You may recall that back in September comedian Basketmouth and his family were attacked at gun point in a 2 hour home invasion robbery.
Recently the Nigerian police revealed they had caught the robbers involved. The suspects are named Chiemezie Joseph and Chibuzor Ugwu. The former was allegedly arrested while carrying out a robbery at the Ilasamaja area of Lagos State, his arrest led to the capture of the other robber, Ugwu who is said to be the mastermind of the operation.
The men were recently paraded to journalists by the Lagos State Police Command.
According to Punch, the leader of the gang which attacked Basketmouth, is 24-year-old Chibuzor Ugwu. Ugwu explained that they happened to stumble on the comedian’s house during their robbery spree of September 7.
Anytime I came to Lagos, I took my gang to vandalise vehicles and steal auto parts. We normally targeted Toyota and Honda vehicles. But the day we robbed Basketmouth’s house. We had operated on some vehicles in the area that day. We then peeped into a compound and saw a very nice car. When we gained access into the compound, we realised we could make more money by robbing the occupants of the house. We then used a bolt cutter to enter through the kitchen. It was when we entered the house that we realised that it was Basketmouth’s house. We saw the pictures of him and his family on the wall.
We thought we were going to find millions of naira at the house. He was begging us not to hurt his family. He said he did not keep cash at home. But we told him to cooperate so that we would just operate peacefully and leave. We searched the whole apartment and found nothing. We only got a $200 note in his wallet along with the mobile phones in the house which he handed to us. Eventually we left with the little we could find, we were not ready to hurt him because it was clear he was telling the truth when we searched everywhere and found no money.He said the phones stolen from Basketmouth’s house were sold to a friend at the Computer Village in Ikeja.
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, said the suspects would soon be charged to court.