I’ve lost confidence in Delta Police Command —Baro
By Festus Ahon
ASABA—THE controversy surrounding the attack and looting of Delta Shopping Mall (Shoprite) on January 8, 2016, has taken a new turn, following a police report linking the suspended Chairman of Uvwie Local Government Area, Mr Henry Baro and Chairman of Effurun Central Motor Park, Mr Napoleon Odibu, to the incident.
Reacting, however, Mr Baro said he was not evading police invitation, adding that he has lost confidence in Delta State Police Command. He alleged that the state police command was being used by his political detractors to pull him down.
Calling on the Inspector General of Police to wade into the matter to ensure that justice was done, Baro said: “I never sent anybody or group of persons to attack and loot Effurun Shoprite.”
He said that the attack on the shopping mall was regrettable and never intended, adding, “I did not call people to attack Shoprite. Shoprite is a project I hold dear to my heart and I could not have masterminded its destruction.”
He lamented that the situation was hijacked by traders at the roundabout who were not indigenes of the local government area.
The state Commissioner of Police, Buba Alkali, who made the allegation, while briefing newsmen at the command’s headquarters in Asaba, said, the police was looking for the duo of Baro and Odibu for questioning over the attack on Shoprite.
Alkali said that miscreants had on the said day attacked the shopping mall, damaged and looted items, including laptops and handsets, adding that the command would give N1 million reward to anyone with useful information that could lead to the arrest of the looters.
He said that following a distress call by the Operations Manager of the mall, patrol teams from various divisions in Warri were mobilized to the scene and the miscreants on seeing the policemen took to their heels, while one of them, identified as Godspower Ijoesgaga, was arrested.
Alkali noted that the crisis was an offshoot of the altercation Mr Baro had with two naval men outside the shopping mall, alleging that the hoodlums after leaving the shopping mall embarked on protest along some streets in Warri and in the process one Afor Emero was killed.