From Iheanacho Nwosu, Abuja
Former president, Goodluck Jonathan, has debunked reports that 35 plasma television sets and 25 refrigerators were stolen from his house at Gwarimpa, Abuja, insisting the figure was exergerated.
Instead, he said items stolen from the house were six plasma TV sets , three refrigerators and a gas cooker.
The former president’s Gwarimpa house was last month burgled by thieves. Police said, yesterday, that it was investigating the incident.
A statement signed by the media aide to Jonathan, Ikechukwu Eze, described as spurious the figure of items reported as stolen by the thieves.
The statement read: “Following series of enquiries from journalists and other concerned Nigerians on the extent of the reported vandalisation and theft in the house of former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, located in Gwarinpa Abuja, we, therefore, would like to make the following clarifications: ‘The theft was discovered last month upon which a report was duly lodged with the relevant police authorities’.
“The police immediately commenced investigations which led to the arrest and detention of some suspects, six of whom were policemen, even as investigations continue.”
The statement clarified that the house was bought in 2004. It read: “The house, which the former president bought from CITEC estate developers in 2004, was totally stripped bare by the thieves who stole every movable item in the house, including furniture sets, beds, electronics, toilet and electrical fittings, as well as all internal doors and frames.
“However, contrary to exaggerated reports in some media, only six television sets, three refrigerators and one gas cooker were stolen. Being that the house is a modest four-bedroom duplex, it couldn’t have been fitted with “35 Plasma television sets and about 25 refrigerators” as falsely reported by some media outfits.”