Four Policemen killed as armed robbers attack bullion van in Ebonyi

By AdvocateNews on 29/07/2020

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Four Policemen attached to the Enugu Police Command escorting a bullion van to one of the First generation banks along Ogoja road in Abakaliki have been shot dead by suspected armed robbers.

The incident occurred Wednesday at Ezzamgbo axis of the Enugu-Abakaliki highway but the dare-devil bandits were unable to accomplish their mission.

The Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Loveth Odah, who confirmed the robbery attack, said that apart from the four officers that were shot dead, others sustained various degrees of gunshot injuries.

The Police spokesperson said that the robbers operated with two vehicles, one in front of the bullion van while another was behind, adding that on getting to the Ezzamgbo flyover which is still under construction, the robbers took advantage of the traffic congestion and opened fire on the security operatives.

DSP Odah noted that though the robbers did not succeed in carting away the money, they headed back to Enugu after the failed operation.

An eyewitness who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the robbers trailed the bullion van and on getting to Ezzamgbo junction, “they blocked the van but the driver refused to stop.”

“The armed robbers started shooting sporadically and also exchanged gun shots with the policemen leading to the death of four Policemen while others were seriously injured.

“They couldn’t steal the money as the driver of the vehicle was able to escape with the money but with a wound on his hand”, he said.

The eyewitness further revealed that the bodies of the four policemen have been evacuated at a nearby hospital.

It could not ascertain if there were other casualties during the gun battle.

Posted 29/07/2020 8:27 PM

 

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