There has been a resurgence of banditry in Imo State.
A journalist with Daily Nigerian Horn newspapers, Miss Chinyere Nnaemeka, has been narrating her ordeal in the hands of a seemingly BusImo operator who snatched her hand bag from her as she was walking home recently from work.
The incident occurred on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, about 9:15 p.m., some where along School Road, just close to the MCC Road junction in the capital city of Owerri.
The bag contained some money, a smart phone, a phone charger, a voter’s card, identity cards and other valuables. She said she had reported the incident to the state police command.
According to her, “Last Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at about 9: 15 p.m., when I was going home from work along School Road, nearly at MCC Road junction, by Wetheral Road, I suddenly noticed a beam of flash lights behind me. I turned suddenly only to see a fast approaching BusImo painted vehicle racing speedily towards me as if targeting to run me over on the possible pedestrian lane directly behind me. Avoiding an adjacent gutter, I had to fearfully run into the main road thinking the driver had a brake failure or something. As I was trying to come to terms with the situation, as he very nearly hit me, as nothing was obstructing him from the main road, which was his right of way, the driver capitalising in that confusion of mine snatched my bag which hung on my left shoulder. I tried to catch it back but the string cut. The bandit holding the main handle sped off with it through an adjoining Njiribeako Street. I was so stunned and dumbfounded that I could not even shout. there and then. I stood there speechless thinking what to do next as my transport fare for my destination had gone with the bag.
Those who saw what had happened gathered around me. Some Good Samaritan among them gave me money to get to my destination.”
My experience was just one of the many similar cases in Owerri in recent times.
Not long ago, a female friend of mine had her hand bag also snatched from her on her way home somewhere along Ezeogba Road in Emekuku, near Owerri, in the Owerri North Local Government Area.
Another narrated how she boarded a commuter bus. At a point along the way she was persuaded to go to the front seat from behind the driver. As she got down to do so the vehicle zoomed off. “As I was thinking on why they took the action, I opened my hand bag only to discover that they had stolen my phone,” she stated.
“The issue is becoming worrisome and alarming following many other reported cases in relation to the ugly acts, as I’ve been a victim,” Miss Nnaemeka stated.