Mr Steve Nwosu, Deputy Managing Director (DMD) cum Deputy Editor-In-Chief of The Sun Publishing Ltd, has told a pathetic story of how armed robbers attacked him and his wife, Toyin, before kidnapping her from their residence in Amuwo-Odofin local government area of Lagos State.
Nwosu explained that the robbers came at about 1.50am and after smashing the glass window and breaking the burglary proof of the house at Bale Street, Bashorun Ogundairo Estate, jumped into the sitting room.
He said he heard a loud noise and when he went to the parlour, the robbers pointed guns at him.
The DMD said one of them pointed a pistol while the other pointed an AK-47 rifle at him. He said there was nothing he could do because he could not fight people with guns.
He said they slapped him and kicked him several times before ordering him to lie down on the floor.
He said they were stepping on his body as they demanded for money but unfortunately, he had no money in the house.
Nwosu further said the miscreants held his wife and took her to several rooms in search of cash but when they found out that there was no money in the house, they were enraged and decided to blindfold him.
He said they pushed him outside and later brought him back to the room and abducted his wife, adding that they flogged him with horsewhip.
He said as they were leaving, they asked if he could remember his phone number by heart and he said yes. They told him to call it, after which they said he would hear from them.
He said they took away two phones, laptop and other things but the third phone was covered by some items which prevented them from seeing it.
He said in his residence in the evening, “The robbers were making a funny demand of N100 million. We are still negotiating. They said they will call back, so I’m still waiting for them to call back. The robbers escaped in a speedboat through the waterway”.
He said that it was the second time robbers would attack his residence, adding that the first time they came, he gave them all the money in the house without wasting their time. But unfortunately, this time around, there was no dime in the house. He maintained that they were robbers because they also attacked his neighbours and dispossessed them of their money and other valuables.
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Mr Fatai Owoseni, while confirming the story to journalists, said the hoodlums were there to rob but since there was no money, they decided to take the woman away to use her as bait to get money from her husband.