Complex security gate left open by guards which enabled the robbers to get in to cart away about N30m goods from Mrs. Eto’s shop in Ajah, Lekki Peninsula, Lagos.
. Alleges sabotage, reports security firm to police
‘We plead that the police should help us to get to the bottom of the looting to save us from early deaths as our BPs have shot up sharply because this is our main source of livelihood’
By Valentine Amanze
The Chief Executive Officer of Superior Mobile Investment Limited and iClick Gadgets, Dr. Helen O. Eto, who lost about N30 million phones and other goods when robbers raided the Ikota Shopping Complex, which borders Victoria Garden City (VGC), Lekki Peninsula, Lagos, is seeking justice, as she appealed to police for help.
She disclosed that the 1,850 shops facility, run by HFP Engineering Limited, was robbed in the early hours of March 7, 2023.
In a statement made available to Nigeria News Flight, Mrs Eto further stated that Finesse Security Limited guards claimed that they forgot to lock the gate of the facility, allowing the hoodlums to strike.
The CEO, who had reported her ordeal to the police in Ajah and Panti, Yaba, lamented: “We took bank loans for the business plus our life savings all of which are gone. This is a wicked plan against us in our old age with children still in school, other dependants and various bills.
“We plead that the police should help us to get to the bottom of the looting to save us from early deaths as our BPs have shot up sharply because this is our main source of livelihood. A list of the goods looted from the shop was/is attached to my statements at Ajah Police Station and SIB, Yaba.”
Omokioja Julius Eto, Chairman, Editorial Board of The Daily Times and a media consultant, corroborated his wife’s account. Eto, a former Associate Editor of The Guardian and Editor-in-Chief of The Trumpet, said: “The robbery is shocking because the security gate is inaccessible even to shop owners at night, our shop is just a stone’s throw from the gate and it would have taken about at least two hours to cut through the shop’s security system.
“This makes us to strongly see the guards as the main suspects. We were not immediately notified by the security firm or the facility managers (HFP) of the robbery, which we only got to be aware of at about 8.20am through one of our employees.”
A former Editor of The Daily Times, Eto who has also worked as a senior editor at the Punch and Thisday, added: “Since the break-in on March 7 till today March 30, Finesse Security Ltd has not called to sympathize with us but has been evading our calls and texts to its MD whom we learnt travelled abroad after the robbery.
“We have been doing everything to support the police investigation despite our predicament and hope they will bring the culprits to justice.”