- Burglars have broken into an office in the National Assembly complex, Abuja
- The hoodlums specifically targeted the office of Honourable Benjamin Kalu, spokesman of the House Of Representatives
- The lawmaker has asked security agencies to investigate and fish out the perpetrators
Suspected hoodlums have broken into the office suites of Honourable Benjamin Kalu, spokesman of the House Of Representatives.
The incident has fuelled concerns over the porous security in the National Assembly complex in recent times.
The office is located at suite 1.53, House of Representatives (New Wing), National Assembly Complex, Three Arms Zone, Abuja.
Aside Sergeant-At-Arm which forms the internal security architecture of the National Assembly; there are over 300 other personnel, comprising of the police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Federal Road Safety Corps and the Department of State Service (DSS) within the complex.
Yet, insecurity, robbery, theft, burglary, impersonation, extortions and other crimes have continued unabated in the complex.
Time and again, there have been reported cases of car thefts, vandalization, thefts of car batteries and looting of some commercial shops within the National Assembly complex.
Honourable Kalu, while narrating how his office was burgled, said the doors to his office suites were all properly locked by his aides last Tuesday, May 5, when the parliament last sat.
“Upon resumption of work at the office on the morning of Tuesday, May 12, my aide observed that electrical power in the entire suite had been turned off.
“Upon further investigation, we were shocked to find that the corridor entrance into my main office was mysteriously unlocked, having been used to gain entrance into the suite.
“We also observed that a wooden cabinet previously used to barricade the entrance from inside had been forced aside and that several of the items hitherto occupying the top of the cabinet Jay was strewn across the floor, indicating signs of an unauthorised entry,” he said.
Kalu, who provided picture and video exhibits of his vandalised office, insisted that his offices were meticulously locked last Tuesday and nobody was permitted to have access into the suite until this morning.
The lawmaker said his office was “currently taking inventory of all items and documents in the office to ascertain which items are missing” while calling on the security agencies to conduct “a swift and thorough investigation” into the incident.
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