By Ben Adoga
Dare devil armed robbers in the early hours of Tuesday morning raided the home of a journalist, Festus Fifen Ejiroghene of Ben Television, London and five of his neighbours, carting away various items including his Toyota car numerous worth millions of naira.
An eyewitness account revealed that the robbers, numbering five, brandished sophisticated guns and machetes, as they broke into the neighbourhood, at Power House, Nyanya Gwandara, Nasarawa State, in the early hours of Tuesday 15th May, 2018, before 2:00 am and operated till about 2:40am.
The same source disclosed that the robbers who did not seem to be in a hurry returned, after robbing other neighbours and demanded for the car key, threatening to kill the wife of the journalist. After taking the car key, the robbers loaded it with all the items and zoomed off, only to stop again on their way to rob another victim, this time a hotel, few meters away.
During a chat with some journalists who visited the victim and the scene shortly after the incident, Ejiroghene revealed that other items stolen from him and about five of his neighbours include electronics such as flat screen TVs, home theatre, jewelleries, large sums of money and clothing, among others.
Another victim of the serial robbery attack, who did not want her name mentioned explained that five of them in the same house were forced into a toilet by the robbers and locked up after collecting all their monies, phones, plasma TV and all they could lay their hands on.
We also gathered that in an adjacent compound, an occupant, a middle-aged man was seriously wounded when he came out following the noise generated from destruction of burglary proofs and cutting of padlocks with tools
Further investigations revealed that when the matter was reported to the Masaka Police station, before rushing the badly wounded man to the hospital, no prompt action was made, as the affected neighbours were asked to return to the station at 12 noon before any action could be taken.
Many of those affected decried the slow response by the police station, adding that it made it easy for the robbers to make away with the stolen items.