Security Operatives Raid Ex-Governor Goje’s Abuja Residence
Men of the Nigerian police force numbering over 40 stormed the Abuja residence of Danjuma Goje, former governor of Gombe state, the chairman of the Senate Commitee on Appropriations, Senator Danjuma Goje (APC, Gombe), on Thursday evening.
The security operatives stormed the number 10 Haile Selassie Street, Asokoro District,Asokoro, residence of the former governor around 4.pm yesterday.
The men arrived in five operational vans and a bus combed the gigantic residence of Goje, a close ally of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki told our reporter.
Daily Trust learnt that the operation lasted till around 8.pm when this report was being filed. Efforts to speak to Goje through phone yielded no result as his mobile phone was switched off. However one of aides said Goje was in the National Assembly attending a meeting on the 2017 budget.
It was gathered that the raid followed tip off by a whistle blower of presence of large volume of cash in the residence. A family source said N18 million, $19,000 USD, 4,000 Saudi Riyals were found in Goje’s house.
“You cannot get him because he is in National Assembly attending meeting on the 2017 budget. It is true that his house has been ransacked by the police men.
“As I’m talking to you they are moving from one room to the other. You know the house is very big, so we were told that they have broken into many rooms,” a source said.
He added that, “We don’t know what they are looking for in the house but they have broken into many rooms”
Goje was the governor of Gombe state between 2003 and 2011. He has a case at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, however said the agency was not involved in the operation.
Goje, whose trial began in 2014, is being prosecuted for money laundering by the EFCC.