Two Commissioners Escape Death As Armed Robbers Invade Delta State Government House


The Delta State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs. Omatshola Williams, and her Science and Technology counterpart, Mr. Joyce Overah, narrowly escaped death when unidentified armed robbers invaded the Delta State Government House and robbed their quarters over the weekend.

Narrating the incident to SaharaReporters, a commissioner who spoke on the condition of anonymity disclosed that unidentified gunmen invaded the Government House on Saturday and robbed two apartments. The gunmen also destroyed official vehicles belonging to two government officials.

“It was a terrible situation that Saturday night. Though it was a very smooth operation, a very silent one,” the commissioner told SaharaReporters. “Till now, we don’t know how these armed robbers managed to beat security to find their way into the commissioners’ quarters here in the Government House. What baffles me most was that on that Saturday I was awake throughout and I never heard any noise.

“My two colleagues, the Commissioner for Women affairs, Mrs. Omatshola Williams, and the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Joyce Overah, were not at home when the robbers came to their apartments to rob them, and who knows what would have happened to them. That was how they narrowly escaped death over the weekend, because no one can really tell what was in the minds of the robbers.”

A source told our correspondent that the armed robbers were able to gain access to the apartment of the Commissioner for Science and Technology and carted away an undisclosed amount of money and some valuables.

Our correspondent reported that security has been beefed up at the Government House since the incident.

In a related development, SaharaReporters also gathered that hoodlums attempted to rob the old Delta State secretariat complex in Asaba but failed.

It would be recalled that in August 2016, armed robbers invaded the Delta State Government House Annex in Warri and killed a driver who, in company with some staff of the Government House, had gone to the bank to make some withdrawals running into several millions of naira for officials of the Delta State Waterways Security Committee, who were holding a meeting at the Annex.

Several calls and messages put to the Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zanna Ibrahim, as well as the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, and the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, were rebuffed.


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