Unknown arm robbers attacks banks in Otukpo, Benue State on Friday.

 

This brazen attack tragically resulted in the loss of seven lives, among them three police officers who were defending the premises.

 

In a statement released by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Superintendent Catherine Anene, it was revealed that security forces initiated a pursuit of the criminal gang. This pursuit ultimately led to an interception along the Otukpo-Taraku road. During the ensuing exchange of gunfire, two of the assailants were fatally shot, prompting the others to flee into the nearby forest.

 

The statement read: “On October 20, 2023, at about 4:15 p.m., armed robbers invaded Access Bank, First Bank, Zenith Bank, UBA, and Stanbic Bank in Otukpo simultaneously.

 

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“The Otukpo Divisional Police Officer, CSP. John Adikwu, and other police teams in the area engaged them in a gun duel but were unable to prevent their attack on the banks.

 

“More police teams, in collaboration with other security agents, were deployed to Otukpo to assist in stabilising the area and prevent these robbers from escaping.

 

“The robbers who were intercepted along Otukpo-Taraku Road engaged officers in a gun duel, and two of the robbers died in the process. Other gang members abandoned their vehicles, escaped into the forest area, and are being chased by the police.

 

“The DPO, who sustained a gunshot injury to his stomach, and three other police officers have been confirmed dead at the hospital. Other people who sustained injuries in the bank have been moved to the hospital for treatment. The investigation is ongoing at the moment.”

 

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