Lagos state Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni on Thursday paraded a five-man gang that raided and robbed the Jos home of Super Eagles star, Ogenyi Onazi.
The suspects fled to Lagos after raiding the home during which the Ogenyi’s aged father, Mr. Wilson Onazi, was attacked and made away with his white Toyota Highlander jeep with registration number JMU 300 AA, ATM cards and some cash.
The gang members who were arrested in Lagos at Ajangbadi area narrated how they carried out the attack so as to raise money to enjoy Sallah.
However, planning how to sell a Toyota Highlander that they took away, they were arrested by some police detectives led by the Divisional Police Officer, Alim Musa, Chief Superintendent of Police.
Those arrested are identified as Kingsley David, Ugochukwu Ebuka, Osita Ezeamu, Ali Audu and Joseph Ozo.
Kingsley Davis, who was aid to have masterminded the operation, had this to say, “My team members are my neighbours and friends.
“We were just discussing when the idea came up. Contrary to what they said, we did not beat him up. We only used the knife to tell him we wanted to borrow his car for the Sallah break.
“After the operation, we had left Jos and came to Lagos to meet our contact person. We were on the way when somewhere in Ajangbadi, the police stopped us. The rest is history.”
Another suspect, 26-year-old Ugochukwu Ebuka, added “It took us one week to conclude plans of how to carry out the attack.
“It was Kingsley who brought the information about the house. On that fateful day we arrived the house around 10am.
“Joe knocked on the gate and few minutes later an elderly man emerged from inside the compound. He opened the gate. At first we did not know that it is Onazi’s father.
“Three of us tried to force our way into the compound but the man resisted. He appeared drunk that morning so we over powered him. We wrestled him to the ground. We told him we were not going to harm him and that we only wanted his money. We discovered that the old man live alone. There was no guard at the gate. No cook or wife, but just him alone in a big house.
“Joe held a cutlass but we did not use it on him. We asked for money but he said he had none. We searched the seating room. Later we went into his bedroom. I think he gave us just N5000 and his ATM card. We took a bag containing two pairs of canvas on our way out.
“We collected the keys of the Toyota Highlander packed in front of the house and drove away. We threw the ATM card away because it was not functioning. It was Kingsley who organized the operation but he did not participate. Kingsley was angry with the old man because he felt that he was not assisting anybody. He lives alone and never bordered about any other person.
“It was Kingsley who also planned our movement to Lagos. He told us that he had contacted someone. When we left the place we hid the car at Feringhana area of Jos to allow the heat to die down. Three hours later we headed towards Lagos.
“We arrived Ajangbadi on Tuesday and we stayed in a hotel. We met Osita Ezeana at a drinking joint at Ajangbadi. We told him we have a car to sell. We had not agreed at a price when the police arrested us.”
Lagos Police Chief, Fatai Owoseni, assured that “The Nigeria Police Force under the Inspector General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, is well more positioned.
“The police are also poised to ensure that no matter where the crime is committed in any part of the country, the police headquarters has given teeth to bite to the commands.”