By Andrew Utulu / Correspondent, Lagos
Two security guards are currently telling the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Lagos Police Command all they know about the alleged armed robbery and murder of their Indian employer Srivastava Shailesh Kumar of Trans African Farms and Foods Limited, Ibeju Lekki. The two identified as Usman Mohamed, 27; Umaru Adamu, 35 worked as security guards in Trans Africa Farms and Food Company. A third suspect simply identified as Mohamed is currently on the run.
Investigations revealed that Usman , Adamu and Mohamed were employed by the company as contract security staffs on January 25, 2015. On February 11, 2015 Usman and Mohamed had complained to Adamu their supervisor that the company had not paid their salary. Adamu reportedly advised the duo to take their complaints to the operational manager Mr Srivastava Shailesh Kumar. It was learnt that at about 3:30am Usman and Mohamed broke into the house of the operational manager while he slept and slit his throat, stabbed him in his abdomen, stole a brief case containing unspecified amount of money and absconded.
It was said that before Kumar died he was able to call the director of the company and alerted him that he had been attacked by robbers. It was also gathered that the director called Adamu to check on the victim. Adamu who arrived the house at about 4am in the morning was said to have found him in the pool of his own blood. He thus immediately arranged for the victim to be taken to the general hospital in Apodo that morning. He was however rushed to ST. Nicolas hospital on the Island where he died three days later on February 14, 2015.
Meanwhile the security supervisor arrested the guarantors of Usman Shehu Mohamed and Mohamed as the duo had fled after the incident. Initially they denied that they weren’t the guarantors of the suspects but admitted to knowing Usman. One of the guarantors simply identified as Ali said that he was from the same village in Kebbi with one of the suspects, Usman. So he was told to alert his family members and relatives that he has been arrested by operatives of the special Anti-robbery squad for a crime committed by Usman. He plead with them to arrest Usman peradventure he comes to their village in Kebbi state. Luckily Usman was apprehended in Kebbi state by SARS operatives and bundled back to Lagos.
Usman from Arugungu, Kebbi State reportedly confessed that it was Adamu that advised them to carry out the onslaught on the operation manager after they complained to him that they have not been paid.
He said: “I am married with two children; they are all in Kebbi State. I dont know exactly when I came to Lagos but it was last year. I am a security man in Lagos, but I was a farmer in Kebbi before I came to Lagos. I came to settle in Lagos because most of my colleagues who travelled to work in Lagos look better when they come come home; farming was a hard job to me. I am paid N17, 000 a month as salary. One day in January, I and Adamu told Mohammed that our master did not pay us salary, he said we should go and meet the Oyibo man, he said that if the man did not pay us, we should do him whatever we like. So we went around 3.30am. I went with Mohammed, I did not know he had knife with him. Mohammed told me to stay by the door and entered the man’s house and locked the door. The Oyibo man was shouting, I could not enter because the door was locked. When he finished, he came out with a small bag and said we should go. He gave me N10, 000. He said he was going to meet oga Adamu. So I ran away because when mohammed came out from the man’s house, I saw blood in his body, I asked him why he killed the man, he said I should go my way. Since then, I did not see him and Adamu. It is here in SARS that I saw Adamu.
Ironically, the slain man was not responsible for the salary of the men as they were under contract and paid by a black man who hired them.
Adamu, the supervisor to the security men invited the other two for employment when there was need.
This raised a question of suspected armed robbery and murder as ordinarily, the suspects had no business asking the late Indian for their salaries not to talk of going there for the sake of the salary in the thickness of the night.
For Adamu, from Bornu state who supervises the other security men, “the Chief Security Officer of the company told me that he needed three security men to employ. I brought the three and I made them four. I knew them in Lagos here, it as a contract work. When it was one month 10days I called the employer for salary, he said no problem that he will pay that he had problem with politicians and went to the police station. We started work in January, they were first paid for ten days, after that a month and 10days. The day they came and said they want their money, and that they want to go anf meet the Oyibo, I did not agree with them to meet the Oyibo. Te CSO called me in the night that armed robbers had entered the house. Before the man died, he managed to call his brother who came that night and rushed him to the hospital. I met his brother at the gate trying to drive out with him. I even opened the gate for them. The CSO came around 7am. I am not part of the robbery and murder”, Adamu Umaru said.