Asaba Residents send SOS to Police Commissioner and Governor over incessant Robbery incidents.

Struggling widow robbed, House set Ablaze!
By chris Obios

In less than two weeks, a particular set of robbers have invaded a

section of the Asaba Capital City of Delta State. The district so

described as a combination of St Bright’s Secondary School, Institute

of Continued Education and Ojugbana Drive has within this short period

experienced over ten armed robbery life threatening incidents.

As at 3: 30am of Wednesday 11th may, 2016, on the spot reports made available

to Chris Obiemeyengo, Editor in Chief, ZN Nationale, a Delta based

newspaper with focus on anti corruption and community watch, revealed

that a house belonging to a widow was robbed and set ablaze by the

intruders. This unfortunate incident is said to be the second time the

widow has been violently attacked in less than two weeks. In the first

instance, the robbers were noted to have successfully taken away all

valuables including telephone handsets, electronic gadgets, cash etc.

On this repeat attack of last night, residents of the apartment

including the widow were said to have passionately appealed to the

robbers that they had nothing at home given that they were just

recovering from losses incurred in the last incident. According to an

insider, it was at this point that the robbers feigned anger and set

ablaze the widow’s house. Although all the security agencies in Asaba

responded to the distress call including volunteers of Asaba Community

policing but the intruders narrowly escaped as a stolen laptop was

dropped whist the security agents gallantly tried to capture one of

the robbers. Sadly, efforts by the officers of the fire service to put

off the blaze were unsuccessful as the house had been burnt from

bottom to roof. This particular widow, according a resident is yet to

recover from the loss of her husband, an immigration officer whom was

mysteriously killed in service at Imo state command, few years ago.

The said house which is situated by Allanah Charity Day care centre at

the end of Ojugbana drive, off Ezenei Avenue is now a shadow of

itself. Furthermore, Information made available to Zion newspaper

revealed that about two weeks before this dastardly incident, the

residence of a former honourable member of the Delta State House of

Assembly in the neighbourhood was robbed and the next week, the home

of a retired Assistant Commissioner of Police was also invaded. It is

highly doubtful that these incidents were not duly reported to the

authorities given the status of the persons affected but it is obvious

that appropriate actions are yet to be taken. Residents of the

community disclosed to Zion Newspapers that few years ago, the

Nigerian police had a standby vehicle at the junction of Ojugbana

Drive and within the said period, there were low incidents of robbery.

However, with the near absence of police in the area and regular

attacks by armed robbers, the residents of the community have now

called on the Delta state Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa in his capacity

as the Chief Security Officer of the State to assist the police

Authorities in erecting a permanent police post in the highly

populated area as this will restore safety and enhance response time.

In addition, the Residents appealed to the State Government and kind

spirited individuals to visit some form of reasonable compassion on

the distressed widow and her children
in order to grant them a new lease of life after the many tragedies they have faced in such a short

period. The information provided herein are a summary of views of

Residents, reports of eye witnesses and suggestions regarding the

incident. It is expected that the Delta State Public Relations Officer

will provide the official position of the authorities on this

detestable event.
Chris Obiemeyengo, Editor in Chief, ZN Nationale, 08030853266