who lived in that appartment, if I was a fan of him.
        He has turned you and those who reasons like you, a laughing trash.

        • Gibson Bosah

          RIP sorry for dat comments.just 4give

  • Sanssouci

    The season of whistle blowing chai this is great! Let us see how 2019 elections will be bought over with ghana must bags…

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  • Victor

    Na whistle blower season we dey now faa

  • Man_Enough

    Tiger by the tail. A slip could backfire.

    • Shahokaya

      Which tiger? Danjuma is now chin-chin in the hands of Magu!

      • Man_Enough

        It’s not danjuma that I fear but the evil Senate. They will turn it into an attack against them.

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  • Wale Bolodeoku

    Police is now competing with EFCC to recover funds? Wonder shall never end. Any money recovered by Nigerian Police will only move from the hands of one unarmed thief into the hands of a dangerously armed robbers.

    • MilitaryPolice01

      lool abeg no kill please

    • CeeCee1818

      Truth. The only good thing is that looters will start feeling uneasy, if they don’t already.

  • MilitaryPolice01

    Any whistleblower doing business with Nigerian Police get liver oo,when the money is recovered and it is time to pay the 2.5%, dem fit parade the whistleblower follow sef yeye de smell

    • concerned child

      @MilitaryPolice01:disqus

      Buhari’s dubious ranks on corruption

      President Buhari is quick to arraign a sitting Supreme Court Judge in
      two tribunals simultaneously but hasn’t arraigned anyone stealing or and
      taking bribes inside his shambolic government. His anti-corruption adviser,
      Professor Itse Sagay said today that the Secretary to the Buhari government
      (Babachir Lawal), suspended from duty yesterday, will not return to government,
      but proceed on terminal exit from the administration. But is that how to fight
      corruption – by just sacking a corrupt staff; without a court trial for
      deterrence, and, for condign punishment?

      The clumsy way Buhari fumbles in his delusive fight against corruption
      is as hilarious abroad as it is tragic for Nigerians who are the direct victims
      of soaring corruption in the country. Few months ago the Director General of
      Standards Organization of Nigeria (S.O.N) Osita Aboloma was found to have
      issued valid import permit for five (5) billion Naira worth of defective car tyres
      to be shipped into Nigeria. As in Secretary Babachir Lawal’s case, Osita Aboloma
      too was simply asked to take a bow and go. Is that how to fight corruption?
      Buhari can’t be taken seriously at home or abroad in his current foibles.

      • Ukpaka

        Buhari is not your problem. Everything that happens in this country is BuhARI. If the police takes bribe, it’s Buhari’s fault. Lets finish with the work at hand before you guys start pointing fingers everywhere. Whatever Buhari fails to do can be done by the next administration.

        • Anasieze Donatus

          Or rather let him contest election for the Presidency and run Nigeria on his own sty;e

        • Abdallah

          Close your mouth if you dont have something reasonable to say.

      • Gibson Bosah

        Next time ends with #Copied

      • B

        Was it Buhari that ask him to take a bow and leave?

    • Arc_Deji_Alabi

      lol

  • MI

    No sympathy for those who made nonsense of our future and country…. bunch of greediest rogues parading as chief executives and honourables had given us sleep nights all this while. By God’s grace they have murdered their own sleep as well until they return what belongs to the people, otherwise, misery shall follow them to the end. It’s my prayers and so shall it be.

    • jamajake

      Amen

    • Onwa na etiri oha 1!

      Ya mee!

  • Yego V

    shebi I told you before. I’m a whistle blower and don’t need the accompaniments. Arrest the following:
    OBJ;, IBB; Abdulsallam: Al-Mustapha; Bamayi: GEJ; Allison; Tinubu; Bukola S; El-rufai; Fashola; Atiku; Ameachi; Ibori; Amina Mohammed; Aregbesola;
    I’ll continue after Police and EFCC finish phase one.

    • Spoken word

      Include yourself on the list as well

    • Democrat Deiji

      You just don’t mention names for mentioned sake, you most have a valid supported evidence that is how it works

      • Yego V

        Tell me which one in my list has never been accused in the past. Read my previous posts. I have always mentioned Goje. Can you honestly tell Nigerians that IBB is an innocent man?

    • oyoko

      ur whistle na fake one. e no loud at all.

      • Yego V

        So far it has worked with Goje

  • raff jones

    Anybody when talk nonsense about Buhari again, na thunder when no get break go fire dem and dem generation.

  • Anthony Uremeh

    This police involvement doesn’t sound too comfortable to me. In high profile cases, police always find a way to complicate and mess things up. I hope they can disappoint us this time around. I really pray they do..

    • Ogbeni Leke Olowe

      So my thought too.

    • Julius

      Thank u…me dey siddon look.

  • Cincinnatus

    The Police too is now comfortable to raid a sitting senators home without fear. Finally, may be now they are fully aware that justice will be served by this government and not them getting suspended for not licking the senators shoes every time he walks pass them. Hope that things can actually be fair in this country may be here. But then, may be our brothers in uniform will pocket half of the burst after making a deal with the thief as usual. I really hope not. I want to believe that our police can be better.

  • kinsly

    Criminal Senator Danjuma Goje is an APC Senator, i hope the wailers are now tired of singing ‘witch Hunt’ again? Because there are witches everywhere!

    • Netanyahu

      He is of Saraki’s APC not dry mumu’s APC. You de hear me so?

  • piroleski

    Stop looking for work there is a new way of making instant money without sweat. This job is called #RAIDING, all you do is locate the house of a politician in your locality. EFCC got $50M last week, police just got #18M under 3 hours, all from politicians. It is one Nigeria and the money is ours plz people start raiding and making money. My % for whistle blowing is %1.