By Omoghene Benedict -Ughelli
A yet to be identified man in his 30s has been shot by suspected armed robbers that attack Raycom telecommunication at Akpodiete junction along Isoko road in Ughelli North local government area of Delta State carting away phones, gadgets, laptops, accessories and unspecified amount of money in a Ghana Must Go bags.
Since the arrival of the new Divisional Police Officer in Ughelli, A Division, crime rate has been on the increase as it would be recalled that an 30 year old motorcyclist, Edoja Imoni Ediri was gruesomely murdered under his division.
It was gathered that the gunmen numbering over 15 in numbers successfully gained entrance into the mall unhindered at the ever popular Akpodiete junction at the heart of Ughelli metropolis.
According sources in the area, the gunmen that naric successfully operated in the mall for over half an hour as security were no were to be found as they shot sporadically into the air to scare the public.
The source said, “The armed robbers shot customer at popular phone store in Ughelli, carts away cash, expensive phones.
The shot a middle-aged man in an ever-busy telecommunication store in Isoko road, Ughelli, Delta state.
The victim was shot in his stomach and was later rushed to the hospital immediately the hoodlums completed their operation which was learnt to last over 20 minutes.
The eyewitness who pleaded anonymity said, “I wanted to go and buy phone this evening at Raycom, when I got there, I saw a young man with an AK-47 rifle standing at the door of the store. At first, I thought he was just someone standing guard at the store, so I entered not suspecting anything.
“Surprisingly, when I entered the store, I saw everybody lying down, I was a bit confused, so I wanted to ask what was going on, but immediately I turned, the boy I saw outside, pointed the gun at me and told me to join them on the floor otherwise, I will be shot.“I had to comply, by then I saw the man, of about 35 years that had been shot, he was shot on the stomach and his intestines came out.
“They collected phones, money and laptops and left. I thank God they did not see the money that I wanted to buy phone with.”
Owner of the store, Chief Raymond Anozie could not be reached for comments.
Also, calls were placed to the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer to confirm the incident was not answered as at the time of this report.