Musa Musa, one of the three officers, who was discharged from the force for burgling the house of the Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has been arraigned by the Federal Capital Territory Police Command, Abuja.
The dismissed officer who was a sergeant was among the three who burgled Jonathan’s house at No. 89 Fourth Avenue, Gwarimpa district, Abuja and stole items such as, sets of furniture, plasma television sets, refrigerators, air-conditioner units and box-loads of clothes such as designer suits imprinted with the former president’s name, male and female Ijaw traditional attires, lace materials and bowler hats.
They were incriminated at a magistrate court in Wuse, Abuja. After hearing arguments by respective counsels, the magistrate Mabel Segun-Bello, granted Musa bail with a bond of N7 million. “The law is clear about right to liberty. Bail is granted to allow the accused attend trial. Where it is perceived that the accused may jump bail, he may be denied,” the magistrate said.
The three mobile police officers allegedly had conducted the systematic looting over a period of three months beginning from around March 2016, until they totally stripped the house of all movable items, which they sold piecemeal to dealers at Panteka second-hand materials market at Tipper Garage, Gwarimpa.
According to a security source involved in the investigation, by the time family members of the former President were alerted to the looting early this month, the house had been stripped bare. On getting wind of the arrest of the policemen, two dealers who had been main recipients of the stolen items were said to have closed down their shops at Panteka market and have since remained at large. Whistle-blowing neighbour The source revealed that the looting was discovered when a neighbour noticed “severe damage in the house” and called a member of President Jonathan’s family to ask whether the house was undergoing renovation.