Twelve persons, including a policeman, were killed on Thursday evening after invading Igarra, the headquarters of Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State in an unsuccessful robbery attempt on two new generation banks.
The robbers had earlier attacked the local police station where they shot and killed a policeman on duty with two detainees while also setting the only vehicle on sight , a Toyota Hilux on fire before proceeding to attack the banks.
Two persons who were detained at the police station in Akoko-Edo for minor offences were also killed by the robbers. They were reportedly arrested yesterday morning for minor offences; one of them for incomplete vehicle particulars.
The police station was set ablaze, while the Area Commander’s new car was torched. Also, close to the police station, three people were killed. In the banks – Keystone Bank and Unity Bank – many persons were killed. In all, 10 lives have gone.
The Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor, confirmed the incident but said information about the attack was still sketchy.
promised to release more details later. It was learnt that the gunmen swooped on the police station, which is about 1.2 kilometres from the banks, apparently to demobilise the policemen.
Secretary to Otaru of Igarra, Elder Folorunsho Dania, confirmed the incident saying: “This is a serious case, armed robbers have besieged Igarra. So many lives killed, 10 dead persons have been counted.
“Close to the police station, three persons were killed and in the banks too, many persons were killed and the banks raided. It is a calamity. They could not access the strongroom of the banks. The people that were killed in the bank were outside the bank premises.”
One of the youths in the community Ofei Obende said they tried to resist the robbers but were overpowered by their firepower but that the police in the banks had exchanged of gunfire which he said was responsible for the death of the three unidentifiable bodies. He said another unknown person was caught in the cross fire and could help police in their investigation.