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UNCLAS ABUJA 001622 SIPDIS DEPT FOR: DS/DSS, DS/OP/AF AND AF/EX E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: ASEC, NI SUBJECT: ROBBERY OF LOCAL RESIDENCE IN CLOSE PROXIMITY EMBASSY HOUSING COMPOUNDS. 1. (U) On Sunday, July 8, 2001 at approximately 2000 hours a local residence belonging to a private Nigerian citizen was the victim of a home invasion type robbery. The residence is located adjacent (across a street) from one 2-unit Embassy housing compound, and two doors down the street from another 3-unit Embassy housing compound. 2. (U) The owner of the residence arrived home to find personal belongings scattered on the floor throughout the residence. Further search of the compound by the owner uncovered two acquaintances and a security guard had been locked up in the domestic quarters located at the rear of the compound. The two acquaintances and security guard reported a group of five male individuals armed with four locally made pistols had forced their way into the compound while the gate was opened to allow a vehicle out. The robbers forced all persons in the residence into the domestic quarters, locking them in one of the rooms. During the course of the robbery, the robbers severed the residence telephone lines. The robbers stole electronic items, jewelry and money (NFI), before fleeing the compound. 3. (U) The local guards posted at the adjacent Embassy residential compound, reported the robbers headed across the street towards their location. The Embassy guards, aware of the incident, had already secured their gate and radioed the Local Guard Force Mobile Patrol vehicle for assistance. Upon seeing the Embassy local guard force mobile patrol vehicle arriving on scene, the robbers changed direction and fled into the nearby bush (undeveloped land). 4. (U) Local police sources advise they have apprehended the robbers based on information provided to them by a confidential source at the robbers' residence outside of SIPDIS town. Police investigation revealed the robbers' get-away vehicle was parked on a 4-lane divided highway located a short distance from the residences through the bush. The police apprehended a gang of nine robbers, who have a history of committing violent home invasion robberies and car-jackings. 5. (U) The RSO commended the Embassy local guard force for a job well done, their keen observation and quick action surely prevented an Embassy residential compound from being targeted by the robbers. All members of the Embassy local guard force were reminded of the importance of being vigilant while on duty, and instructed regarding the proper procedures for addressing a criminal threat. 6. (U) Direct any questions regarding this matter to Michael E. Bishop, RSO, U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria at 234- 9-523-0960. Jeter
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