A suspected armed robber is now in police net in Benin, Edo State, after
the lady he attempted to rob disarmed him. The victim, a female
newscaster with the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), was said to have
given the suspect, identified as Stanley, the fight of his life when he
tried to rob her. She succeeded in collecting the robber’s locally-made
pistol from him.
The suspect was handed over to policemen from
Oba Police Station, Benin. During interrogation, Stanley mentioned names
of his gang members. The police went after the gang and arrested five
members. The leader of the gang is, however, still at large. The
newscaster, who wished to remain anonymous, said she went to Benin from
Lagos, for a wedding when the incident occurred.
She said she was
cleaning her car, around 5:30am, when the suspect appeared with his gun
and ordered her to give him money. She added: “I was cleaning the car
when I heard someone ordering me not to make a noise. He had been hiding
behind my car all this while.
He had a gun with him. He said I
should take him inside the house and give him money. I begged him not to
shoot, that I will give him the money. I also appealed to him that my
sister, whom I lodged with, is heavily pregnant. I told him that my
sister may go into force labour at the sight of the gun. He was not
interested in my pleas. He held the gun to my waist. As we got close to
the entrance of the sitting room, I summoned courage. “I screamed Jesus!
I did not know what came over me, but I suddenly turned and grabbed the
I struggled with him and turned the gun to his chest. He
bit me. I bit him back. As we struggled, we reached where my car was
parked. I screamed and started calling for help. My brother inlaw ran
out. He attacked the robber and kicked him until he fell flat on his
The shout attracted residents who rushed out and joined in
wrestling the gun from the suspect. He was eventually beaten up
mercilessly. The residents wanted to beat him to death, but others
suggested they hand him over to the police.
Stanley were a locally-made gun, three cartridges, a wallet, a phone and
a wristwatch. The seller of the gun has also been arrested. Police
investigation revealed that Stanley is a commercial bus driver. But
Stanley claimed he did not know why he took to robbery.
“It was my gang members that gave me the gun. I targeted the house
because I thought I could rob people living there successfully. I
entered the compound by jumping the fence. I never expected that the
lady would react by grabbing my gun. I planned the operation in my
house. I entered the compound around 2am.”