Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Masked men rob popular Enugu supermarket

The bandits, numbering about 15, carted away 28 bags of rice, 30 cartons of noodles, five bags of semolina and four gas cylinders.

• July 6, 2021
Gunmen used to illustrate the story

Gun-wielding bandits have robbed a popular supermarket, Uzorbest Super-market Limited, at Onu Asata Junction of Enugu metropolis, carting away goods worth over one million naira.

The robbers carted away 18 bags of 50kg foreign and local rice, 10 bags of 10kg rice; 30 cartons of noodles and five bags of 20kg semolina.

The armed bandits also took away four giant cooking gas cylinders from a neighbouring shop.

A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who visited the supermarket on Tuesday, gathered that the bandits arrived in three Hilux jeeps in commando-style at about 6:00 p.m. on Monday.

The supermarket attendance, Sunday Ngwoke, said that the bandits, numbering about 15, were wearing black face masks and one of them kept shouting “load these bags quickly.”

“At first I thought they were government officials that came to check for the standard of the products.

“I struggled to stop one of them from taking the first bag of rice but when I saw the big gun one of them was holding, I restricted myself.

“They parked the whole items I mentioned to you earlier and loaded it into the three Hilux jeeps as commanded by one of them.

“Before they left, they started shooting sporadically into the air and scared everybody away.

“We thank God no one was hurt throughout the incident and they did not take a kobo from the supermarket, just the foodstuffs and the four giant cooking gas cylinders from our neighbour,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Enugu police spokesperson, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, said that the command was yet to get a brief of the incident from the Divisional Police Officer at Ogui Division.

“The command will establish contact with the DPO in the area and get full details of the incident.

“I am assuring you and the members of the public that the command will issue an official statement on the incident after being briefed,” he said. 

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

U.S. Consulate in Lagos


Lagos sees over 200% rise in visa approvals as U.S. intensifies consular services after COVID-19 pandemic

In Lagos, 42,329 American visas were approved in the year 2022 alone, a high figure compared to the 11,533 visas granted in 2021.

Peter Nwaoboshi


N805 Million Fraud: Delta senator Nwaoboshi finally lands in prison after hiding for months

On July 1, 2022, the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal sentenced Mr Nwaoboshi to prison after it convicted him on a two-count charge of money laundering.

Armed herdsmen

Port Harcourt

Ijaw leaders raise alarm over influx of armed herdsmen into Niger Delta

They called on “the Niger Delta states to properly enforce their anti-open grazing laws and protect lives and property.

Paradigm Initiative (PIN)


PIN launches new project to provide digital security for Nigerians 

PIN developed the Ayeta toolkit—named after the Yoruba word for “bulletproof”—to give human rights activists tips on digital security.

APC and PDP flags


PDP, APC oppose election postponement

The two major political parties in Nigeria have spoken against the touted postponement of the general elections billed for February 25 and March 11.

Trading floor


Indices up by 0.23% at equities market 

The market capitalisation which opened at N29.575 trillion inched higher by N69 billion or 0.23 per cent to close at N29.644 trillion.