The chef of a former Minister of Finance, Dr Kalu Idika, Peter Odion has been arrested for his involvement in the robbery of his boss. The chef lived with the ex-minister at 180A, Moshood Olugbani Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.Going by reports, had allegedly put some sedatives into a cup of coffee he served the ex-minister on a Wednesday morning. After Idika slept off, Odion reportedly led his gang members into the boss’ apartment, where they made away with a sum of N750,000, a Blackberry, a Samsung phone and other valuables estimated at about N10m.
Parading Odion on Monday along with four others identified as Samuel Ogana, Joy Omagu, Uboh Obi and Sunday Emmanuel at the police command office in Ikeja, the Lagos State Acting Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, said operatives of the State Intelligence Bureau, tracked down the suspects.He said, “The syndicate is made up of six 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 principals’ belongings. The first victim, Dr Kalu Idika, was robbed of items worth N10,943,000 on September 20, 2017, while the second potential victim, Mrs. Akhibi, was used by the police as a bait to bust the syndicate.”
Admitting to the crime, Odion said, “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.”