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.
believed they had hit pay day! The suspect said he pointed a gun he was
holding at the comedian and told him to cooperate.
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
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.