Hon Henry Baro,Chairman Uvwie Local Government Council responds to allegations that he instructed hoodlums to invade Delta Shopping Complex.Below is his Press Release:
RE: ATTACK OF DELTA SHOPPING MALL
My attention has been drawn to a publication yesterday Friday 8th, January 2016, insinuating that I, Hon. Henry Baro, invited my community Youths to invade the Delta Shopping Mall.
I wish to state clearly that the story is false, and unfounded. I’m a peace loving person. A trailer hit with my car and drove away, but unluckily for him, the traffic got him stuck close to the round about, so I questioned him why he didn’t bother to check with me, then the driver came down and started pleading that it was his motor boy. I was all alone and didn’t even want to press the case further.
Suddenly, a man came and was ordering me. I didn’t know he was a Naval officer attached to Shoprite since he wasn’t in uniform so I asked him to introduce himself, he flared up, asking me if I was mad and warned me not to ask him again.
Frankly, I told him it was important he introduced himself, next he held my t-shirt against my neck so tightly like a thief and brought out a dagger, he then beckoned on his colleague who crossed over the road to meet us with a gun and they forcefully took me to their Shoprite duty post. My simple crime was who am I to ask for his identity. His colleague used his gun to destroy my Toyota Venza side mirrors and anything glass and drove it to their yard.
While all these was going on, onlookers raised alarm and sudenly Uvwie sons and mostly my supporters trooped in to rescue me and on seeing the mammoth crowd, he took a dock into the mall and frankly they went after him in protest. At this point it was still under control until street urchins hijacked the protest.
When i saw the crowd, I had to go into the mall to ensure the youths don’t take undue advantage to rob as some criminal elements forced themselves into the shop.
As a law abiding citizen, I wish to sincerely apologise for the loss. I am not an advocate of violence let alone robbery. Again, am so sorry. My supporters would never do such ugly thing because they know my interest in that Mall from land acquisition through construction and completion without single case of breach of peace.
The whole incident is regrettable.