Twelve persons including a policeman have been killed by armed robbers who attacked a police station and invaded two banks in Igarra, headquarters of Akoko-Edo local government area.
Two persons who were detained at the police station in police for minor offences were also killed by the robbers. One of the victim simply identified as Ojo was said to have been arrested by his wife for child support relating issues, while the other identified as Nnamdi was arrested as a result of incorrect vehicle particulars on his way to the popular Jattu market where his mother trades.
Witnesses said the robbers first attacked the police station which is about 1.2 kilometre from the banks to demobilise the policemen on duty.
The robbers were said to have burnt the official vehicle of the newly posted Area Commander and killed a policeman in the process.
Three other persons in a pool playing centre near the police station were reportedly murdered by the bandits.
View graphic image of a gang member shot dead HERE
Four persons were killed within the premises of the two banks as witnesses claimed the robbers could not get access to the vault of the banks.
A youth who gave his name as Ofei Obende said policemen posted to the bank tried to resist the robbers but were overpowered by their heavy firepower.
Secretary to the paramount ruler of the community, Otaru of Igarra, Elder Folorunsho Dania confirmed the incident saying, “This is a serious case, armed robbers have besieged Igarra. So many lives killed, ten dead persons have been counted.
View graphic image of a man said to have confronted the bandits with a kitchen knife HERE
“The police station was set ablaze, the Area Commander’s new car set ablaze because we have an area commander now. Close to the police station, three people were killed and in the banks too; Keystone and Unity Banks many persons were killed and the banks raided.
“It is a calamity. In all, ten lives have gone. They could not access the strong room of the banks. The people that were killed in bank were outside the bank premises. Four persons killed within the bank premises, a policeman killed in the police station then a stone throw from the police station, three persons were killed. I am right at the police station.“
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