By Evelyn Usman
Two suspected members of a robbery gang, who stormed MP Manufactures in Lekki area of Lagos, killing a private guard, said the guard caused his death as he kept struggling with them during the operation.
The suspects, Daniel John, 23, and Collins Achibong, 25, were arrested by detectives of the State Intelligence Bureau, SIB Lagos State Command, at Marwa Roundabout, Lekki, weekend.
The robbers numbering three, invaded the company located on Plot 25, Block 68, Bisola Durotimi Drive, Lekki Phase 2, November last year. Their mission, as gathered was to steal laptops that were delivered to the company same day.
They reportedly went to the security post and ordered a guard, Abubakar Isiaka, to take them to where the laptops were kept, but Isiaka resisted and raised the alarm to attract his colleagues, who were in another section.
However, on the arrival of his colleagues, Isiaka was found in the pool of his blood.
When news of the incident reportedly reached the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Imohimi Edgal, he directed the SIB to investigate the case.
One of them Daniel, who claimed to be an orphan, said: “We are private guards; we work with a security company where we are paid N20,000 monthly. We were three that went for the operation and our intention was never to kill, but to collect what we went there for.
“The security man caused his death. In fact, he almost overpowered us. He held on to Bassey (third suspect) as he kept shouting. Bassey stabbed him in the waist before he managed to free himself from the grip.
“We only collected his phone and ran out when we heard footsteps. We sold the phone for N9,000 at Marwa Roundabout. I got N3,000; Collins, N2,000, while the third person, Bassey got N4,000. I used the money to feed.
“We have forgotten about the incident and were going about our normal business when policemen arrested me first, then Collins. We don’t know where Bassey is.”