'How rampaging gunmen robbed 3 banks, killed 4 in Kogi'


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By Friday Idachaba

More details are emerging on how rampaging gunmen, in a two-hour robbery spree on Tuesday robbed three commercial banks during which four persons were killed in Egbe and Odo-Ere in Yagba-West Local government Area (LGA) of Kogi State.

Idris Dauda Babban, Kogi Commissioner of Police confirmed the incident to journalists in Lokoja, but said he is waiting to get details from the Area commander.

However, details provided by eye-witnesses indicated that the gang of robbers began their two hour robbery spree at about 3.00 pm on Tuesday at Egbe town.

The robbers who stormed the community in a Toyota highlander SUV and other vehicles suspected to have been snatched from their owners along with three Bajaj Motorcycles for the operation started their onslaught with attack on Egbe Divisional Police Station.

They were said to have consequently bombed the police Station with Improvised Explosive Devices causing the residents to scamper to safety.

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Sources further said that in the operation that lasted for about two hours, the robbers were said to have left the Divisional Police Headquarters and proceeded to a branch of the Access Bank Plc in the town.

There, they were said to have killed the security man on duty along with one other person and injured several others who were rushed to ECWA hospital in Egbe.

It was also gathered that the heavily armed robbers then descended heavily on a branch of First Bank in Egbe which had been out of business for more than two years due to incessant robbery attacks.

After the successful operation in Egbe, the robbers were said to have moved towards Odo-Ere, headquarters of Yagba-West Local government.

They were said to have had a field day at the UBA branch in the town after attacking the Police station as residents ran for their lives.

However, it learnt that a security staff of the bank was killed in the bank premises and a lady in her 20s was killed by stray bullets as the robbers, after a successful operation, started shooting indiscriminately. (NAN)

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