Eight policemen, one civilian feared killed in Kogi bank robbery
Nine persons, including eight policemen and one civilian, were feared killed yesterday in Isanlu, Kogi State when a gang of armed robbers launched an attack on the branch of a first-generation bank in the town.
Among those killed were the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in the town, five other policemen and two policewomen.
Sources indicated that while the DPO, the two policewomen and four policemen were killed at the police station, one policeman was gunned down at the bank’s premises. The other victim, a male civilian, died when a stray bullet hit him.
The armed robbers were said to have invaded the police station at about 1.00 p.m. and opened fire on all officers and men on duty.
The source said the station was completely destroyed by the armed robbers who also set free all detainees at the detention facility.
The robbers later proceeded to the bank where they killed one of the policemen on duty and carted away money.
An eyewitness, Mr. Segun Thomas, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the robbery operation lasted almost one hour.
“The robbers came in two vehicles, a bus and a car, with which they also escaped from the town,” he said.
NAN learnt that the car, believed to have been snatched from its owner, was later abandoned around Kizito College, Isanlu.
Mr. William Aya, the spokesman of the police command in Kogi, confirmed the incident and the invasion of the police station, but added that the casualty figure was “still hazy.”
“The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ede Ayuba, has dispatched the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the operation, to Isanlu to ascertain the true situation,” he said.