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Armed robbers kill 3; many sustain gunshot injuries during Bank robbery operation in Delta

…As DPO, others abandoned police station, run for their lives

By Akpos Oghenetega,


No fewer than 3 yet to be identified persons were reportedly killed and many sustained gunshot injuries in today’s (Tuesday) armed robbery operation at United Bank for Africa, UBA located in Issele-Uku, Delta State, reports.

According to an eye witness account, it was earlier assumed that one person was shot dead while hiding behind a Geepee Tank close to his shop by some of the armed robbers mounting surveillance outside the bank.

The source who spoke to in confidence, said that he was at the banking arena when the incident occurred, said that was later discovered that two other bank customers were shot dead in the banking hall during the operation that lasted for almost an hour.

He added the robbers had stationed some of their gang members at strategic positions within the town, while others robbed the bank unhindered, while the security men attached to the bank ran for cover on noticing what was going on.

It was gathered that customers were held hostage inside the bank for almost an hour, while other gang members outside were raining bullets at random. In the process of the shooting spree, a trader, identified as an indigene of Issele-Uku from Ogbeofu village was shot dead while many others sustained bullet wounds.

The acting Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe had confirmed the incident but could not give the actual number of casualties, claiming he had been trying to reach out to the DPO of Issele-Uku Divisional Police Headquarters but to no avail.

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He expressed worry over the development, praying nothing had happened to the DPO.

It was also gathered that the DPO allegedly abandoned his duty post, by fleeing with his men on noticing the robbers at the station; thereby leaving them to rob the bank unchallenged. further gathered that all efforts to get men of the “Operation Delta Hawk”, respond to distress calls put to them were unsuccessful as they didn’t only fail to respond, but strolled into the town after the robbers had successfully carried out their operation.

As of the time of filing this report, several other persons are still battling with their lives from the gunshot injuries they sustained.

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