The Permanent Secretary in the State House, Jalal Arabi, on Friday claimed that there were rodents and other pests in the Presidential Villa, because of its location and the availability of “eatables”.
Arabi stated this when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Intergovernmental Affairs.
He was responding to a question by a member of the committee, Senator Joshua Lidani (PDP, Gombe).
“On a lighter note, have you made provision for fumigation? Because there were reports that rodents invaded the president’s office last year,” Lidani had said.
In response, Arabi said: “You know Abuja is so blessed with so many eatables, attracting rodents and other animals.
“You know where the Villa is located, it’s on a valley. You can’t restrict their movement because of the international convention on animals.”
President Muhammadu Buhari could not operate from his office, when rodents were said to have damaged furniture and fittings in the office last year.