No less than seven persons including two policemen have been killed in a coordinated robbery attack on commercial banks in Uromi, Esan North-West local government area of Edo State.
Armed Robbers Attack Banks In Uromi
It was gathered that the gunmen who come in their numbers on Thursday afternoon, February 24, attacked First Bank, UBA, Zenith, and Union Banks with dynamites for over one hour.
Seven persons, including two policemen and five civilians, were killed by the armed robbers who were said to have succeeded in making away with a large sum of money from the four banks.
A resident who witnessed the incident said “The armed robbers laid siege, right from Angle 90 Junction in Uromi, through Tazona Junction, with heavy gunfire and explosives, while three commercial banks were simultaneously attacked.
“A metallic/silver Toyota Lexus 350 Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) was fully loaded with cash, which the armed robbers hurriedly escaped with, while moving towards Ubiaza’s old road, and shooting sporadically to scare passersby and prevent any challenge from security operatives.”
Police Confirms Robbery Attacks In Edo
When contacted by Vanguard, the Police Public Relations Officer in the Edo State Police Command, Bello Kontongs in a terse text message said four banks and a police station were attacked.
Kontongs said “Zenith, UBA, First Bank, Union Bank, and the Police Division are confirmed attacked while two police personnel and five civilians lost their lives. For now.”
A staff of one of the affected banks said the robbers came prepared with dynamites which they used to gain entrance to the banks before escaping with huge cash from the banks.
The source said, “The robbers came over-prepared. We had the full complement of staff when they stormed our bank and forced their way into the banking hall using dynamites.
“They were shooting everywhere, destroyed vehicles in the compound and they succeeded in getting into our strongroom and went away with the cash available there. Thank God no life was lost in our bank”.
Watch the video below:
Viral Video: Armed Robbers spotted moving bags of money out of a bank in Uromi, Edo state earlier today. pic.twitter.com/9efaf9IHaE
— Pulse Nigeria (@PulseNigeria247) February 24, 2022
So many banks in my home town, Uromi in Nigeria was robbed today by daredevil armed robbers. No security presence for almost 2 hours that the robbery lasted. It is so sad that lives and properties are not protected in that country. Reason people keep getting tired of the system😭 pic.twitter.com/VGZaf4Ro3r
— Hetybabe (@hetybabe) February 24, 2022
– Soldiers Captured hiding as robbers invade banks in Uromi.
— Postsubman (@Postsubman) February 24, 2022
Omo, Uromi red today! pic.twitter.com/MfdVQBMR3x
— Temi of all Trade ♎☯️💜🏳️🌈🌎🌐 (@realtortemi) February 24, 2022
Lord jesus In solidarity with this friend's relative I say thank you.
He has scaled through this one again.
Thank you for the lives saved and those lost.m
May they rest in peace. Amen. #Uromi will rise again. #Uromi will be great again, in your name we pray Amen. pic.twitter.com/WjzCQSUxp5
— Venita jacy (@VenitaJacinta) February 24, 2022
See my uromi guys. pic.twitter.com/UpIELKFJUj
— Leo NG (@LeoOkosun) February 24, 2022
Some Banks in uromi Edo state were robbed Today, some feared dead💔 pic.twitter.com/BE1JrlxzNV
— proud Edo girl 🦋🦋 (@miss_____B) February 24, 2022
— Tunde ijelekhai (@schoolboyefr) February 24, 2022
Bank robbery in Uromi, Edo state as robbers completely raid Zenith bank pic.twitter.com/vkJIf1bCrf
— FIRST TIME DAD🥰(JAYDEN’s DAD) (@dastreetking) February 24, 2022
Robbers Attack Banks In Uromi, Edo
Armed robbers on Thursday attacked commercial banks in Uromi, Edo State.
This video shows the aftermath of the robberies in some of the banks.
Residents of the community say the robberies were coordinated. pic.twitter.com/N3ExpNi9r8
— Punch Newspapers (@MobilePunch) February 24, 2022
This comes just two weeks after armed robbers killed two policemen and an unspecific number of civilians during an attack on a bullion van in Oyo State.
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