Five people were allegedly killed as dare devil armed robbers, in coordinated attacks yesterday, invaded Zenith and two other banks in Ankpa in the Eastern senatorial district of Kogi State and carted away millions of naira, while several people were said to be injured.
Among the casualties were said to be two ladies, with one identified as Ummi, and three men who were said to be bank customers. Their bodies were said to have been deposited at a private hospital, Ankpa.
A witness said the robbers invaded the community at about 2pm and began to shoot sporadically to enable them gain access to the bank’s vaults where they allegedly carted away millions of naira. The incident was said to have caused serious pandemonium in the area and its environs as shops were hurriedly closed, while people scampered for safety.
Although the police refused to confirm any casualty figures in the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Willy Aya, confirmed the incident in a press statement.
The statement reads: “Consequent upon the robbery attack on Zenith and two other bank, Ankpa, simultaneously, the Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Police Command, Edward Egbuka, immediately led a team of tactical operatives to the scenes for on-the-spot assessment.
“He has equally ordered the deployment of additional operational assets, consisting of operatives of the Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit, Quick Response Unit, State Intelligence Bureau, in synergy with other security agencies, to restore normalcy in the area.
“Meanwhile, the police personnel on duty, both at the station and the banks, quickly recovered from the sudden attack and gallantly repelled the attackers, who were forced to flee: some, into nearby bushes, others with their vehicles. The hoodlums abandoned three vehicles used for the operation in their haste to escape, some of them with bullet wounds.
“The CP used this medium to call on the people of Ankpa and its adjoining communities, to be on the lookout and report anybody seen with bullet wounds to the police or any other security force nearest to them.
“The CP assures that the Command is committed to working in synergy with other security agencies as well as patriotic stakeholders in the ongoing onslaught against crimes and criminality, to make the state a safe and secure place for all and sundry.
“He further tasked the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Investigation Department (SCID) to commence investigations, so as to unravel the remote and immediate cause of the act, trail the hoodlums with a view to apprehending and bringing them to book.
“He urges members of the public to go about their lawful businesses, as they continue to collaborate with the police and other security agencies, with credible and timely information on the activities of criminal elements in their environs,” the statement added.