Four dead as armed robbers attack 3 commercial banks in Kogi – Police
The Kogi State Police Command confirmed Tuesday’s robberies against three commercial banks in Egbe and Odo-Ere in the Yagba West Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, killing four people and injuring several others.
State Police Commissioner Idris Dauda Babban, who confirmed the incident to reporters in Lokoja, however, said he was waiting to obtain details from the area commander.
The incident, according to eyewitnesses, began around 3 p.m. Tuesday and lasted about two hours as police attempted to fend off the thieves.
It has been learned that the thugs traveled to the town of Egbe in a Toyota Highlander SUV and other vehicles believed to have been wrested from their owners with three Bajaj motorcycles for the operation.
The sources said the armed robbers in large numbers began their attack around 3 p.m. Tuesday when they stormed the Egbe Divisional Police Station and started shooting sporadically.
They allegedly shelled the police station with improvised explosive devices, causing the residents to flee to safety.
Sources added that during the operation, which lasted around two hours, the thieves allegedly left the divisional police headquarters and went to a branch of Access Bank Plc in the city.
There they allegedly killed the security guard on duty with another person and injured several others who were rushed to the ECWA hospital in Egbe.
Heavily armed thieves were also found to subsequently swoop down on a branch of First Bank in Egbe, which had been bankrupt for more than two years due to relentless theft attacks.
After the success of the operation in Egbe, the thieves reportedly headed for Odo-Ere, the seat of local government in Yagba-West.
They reportedly spent a day in the field at a branch of another older generation bank in the city after attacking the police station as residents ran for their lives.
However, he learned that a bank security staff member was killed on the bank’s premises and that a lady in her twenties was killed by stray bullets as the thieves, after a successful operation, began to shoot indiscriminately. (NOPE)