By Peter Odili
LAGOS—A 24-year-old domestic worker, who was arrested for allegedly stealing his boss’s 40,000 Pounds in Lagos, has blamed his action on his desire to assist his family. Arrested alongside the suspect, Ugbem Samuel, was his younger brother, Ugbem Monday.
The prime suspect reportedly invited his younger brother to his boss’ house immediately the latter returned from a trip outside the country.
Narrating how he stole the money, Samuel, who was paraded alongside 25 other robbery suspects, who were arrested within one week in Lagos, said: “When my boss came back with a lot of money from his trip, I invited my younger brother over, with the intention of stealing some of the money and handing it over to him to take to our parents, who are suffering.
“I gave him 40,000 Pounds, which he kept with my brother-in-law to keep for us until we are ready to use it.”
However, when his boss, identified simply as Ajayi, discovered that his money was missing, he enquired from Samuel, who denied culpability.
Samuel said: “But my boss’ brother came and begged me to say the truth that part of the money would be given to me. Because stealing is not in my blood, I opened up to him that I was the one that took the money with the help of my brother. I also told him where the money was.”
It was gathered that the money was split into two, with his in-law and his younger brother in possession of each part. But when policemen arrived his in-law’s home in Ikorodu, he was discovered to have bolted with the money.
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Fatai Owoseni, who paraded the suspects, disclosed that 15 armed robbery suspects were arrested in one week in Lagos.
He said nine locally-made pistols, 50 live cartridges and one expended cartridge, three vehicles and assorted phones were recovered during the period.