More than 10 people were reportedly killed yesterday evening, as a gang of robbers attacked two banks and a police station,killing a police officer and setting ablaze the official vehicle of a newly posted police commander in Igarra,Headquarters of Akoko,local government area of Edo State.
According to reports, the robbers reportedly attacked unity bank and keystone bank,where they engaged in a shooting spree with the police officers on duty killing not less than five people in the bank premises.
The robbers were alleged to have headed to the police station about 1.2 kilometers from the bank after they couldn’t successful open the bank vaults,where they shot and killed a police officer, two detainees at the police station,who were allegedly arrested for incomplete vehicle particulars,and other three commuters.
According to Vanguard, Elder Folorunsho Dania,The Palace Secretary to the paramount ruler of the community, Otaru of Igarra,who confirmed the incident to news men stated that
“This is a serious case, armed robbers have besieged Igarra so many lives killed, 10 dead persons have been counted.
“The police station set ablaze, the Area Commander’s new car set ablaze because we have an area commander now, then close to the police station, three people were killed and in the banks many persons were killed during the raid on the banks. It is a calamity.
“In all, 10 lives have gone. They could not access the strong room of the banks. The people that were killed in bank were outside the bank premises.
“Four persons killed within the bank premises, a policeman killed in the police station then a stone throw from the police station, three persons were killed, the car of the new area commander was set ablaze. Igarra is in a war scene, I am right at the police station.
“It would be recalled that six persons were killed in similar manner in November 2015 when armed robbers invaded the community.
“As at the time of this report, the Police Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor said information about the attack was still sketchy and would release more details later.”