Armed robbers were reported to have terrorized the city of Benin and in the process, chopped off the hands of a 72-year-old guard identified as Jacob Ikilo. According to PUNCH, the guard was attacked at his place of work around Egba community in Edo State. Ikilo, who is currently receiving treatment at the male orthopaedic ward of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, stated that he was attacked when the robbers tried to gain entrance into the company he worked at as a guard.
He recounted the incident, saying “While I was on duty at about 3am on Monday February, 29, 2016, I heard a strange noise in the industry premises I was guarding. I decided to walk around the yard which was in total darkness. That short walk I took that night would forever be a walk to regret as the armed robbers sneaked into the premises unnoticed, descended on me with their machetes and cut off my two wrists in the process.”
According to the doctors at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, the victim will need N380,000.00 for surgery for his right wrist which had been kept alive by a tiny blood vessel. The guard stated that he was attacked when he was returning from the generator house and he caught the robbers unscrewing tyres from a car. It was when he tried to run away that they had surrounded him and cut his hands with cutlasses.
There are no reports if the robbers were apprehended by the Police.