JUST IN; POS Operator shot dead by suspected armed robbers

Another POS operator identified as Ezinne Grace Iroh, has been killed at Ukaegbu Road, in Ogbor Hill, Aba one week after armed robbers shot dead a Point of Sale (POS) operator along Market Road, Aba, Abia State.

Crime Channel gathered that three gunmen stormed Ezinne’s shop in a tricycle and shot her on the chest while she was struggling to protect a bag believed to be containing cash for the day’s business.

It was also gathered that residents in the area fled out of panic and left the girl in a pool of her own blood but she was later taken to a nearby hospital where she gave up the ghost the next day.

An eyewitness who gave her name as Oluchi lamented that a police checkpoint mounted by men of the Ogbor Hill Division located a stone throw from the scene of the incident, but could not make any effort to save the Pos operator.

In another news, Operators of Point of Sale, POS, outlets in Abia State, have sent a save our soul message to the State Commissioner of Police over the incessant robbery attacks on them.

A cross-section of the operators lamented that they have become soft targets to hoodlums and urged the police and other security agencies to protect their businesses.
Governor Ikpeazu assures POS operators of safety.

Reacting to the attack on POS operators in the state, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, disclosed that measures have been put in place to arrest the situation.

He charged tricycle operators to report the bad eggs among them to the security agencies or face the consequences.

“We are determined & have put machinery in motion to arrest within 10 days the few criminals who operate on tricycles. 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 in releasing actionable information about suspected characters within our state.

With the mode of operation of these criminals, it becomes imperative for leadership of Keke operators to purge themselves of criminal elements or face dire consequences,” the Governor said.

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