Saturday, April 13, 2012, could pass for a very bad day for some South
East-bound commuters. That day, dare devil armed robbers, attacked them, near
Okada town, in Edo State. Nwakama (other names withheld), a Lagos-based
businessman, was one of the victims of the robbery attack.
Narrating to Saturday Sun his bad experience, he revealed that he and his
wife had boarded at Berger, at the boundary between Lagos and Ogun states, on
their way to attend the burial of his wife’s uncle in Delta State. He said he
intended to travel in the night but his wife suggested they should rather take a
day bus for security reason.
Nwakama revealed that when they got to Ore, in
Ondo State, the driver stopped for the passengers to eat and buy some things.
According to him, on approaching Okada town, the bus had a flat tyre.
He said: “The driver stopped to change the tyre. We all alighted from the
bus. One nursing mother in the bus refused to come down. While the driver was
still arguing with the nursing mother, about 15 armed men swooped on us and
ordered everybody, at gunpoint to follow them into the bush. We
“The men ordered that everybody should switch off his or her
phones, warning that anybody whose phone rang would be killed.”
that the robbers stripped all of them and collected money, handsets,
wristwatches and other personal effects. He revealed that what could have led to
his untimely death started when one of the hoodlums started caressing his wife.
He said: “The man was touching my wife’s breast and my wife was crying and
all of a sudden the man started putting his hands in my wife’s pant, while
others were doing same to the other three girls and a woman with us.
would not stand the humiliation any longer, I warned the armed man to know that
the lady is my wife and that it would not be good doing the thing in my
presence. My effrontery angered the idiot, who corked his gun and threatened to
shoot me. One of them armed with machete, got more infuriated and hit me with a
sharp object on my head and I fell.
“At the point of death, I watched the idiots raping my wife in turn. I passed
out as I could not stand it any longer.”
His wife (name withheld), who is
still in shock said: “I don’t have anything to say, rather than that the God I
serve will fish out those who humiliated me and give them the punishment they
She revealed that in their community, in Delta State, it is an
abomination for a married woman to sleep with a man that is not her husband.
“But when we arrived home and our elders deliberated on the issue and finally
said that since it was not intentional, I had been forgiven. Yet, we still spent
huge amount of money to perform some cleansing rituals.”