Adelani Adepegba, Abuja
The police authorities have detained three policemen following the reported theft of household items at the former residence of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan in Gwarimpa Estate, Abuja.
Our correspondent gathered on Monday that the policemen would soon face orderly room trial after which they would be dismissed from service for theft.
A source, who is familiar with the investigation into the case, said that the policemen who were guarding the residence had admitted to selling some of the items which they allegedly stole from the house.
The source identified items allegedly stolen by the policemen to include expensive furniture, television sets, refrigerators, split air conditioners, bowler hats, designer suits and some Ijaw attire.
It was learnt that the process of easing the men out of service for gross misconduct would soon be finalised.
“The investigation into the theft is almost concluded and it is certain that the policemen involved in the case would be eased out of the service for gross misconduct. How can they steal what they were meant to protect?” the source stated.
The Federal Capital Police Command, in a statement, said it had commenced investigation into the case, adding that preliminary investigation indicated that some items were “found to be missing in the house.”
“The policemen who are supposed to be on guard duty at the house have been detained for questioning. Investigation to find out what actually happened is currently in progress,” the statement by the police spokesman, Anjuguri Manzah, said.
Meanwhile, the command has warned against unlawful protest in the FCT, noting that some disgruntled elements planned to block major roads in Abuja.
The police said while it would continue to respect the fundamental rights of citizens as stipulated in the constitution, it would not fold its arms and allow any group under whatever guise to jeopardise the peaceful atmosphere in Abuja.