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10 feared dead as armed men invade bank in Edo (Graph­ic Pho­tos)

No few­er than 10 per­sons includ­ing a police­man were yes­ter­day evening feared killed in a failed attempt by armed rob­bers to road two banks after they invad­ed Igar­ra, head­quar­ters of Akoko-Edo local gov­ern­ment area of Edo State.The armed men were said to have attacked a police sta­tion which is about 1.2 kilo­me­tre from the banks, set ablaze the offi­cial vehi­cle of the new­ly post­ed Area Com­man­der and killed a police­man.

It was gath­ered that two detainees at the police sta­tion said to have been arrest­ed yes­ter­day morn­ing for minor offences were also killed. One of the detainees was report­ed­ly arrest­ed for incom­plete vehi­cle par­tic­u­lars.

While four per­sons were report­ed­ly killed with­in the premis­es of the two banks as the rob­bers failed to get access to the vault of the banks, three oth­er per­sons were report­ed­ly killed near the police sta­tion.

One of the youths in the com­mu­ni­ty Ofei Obende said they tried to resist the rob­bers but were over­pow­ered by their fire­pow­er but said that the police in the banks had exchange 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.

The Palace Sec­re­tary to the para­mount ruler of the com­mu­ni­ty, Otaru of Igar­ra, Elder Folorun­sho Dania who con­firmed the inci­dent to Van­guard on phone said “This is a seri­ous case, armed rob­bers have besieged Igar­ra so many lives killed, 10 dead per­sons have been count­ed.

The police sta­tion set ablaze, the Area Commander’s new car set ablaze because we have an area com­man­der now, then close to the police sta­tion, three peo­ple were killed and in the banks many per­sons were killed dur­ing the raid on the banks. It is a calami­ty. “In all, 10 lives have gone. They could not access the strong room of the banks.

The peo­ple that were killed in bank were out­side the bank premis­es. “Four per­sons killed with­in the bank premis­es, a police­man killed in the police sta­tion then 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 sim­i­lar man­ner in Novem­ber 2015 when armed rob­bers invad­ed the com­mu­ni­ty. “

As at the time of this report, the Police Pub­lic Rela­tions Offi­cer, Chi­di Nwabu­zor said infor­ma­tion about the attack was still sketchy and would release more details lat­er.”

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