Jonathan speaks on Abuja house burglary

Former President Jonathan's house burgled
Former President Jonathan's house burgled

The former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has spoken on the theft of his property from his house in Abuja.

PREMIUM TIMES had exclusively reported the theft of the property which is believed to have been carried out by police officers sent to watch over the house.

A statement by Mr. Jonathan’s spokesperson, Ikechukwu Eze, said, “The house, which the former President bought from CITEC estate developers in 2004, was totally stripped bare by the thieves who stole every movable item in the house including furniture sets, beds, electronics, toilet and electrical fittings, as well as all internal doors and frames.”

The former president confirmed the items PREMIUM TIMES reported stolen but disputed the specific number of each item reported.

Read Mr. Eze’s full statement below.

Following series of enquiries from journalists and other concerned Nigerians on the extent of the reported vandalisation and theft in the house of former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan located in Gwarinpa Abuja, we therefore would like to make the following clarifications:

1) The theft was discovered last month upon which a report was duly lodged with the relevant police authorities.

2) The police immediately commenced investigations which led to the arrest and detention of some suspects, six of whom were policemen, even as investigations continue.

3) The house, which the former President bought from CITEC estate developers in 2004, was totally stripped bare by the thieves who stole every movable item in the house including furniture sets, beds, electronics, toilet and electrical fittings, as well as all internal doors and frames.

4) However, contrary to exaggerated reports in some media, only six television sets, 3 refrigerators and one gas cooker were stolen. Being that the house is a modest 4-bedroom duplex, it couldn’t have been fitted with “36 Plasma television sets and about 25 refrigerators” as falsely reported by some media outfits.

5) We thank all Nigerians for their show of concern and wish to convey the former President’s goodwill to all Nigerians.


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  • FreeNigeria

    una see the type of policemen we have in Nigeria? men trusted with weapons to secure our lives and property. These are truly dangerous men.

    • Mohammed Rabo

      Of course these are bad Policemen amidst the good ones. However, the behaviour of the Police of a given society is the reflection of the general behavior of that society. The Nigeria Police is no exception. “They are the products of our society called Nigeria”

      • Michael

        Apart from that the police are so badly paid and yet we expect them to be ‘good policemen.’ The average constable gets 40,000 a month yet we want them to put their lives on the line.

  • CEO

    So after this clarification by Ikechukwu Eze, Premium Times has failed to state categorically that they stil stand by their earlier story, which they claimed their reporters investigated, and even went to the market and interviewed some of the traders who bought the items “flowing endlessly” from Dr. Jonathan’s house? Hmmmm quite interesting.
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    • Sanssouci

      It was a deliberate attempt at character assassination, not that I particularly care about GEJ but there is a world of difference between 3 refrigerators and 25 refrigerators, that is no innocent error or typo, it is malicious. Despite PT not commenting on this discrepancy in figures, everybody in Nigeria who has a brain will be inclined to accepts Eze’s version because had anything outrageous been directly traced to GEJ we would have never heard the end of it from Lai Mohammed and the BMC propaganda machinery.

  • ayo

    When our politicians own more homes than they can count or remember acquired with stolen money, you get this situation…..
    How can someone have their home stripped bare over 3 years without them knowing…..
    That is the repercussion of mad and primitive acquisition of wealth…..
    Vanity upon vanity……
    Fools…..

    • Frank Bassey

      Are you sure you understood the story, or you just want to show you operate with rented brain?

      • ayo

        You are the one with a sub human brain……
        You belong to a class of bottom feeders….
        All these scum of the earth and crumb eaters who have sold the life of their kids for a bowl of porridge….
        Clear off my troll….you imbecile……

        • Frank Bassey

          You sound like an Anti-hill occupant; a dehydrated lizard. You should stick out your neck for beheading by Boko Haram because it is empty, toxic and expired.

          • ayo

            SCUM!!! go get a life…..

          • Frank Bassey

            I come from and live in an oil-producing state; gainfully employed. Show your name let me tell you the burrow-pit you belong to. Your stuff should be carried away by the raging flood across the country. You are of no value.

          • ayo

            I can see clearly now where your slave mentality comes from…..You are a salary earner who take instructions on a daily basis from your oil bosses…..They determine when you feed and when you don’t That indeed may have distorted your ability to think outside the box…
            People like you need someone to continuously guide them……….
            I also come from an oil producing state but don’t go around beating my chest about that…
            I run and own my company and pay salaries to staff……That makes my thinking different from yours….

