Ten days after robbery suspects shot dead a Point of Sale (POS) operator in Aba, Abia State, another operator was killed at Ukaegbu Road in Ogbor Hill, Aba on Saturday, January 30.
It was learned that the gunmen numbering three stormed the shop of Ezinne Grace Iroh in a tricycle and shot her on the chest as she struggled to protect a bag believed to be containing cash for the day’s business.
The gunmen finally overpowered Ezinne, collected the bag as well as her POS machine, causing people around the area to have scampered for safety leaving her in a pool of blood.
When the gunmen fled, sympathizers later took Ezinne to a nearby hospital where she gave up the ghost the next day.
Recall that the Police in Abia State had confirmed the killing of a Level of Sale, POS operator known as Mr Victor Igbokwe, in Aba on January 21.
Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Abia State Command, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, who confirmed the killing of Igbokwe by suspected armed robbers, defined that the style wherein the deceased was killed seemed like homicide than armed theft.
It was gathered that Igbokwe was a former employees of a preferred industrial financial institution, earlier than opening his POS store at No.98 Market Street, Aba.
It was additional gathered that four armed males who got here on a tricycle and moved to Igbokwe’s POS store, shot him, collected his cash and fled.
Meanwhile, Abia Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has strongly condemned the sudden rise in violent crime around a bad spot before Akara Junction in Isuikwuato LGA of the State.
The Governor in a statement released via his Twitter account on Saturday also lamented the recent spike in attacks on POS vendors in Aba.
Ikpeazu, who condemned seriously the turn of events in the state, charged the law enforcement agencies to dominate all affected spaces around Isuikwuato axis and decisively combat the rising surge of crime there.
He, however, expressed confidence that the law enforcement agencies will apprehend the culprits and ensure the concerned localities are rid of crime.
“I acknowledge with sadness the sudden rise in violent crime around a bad spot before Akara Junction in Isuikwuato LGA of our dear State, Abia, and the recent spike in attacks on POS vendors in Aba!
“I frown seriously at this turn of events and have charged the law enforcement agencies to dominate all affected spaces around Isuikwuato axis and decisively combat the rising surge of crime there.
“On that note, I am relieved by the reassurances of the law enforcement agencies to me that they will apprehend the culprits and ensure the concerned localities are rid of crime.
“As a measure to remove the factors enabling crime in Isuikwuato, the ministry of works has been ordered to repair the failed portions of that federal road within 7 days even as we are determined to emplace a permanent checkpoint around the notorious spot.
“On Aba, we are determined and have put machinery in motion to arrest the few criminals who operate on tricycles within 10 days.
“However, for these measures being put in place to have the desired results, I urge all stakeholders including Traditional Rulers, vigilante groups, POS operators and the general public to cooperate with the law enforcement agencies, with whom we had a security meeting yesterday to review the situation, in releasing actionable information about suspected characters within our state.
“With the mode of operation of these criminals, it becomes imperative now as always for leadership of Keke operators to purge themselves of criminal elements or face dire consequences!
“Abia has to remain the most peaceful state in Nigeria! Another security council meeting of the state will hold within 14 days to review the progress on all fronts.
“Let me assure Ndi Abia that with the measures put in place, they can go about their businesses without fear,” he said.