11th May, 2011
Despite beefing up security at the Lagos State Government Secretariat, Alausa, robbers struck on Tuesday, carting away N3 million belong to a contractor with the Ministry of Rural Development.
The authorities at the ministry, including the Commissioner for Rural Development, Prince Lanre Balogun, are still in shock as to how the N3 million was carted away after the robbers vandalised the SUV the money was kept.
This was done under the watchful eyes of Neighbourhood Watchers of the ministry.
The robbers successfully burgled a Nissan Infinity car with registration number FK 670 EKY belonging to the contractor (name withheld) and carted away the money.
The vehicle was parked at the premises of the Rural Ministry and the robbers capitalized on the porous security network to systematically burgle the car and took the N3 million without anybody knowing.
It is suspected that robbers had been on the trail of the female contractor when she withdrew the cash from the bank, trailing her to the ministry and then carried out the act.
The contractor was speechless when she learnt of the burglary. She could not believe it had happened. She had come to the Ministry to see one of the directors when the incident occurred.
Staff of the ministry trooped out to see how the burglars amazingly vandalised the car to cart away the money. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Engr. Babatunde Oshodi and other top directors were at the scene with the commissioner.
One of the Neighbourhood Watch officers said the incident took place around 4.00 pm, saying that the robbers came with two tinted SUV.
â€œThe driver of the car is not supposed to park here, he knew that something like that was inside the car, he should have parked the car very close to where the commissionerâ€™s car is,â€ he said.
According to the watcher, â€œthe two SUV just moved down here, block the road. I was wondering why they stopped at that place because there was no car blocking them. So I moved closer to them asking them to leave the road not knowing that they intended to steal from that car.
â€œImmediately the first SUV moved, the other one followed behind and before I knew it, I discovered that the glass of the Infinity SUV had been broken. I called the driver of the car to ask him what had happened to the car.â€
In recent times burglary had been very rampant at Alausa. A Toyota Avensis was vandalised recently by robbers who carted away N1 million.
Also, N500,000 was stolen at the secretariat by robbers when they vandalized the car belonging to a pastor who came to one of the banks at the secretariat to withdraw money.