Chef arrested for drugging ex-minister, robbing him of N10million

Chef arrested for drugging ex-minister, robbing him of N10million

- Ex-minister of finance, Kalu Idika, was drugged and robbed by his chef

- The Chef invited a gang of thieves to rob him after drugging him

- They went away with N750,000 cash and valuables worth N10million

Former minister of finance, Dr Kalu Idika, was drugged by his chef, one Peter Odion, who invited a group of thieves to rob him of money and valuables.

The thieves got away with N750,000 cash and valuables worth N10million naira from the ex-minister house located at 180A, Moshood Olugbani Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The Punch reports that Odion allegedly put a sedative in a cup of coffee he served his boss on Wednesday, November 15 and immediately after Idika slept off, Odion was said to have 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.

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Odion was paraded on Monday at the police command office in Ikeja along with four others identified as Samuel Ogana, Joy Omagu, Uboh Obi and Sunday Emmanuel.

The state acting commissioner of police, Edgal Imohimi, said operatives of the State Intelligence Bureau, tracked down the suspects.

The suspects paraded by the police. Photo source: The Punch

The suspects paraded by the police. Photo source: The Punch

The acting CP said the gang members had wanted to use a similar method to rob one Mrs. Augustina Akhibi, when they met their Waterloo.

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 sedatives 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.”

He added that drug substances like Diazepam Injection, ground nitrogen (morgodon) table, and a syringe filled with some substances, were recovered from the gang.”

Odion confessed to the crime, claiming he was desperate to get a sum of N60,000 his boss allegedly owed him.

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He 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.”

Omagu, who was 22, said Emmanuel acted as an agent and contracted her as a housemaid to Akhibi.

She said: “He gave me some sedatives to make the woman sleep, but I had not used them when the police arrested me.

But 38-year-old Emmanuel denied that he gave the sedatives to Omagu, noting that he had got a housemaid for the woman in the past.

He said: “I only told her (Omagu) that the woman was wicked and that she could do whatever she liked to her. I don’t know anything about the sedatives."

Meanwhile, previously reported that the Nigerian police has paraded some suspected criminal elements said to specialize in kidnapping, armed robbery and car snatching.

The different gangs paraded by the police reportedly operate in the Abuja-Kaduna, Abuja-Minna-Bida, Birnin Gwari-Funtua and Abuja-Lokoja highways.

They were arrested as a result of the Operation Absolute Sanity, which was recently strengthened with additional police personnel and needed logistics by the Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim K. Idris.

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