Robbers stabbed me with bottle for dragging my bag with them — Rivers undergrad injured by thugs on New Year’s Eve - The Gallant News


Saturday, 9 January 2021

Robbers stabbed me with bottle for dragging my bag with them — Rivers undergrad injured by thugs on New Year’s Eve

 Twenty-two-year-old Lillian Chinwo is still nursing the physical and mental pains inflicted on her by three-gang suspected robbers who attacked and robbed her of her valuables on Thursday, December 31, 2020, on the way to a crossover service.

The victim is the daughter of Chief Matthew Chinwo; a monarch in Rumuodara, a community in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The robbery victim and student of Food Science and Technology at the Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu State, became helpless after the incident on a busy street within the Port Harcourt neighbourhood.

Narrating her ordeal, she that day she innocently walked down the street when three hoodlums pounced on her with guns and threatened her to submit her valuables. She stated that after struggling to break free from them and shouting for help, her assailants stabbed her with a broken bottle in the head.

Lillian said, “It was around 9.20pm on December 31, 2020, I was on my way to church, so I noticed three boys behind me discussing and walking towards me from behind. The street was still busy, people were walking in different directions and others sat in front of their houses. So, it didn’t cross my mind that I could be robbed on that busy street.

“The moment I got to a dark place, two of them rushed towards me and attacked me. They were three. One of them was standing on my left and the other was in front of me. The one on my left held my bag and was struggling to take it from me. But I refused to let go of the bag.

“The one close to me had a broken bottle and I guess that due to the prolonged dragging of the bag with me and my shouting for help, he stabbed me in the head with the bottle. I didn’t feel any pain initially as he stabbed me with the bottle but it was when I saw blood rolling down from my head that I let go of the bag. Immediately, they ran off with my bag and phone.”

The Higher National Diploma student who was supposed to be on her industrial training but delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, struggled to hold back tears as she spoke with Saturday .

One of the suspects identified as Ndubuisi Igwe, aka SS Chief, was later arrested by the police. She told our correspondent that she leaped for joy when she heard the news that one of her assailants had been arrested. She urged the police to apprehend other fleeing suspects and prosecute them.

She added, “The robbers moved N18, 000 from my account in two transactions. The first transfer was N10, 000 while the second was N8, 000. I wanted to use the money to pay for a contribution.

I don’t know how they knew the PIN to my ATM card. I saw one of them with a gun but they didn’t use it on me. I learnt that they used the gun on another two ladies they also attacked that night. They only pointed the gun at me and also shot into the air when some youths attempted to apprehend them.’’

According to her, after the incident, she went to a nearby clinic to treat herself before going to church.

Lillian noted that after the attack she still attended the crossover service.

Our correspondent gathered that the hoodlums thereafter waylaid worshippers returning to their homes after the services around 12am.

A spokesman for the state police command, Nnamdi Omoni, said the apprehended suspect had been placed under protective custody, adding that a manhunt for the fleeing gang members had been launched.

He said, “Our men arrested the armed robber and recovered a locally made pistol from him. The suspect is helping us with useful information. The gang members of the suspect took to flight but we are closing in on them to get them apprehended.”

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