BY BOLUWAJI OBAHOPO & TAYE OBATERU, WITH AGENCY REPORT
LOKOJA – NO FEWER than 15 armed bandits Wednesday attacked two commercial banks in Ankpa Local Government Area of Kogi State, killing 10 people and leaving scores wounded.
The robbers later sacked a police station in the area with mortar before disarming policemen on duty and looting the armoury and freeing some detainees in police custody. The robbers according to a source, were able to cart away some money from an old generation bank which was one its targets but were reportedly not successful at the second bank even after gaining entry into it.
Among those that was killed include a native medicine seller, known as Shuabu Achiejime and a female petty trader by the road side. Both were felled by stray bullets. Vanguard reliably gathered that the robbers stormed the town around 2pm in five jeeps fully armed with sophisticated weapons.
Police officers on duty and banks workers took to their heels during the invasion which lasted for about an hour, apparently following rumour some days earlier that an Islamic sect would attack the town.
It was said however, that the hoodlums later beat a retreat with the arrival of members of the Joint Task Forc, JTF, at the scene. Those that were injured were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The State Police Public Relation officer, Mr. Okasanmi Ajayi confirmed the incident but stressed that the state police headquarters had not been briefed by the Divisional Police Officer in Ankpa.
In a related development, gunmen have killed five people, including a police officer and a politician, at a bar in Damatutru, capital of Yobe State on Tuesday as they sat around a table, sources told newsmen in the state.
Also, six people were gunned down and two others injured following an attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen at Gwarim village in Riyom Local Governmenf Area of Plateau State. Five were killed in Gwarim, while one official was killed in the city, bringing the number to six.
There was another blast Tuesday at a television viewing centre in Tudun Wada area of the Plateau State capital some minutes to the end of the Chelsea-Barcelona match. Just on Monday three people were shot and burnt in their car at Gashish in Barkin Ladi local government bringing the death toll in such killings to about 11 within one week.
The improvised explosive device which went off at Angwan Yashi about 9.45pm was said to have injured several people but details were unavailable at press time.