Three people including two policemen and a motorcyclist were yesterday killed by dare-devil armed robbers when they attacked a bullion van conveying money from a bank on Iwo Road to the Idi-Ape area of Ibadan, Oyo State.

As the suspected armed robbers engaged security officers in the bullion vans conveying money in gun battle, the peace in Idi Ape – Iwo road area of the state capital was abruptly shattered, as the residents scampered in various directions to avert palpable harm that lurked around their environment.

The robbers rained bullet on the armoured bullion van in their attempt to cart away the money in the van.

According to an eye witness, the incident which happened around 1:35 pm on Thursday  when the bullion van was heading towards the Gate area of Ibadan when the armed hoodlums, who were in a Toyota Sienna, overtook the van and opened fire on the occupants and the police escorts.

One of the victims reportedly killed was an Okada  rider who was oblivious of the mission of the occupants of the Sienna.

The commercial motorcyclist, who was said to be in a hurry, reportedly attempted to overtake the hoodlums’ vehicle when he was shot dead by the robbers.

But some residents also said the escorts engaged the robbers in a shootout, adding that the hoodlums outnumbered the operatives and killed two of them.

It was also gathered that one of the hoodlums was also killed during a shootout with the police.

Speaking shortly after the incident at the scene of the robbery, Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko said that police were able to gun down one of the armed robbers, but his colleagues carried his corpse away.

“Policemen in the backup vehicle escorting the bullion van shot dead one of the armed robbers, and funny enough the armed robbers took away the corpse of the killed one. That is just the situation now”, she said.

The CP, in a statement made available to to newsmen confirmed that three persons, including two policemen, were killed.

Onadeko said, “Today, Thursday, February 10, 2022, around 1:45 pm, a group of masked armed robbers about 10 in number — trailed, targeted and attacked a bullion van around the traffic light area, Idi-Ape Junction, Agodi, Ibadan.

“The armed robbers engaged the police officers escorting the bullion van and in the process, an undisclosed amount of money was carted away.

“In a swift response, the police equally neutralised one of the armed robbers, while some were believed to have escaped with multiple gunshot injuries.

“Consequently, a civilian onlooker was hit by a stray bullet and died at the scene, while two police officers later died in the hospital as a result of gunshot injuries. Four others, including two police officers, are responding to treatment.

“The citizenry are hereby enjoined not to panic as efforts are in top gear to track down and apprehend the criminal gang,” Onadeko concluded.

Ref: Radio Nigeria.



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