Tension in Bayelsa as armed robbers chase customers into TV station, cart away over N1.5M


Palpable tension seems to be looming in Bayelsa State, following gunmen suspected to armed robbers chased customers of a known bank into Niger Delta teLevis ion and carted away over M1.5M belonging to customer.

According to report, a pregnant journalist, Blessing Agadaga-Oti, attached to the Bayelsa owned television, the Niger Delta Television (NDTV) was said to have sustained serious injury and five others wounded following the invasion of the station’s premises by armed robbers who chased a bank customer and dispossessed him of the sum of N1.5million.

Our reporter gathered that the incident, which occurred last
Thursday, threw the staff of the television into panic and pandemonium, raised concern over the security of the staff of the
television located along the Gbarantoru area of Yenagoa local government area of the state.

It was gathered that the armed robbers, numbering four inside a black Camry car, chased an Access Bank customer into the premises and brandishing sophisticated weapons identified as A.K 47 and
dispossessed the man of the sum of N1.5million.

The State chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ),
Comrade Samuel Numonengi, who paid an on-the-spots assessment visit to the state owned television, sympathized with staff of the station noted that the visit was aimed at getting first-hand information of
the security situation of the station.

Comrade Numonengi, in a statement issued by the secretary of the NUJ, Comrade Ogio Ipigansi, who expressed shock over the
incessant attacks by gun men to the station, called on the Inspector-General of police and the Bayelsa state commissioner of police to investigate the recent armed robbery attack on the station by yet to
be identified gun men brandishing AK 47 riffles and other dangerous weapons and carted away over one million naira from a
client that was traced from a bank to the station and bring the culprits to book including their collaborators.

He confirmed that the incident which resulted to panic made staff to run for their safety leading to the hospitalization of one member and others with injuries still recovering from the shock and
psychological trauma.

Comrade Numonengi noted that it is on record that the robbery attack is the fifth by gun men to the station and called on the State Government and Management of the Station to as a matter of urgency take proactive measures to address the insecurity situation in the State owned Television (NDTv).

The NUJ Leader noted that security must be taken as a top priority as no amount of investment will be too much to secure the lives of Staff and Property of the station,” I commend the NDTV management on its attempt to build a security post at the entrance of the station to mitigate theft as he restates the Councils willingness to collaborate with NDTV Management to achieve the Station’s vision of securing Staff and its equipment”

Earlier, the General manager of NDTV, Comrade Tamarakuro Oweifie alongside his management staff, lauded the NUJ leadership for the prompt visit, especially finding time to sympathise with the
station during its trying moments.


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