Beninese cook arrested for stealing Abuja politician’s $22,000

Nigerian police

Police in Abuja have arrested a Beninese cook for allegedly stealing $22,000 from a politician-employer, Casmir Anyanwu, four days after he was employed.

Samuel Tchiki was said to have connived with his countrymen to steal the safe, which they conveyed in a taxi to Mpape, a suburb of Abuja.


The others are Francis Kpohouede, George Akinto, Donald Tokpe, Honore Tokpe, and Emmanuel Savi.

The men allegedly vandalised the safe at Mpape and went on a shopping spree with the money.

They were said to have bought television sets, sound systems, generators and other domestic appliances with the money.

The police, however, said they recovered about $13,000 on parading the suspects on Thursday.

“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,” Tchiki told Northern City News.


The Beninese said he arrived in Nigeria in 2008, adding that he had worked in a hotel in Calabar, Cross River State, before moving to Abuja.

Abuja police commissioner, Bala Ciroma, advised residents to carry out background checks on domestic workers before engaging them.