Reports of armed men invading the Presidential villa in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, hit headlines recently. It was reported that armed men suspected to be robbers invaded the residences of two senior aides to President Muhammadu Buhari inside the precinct of the Presidential Villa, administration officials, and security sources were on record saying that the rising insecurity across the country was drawing closer to the elite than previously estimated.
The incident on May 9, prompted Ibrahim Gambari and Abubakar Maikano, the chief of staff and admin officer, respectively, to abandon their residences, a source said.
“Their houses were robbed and the robbers packed money and other valuable assets from both houses,”
It was not immediately clear whether or not valuable documents of state interest were carted away by the intruders, but it was clear that the residences were thoroughly ransacked.
“The robbers took away as much as possible from both places,” a security officer that confirmed the incident said. “What is more unfortunate is that no one has been arrested.”
Officials also said Mr Gambari was given an official residence at the Defence House, but has not been living there, preferring instead to live inside Aso Rock and be close to the president.
Mr Gambari did not immediately return a request seeking comments.
A presidential aide to the President, Ahmed Bashir took to Twitter to acknowledge the report but labeled it fake as he said it was only an attempt not an invasion