Panic in Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers over robberies


By Shola O’Neil, Port Harcourt 

Residents of Port Harcourt and the twin cities of Warri and Effurun in Rivers and Delta states are afraid of incessant robberies.
Their findings seem not misplaced with 30 persons murdered across the states in the last one week.
Armed men in military uniform on Saturday killed six persons in Warri.
Their counterparts in Rivers murdered two persons, including a local guard and a young woman.
At the popular Warri Main Market, robbers dressed in military uniform attacked a couple.
Mr and Mrs Ogbodu were killed by the robbers, who also gunned down two others, including a final year student.
Eyewitnesses said Mrs Ejaita Ogbodu was the first victim. She and her husband were killed because they allegedly refused to hand over wares in their jewellery shop.
Mrs. Ogbodu was reportedly expecting.
She also had four children, including a one-year old , from an ex-husband, sources said.
Two other victims were shot  on Okere Road and Okumagba Avenue.
Eyewitnesses said they were warders at the Warri Central Prison.
They were reportedly killed when they tried to block the prison section of Okere Road to prevent the robbers from escaping.
A few hours before the robbery , scores of persons were feared killed in Bayelsa State axis of the Warri-Port Harcourt highway by armed robbers, who seized the road for several hours.
Among the victims were members of the Christian community in Port Harcourt, who were returning home from a funeral in Ozoro, Delta State.
Earlier, a local security guard at Wenaco Nigeria Limited, Rukukpoku and a woman shopper at a bakery in Port Harcourt were killed by robbers, who stormed the area last Wednesday.
On December 5, four persons, including an expectant mother and a policeman were killed by a woman-led gang.
Expectedly, the spate of robberies has led to fears among residents, who now plan to have subdued celebration to discourage unwarranted attention from men of the underworld.
The Rivers State Government has strengthened  security in Port Harcourt and other major cities, with the deployment of military men.
The Delta State Police Command said it has recovered one of the vehicles snatched by the hoodlums in the Saturday’s operation.
Police spokesperson Charles Muka said two guns were recovered, adding: “We are on top the situation.”
Muka said two members of the gang who carried out the attack at Main Market were killed Sunday morning during a raid of their hideout in Ugborikoko, Effurun.
Arms  were recovered during the raid, Muka added.

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