Two suspects that specialise in breaking into people’s homes in Benin city Edo state, at an oddly hour, have been arrested by men of the Edo state police command.
One of the suspects was arrested at the scene of the crime.
The two suspects, Jackson Oke-Oghene and Ikpomwonsa Osayande belong to a gang that specialises in breaking into homes on Sundays when everyone has gone to church.
The report revealed that one of the suspects Ikpomwonsa Osayande who monitored the occupants of a house at Igo on upper Ekewan Road, Benin city, attacked the house around 9 am on Sunday.
The suspect allegedly forced his way into the house through the window when no-one was at home.
He allegedly ransacked all the rooms in the house and stole a cash sum of 15,000 Euros, equivalent to 9 million Naira.
Standard Gazette learned that the suspect was said to have taken the euros to a Bureau D change at Kings Square in Benin city to exchange to Naira.
According to the report, the Bureau D change operator, upon sensing that it was stolen money, allegedly gave the suspect the sum of 5 million Naira instead of 9 Million Naira.
The second suspect, Jackson Oke-Oghene, was alleged to have stormed different houses in the same area and stole household items worth thousands of Naira.
In one of the houses, the suspect did not know that one of the occupants was at home when he forced the door open.
The female occupants of the house were bold to hold the man firmly and shouted for help.
The residents’ quick response in the area helped in apprehending the suspect, who then named his cohort.
The victim said,” l saw the man jumped into my room through the window, and l calculated and held him for people to come.”
Another victim said, “the 15,000 euros he stole was sent to me by my sister in Europe to handle some urgent family issues”. I appeal to the police to help me recover the money and prosecute the thieves “.
One of the suspects, Osayande Ikpomwonsa, in an interview, said, “l entered the house when nobody was at home and met the 15,000 euros after l searched everywhere. The 5 million naira l got was used to buy a Toyota Camry car, two motorcycles while l built shops in my father’s house for rent”.
The two suspects will be thoroughly investigated and charged to court soon, the police say.