INTERVIEW: How I was invited to buy ex-President Jonathan’s belongings – Trader

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

In this exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Ashafa Murnai, the Chairman of the Tipper Garage second-hand materials market, Ibrahim Bagobiri, explained how he was persuaded to buy some items looted from an Abuja residence of former President Goodluck Jonathan, and the reason why he is on the run from the police. 

PT: Please, you should start with an introduction.

IBRAHIM: My name is Ibrahim, popularly known as the Chairman of Tipper Garage Market.

PT: Do you know a police officer called Sergeant Musa?

IBRAHIM: I know Sergeant Musa very well. He also knows me for over 12 years. I know him as a good police officer who frequents our markets.

PT: How did you enter into a business deal with him?

IBRAHIM: Thank you. It all began in 2016, I think before the commencement of fasting period in that year. A young man approached me in the market and introduced himself as an errand boy sent to me by Sergeant Musa.

The young man came with six sets of clothes and told me that Musa said I should buy them so that he would take the money to him. I was surprised to hear that, because I had never done any transaction with him before then.

I then quickly called his line and asked him. Musa spent time to convince me that those clothes were not stolen, but rather, they were given to them by their Oga (former President Jonathan).

When I insisted that I would not buy, he was angry with me that I was behaving as if I took him for a thief. He later gave the phone to a police inspector who described Mr. Jonathan’s house to me and said I should personally come and confirm the authenticity of their claims.

It was after two days before they convinced me to buy those six sets of clothes. After I bought another few sets, they again invited me to the house and took me to a room where various items in large quantity were stored.

PT: Did you buy from that large quantity?

IBRAHIM: No. Let me take you back. Before we entered, that police Inspector told me that they were going to take me to a particular room where they stored a large quantity of various goods. The goods, according to them were all distributed to them by Jonathan after they lost the 2015 Presidential election.

Immediately I entered into the room, I faced a portrait of Mr. Jonathan, neatly placed on the wall. The nature of the room and the mere look of that quantity of items made me to come to term with reality that they were not the kind of items that would be given to mere security men.

When they observed how I was shocked, they said I shouldn’t be afraid. But I looked into their faces and said, ‘Musa, even if I will become the richest man in Nigeria through the proceeds of these items, I will not buy them.’

That is how far my closeness with Musa went. From that time, he began to look for other buyers.

PT: But it was confirmed that some of the items were sold at your market, Tipper Garage.

IBRAHIM: You are correct. When I stopped buying from those security men, they then went round and sourced for another buyer. But when I warned all our members that they should be wary and stop buying those items, they all stopped. That might have been the reason why such items were believed to have been sold at some other markets.

PT: Why didn’t you take action when you suspected that those items could not just be mere gifts from Mr. Jonathan?

IBRAHIM: You don’t know me, that is why you asked me this question. You know if you are dealing with the police, especially at crucial or questionable circumstances like the one involving selling of such items, you have to be very careful and cautious.

But let me tell you, I’m a man of integrity, no doubt about it. Even all the DPOs (divisional police officers) posted to Gwarimpa in the past 12 years can testify to this. We don’t buy stolen items in our Tipper Garage Market. We have a committee with a mandate to scrutinize any item brought to our market for sale, especially second-hand items.

On numerous occasions, I personally handed suspected thieves together with the stolen items to the police at Gwarimpa Division. All those police men in the division are very much aware of how we assist them to catch suspected thieves who brought stolen items for sale.

PT: Why then are you now at large?

IBRAHIM: I disappeared not because I’m afraid. It is because of the shame attached to the purchase of stolen items, which I did unknowingly. Everyone knows me very well that part of our rule in that market is that for no reason anyone should buy stolen property.

If we discovered some items brought to us are stolen, we apprehend the suspect and handed him to the police. You can go to Gwarimpa Police Division and confirm this. I have learnt a great lesson in my life not to trust anyone from the surface.


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  • AFRICANER

    Once your name is northern Muslim, you are forever precluded from criticizing Jonathan alone, else you come across as a terrorist going after a former Christian President; only instead of you assassinating with bombs and guns like your brethren Boko Haram, you are character assassinating with a pen.

  • Joshua Kwame

    Robber-Police!

    • Towns Crier

      @joshuakwame:disqus

      There are now 28 million un-employed youths inside Nigeria today – a
      staggering figure equal to the entire population of Ghana; a neighbouring West
      African country, according to a latest official bulletin issued by the federal
      Nigerian Bureau of Statistics. The new jobless figure in Nigeria today is over half
      the whole population of Nigeria at independence on October 1st, 1960.

      • Frank Bassey

        Jobs, jobs, jobs. Skills, skills, skills?

  • utolason

    The other very serious question is how many thieves and robbers in the Nigeria police force considering these are sergeant and Inspector ranks. This incident has confirmed what many people had long speculated about, particularly when you consider the skills exhibited by many armed robbers.

  • thusspokez

    In this exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Ashafa Murnai, the Chairman of the Tipper Garage second-hand materials market, Ibrahim Bagobiri, explained how he was persuaded to buy some items looted from an Abuja residence of former President Goodluck Jonathan, and the reason why he is on the run from the police.

    The reason is that he knowingly handled stolen property; and he should go to jail for it.

    You would think that the fóól would keep his mouth shot until after the police investigation and even court case, but no, he is giving interviews to a national newspaper to implicate himself even more.

    • marcos avelino

      Small fry thief Steals from the biggest thief Jonathan ?

      • Frank Bassey

        And discussed about by the worst thief!

    • Maverick

      Will APC government jail anyone for doing harm to any PDP member?

