Written by Austine ELEMUE

Journalist, others robbed at Nyanya Gwandara

Suspected armed robbers raided the home of a veteran broadcaster, Festus Fifen Ejiroghene of Ben Television, London and five of his neighbours, as they successfully made away with his Toyota Camry car and other valuable items worth millions of naira.

Eyewitness accounts revealed that the robbers, numbering five, brandished guns and machetes, as they broke into the neighbourhood, at Power House, Nyanya Gwandara, Nasarawa State, in the early hours of last Tuesday around 2:00 am and operated for almost an hour.

The eyewitnesses disclosed that the robbers who did not seem to be in a hurry came back, after taking everything and demanded for the car key, threatening to take his wife's life if he refuses to cooperate with them.

Having snatched the car key, the robbers loaded the car with all the stolen items and zoomed off, only to stop midway to rob other victims, and hotel staff, few meters away.

In a chat with our correspondent, one of the victims, Ejiroghene revealed that other items stolen from him and about five of his neighbours include electronics such as flat screen TVs, home theatres, jewelry, large sums of money, clothing, among others.

Almost in tears, his wife said: “They have taken away everything we have worked for -television, money, cloths, jewelries, phones and home theatre. They left our compound briefly and came back demanding for our car key and when I hesitated a bit, they threatened to cut me into two, so I hurriedly looked for it and gave it to them”.

Another victim, who did not want her name mentioned, explained that five of them in the same house were forced into a toilet by the robbers and locked up after collecting all their monies, phones, plasma TV and all they could lay their hands on.

She, however, expressed displeasure over lack of response from neighbours, saying she expected all of them in the neighbourhood to come out simultaneously and challenge the criminals.

Our correspondent also gathered that in an adjacent compound, an occupant, a middle-aged man had more than he bargained for, as unlike Ejiroghene and others who were slapped with a machete, he was seriously wounded on his head and hands when he came out hearing noise.

Further investigations revealed that when the matter was reported to the Masaka Police station, before rushing the badly wounded unsuspecting man to the hospital, no prompt action was made, as the affected neighbours were asked to return to the station at 12 noon before any action could be taken.



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