The presidency has confirmed that there was an attempt to burgle the residence of Ibrahim Gambari, the chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, confirmed the incident in a terse statement on Monday evening, saying the incident occurred at 3am on Monday.
His confirmation followed the report by an online news medium, Peoples Gazette, that gunmen suspected to be robbers invaded the residences of Mr Gambari and the admin officer to the president, Abubakar Maikano, located close to the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Quoting administration officials and security sources at the villa, the newspaper said that the incident forced Gambari and Maikano to abandon their residences.
The burglars were said to have raided the two houses where they reportedly packed money and other valuable assets.
“The Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, has confirmed that there “was a foolish attempt” to burgle his residence at 3:00am this (Monday) morning, but it turned out to be unsuccessful.
“Professor Gambari, whose house is on a street next to the Villa, has assured that there is nothing to worry about from the incident,” Mr Shehu tweeted.
The presidential spokesman however deleted a tweet in which he said police were reviewing CCTV footage of Mr Maikano’s residence to apprehend the burglar.