The Neighbourhood staffer loses mum to robbersWritten by Asomeji Joseph
A senior cameraman with The Neighbourhood TV, Nigeria’s latest online live streaming channel, has lost his mother. The woman died at about 3.00 am last Saturday possibly after suffering what had signs of cardiac arrest late Friday.
A family source, who confirmed the tragedy, narrated the sad experience that led to her untimely death. One of the woman’s grief-stricken children narrated how their mother, on her way from Ibaa in Emohua local government, to Port Harcourt, all in Rivers state, a journey of about 30 minutes on a good traffic day, turned tragic.
“Mama was coming to Port Harcourt to attend our family prayer meeting. That trip had been smooth until the vehicle she boarded got to the Obiri Ikwerre(Ikwerre General Assembly) Interchange when they ran into armed robbers”.
Like other vehicles caught in the horrible episode, the one she was inside also made efforts to reverse and seek safe distance. It was gathered that a team of soldiers that ran also into the dare-devil robbery gang, engaged them in gun battle. While the gun duel lasted, the woman was already in a state of shock, as her temperature shut up rapidly. It was gathered that before she could reach her son’s residence in the AGIP Estate area of the Rivers state capital, she had almost relapsed into coma. Later efforts made to save her life by medical doctors as she was rushed to a hospital, could not save her.
Ibaa community had been a scene of intensive cult war leading to the death of several natives and residents. The crises had been traced to a chieftaincy fight between two prominent members of the community, who respectively, it was reported, to gain upper hand in the fight, imported deadly cultists. Ibaa, in the last one year, had been a ghost town with only very few natives still residing there. Greater percentage of the total population had sought refuge in nearby communities and Port Harcourt.
There had been reports of increased armed robbery in Rivers State in recent times. Many have described the rise as the aftermath of the 2015 general elections.