LAGOS—Dare-devil robbers yesterday stormed the Lagos residence of Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, former governor of Abia State in Victoria Island and shot dead one of his workers, Michael Ogbonna. The robbers numbering two also carted away N2 million.
The incident happened at about 4 pm. The robbers were said to have trailed the deceased and two others, who had gone to the Adeola Odeku branch of Diamond Bank, to withdraw some money. An eye witness, Emenike said the three of them went to the bank at about 3.30 pm to withdraw some money and came back to meet strange faces at the premises.
“After collecting the money, we came back to the house, only to find two men standing near the compound. “As we alighted from the vehicle, one of them came from behind and we suspected them and inquired about his identity and mission to the area,” Emenike said. He explained that as the conversation was still going on, they discovered that the men were armed. “As we discovered that they were armed, two us quickly ran upstairs to lock up the security door, leaving Mike behind. We were still there when we heard a gunshot. As we came back, we saw Mike in the pool of his own blood,” he said.
The victim was quickly rushed to the hospital, where he was confirmed dead by the doctors, as he was said to have been shot at close range.
As at the time of filing this report, the incident was still being reported at the Bar Beach police station, Victoria Island.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Samuel Jinadu denied any knowledge of robbery attack in the area, adding that he had not been briefed by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO)in-charge of the area.
When informed that the people affected went to report the matter at Bar Beach bus stop and were still there, Jinadu promised to contact the DPO) and get back to the reporter but he never did.
An eyewitness who spoke about the incident, said he was surprised at the absence of policemen in the area, as according to him, about five policemen were usually seen guarding Kalu’s compound. He wondered why none of them was on duty at the time of the robbery.