A chef, identified as Wilfred Amoussou, has been arrested by men of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly drugging his employers and absconding with their valuables.
It was learnt that the accused committed the crime in the Ikoyi area of the state.
According to a police source, the suspect drugged his colleagues when his employer was away with the mindset of stealing valuables in the house but the employer returned home before he could carry out the act.
The police source said the other domestic staff were fast asleep in an unusual way, which led to suspicion.
The source said, “His boss came home and saw one of the domestic workers sleeping while standing upright. She called her name but she did not respond which appeared unusual. When she moved close to touch her, she fell and kept sleeping. Out of curiosity, she rushed to call the attention of other workers but saw that they were also sleeping, including the gateman.
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“Meanwhile, it was only Amoussou that did not sleep among them. When the employer asked him what happened to his colleagues, he said it was a bad breeze that blew and affected them. The employer then took them to Reddington Hospital where they took their blood samples only to discover that they were drugged by Amoussou.”
The source disclosed that the suspect, who was immediately arrested at the hospital.
Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, on Thursday said the suspect specialises in the act and had carried out the act at different times in Ikoyi, Banana Island and Parkview areas of the state.
Hundeyin wrote, “Wilfred Amoussou would take up a job as cook/chef, heavily sedate his employers with a substance called Benzodiazepines and steal their valuables. He has done this to different victims, over the years in Ikoyi, Banana Island and Parkview.
“Some of his previous victims have come forward to identify him. Have you been a victim? If yes, proceed to Ikoyi Police Division for further necessary action.”
The Beninese was arrested on February 20, 2023. He was said to have stolen valuables worth N30 million ranging from jewellery to electronics from one of his previous employers who went to the station to identify him.