BY JIMITOTA ONOYUME
PORT HARCOURT – GUNMEN, Monday, stormed The Nation’s Newspapers office in Diobu area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, carting away over N500,000 and other valuables.
Bureau Chief of The Nation, Mr. Bisi Olaniyi, who confirmed the incident, said the robbers were two in number, adding that they were armed with pistols.
He said they went straight to the office of the paper’s Sales Representative, who was busy collecting sales from newspaper distributors.
He said the robbers, who came at 11am, collected all the cash with the Sales Representative and the newspaper distributors, who were on queue to make payment. He said the operation lasted close to an hour, adding that while the operation was on, the robbers ordered everybody in the office to lie face down.
According to him, the robbers left in a motor bike after the operation, adding that Police was later invited to commence investigation into robbery incident.
Some of the newspaper distributors, who commented on the incident, expressed gratitude to God that they were not shot. One of them said she never knew a robbery operation was on-going in the office when she came to make payment.
She said she met the door to the office locked, hence she had to bang on it consistently.