Armed robbers have been reportedly attacked commercial banks in Esan North-West local government area of Edo state, Naija News 247 gathered.
No less than five persons including two policemen have been confirmed killed.
The attack that took place on Thursday afternoon affected three commercial banks, Zenith Bank, Union Bank and UBA.
According Vanguard Newspaer, the PRO of the state place command, Bello Kontongs said four banks and the police station were attacked.
He said “Zenith, UBA, First Bank, Union Bank, and the Police Division are confirmed attacked while two police personnel and five civilians lost their lives. For now.”
A staff of one of the affected banks said the robbers came prepared. “The robbers came over-prepared. We had the full complement of staff when they stormed our bank and forced their way into the banking hall using dynamites. They were shooting everywhere, destroyed vehicles in the compound and they succeeded in getting into our strongroom and went away with the cash available there. Thank God no life was lost in our bank”‘.
Eyewitness reported, “The armed robbers laid siege, right from Angle 90 Junction in Uromi, through Tazona Junction, with heavy gunfire and explosives, while three commercial banks were simultaneously attacked.
“A metallic/silver Toyota Lexus 350 Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) was fully loaded with cash, which the armed robbers hurriedly escaped with, while moving towards Ubiaza’s old road, and shooting sporadically to scare passersby and prevent any challenge from security operatives.”