…As Oyo burns 3 armed robbers, following failed bank robbery***
The Police Command in Ebonyi has confirmed the killing of four officers by suspected armed robbers at Ezzamgbo junction of the Enugu-Abakaliki federal highway.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Phillip Maku stated this on Wednesday, highlighting that the 12 persons, comprised police officers and a commercial bank’s staff who were in the entourage, escorting the bullion van from Enugu to Abakaliki when they were ambushed by the robbers.
“The robbers shot at the escort vehicle when perhaps it became apparent that they could not divert the bullion van,” he said.
He said that four officers were unfortunately killed, two persons while a policeman and the bank’s driver wounded.
The commissioner said that the remaining six persons in the entourage escaped unhurt.
“No arrest has been made as the situation was still critical.
“We have to save the lives of the wounded persons but have also alerted other police commands across the country on the development.
“It is also gratifying that the robbers did not succeed in diverting the bullion van and we assure the public that all efforts would be made to arrest them,” he said.
DSP Loveth Odah, Police Public Relations Officer told the newsmen that the robbers apparently capitalised on the construction of a flyover at the Ezzamgbo junction by the Ebonyi government to execute their dastardly act.
“The flow of traffic is greatly reduced at the junction due to the construction work and the robbers apparently felt they could strike there and escape.
“Information reaching us indicate that they retreated to an unknown hideout but we are seriously on their trail,” she said.
In another development, three armed robbers were on Wednesday set ablaze by an angry mob in a failed bank robbery which occurred at First Bank, Okeho in Kajola Local Government Area of Oyo State.
The robbers, who were armed with AK 47 riffles and dynamite, attempted to rob the bank in Okeho but were overpowered by police and local hunters.
The Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, confirmed the incident, saying the incident happened at about 5p..m. on Wednesday.
”At about 1658 hrs, there was a bank robbery in which daredevil armed bandits who came with white 18-seater bus invaded First bank Okeho in Kajola Local Government Area of Oyo State with intent to rob.
“The armed robbers who gained entrance into the bank used dynamites and AK-47 riffles shots to blow the bank security door.
“The robbery which was responded to by the Police Tactical teams and collaborative efforts of the Vigilante and hunters yielded results.
“Consequent upon this, three of the robbers who were arrested when the 18-seater bus had an accident and somersaulted, were thereafter set ablaze by the angry mob when they attempted to escape the scene of the accident.
”Immediately the Commissioner of Police, Nwachuckwu Enwonwu, got wind of the dastardly acts, he further directed that all the Police Tactical teams including the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Mobile Police Force (PMF 72) and Police personnel from Okeho Area Command and nearby Divisions to be on the trail of other members of the fleeing robbers who escaped in different directions,” he said.
Fadeyi said that the Commissioner of Police condemned the dastardly act and assured the people of Oyo State of the police preparedness to protect lives and property before, during and after the Sallah celebrations.
He urged the good people of the state to go about their lawful businesses without any fear of molestation or threat from any quarters, saying the police are on top of the situation.