Laleye Dipo in Minna
Hoodlums last Sunday night took advantage of the cross over service at different churches attended by some residents of Kpagungu and Gbaganu areas of Minna, the Niger State capital, to ransack their houses and made away with valuable items.
The hoodlums were said to have been led by the son of a serving police officer nicknamed ‘Susu’.
Susu, who is described as a notorious criminal, was said to have just completed a six-month jail term in Abuja before returning to Minna to lead the New Year’s eve operation.
Investigations have revealed that not less than 10 houses were raided between last Sunday and Monday morning when their owners were away praying to God for a blissful 2018.
Ironically, apart from one of the houses where a trace of break- in was observed, owners of the remaining buildings could not say how the hoodlums gained entry into their residences.
An Associate Professor at the Federal University of Technology Minna(name withheld) who was among those whose house was burgled said he and his wife lost valuable items to the thieves, including unspecified amount of money.
A widow with her children lost all their electronics, lap top, cloths and other expensive materials to the invaders.
“The thieves even made away with the pot of soup we have prepared to celebrate the New Year,” the widow narrated to sympathisers.
She said one of the electronics stolen was recovered when men of the vigilante chased Susu, which made him to drop the item and took to his heels but was arrested and handed over to the police.
Another victim, a welder, lost all the prefabricated doors and windows he had constructed and left in his shop before retiring for the day.
It was also gathered that one man was stabbed in the hand when he resisted the attempt by the thieves to forcefully dispossess him of his phone in his house.
The Kpagungu police station was a beehive of activities last Monday as victims brought one report or the other about theft in their houses.
One of the victims complained that the police did not cooperate with them, instead shielded Susu, the suspected leader of the gang of thieves.
When contacted yesterday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Peter Sunday, confirmed the story, saying one 28-year-old Isa Bature had been arrested in connection with the operation.
Sunday also said four pots were recovered along with other items but did not say from where.
He said the suspect would be charged to court soon.