A man identified as Kabiru beat security checks at the National Assembly complex and gained entry into a reps member’s office where he stole some dollars and other valuable items.
The suspect, reports say, sneaked into the lawmaker’s office “located on the fourth floor of the Assembly complex using a master key around 2:30pm on Friday and made away with the hard currency and some other office equipment including computers, photocopy machine and printer.”
SaharaReporters’ reporting shows Kabiru was a Special Assistant to one lawmaker from Adamawa State and was known by many people in the complex.
He was said to have been identified by security operatives, who analysed the footage before he was arrested.
Few moments after Kabiru was caught, a cluster of lawmakers including Chairman, House Committee on Media and Publicity, Benjamin Kalu, security personnel were all sighted at the ground floor of the complex where the suspect was being held.
Reports further show that there was pressure from the boss of the suspect to release him and bury the matter.
A CCTV footage obtained of the incident showed the suspect while carrying out the operation and has since confessed to the crime, according to SaharaReporters.
It was gathered that a similar incident took place last week when the office of Hon. Ali Datti Yaku representing Bebeji Constituency of Kano State located on the third floor of the complex was burgled by unknown persons, who made away with valuable items.
SCOOPER had meanwhile, reported how unknown persons are reported to have burgled the Niger State House of Assembly in Minna carting away not less than N15 million.
It was learnt that the target of the burglars was the strong room of the state legislature, where most of the money meant for the day-to-day running of the assembly is usually kept.
Part of the money stolen was said to be for the upkeep allowance of a lawmaker including his furniture allowance said to be about N6 million.
Another legislator was reported to have lost approximately N3 million when the strong room was forced open.
The burglary was discovered when a lawmaker went to the Assembly complex Saturday and approached the accounts department messenger that he wanted to deposit money in the strongroom for safe keeping till Monday.
It was gathered that the messenger led the lawmaker to the department only to find out that the door to the strongroom had been forced open and investigations revealed that the only item stolen was the money kept there for safe keeping
The incident was reported to the police leading to the arrest and detention of virtually all staff of the accounts department.
No staff of the Assembly was prepared to speak on the matter, but the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Wasiu Abiodun, when contacted, confirmed the theft but not the amount stolen.
“I can confirm an incident of house breaking and theft, we are investigating the matter,” Abiodun said.