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Armed robbers raid P’Harcourt civil service secretariat

A group of gunmen on Wednesday stormed the Secretariat
of the Nigeria Civil Service Union in Port Harcourt and
carted away millions of Naira, laptops, phones and other
property belonging to workers.

The hoodlums had gone straight to the offices of the
chairman, secretary and auditor of the union, ransacking

State Chairman of the Nigeria Civil Service Union, Opulabo
Lily-West, said the armed robbers beat up his auditor and
stole monies amounting to millions of Naira, including
electronic gadgets.

“The miscreants invaded this office armed with all manner
of dangerous weapons; forced themselves in, beat up my
auditor and shattered my office and stole items from my
office and that of the executive secretary.

“They stormed the place, carted away files, documents,
personal effects running into millions of Naira. They took
the N230,000 that was in my drawer. The hoodlums carted
away the monies with which we were paying rebate to our

“Other items, which were in my drawer were all carted
away,” Lily-West said.

Speaking on the incident, Chairman of the Rivers State Joint
Public Negotiating Council, Emecheta Chukwu, called on the
police to investigate, arrest and prosecute the bandits.
Chukwu, who paid a solidarity visit to the chairman of the
union, said, “What happened here today is a clear case of
armed robbery.

“As a body, we condemn this invasion in its totality. This is
not what labour unionism is known for. The labour union is
a peaceful movement.

“We equally want to urge the police to properly investigate
what led to this unprovoked attack, arrest all those involved
and prosecute them.

“All those responsible for this act should be made to face
the law with a view to bring the culprits to book so as to put
a stop to this experience because this is about the second
time that this sought of invasion is happening in recent

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