It was a sad day in Edo state as twelve persons, including a policeman, were killed by armed robbers who attacked a police station and invaded two banks in Igarra, headquarters of Akoko-Edo local government in an unsuccessful robbery attempt on two new generation 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.
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 near the police station were reportedly hit by stray bullets. 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, identified as Ofei Obende, said policemen posted to the bank tried to resist the robbers but were overpowered by their heavy firepower.
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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, 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.”