Soldiers yesterday seized the premises used by former President Goodluck Jonathan’s cousin, Azibaola Robert, as construction site for the provision of engineering infrastructure for Maitama Extension District in Abuja.
Our correspondent, who visited the premises which shares the same boundary with the Lungui Barracks of the Nigerian Army along the Kubwa/Asokoro Expressway, found that the soldiers drove away all the workers from the site as soon as they stormed the massive premises around 8pm yesterday.
A few of the soldiers manned the entrance to the massive construction site being used by Kakarta Civil Engineering Limited while the other soldiers kept vigil inside the massive premises overlooking the Katampe hills.
“We are on order from the Chief of Army Staff to take over this place and not to allow anyone in or out of the premises,” a junior soldier, mounting sentry at the first gate, warned our correspondent, who attempted to penetrate the compound.
It was one of our generals, who led the team of soldiers to take over this place but we do not know the reason for our being here,” the soldier, said but refused to give his name.
As a result of the invasion of the premises of the construction firm, workers who reported for theidaily routine, were chased away from the site by fierce-looking armed military men, who said they were under strict instruction to bar anyone from entering the place.
This development comes a few weeks after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had charged Robert and his company, One-Plus, to court for allegedly receiving a $40 million security contract from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
Robert and his company were granted bail by a Federal High Court after the charges were read to them but it is not clear why the army has swooped on his construction premises approved for him by the Federal Capital Territory Administration to use as a base for the coordination of the provision of services for the owners of plots at the Maitama Extension District.