Robbers attack sales rep, police arrest security guard

Oluwatobi Akindele

Some suspected robbers have looted the house of a sales rep, Mrs Ronke Oyebanji, carting away cash and some property.

 PUNCH Metro learnt that the robbers, who entered the victim’s home on Desmond Madumere Crescent, in the Alagbado area of Lagos State, made away with N615,350, an iPad and Automated Teller Machine cards.

 Oyebanji, who reported the case at the Alagbado Police Station, said the men broke in through the sitting room.

 She noted that the suspects, who did not put on masks, beat her up before making away with the property.

  The victim, who was with her daughter and elder sister, said the incident happened on Friday, August 10, 2018.

 She said, “Around 4am, I was sleeping on a mattress when suddenly someone kicked me and out of shock, I woke up. The men that came put on knickers without wearing shirts. One of them slapped my face. They ordered that we should switch off the light and my sister showed them where the switch was.

“One of them dragged me and collected my handbag. He removed the sum of N575,350 which belonged to my company. They collected N40,000 from my elder sister’s handbag and one iPad phone, valued at 400,000, was removed from my husband’s room.”

PUNCH Metro gathered that the victim and her sister raised the alarm immediately the robbers left.

 A community leader, Adekunle Ajibodun, said the residents later caught a suspect, who was one of the security men on the estate.

He said, “Around 5.50am, two members informed me that around 4am, robbers came to their apartment. While they were making the report, they sighted a man from afar and said he was one of the men that came to steal from them.

“He was apprehended and we discovered that he lived in the area. I alerted the CDA chairman and our Chief Security Officer. We made a report with neighbourhood personnel before we took the man to a police station.”

The Chief Security Officer of Area 1 Estate, Lukmon Bakare, identified the suspect as Pius Utin, adding that he was one of the security men working with him.

He said, “Utin started working with me on July 8, 2018. I knew him before he started working with me on the estate. While I was on a patrol, I saw him at the zone 2 gate. We were together till around 5.50am before we parted ways. I was surprised when he called me around 6.46am that he had been arrested.”

The suspect, in his statement to the police, also denied the allegation.

 The 25-year-old Akwa Ibom State indigene said he had been working as a security officer on a neighbouring estate for about a month.

He said, “I resumed duty at Suberu Oje around 11pm. I was with my colleague, Alfa, and we closed from work around 5.35am. When I closed, my CSO saw me and we even chatted for some time before I left.

“I was still standing in front of the house when I saw a man and a woman who attacked me and said I was the one that came to rob them. They accused me of stealing their money. When they searched me, they did not find any money on me. I had about N1,500; I did not rob any house.”

Utin’s colleague, Abudu Adisa, aka Alfa, said he was with the suspect throughout the night, adding that they closed together.

 However, our correspondent gathered that Utin was arraigned before an Ogba Magistrates’ Court on charges of burglary and stealing.

The charges read in part, “That you, Pius Utin, and one other at large, on August 10, 2018, around 4am at Desmond Madumere Cresent, Area 1 Estate, Alagbado, Lagos State, in the Ikeja Magisterial District, did break into a residence with the intent to commit felony, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 307 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.

“That you, Pius Utin and one other at large, on the same date, time and place, in the aforementioned magisterial district, did steal the sum of N615,350 and one Ipad valued  at N400,000, property of one Ronke Oyebanji, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 280 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.”

The presiding magistrate, W. A. Salami, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.

The case was adjourned till October 10, 2018.

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