Gunmen suspected to be robbers have attacked a bullion van conveying cash in Ufuma, Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Bullion Van Attacked In Anambra
It was gathered that the bullion van with some police escorts was conveying some money to an undisclosed location on Thursday evening when the gunmen trailed them to the agrarian community of Ufuma and opened fire on the truck and security men accompanying it.
A source said that the gun battle between the armed robbers and the security men accompanying the bullion van caused panic and apprehension in the area.
“It happened at about 5pm today (Thursday), and there was heavy shooting in the area,” the source said.
“All the residents of the community fled, while security operatives attached to the bullion van battled the armed robbers. The police was able to stop them from succeeding.”
Spokesperson of Anambra Police command, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga confirmed the incident, saying the event happened at about 4pm, but the armed men were eventually repelled.
He said: “Operatives attached to the bullion van gallantly repelled the attack. The incident happened at about 4pm in Umunebo junction, Ufuma.
“The Commissioner of police CP Echeng Echeng has since ordered an immediate manhunt on the attackers. The operational vehicles belonging to the armed robbers have been recovered.”
Ikenga said a Lexus jeep and a highlander jeep belonging to the robbers have been recovered.
Other items recovered are: one empty magazine, defaced bulletproof vest, charms and some incriminating items.
Kanyi Daily News also reported how armed robbers hijacked a bullion Van after killing two policemen and an unspecified number of civilians during an attack in the Idi-Ape area of Ibadan, Oyo state.