Two deadly robbers who ordered a woman and her daughters to lay on broken bottles while the attacked them have been arrested.
Tribune reports that the victims, identified as Dr (Mrs.) Aluko, and her daughters, had reported how they the men dehumanized her family when they attacked them.
Tunji and Eluwa were arrested by the police from Ashi Division of the the State Police Command, in an operation led by the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Julie Ajao.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Leye Oyebade, told reporters that the suspects invaded the home of the victim on the night of May 29 and hibernated within the compound until following morning when they attacked Dr Aluko when she stepped out into her compound, injured her and her daughters and carted away valuables.
One of the suspects, Eluwa, was reported to have worked as a security guard in the area before the invasion.
Dr Aluko, while narrating her experience in the hands of the men, said:
“I woke up around 7a.m. on Monday, May 30. I opened the door to the kitchen to step into the compound. I noticed a strange cloth by my car. I walked towards it to see who brought it there.
As I was about picking up the cloth, I noticed two strange men within my compound walking towards me with knife and broken bottles in their hands.
They actually wanted to stab me and I shouted: ‘Blood of Jesus!’ I also tried to flee from them to avoid being stabbed but one of them grabbed my hand, twisted it behind me and broke it. Immediately, I was destabilised because I could not do anything again. They pushed me into the house where my two daughters were.
While inside, the robbers broke bottles on the floor and asked me and my daughter who had woken up to lay on them. One of them noticed I was looking towards a room, went in there and dragged my second daughter out.
She was beaten and asked to join us on the broken bottles. The cuts and scratches we got from the bottles are just healing.
They rushed into my study and packed four laptops, my tablet, my trinkets and those of my daughters, phones, DVD. They had a field day as they took their time to pack virtually everything in the house. They asked for my car key and when I didn’t want to disclose where it was, they put the knife they had on my daughter’s neck.
They could not start the car because of the security, so they locked us in the car and went away with my valuables. How they left with those things still remains a mystery to me because they were loaded into boxes. We had to break the car window to get out of the car.”
Eluwa who confessed to the crime, said:
“We sneaked in through the fence at night. I had worked in the area before as a security guard. My friend and I went on Sunday night and slept in the victims’ compound until the next morning.
We attacked them when they came out in the morning. We boarded two motorcycles and went away with the items we took from the woman’s house."
Tunji, the graduate, also confessed:
“I got to know Kelvin when he used to come and eat in a canteen at my neighbourhood. My involvement in robbery was as a result of extreme hunger and poverty. I just finished from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. I studied Economics.
I have tried to get a job but I have not been successful. I have engaged myself in teaching children, but some of the parents would not pay me. They would ask me to come back.
We never planned to rob on the day we attacked our victim. Kelvin and I were hungry and he told me that there was a rich man in that neighbourhood and that a party was going to hold. We decided to attend the party to pick remnants to eat.
Unfortunately, the party did not hold again, so we decided to try our luck on that woman. We saw the knife we used to threaten the woman and her children on our way to her house. I regret my action.”