Posted on Tue 21 Nov 2017, 06:30 AM

Former Minister of Finance, Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu was robbed of cash and valuables worth about N10m after being drugged by his chef, Peter Odion.

Peter Odion who allegedly put some sedatives into a cup of coffee he served the minister on Wednesday morning was arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for his involvement in the robbery of his boss.

Odion was said to have led others into his boss' apartment after he (Kalu Idika) slept off leading to the robberry where the sum of N750,000, a Blackberry phone, a Samsung phone and other valuables worth N10m were stolen.

Odion and the others, Samuel Ogana, Joy Omagu, Uboh Obi and Sunday Emmanuel were praded by the police as Police claim that the group is notorious for such operations.

Accordng to the Lagos State Acting Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, "The syndicat is made up of 6 members who specialise in getting jobs as cooks or home helps and while in service, gain the trust of their principals and inject their food with drugs to make them sleep off. They thereafter cart away their belongings.

"The first victim, Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu, was robbed of items worth N943,000 on September 20, 2017 while the second potential victim, Mrs. Akhibi, was used by the police as a bait to bust the yndicate."

The group, according to the CP were on the verge of another operation when operatives of the State Intelligence Bureau tracked down the suspects.

Odion who admitted to the crime claimed he took part in the operation because he was desperate to get th sum of N60,000 he was being owed by his boss.

“I started working with the man some months ago. The man owed me N60,000 and he refused to pay. I told my friend, Samuel (Ogana), and he gave me the drug to put in his tea. They came in when he was asleep and robbed him. I played along with them. Other workers in the house did not know I was involved. I got N100,000 from the proceeds.”

 

By Joseph Odeh

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