Robbers attack three banks in Benue, killing dozens

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On Friday, armed robbers seized millions of naira from three banks in Otukpo, Benue State.

Around 3:15 p.m., they reportedly came and used explosives to storm the town.

However, throughout the course of the over an hour-long robbery, seven persons, including police officers and a former councilor, lost their lives.

The Idoma and Igede peoples call Otukpo, the political capital of Benue South Senatorial District, home.

The criminals apparently first targeted the police station before moving on to the banks, according to Sunny, who owns a Point of Sale company in the area.

Explained he:

People and passers-by were made aware of the entrance of the alleged robbers thanks to the intermittent gunfire.

Everyone ran for cover. The police station, located in close proximity to the three banks, was the initial target.

United Bank for Africa, Zenith Bank, and First Bank Plc are among the affected financial institutions.

Two persons were killed while the robbers worked for almost an hour with no resistance from security personnel.

The bandits, who escaped in two Hiluxs and a sedan, were seen by an eyewitness tossing naira bills as they drove away.

Catherine Anene, the Benue State Police Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, verified the heist when reached but said she hadn’t heard more details from officers in Otukpo.

Anene remarked,

Although I haven’t been able to get in touch with the DPO or any of the other officers on the scene, I am aware that there has been an incident. Let’s give it some time; I don’t want to be the one to disturb them.

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