Goods wort over N20 million were stolen from a Shoprite retail shop and surrounding stalls by an angry mob on Friday January 8, 2015.
In what was reported as a robbery incident, the hoodlums mobilized by suspended chairman of Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State Mr Henry Baro also destroyed valuable installations including automated glass doors and equipment at the mall.
According to the police, Mr Henry Baro had a disagreement with a naval officer at the shopping mall on Friday morning.
The argument was said to have attracted some other security operatives attached to the Delta City Mall who slapped the suspended council chairman in the process.
to retreat and leave the premises of the He left the premisses only for hundreds of youths loyal to him in the area to invade the shopping mall.
Some of the invading youths were also reportedly seen chasing some security officials into the main bow of the mall.
Manager of Delta City Mall, Mr Oni Shola, confirmed the attack on the mall while briefing newsmen later on the incident.
According to Oni, “Earlier today we had some street urchins who came into the mall. They had issues outside the mall and then they came into the mall to violate it. We have security men in place – the navy, army and police. There were instructed that no matter the threat they should not shoot because we don’t want chaos in the mall.
“They didn’t shoot; they allowed them in. When they went into the mall. I’m sure you have seen pictures of glasses that were broken. News went into town that armed robbers raided the mall but it wasn’t. It wasn’t like the security operatives couldn’t stop them but they were working on instruction. We never expected streets urchins would do this to the mall.”