How suspended Delta council boss attacked Shoprite-Police

What was first thought to be a robbery  attack on Shoprite in Effurun, near Warri, Delta State on Friday, turned out a violent raid by thugs allegedly loyal to the suspended Uvwie local council boss, Mr Henry Baro.
The disgruntled youths reportedly destroyed parts of the multi-billion naira business officially launched by ex-Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan last year, carting away expensive commodities in the process.
Baro was suspended last year after the State House of Assembly alleged that he had misappropriated funds allocated for running the local council, though his supporters believed that he was being persecuted for his loyalty to former governor Uduaghan.
Baro was said to have mobilised his boys after he allegedly had an altercation with a security man at the premises of the South Africa owned business outfit just before noon.
While confirming the attack this afternoon, the police noted that a suspect was arrested in connection with the invasion, noting that many persons were injured and goods moved away by the hoodlums.
‘’On 8/1/2016 at about 1100hrs, one Akume ‘m’ (surname unknown), the Operations Manager of Shoprite Shopping Mall, Warri, informed the DPO Ekpan Division on phone that some persons invaded the shopping Mall, beat, robbed and injured customers and sales personnel.
‘’Based on the report, patrol men were quickly mobilized to the scene and arrested one suspect while others took to their heels.
‘’Preliminary inquiry revealed that one Henry Baro, the suspended chairman of Uvwie Local Government Council had an altercation with a Naval rating identified as Ma’arafu (surname unknown) in the shopping mall’’, Police Spokesperson, Celestina Kalu said.
She confirmed that in the process, Baro invited his community youths who invaded the shopping mall and attacked anyone in sight.
‘’Meanwhile, detectives attached to the State CID Asaba have commenced discreet investigation into the incident and any one found to be culpable would be brought to book’’, she vowed.

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