When a Petrol station owner in Benin City fired a supervisor, perhaps he thought he was saving his business from destruction.

HE was not aware that he had ended up bringing calamity upon his business. 

The story began after a fuel station supervisor, Ishioma Ordu, was suspended indefinitely from work. To make matters worse, he was not paid his ₦80,000 salary for the month.

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Suspended Staff Robs Petrol Station Of ₦6.8 Million, Kills Co-Supervisor
The suspect, Ishioma Ordu

Ordu, a 48-year-old indigene of Oshimil North Local Government Area of Delta State before his suspension, was a supervisor at the fuel station along Benin-Agbor Road in Benin City.

The Plan

You see, when a man is left hopeless and stranded, only God knows the kind of thoughts that would run through his mind.

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Out of the numerous thoughts that ran through Ordu’s mind, only one made sense to him, since his former workplace decided to rob him of his earnings, he too would rob them.

Ishioma Ordu who is now in police custody confessed that he plotted a robbery attack on his former place of work to steal ₦6.8 million.

Murder In The Mix

According to the Edo State Police, Ordu did not only rob the fuel station, he also shot his colleague supervisor, Eze Emmanuel, at his former place of work.

An allegation he has denied, however, admitting he plotted with two others now at large to rob the petrol station because the owner treated him unfairly.

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Ordu, who was being paraded by the Edo police command, confessed to organising the robbery attack but ordered the robbers not to kill anyone.

The Suspension

“I have been working at the petrol filling station for about three years. Towards the end of last July, I beat up a girl who was a petrol attendant at the station.

“My director suspended me and refused to pay me that month. Even when I sent text messages to beg him, he didn’t respond.

“The next thing I heard was that he had travelled abroad. That is what gave me the mind to do that act.

“I sent some people to go and rob the station. I told them not to kill anybody, but unfortunately, they killed my co-supervisor in the process.

The Operation

“I told them when BEDC turn off the light, the supervisor will come out to turn on the generator.

“They were to track him and collect the money immediately. I told them not to go beyond the generator house because armed policemen guiding the station are there.”

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It was, however, learned that the robbers sneaked into the fuel retail outlet at about 12:43 a.m. on September 11, 2023, killed the supervisor, and carted away the sum of ₦6.8 million.

Manhunt

Ordu further disclosed that after the successful robbery operation, they shared the money that night in an undeveloped land near the petrol station.

The suspect, who was arrested in Lagos, admitted receiving over ₦4 million out of the ₦6.8 million proceeds of the robbery.

He added that he bought an unregistered Toyota Sienna car with the money.

The Edo State Police Spokesman, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, said detectives have launched a manhunt for two other suspects involved in the attack.

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