Armed men suspected to be robbers on Sunday night attacked and killed the wife of Managing Director Maerskline, Gildas Tohouo and critically injured him at their Luggard Drive, Ikoyi residence.
The couple resides at the Cul De Sac Compound, the same as former Head of State Ernest Shonekan which is off Oba Adeyinka Oyekan.
Newsannexonline gathered that the incident happened around 9pm after their electrician/building maintenance man came to the apartment apparently to fix an electrical fault.
Reports say the electrician ,unknown to the couple, smuggled an accomplice into the building who he claimed was a guest at the party going on at the next door neighbour,an expatriate’s flat.
The duo allegedly tampered with electricity into the Tohouo’s and then requested permission to enter their apartment to resolve the power issue.
Once granted access, the suspect and his accomplice allegedly separated the man from his wife; forced the woman to transfer some money to their account, collected her Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card and then stabbed her before allegedly forcing her to drink acid and suffocating her with a pillow in order to cover up their tracks.
Tohouo was also forced to drink acid as well and also stabbed according to reports, but was able to send a distress alert to Maersk security unit which the Chief Security Officer (CSO) intercepted and contacted Police Commissioner Hakeem Odumosu.
It was gathered that Odumosu led an operation to the couple’s resident, surrounded the area and commenced a search for the attackers alleged to be ransacking the house for valuables.
Some accounts indicate that it was an assassination attempt on the duo whose three children were left unhurt.
According to a source, they had earlier had a dispute over generator, fueling insinuations the attack on them was an inside job.
An account by some estate residents have it that “the suspects came in armed with two knives and locked the couple in separate rooms”.
“Their electrician came with his friend and had accessed based on recognition. They locked both husband and wife in different rooms. Forced the wife to transfer some money to them and also collected her ATM card.
“Equally forced them to drink acid. Wife was suffocated with pillow afterwards. Husband had opportunity to call his CSO who alerted the police.
team led by the CP arrived the scene and surrounded the premises while the suspects were still there. They were both apprehended.”
Efforts to visit the scene by our correspondents, Monday proved abortive as security men at the gate denied them entry.
Police spokesman Bala Elkana, a Deputy Superintendent (DSP) confirmed the incident, adding that two suspects have been arrested.
Elkana identified those arrested as Olamide Goke and Ade Akanbi, adding that the case has been transferred to homicide unit, State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) Panti.
According to him ,the suspects had gone to the house to steal from the family and that the knives they used in stabbing them were recovered.