Four men who allegedly robbed Mr. Wilson Onazi, the father of Nigerian footballer Ogenyi Onazi, were arrested on Wednesday and paraded yesterday.
The suspects identified as Kingsley David, Ebuka Ugochukwu, Joseph Ozo and Ali Audu robbed him on Monday, at his house at the Government Reserved Area, Jos, Plateau State.
They took away a white Toyota Highlander and reportedly inflicted machete cuts on him. After the robbery, they took off for Lagos and lodged in Shibiri Hotel in the Ajangbadi area where they were arrested while awaiting a buyer for the vehicle. They were arrested alongside one of the intending buyers of the car, Osita Eze.
The leader of the gang, David, 24, a polytechnic graduate, said he lived close to the manâ€™s house and had monitored his movement, adding that they robbed him to celebrate Sallah. Ugochukwu, 26, an indigene of Idemili, Anambra State, said the robbery was easy for them because only Pa Onazi was at home. He said, â€œHe does not stay with his wife or even house help in that big house. There was no security man guarding the house. We also robbed him because he does not help people.â€
He continued: â€œWhen we got to the house, we knocked the gate and pretended as if we wanted to deliver a letter to him from Lagos. While he was checking the letter, we brought out our cutlass. We just held him by the hand as he begged us not to harm him. â€œWe asked him to take us to his bedroom and he did. He said he didnâ€™t have any money in the house, but we took his ATM card, which we couldnâ€™t use because it had expired. â€œHe gave us N5,000. We also stole his vehicle.
We didnâ€™t touch him because of his advanced age; if we had touched him, he could have died.â€