Gunmen allegedly numbering over twenty, operating on both vehicles and motorcycles, early hours of Thursday, invaded Maimi Garden, a popular drinking and entertainment joint at Omagba Phase 2, Onitsha, Anambra State.
They were said to have wounded one person and destroyed property worth over N16 mil-lion and allegedly carted away huge sum of money during the raid.
Eye witness account said eight workers of the joint and a vigilante operative were over-powered and beaten to submission, and their phones taken away, while one of them sus-tained injury, however, the owner of the place was lucky not to be around when the invad-ing gunmen arrived.
Policemen from Inland Town Police Station were seen moving round the place and people were seen trooping out to have a glance of the level of damage done when our reporter visited the scene of the crime
Mr Onyeka Ezeuzor, the MD of the joint said the incident happened in the early hours of Thursday.
He said the hoodlums damaged his musical instruments worth over N6 million, 5 plasma Television sets worth over N150,000 each, Wine Bar containing wines of assorted types, worth over N700,000, structures, chairs tables, cartons and bottles alcoholic beverages and broke into his office, ransacked and turned it upside down and took away N1.8 mil-lion cash being money made from the previous day’s sales.
“According to my workers, they were shouting at them asking for where I am, threatening since I do not want to leave here, that I will leave as a dead man, everything I have lost here is worth over N16 million,” he explained.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Anambra State police command, Nkiru Nwodo said the incident was not a case of armed banditry but malicious damage to somebody’s property.