Three Chadians who admitted to robbing homes in Lagos high-end neighbourhoods have been arrested after breaking into Senator Iyiola Omisore’s Ikoyi, Lagos home.
The suspects, Mohammed Musa, Ibrahim Mohammed and Jitto Saleh, along with a fourth suspect said to be at large, allegedly broke into the residence on June 18, 2014, using iron cutters to cut their way through the security cables.
According to the police, the suspected robbers tied up two security men in the compound and entered the house through a window.
They also allegedly raped a housemaid, who was reportedly alone in Omisore’s flat at the time before proceeding to his room, where they stole some valuables.
A source at Ikoyi Police Division said the police were alerted around 2am by some workers living in a boys’ quarters in the compound.
“One of the suspects, Musa was shot in the leg and apprehended by the police while the robbers were trying to escape,” the source said.
The Police Commissioner, Lagos State Police Command, Umar Manko, was said to have ordered the Special Anti-Robbery Squad headed by Mr. Abba Kyari, to take over the investigation into the case
During interrogation, the arrested robber was said to have taken SARS operatives to a hideout at Lekki where the others were arrested.
An exchange of gunfire during the arrest was said to have led to the death of one of the suspects.
The SARS operatives recovered two guns, five iron cutters, one chisel and some local charms at the scene.
Mohammed, 27, said he was from Amhiman Village in Chad.
He said, “I started to work as a security man in a house in Anthony Village when I got to Lagos in 2010. But I later travelled to my village to marry a second wife. But by the time I got back to Lagos a few months later, there was no job for me again.”