  • Ernest Okoh

    @thusspokez:disqus ;

    The real tragedy of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

    Goodluck Jonathan was naive in office as incumbent president and probably remains so till now.
    He was just incapable of standing for anything and hence faded away from the memory of history
    as a colorless passer-by in the presidential villa who was almost worse than a diagram by moping
    and hardly looked askance when his tawdry Ministers went amok like career criminals born to steal.

    Goodluck Jonathan made a mess of education for himself and hardly looks educated to anyone now.

    A properly educated person stands for something; renounces theft as demeaning, and lives for history.
    Goodluck Jonathan spent the days of his own life presiding over fraud, theft and primitive accumulation.
    He wasn’t left behind in any theft or money-laundering so far uncovered but recurs in all like a bad penny.
    It’s impossible to hold a doctorate certificate compatibly with such wretched life – without a moral compass.

    • Naija News

      “The SKY bank’s total exposure to Tunde Ayeni
      as of the date (30th December 2016) is about ₦70bn. It is clear that he used
      his position as the chairman of the bank to obtain inside loans well above the
      regulatory thresholds for the acquisition of the following government enterprises:
      Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, Yola Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company
      and Nitel/Mtel
      .

      All the facilities
      are presently seriously challenged. As of today, Tunde Ayeni’s total industry indebtedness,
      covering both Nitel and the Electricity Distribution Companies (Discos) is estimated at about ₦150bn,
      and little, if any of these obligations will he ever be in a position to service as loans satisfactorily.
      Another ₦33 billion was traced to Tunde Ayeni. The suspicion is that out of this amount, ₦7 billion
      was spent on the re-election campaign of former President Goodluck Jonathan”.

      ……..CABLE NEWS

    • Arabakpura

      If I were the police or the court, I would discharge and acquit anybody who steals from the Jonathans for your reasons above or any of these thieving politicians because stealing from a thief is not a crime!

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Regardless of supporting or not supporting former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, regime but those criminals who looted his Abuja, residence and stole his personal and family belongings must be made to face severe jail term including their associate-traders connected with the crime.

  • Arabakpura

    But why would a man keep what he does not need? Stealing is bad but greed is very bad!

    • AIT

      Because they belongs to him & he thinks he might need them anytime. Is that a crime?

      • Arabakpura

        The insatiable appetite of the human! Diaris God!

    • Olusola Thompson Adewole

      A man of his STATUS deserve RESPECT from all of us. He was the President of our beloved Country regardless of the shambles it has now turned to be. Yes you may blame him for so many things but common have the respect. Remember that what goes round comes round. APC and Buhari would son vanish in the thin air. Shame on you craps.

      • Arabakpura

        I don’t keep a damn!

        • Olusola Thompson Adewole

          That’s your down fall. If you can support stealing exclusively then it will come back to Damn you. No wonder the Country is on her Kneel.

          • Arabakpura

            Keep your sermon and hope you born against!

          • Olusola Thompson Adewole

            First of all CHECK your ENGLISH. Secondly I don’t need to Sermon to any one especially some like you. I would love to see how you would feel if what happen to Jonathan happens to you. I bet you would be shouting your mouth out to the whole World. We are the same humans ALAS!!!!!!

          • Arabakpura

            I mean what I said “born against” you can go figure!

  • Senator D

    I wonder the kind of stealing and crimes these top police officers IGP, DIGs, AIGs, CPs, ACPs etc would be committing against the Nigerian state and the public. If Police that is supposed to keep one safe steals from one, irrespective of the justification whatsoever, then Nigeria is indeed in big mess…I begin to wonder how criminals get guns and also have Intel on where and how to strike. I won’t be surprised if top Nigerian police brass are involved in kidnapping syndicates too. But for goodness sake Your Excellency President Goodluck Jonathan what were you doing with so much vanity that you may never need in life? Sometimes we actually attract thieves to ourselves by the stup*d show of vain things that are transient…

  • George

    Any properties that entered into 4bed rooms apartment is bigger than what former president from oil rich region Goodluck supposed to have to his name, wonderful.

    All those blaming GEJ for having properties that he doesn’t need should go to IBB house to get some rooms for themselves that house is 50bed rooms so IBB may not need all the rooms.

    Because it belong to GEJ the Mallams Muslims thieves are free thank tomorrow is another day.

  • Okpogode Moses

    I can see the rubbishes some degenerated are posting over the humiliation meted on a president from the Niger Delta. Treating a former President as a common person.
    We are all seeing all these orchestration from degenerated northern thieves who are hiding under the borrowed clothes of integrity.
    At the right time the thieves who have lived on oil money from the north will need a new gold.
    I wish them well as they ride on the goldmines of one Nigeria to live abroad administering Nigeria under the protection of religious and ethnic ineptitudes.

  • Dejandon

    From the Guardian today:

    “Jonathan’s four’bedroom duplex in Abuja was stripped bare of all valuables. These included six television sets, three refrigerators, one gas cooker, furniture, electronics, toilet and electrical fittings and internal doors and frames. The suspected masterminds of this larceny are those charged with the responsibility of guarding the house”

    Now, re-read the last sentence again, replacing the last word with “Country” It sounded like what happened during Jona’s regime.

    • osezuwa

      has any court in Nigeria convicted Former President Jonathan of corruption? The answer is absolute No. I just wonder why a demented and an imbecile, like this dejandon will not stop at nothing, except to expose their foolishness in the public domain. Why are you not talking about the likes of Abacha, abdulsalam, IBB, Obasanjo and others who plunged Nigeria into this merciless state. Devil will punish you all haters of Jonathan and believers in the Lies and Propagandist APC.