By Esther Onyegbula
A househelp, Usang Bassey, aka Ben Peters, who was arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for breaking into his employer’s bedroom and stealing valuables, has revealed that he duplicated the bedroom key to gain access.
Narrating how he committed the crime, Usang Bassey Effiong, who committed the act 11 days after he was employed, said: “I noted where Mr. Okoye usually hide his bedroom key and to gain access to the room, I went ahead and made a copy of the key.
“Before I broke into their bedroom, I disconnected the CCTV camera so that I won’t be detected.
“Afterward, I stole their valuables and thereafter, drove off with their car.
Robbing the couple was easy for the house help they dismissed before employing me, one Matthew Johnson Abam, was a member of our gang. He had furnished me with relevant information about the couple even before I came to live with them”.
It was learned that Seventy-three-year-old retiree, Mr. Alexander Okoye, and his wife Mrs Njideka Okoye, employed one Ben Peters as househelp on October 12, who they later discovered his real names are Usang Bassey Effiong.
On October 24, Mr. and Mrs Okoye petitioned Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Imohimi Edgal, complaining of how the said Ben Peters, who was with them for just 11 days, stole their valuables including their a car, five thousand dollars, six shirts and a mobile phone.
It was gathered that based on their complaint, the CP directed CSP Kemi Adedeji ‘s team attached to the Command’s Human Rights section to launch a manhunt for the fleeing house help.
Two months after the incident, the said Usang Bassey Effiong aka Ben Peters, was arrested from a hideout in Agege, Lagos and some of the stolen items recovered from him.