Justices Aishat Opesanwo of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Igbosere yesterday heard how an Indian national, Aja Bikram, and his family were robbed by an armed robbery gang led by his housekeeper.
Bikram, an employee of Euro Global Food Distillage Limited, Lekki, Lagos, told the court that the gang, led by his housekeeper, Peter Maina, robbed him, his wife and 15-year-old daughter of valuables worth N3.2 million at knife point.
The foreigner, who recounted what he described as a terrible experience while being led in evidence by the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Afolabi Sholebo, said the incident occurred on November 10, 2013, at 9: 50 am,at his home in Lekki area of Lagos.
Bikram testified that, “On that fateful day, Peter our housekeeper of eight months, who lived with my family rang our door bell, my wife opened the door for him after she looked through the security viewer of our home.
“He was followed into the house immediately the door was opened by three accomplices who forced their way into our house.
“I, my wife and 15-year-old daughter were shocked to see the strangers in our house. One of his accomplices pulled out a jack knife and held it to my throat,” Bikram said.
He also disclosed that the housekeeper took more knives from the kitchen to arm his accomplices.
“Peter ran to the kitchen to take our household knives to arm his accomplices during the ordeal.
“They ordered us with knives on our throats to remove our jewellery and wrist watches and we were also ordered into the bedroom where my wife was forced to bring out all the cash in the house.
“I and my wife were later tied up with ropes while my daughter was tied up with the dog leashes used for our two puppies.
“My mouth was also gagged with a red handkerchief and I was locked in the bathroom while my wife and daughter were left in the bedroom,” he claimed. Bikram further testified that he overheard the robbers plotting to kill him and kidnap his daughter for a ransom.