Persons With Disabilities storm Baraza office, demand cash refund, as looting continues


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The financial morass afflicting the Baraza Multipurpose Cooperative Society Limited took a dramatic turn on Friday as Persons Living With Disabilities (PLWD) stormed the headquarters of Baraza at Otiotio Junction in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital, demanding for their investments.

Numbering over a hundred, the physically challenged were seen chanting war songs and chorusing “Barara, we no go gree! give us our money! We no go go!”

The protest, however turned violent as other aggrieved members of the cooperative joined the fray and started looting properties belonging to Baraza in place of their monies.

All efforts by police operatives drafted to the scene to maintain law and order proved abortive as the vexed disabled persons refused to shift ground.

Other members of the cooperative society who felt to have been defrauded resulted to looting whatever they set their eyes on.

Properties such as refrigerators, plasma television and computer sets, office chairs among others were seen being moved out of the office building the aggrieved cooperators.

The mobile policemen on ground had to fire some canisters the into the air to scare and disperse the irate investors.

A source told our correspondent that the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Baraza, Pastor Miebi Bribena has allegedly left the shores of Nigeria, a rumour we learnt aggravated the anger of the teaming investors.

Meanwhile, the CEO has since developed a penchant for ignoring calls and text messages sent to his cellphone by our correspondent for updates on the activities of the embattled cooperative society.

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