Goods estimated at millions of naira were Friday looted from the Delta City Mall Warri following an invasion by youths suspected to be from Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State.
The Delta State Police Command, however, said that it could only arrest one person when its men stormed the place following a distress call from the manager of one of the popular retail occupants of the city mall, Shoprite.
Millions worth of goods were carted away from Shoprite retail shop and surrounding stalls by the hoodlums
The hoodlums also destroyed valuables including automated glass doors and numerous valuable installations at the commercial facility.
The police said that hell was let loose after Me Henry Baro, the suspended chairman of Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State allegedly had a disagreement with a naval rating at the shopping mall on Friday morning.
The argument was said to have attracted some other security operatives attached to the Delta City Mall making the suspended council chairman to retreat and leave the premises of the shopping mall.
Another account claimed that the embattled council chairman was slapped by two security officials during the argument.
However, Baro was said to have left only for hundreds of fierce-looking youths loyal to him in the area to invade the shopping mall and creating mayhem and pandemonium as many people were allegedly manhandled and dispossessed of their personal effects.
Some of the invading youths were also reportedly seen chasing some security officials into the main bow of the mall.
Manager of Delta City Mall, Mr Oni Shola, confirmed the attack on the mall while briefing newsmen later on the incident.
According to Oni, “Earlier today we had some street urchins who came into the mall. They had issues outside the mall and then they came into the mall to violate it. We have security men in place – the navy, army and police. There were instructed that no matter the threat they should not shoot because we don’t want chaos in the mall.
“They didn’t shoot; they allowed them in. When they went into the mall. I’m sure you have seen pictures of glasses that were broken. News went into town that armed robbers raided the mall but it wasn’t. It wasn’t like the security operatives couldn’t stop them but they were working on instruction. We never expected streets urchins would do this to the mall.”