Seven arrested for assault at Asaba Shoprite

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Ovie Okpare,  Warri

No fewer than seven persons have been arrested by the Delta State Police Command after a customer and his friends allegedly disrupted commercial activities at the Asaba Mall, housing the popular superstore, Shoprite.

Sources at the mall told our correspondent on Monday that the action of the customer was twisted and information went round that some suspected armed robbers had laid siege to the mall, causing tension.

It was gathered that there were sporadic gunshots in the area which fuelled the rumour, making customers to flee from the premises.

 The state police command, however, denied the report of attempted robbery, explaining that what happened at the superstore was a mere argument between a customer and a worker, which degenerated into the harassment of a policeman attached to the superstore.

Giving details of the incident, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zanna Ibrahim, explained in a text message to our correspondent that the incident was not a robbery case, but a disagreement between the an official of the mall and the customer, which led to an assault on a policeman.

He added that the customer had been arrested along with his friends.

Ibrahim stated that normalcy had been restored to the mall and business activities had resumed, while one Prince and six others had been arrested by the policemen at the GRA Police Division.

 “One police inspector, who was on duty at Shoprite Asaba, in company with one Kenneth Kanayo, the Manager of Shoprite, Asaba, reported that he was assaulted by a customer and his friends over an argument the customer had with the manager over the phone the customer paid for with a POS, but wasn’t approved.

“He (customer) wanted a refund of his money, and when the policemen was called to intervene, he (inspector) was assaulted by the customer and his friends. One Prince and six others have been arrested while investigation is ongoing,” the CP’s message to our correspondent read.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Andrew Aniamaka, said the misunderstanding degenerated into the level where the customers resorted to violence and tore the uniform of the policeman who had wanted to intervene.

According to him, “There was no robbery at Shoprite; the place is calm and business is going on as usual. It is wrong to say that there was a robbery at Shoprite. There was never such a thing.”

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