Thieves appear to be targeting the treasure boxes of wives of Nigeria’s retired generals.Last month in Kano, thieves stole the N20million jewellery of Mariam, wife of the late Nigerian dictator, General Sani Abacha. The latest incident happened in Ibadan.
The suspect, Kingsley Aimekhu , a house help of the former acting Military Governor, South East Region and River States and ex- Ondo State Gubernatorial candidate, General Olu Bajowa, stole the jewellery worth N25m from the wife of the General. Aimekhu has been arrested and currently cooling his heels at the police cell alongside his accomplice, Alhaji Umaru Haruna.
Haruna buys and sells stolen property at Sabo Area of Ibadan, capital of Oyo State. The alleged thief stole the property in the General’s house in Ibadan.
The alleged thief who was on the run for some days was eventually tracked down by policemen attached to the Monitoring Unit of Oyo State Police Command.
Luck ran out of the thief when Mrs. Bajowa suspected that the only person that could do such a job was her ex-house help, which led her mentioning him to the police.
The police succeeded in arresting him through his friend who led them to where he was hiding.
Confessing, Aimekhu said that he sold the jewellery to Alhaji Haruna at Sabo at the price of N13m, adding that the Alhaji specializes in buying stolen property, and that out of the N13m he bought Volkswagen Bora car.
Aimekhu stated that he worked for his victim for two and half years before he was sacked, stressing that he decided to go into stealing because he was jobless.
Narrating how he was arrested, he said, “I know everything about the house and I know when my master will not be around. So, on September 29, 2012, around 9a.m, I went to the house knowing that nobody would be at home. I jumped in and went to my madam’s room and stole her jewellery, wristwatch and other things.”
Aimekhu has a house in Ibadan which he built from the proceeds made from criminal acts. Haruna, who bought the jewellery, admitted that though he bought it at N13m, he knew that it was more valuable.