            I have never heard any right thinking person make so much noise about a resource which should be for a community….No one cares if you come from an “oyil” producing state or not……

            You abused me first and you get what you asked for……

            Go get a life……

    • Cypo

      You heard him say “last month” and you are still saying three years. Nigerians…

      • ayo

        Ok point made….
        Who owns a home where no family member of friend visits and left with police men for a month…..
        The fact is he does no live or visit that home…..
        Like most homes in Abuja that are empty built with stolen money I believe it serves him right….
        More homes of these crime infested politicians should be bungled in my opinion….
        I HAVE NO PITY FOR GEJ AND HIS GANG OF TRASHY THIEVING POLITICIANS….

        • Dan maikoko

          After GEJ his mother lived there and for 3 years the house was not occupied. Given the story from the second hands goods market the stealing lasted a period of years not month. doors and doorframes was what caught the attention of people and is the last stage of the theft.

        • Mr. Tee

          My uncle owns a 3bedroom bungalow in Warri and also owns a 5bedroom duplex with 2rooms self contain BQ in Port-Harcourt. He is a retired Agip staff whose children are either married or living on their own in different parts of the country due to hustle. The building in Port-Harcourt is mostly unoccupied because the owner lives in Warri and only visit on festive periods when most of his children and their various families are in town. So its very possible to own properties that are unoccupied sometimes. Thank you

          • SamPsalm

            It needs to stop. it is wrong. It is called wastage and irresponsible behaviour. There are countries where fully furnished homes left empty during certain times of the year are given to homeless people to live in for free without recourse to the absent owners. May be time we try that in Nigeria. Insetad of leaving it empty for 9 to 11 months a year, why don’t your uncles and tens of thousand too-rich persons in this country lease the homes to people? Don’t tell me another sop story why that can’t be done, cultures evolve and people get enculturated. Your uncle no dey do well at all at all. Sadly there are tens of thousands like him. And it applies to cars (tens wasting in garages), clothes, food packed till they spoil and of course money. I say we repent

          • ayo

            I could never have put it better…….
            Thank God for bright minds like you…..

  • AFRICANER

    It appears that Premium Times is proud, or feels vindicated that their report has elements of truth in it, for example, that the burglary itself took place, and some police officers are suspects, but Premium Times should actually be ashamed that the details are WRONG. The number, and magnitude of items reported are woefully exaggerated, and the significance cannot be lost on them. If a former president furnished his house with 36 televisions, he could be STONED on the streets for such greed and insensitivity.

    And that was the intention. And that’s no small matter. Obviously, there would be lack of sympathy for such a president, even though he is the victim. And the rogue police officers would appear to be heroes.

  • Frank Bassey

    It was the handiwork of Nigeria Police Officers. The Police is your friend. This is an insult taken too far. Let them try it on OBJ, and see if they will step out of the house alive. Let’s know the names of the other culprits aside Musa. They must all be from a particular part of the country.

    • BABUYANMA

      How can you steal from a thief?

      • ayo

        Ignore the retard…..

    • thusspokez

      If people are disrespecting GEJ, I am sorry but it is because he brought it upon himself. He is an Ijaw, who are known for their no-nonsense attitude, strong character, full of confidence and strength — none of which GEJ possessed or showed when he was president. Instead, he was like a sheep who wouldn’t bite. He belittled himself; suffered from self-confidence and consequently, allowed everyone to walk all over him. Something leaders don’t do, let alone a Nigerian leader.

  • Truthometer

    The same way you and your co-plunderers stripped the Nigerian treasury bare naked. Thieves stole from thief. The only problem here is that, the thieves refused to extend professional courtesy to Jonathan. I thought “espirit the corps”, should have been observed here.

    • ayo

      Totally on point……

    • demgosoonknow

      “The same way you and your co-plunderers stripped the Nigerian treasury bare naked” Good for the goose? Good for the gander!

  • thusspokez

    …only six television sets, 3 refrigerators and one gas cooker were stolen. Being that the house is a modest 4-bedroom duplex, it couldn’t have been fitted with “36 Plasma television sets and about 25 refrigerators” as falsely reported by some media outfits.

    4 bedroom house with “36 outdated Plasma television sets and about 25 refrigerators”? That is Nigerian journalism for you. Gone are the days when journalist left their office desk to investigate stories before reporting them.

  • Anasieze Donatus

    These officers will be charged for Stealing of stolen goods or re-looting of looted goods

  • Hah!

    Indeed. The house was tripped bare just like what GEJ did to the Nigerian treasury. It is a pity!