A Beninese cook engaged by a politician, Casmir Anyanwu, has stolen a safe containing $22,000, four days after he was employed in Abuja.
Samuel Tchiki, allegedly connived with his compatriots to steal the safe, which they ferried in a taxi to Mpape, a suburb of Abuja, where they vandalised it and then embarked on a shopping spree with the money.
Tchiki and his friends bought television sets, sound systems, generators and other domestic appliances with the money, but the police recovered about $13,000.
Police said Tchiki and his accomplices, Francis Kpohouede, George Akinto, Donald Tokpe, Honore Tokpe and Emmanuel Savi, were paraded by the police in Abuja on Thursday.
Tchiki told Northern City News that he solicited the assistance of his compatriots to move the safe to Mpape, where they used a hammer to force it open, adding that they found $22,000 and documents inside it.
“When my boss, Casmir Anyanwu, travelled, I got my friends to carry the safe from his room and we took it to Mpape, where we opened it.
“We found $22,000, which we shared. I gave my brother $600. I spent my share on clothes and home appliances.
“I don’t know what got into me; I can’t say why I stole the money,” he said.