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.