Robbers Raid Hotel For Dollars
Unidentified gunmen on Monday struck at a popular hotel in Ajao Estate, Lagos State, southwest Nigeria, and carted away millions of naira and dollars belonging to the management and lodgers in the hotel.
The robbers struck at May Hotel located at 22, Kaara Street, Ajao Estate at about 2.00 am with sophisticated weapons.
It was gathered that the operation lasted more than two hours and the victims were lodgers in the hotel who had just returned to the country as well as foreigners.
It was learnt that the robbers only stole money in the local and foreign currencies from the victims while their belongings were not touched.
What surprised the hotel management and residents was that the area was well protected with gates manned by guards round the clock.
According to an eyewitness account, the armed gang came from Inua Mohammed Street in Ajao Estate and broke the street gate locks.
They held the unarmed security guards and receptionists in the hotel at gunpoint and forced the receptionists on duty to lead them from room to room to rob the lodgers
“They did not shoot any bullet but seized the guards and the receptionists and ordered them to cooperate with them while the operation lasted,” said an eyewitness.
After the successful operation, the robbers locked the receptionists and guards in one of the rooms in the hotel and left.
The incident has caused suspicion that the robbery was the work of an insider in the hotel or the residents of the area.
When our correspondent visited the hotel, the owner and the manager were not around.
A worker in the hotel told our reporter that they had gone to the State Police Command to see the commissioner over the incident.
Some of the workers who confirmed the incident said that they were still in shock over what happened and said the robbery might be the work of an insider who provided information to the attackers.
At Ajao Police Division, the DPO was not available to comment on the matter.
But a source at the station confirmed the incident and said the police have commenced investigation on the matter.