Thursday, 8 September 2016

Robbers invade Basketmouth’s apartment in Lagos

Armed robbers on Tuesday invaded the apartment of popular comedian, Bright Okpocha, aka Basketmouth, in the Lekki area of Lagos State, carting away valuables.

According to Punch correspondent, the gun-wielding robbers stormed Basketmouth’s apartment in the Lekki Phase 1 area around 2am, and held the comedian and his family members hostage for about two hours.

This is just as some gunmen attacked residents of Ogudu in the Ojota area, during which there was an exchange of gunfire and one robbery suspect was shot dead.

The gunfire exchange, which occurred around 12pm, was between the police and the fleeing robbers.

The robbery in Basketmouth’s apartment, the robbers made away with valuables of the comedian, including the Closed-Circuit Television Cameras installed in the apartment.

A fellow comedian and Basketmouth’s friend, Bovi Ugboma, said on his Instagram page that although the robbers carted away property during the two-hour attack, no one was hurt.

He said, “Basketmouth was robbed this morning in his home in the Lekki Phase 1 area between 2am and 4am. He and his family members were held at gunpoint, while the sad episode lasted. Nobody was hurt. Valuables were taken away, including the CCTV device. A report has been made at a police station. He can’t be reached at the moment, but he will be back as soon as possible. While this is sad news, we are extremely thankful for their safety.”

A source in the area said the robbers were suspected to be people who knew Basketmouth’s family members and their schedules.

“For the robbers to have carted away the CCTV, it signified that they knew the building very well. Thank God that no one was hurt,” he added.

Our correspondent learnt that the robbery was reported at the Maroko Police Division.


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