– Some police men accused of burgling an Abuja residence of the immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan have been sacked following an orderly room trial – The dismissal of the officers has been approved by the commissioner of police FCT command Musa Kimo – The police say the alleged mastermind of the burglary, Sgt Musa Musa will be charged to court for prosecution Some police officers who were arrested for allegedly burgling an Abuja residence of ex-president, Goodluck Jonathan, have been dismissed from the service by the Nigerian Police Force.
we had reported that some officers who guarded the home of the former president were arrested after it was discovered that the home located at located at No. 89, Fourth Avenue in the Gwarimpa district of Abuja was burgled. The officers were accused of stealing items valued at several millions of naira from the home of the former president and selling them to traders at the Pankera second-hand market in Gwarimpa, Abuja.
Vanguard reports that the Abuja police command which announced the dismissal of the officers on Thursday, August 3, stated that their dismissal was approved by the commissioner of police FCT, CP Musa Kimo psc, following the out-come of an orderly room proceeding. The name of the dismissed officers was given as: 1. F/No. 436691 Sgt Musa Musa 2. F/No. 235422 Sgt John Nanpak 3. F/No. 261898 Sgt Ogah Audu 4. F/No. 425210 Sgt Gabriel Ugah The release by the force explained that the names of two other officers, AP/No.141199 Inspr Lengs Satlakau and AP/No. 150566 Inspr Usman Wuduki have been sent to AIG Zone 7 for further action.
The FCT police command stated that Sgt Musa Musa who allegedly spearheaded the burglary will will be charged to court for prosecution. It also stated that steps have been put in place to apprehend his collaborator, one Mallam Shuaibu, who is presently on the run. The command noted that the punitive action taken against the officers was in line with the resolve of the police boss, IGP Ibrahim Idris to do away with undisciplined officers who were giving the police a bad name. Though cases of burglary are common in Nigeria, there has never been such a reported case of law enforcement officers being invoked in the act.
The alleged burglary of the former president’s home has done more harm to the image of the Nigeria Police which has been dealing with image problems for a long time. Added to its perennial problem of being underfunded, the police have also had to deal with rampart cases of alleged corruption and other vices among officers. Though several efforts have been put in place to make the Nigerian police a force to reckon with, such efforts have failed to yield beneficial results. Meanwhile, a video has emerged of the house of former president, Goodluck Jonathan, after it was allegedly burgled and vandalised by policemen who were assigned to guard the place. In the short amateur video, the interior of the house was captured and showed the level of emptiness and vandalism carried out by the burglars.