Two masquerades were arrested for reportedly robbing a resident of Melege community in Ondo State’s Owo Local Government Area.

Sheriff Ojo and Muhammed Lukman, the suspects, are accused of robbing Adinoyi Mohammed of N370,000 and his cellphone. They also injured the victim’s father, Saliu Ajayi, before fleeing the site of the crime, according to reports.


Funmi Odulami, a spokeswoman for the Ondo State Police Command, confirmed the development.

“The two suspects who paraded themselves as masqueraders, inflicted injury with cutlasses on one Adinoyi Mohammed, dispossessed him of the sum of ?370,000.00, a handset valued ?32,000.00 and a shirt valued at ?2,500.00.

“They also inflicted injury on the victim’s father, Saliu Ajayi before leaving the scene of the incident but they were apprehended by security agents within the town.

“Two cutlasses, charms and masquerade clothes were recovered from them and the two suspects had been arrested and will soon be charged to court while effort is ongoing to arrest the other fleeing masqueraders.”

In other news, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the governor of Enugu State, has guaranteed that the state government will fully support the orphaned kid of a couple who died after eating a poisoned meal.

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Chukwu, their three-year-old daughter Nazareth, and maid Ukamaka Chukwu all perished after eating poisoned food at their home in Umuchigbo, Iji-Nike in Enugu East Local Government Area of Enugu State, leaving their nine-month-old son Chidiuto as the sole survivor.

When a delegation from Gov. Ugwuanyi paid a condolence visit to the deceased’s extended family, who are in custody of the child, the Commissioner for Gender Affairs and Social Development, Rt. Hon. Princess Peace Nnaji, who led the team, expressed the governor’s soulful condolences to the family, calling the incident a disheartening development.

The Commissioner stressed that Gov. Ugwuanyi “is really saddened by this ugly development”, adding that “that is why he has sent us to come and condole with the family”.

Princess Nnaji assured the extended family, headed by Mr. Basil Chukwu, that they are not alone in the moment of grief as the government of Enugu State “is going to do everything to make sure it unravels the cause of these deaths so that no other person will be a victim of maybe food poison or whatever”.

She said that the surviving baby is the child of the government and “the governor has given his word that even though these people are no more, the state government is not going to abandon the family (child)”