Seven people have been reportedly killed by daredevil armed robbers who stormed three banks in Otukpo local government area of Benue State on Friday and carted away money several millions of naira.
The suspected criminals were said to have driven into the town around 3:15 p.m. and used dynamites to force the door open.
The robbers, who operated for more than one, killed seven persons including policemen and a former councillor transacting business in one of the affected banks.
Otukpo is the political seat of Benue South Senatorial District comprising of Idoma and Igede ethnic groups.
A Point of Sales business operator, Sunny witnessed the incident and narrated how the robbery attack happened.
Sunny said the robbers first attacked the police station before proceeding to the banks.
“It was sporadic gunshots that alerted people and passers to the arrival of the suspected robbers.
“Everyone scampered for safety. What they did was first attack the police station, which is near the three banks.
“The banks affected include United Bank for Africa, UBA, Zenith Bank, and First Bank Plc.
“The robbers operated for more than an hour without resistance from security operatives, and they killed two people.
The eyewitness said the robbers were throwing naira notes as they left in two Hilux vehicles and one car.
The Benue State Police Command has confirmed the incident.
According to the Spokesperson of the command, SP Catherine Anene, although there was a robbery in the town, she was yet to get details from officers in Otukpo.
Anene said, “I have not been able to speak with the DPO or any of the officers there, but I know there is an incident. I don’t want to be disturbing them, so let’s give it some time.”