P.M. News (Lagos)

10 January 2000

Nigeria: Armed Men Attack two Generals

Lagos — Rampaging armed bandits paid a surprise visit last week in Lagos to the homes of two ex-army Generals and made a clean sweep of their homes.

The retired generals were identified by the Police as Major- Gen. Olayinka Sule, one time Commander of One Mechanised Brigade in Kaduna, a resident of Dopemu and one Gen. Okafor who resides at the Ikeja GRA.

Bandits reportedly stormed the 9, Adelanwa Street, Dopemu home of Maj. Gen. Sule at midnight and that of Okafor almost at the same time.

In the case of Sule, a former Military Administrator of Jigawa State, the bandits were said to have forced their way into the house after holding his night guards to ransom. All residents in the house were held at gunpoint before all the rooms in the apartment were ransacked and all valuable property carted away.

His Peugeot saloon car with registration number BB 359 SMK was among his properties taken away by the hoodlums.

The police at Isokoko have however promised that the bandits will soon be tracked down. The General was absent at home when the bandits called.

At the home of Okafor, the uninvited midnight guests reportedly sneaked into his 36b Remi Fani-Kayode Street, GRA, Ikeja house without the notice of his military guards.

After gaining entry, the bandits asked for the General and were told that he was on an official assignment in Abuja. In a commando-style operation, they forced everybody to lie face down and ransacked the whole house.

At the end of their operation, they reportedly carted away N500,000 cash, 3,500 pounds sterling, and a shot gun containing several rounds of ammunition. One international passport, two mobile phones, clothes and jewelry were also among the stolen items .

Police sources at Ikeja confirmed that a serving soldier has been arrested in connection with the robbery while two more soldiers have also been linked with the incident.

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