Some armed robbery suspects in police net have recounted how they drugged a former Minister of Finance, Dr Kalu Idika Kalu, before dispossessing him of cash and valuables estimated at over N10 million.
The suspects – Peter Uboh Obi, Samuel Ogana, Joy Omagu and Sunday Emmanuel – were arrested at their various hideouts by operatives of the State Intelligence Bureau, Lagos command.
Obi, 33, who worked as a chef at Dr Kalu’s house at Victoria Island, said he was paid N100,000 for his role in the operation. He said he was compelled to drug his boss because he was owing him N60,000.
Obi admitted adding sleeping pill to his coffee after which their victim fell into a deep sleep. The female member of the gang, Omagu, said she was recruited as a househelp by the gang and posted to the home of a Lagos socialite at Lekki.
She confessed administering a sedative in a cup of coffee which she gave to her boss. She said, “They told me to first of all gain the trust of the woman I am going to work with.
They told me that the woman is wicked and had treated her former househelp badly and that it was going to be payback time. When I arrived the house, I was told that they were going to pay me N40,000 as salary.
I was satisfied with the amount, but having been recruited by the gang I had no choice but to do their bidding. A month after I was recruited, I set in motion how to carry out the task.
On that fateful day, Sunday sent me a sachet of Valium 5 and instructed me to grind and mix it in my madam’s coffee, which I did. We also sprayed some substance on her bed that will enable her sleep very well.
However, luck ran against us when she felt uncomfortable and asked me to remove the bed spread. I was at my duty post when the police came to arrest me.”
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, said drugs like Diazepam, Injectable (IPS), Nitrogen (morgodon) tablet grinded into powder and one syringe, were recovered from the suspects.