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12 Killed In Edo Bank Robbery




Daredevil armed robbers yesterday reportedly invaded Igarra, headquarters of Akoko-Edo local government area of Edo State and attempted to rob the two banks in the town.
In the process, not less than 12 persons, including a Policeman were feared killed. Among those reportedly killed in the Police station were two detainees who were said to have been arrested yesterday morning for minor offences. One of the detainees was reportedly arrested for incomplete vehicle particulars. As at the time of this report, the police public relations officer in the state, Chidi Nwabuzor, said while information about the attack was still sketchy, he would release more details later.

Leadership gathered that the armed men first attacked the Police station, which is about 1.2 kilometre from the banks, apparently to demobilise the only means of neutralising their act.
They burnt the official vehicle of the newly posted Area Commander and killed a policeman, while three other persons near the police station were also reportedly killed.
At least four other persons were reportedly killed within the premises of the two banks, but it was gathered that the armed men could not get access to the vault of the banks.
One of the youths in the community who said they tried to resist the robbers but were overpowered by their firepower noted that the robber and the Police in the banks exchanged of gunfire, which he said was responsible for the death of three unidentified persons.

He said another unknown person was caught in the crossfire and could help police in their investigation.The Palace Secretary to the paramount ruler of the community, Otaru of Igarra, Elder Folorunsho Dania who confirmed the incident said, “This is a serious case. Armed robbers have besieged Igarra and so many lives were killed and ten dead persons have been counted”.
“In all, ten lives have gone. They could not access the strong room of the banks. The people that were killed were outside the bank premises. Four persons were killed within the bank premises, including a Policeman killed in the police station and within a stone throw from the police station three persons were killed. The car of the new area commander was set ablaze. Igarra is in a war scene. I am right at the Police station”. It would be recalled that six persons were killed in a similar attack in November 2015 when armed robbers invaded the community.



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