The presidency says there was an attempt to rob the residence of Ibrahim Gambari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday.
Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu in a statement on Monday night, said the attack, which occurred in the early hours of Monday, was unsuccessful.
“The Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari has confirmed that there “was a foolish attempt” to burgle his residence at 3:00am this morning but it turned out to be unsuccessful,” Shehu said.
“Professor Gambari, whose house is on a street next to the Villa has assured that there is nothing to worry about from the incident.”
The incident on Sunday prompted Gambari and Abubakar Maikano, the chief of staff and admin officer, respectively, to abandon their residences, sources said.
“Their houses were robbed and the robbers packed money and other valuable assets from both houses,” an aide told The Gazette.
It was not immediately clear whether or not valuable documents of state interest were carted away by the intruders, but The Gazette heard that the residences were thoroughly ransacked.
“The robbers took away as much as possible from both places,” a security officer who confirmed the incident said. “What is more unfortunate is that no one has been arrested.”
Officials also said 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.
Nigeria’s presidential palace just east of the city centre has long been seen as highly fortified and far beyond the reach of burglars, bandits and other criminals currently holding the vast swathes of the country to ransom.
But as criminal activities overshadow other matters of national consequences, Mr Buhari has faced calls to act urgently before it would be too late.
Armed bandits have abducted thousands of citizens since January alone, claiming billions in ransom payments at an alarming rate.