Suspected robbers at the wee hours of Wednesday raided the Lagos mansion of late Chief Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola, the winner of the June 12, 1993, presidential election.
The robbers, alleged to be three in number, were said to have assessed the Toyin Street Crescent residence of the late sage through the canal before scaling the high rise fence into the compound.
It was gathered that one of his wives and two daughters were fast asleep when the robbers, one of whom was allegedly armed entered the well gated white house where they carted away an undisclosed amount of cash and jewelries.
They were said to have left the same way they entered the compound, with neither the guards nor domestic workers raising alarm until several hours later.
ibrandtv learned on Wednesday that the police were suspecting insider connivance and already have seven suspects in custody including domestic workers at the residence.
Those arrested, it was learned, were undergoing questioning at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Ikeja.
When our correspondent visited the residence on Wednesday afternoon, the private guard at the gate said there was an instruction to disallow reporters into the premises.
“I cannot let you inside. I have an order to not let journalists in. There is even no one for you to talk to. Mama is not around and no one is inside. I cannot speak on anything too,” he said.
Contacted, Lagos Police Commissioner (CP) Hakeem Odumosu confirmed the incident, adding that some suspects were in custody.
Odumosu who personally visited the residence said there was no physical assault nor injury on occupants of the building.
He said: “Yes, robbers went there and carted away an unspecified amount of jewelries and some money. I was there personally and I spoke with Mama. There was no physical assault on her or the two daughters who were home.
“I know that some suspects are in custody but I have not been fully briefed on the number of people arrested. Some of the domestic staff were also arrested.
“The security on the ground did not alert the police or any security agency when the incident was going on. They said they noticed unusual movement within the compound at the time but did not inform us. The police were only told several hours after the robbery.
“The robbers were alleged to be three and came in through the canal and scaled the fence, carried out the act and left. The occupants said one of them was armed but there was no gunshot. We are suspecting elements of connivance. We are working on all fronts. Investigations have already commenced.”