Updates: Eight people killed in Uromi bank attack

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Standard Gazette has gathered that eight people were killed in several bank attacks in Uromi, Esan Northeast local government area of Edo state.

Mission Road in Uromi is a commercial hub of the town where many of the banks are located.

The heavily armed men stormed the banks around 15:30hrs on Thursday, 25 February 2022.

Standard Gazette gathered that the maskless daredevil robbers were up to 30.

They first stormed Uromi police station, where they dislodged all the policemen on duty.

Four Vehicles abandoned by bank robbers
Four Vehicles abandoned by bank robbers

The armed bandits invaded the banks with explosives suspected to be dynamite.

SG learned that the robbers used the explosives to force the bank entrance doors and the “safe” opened before looting several millions of naira.

The hoodlums fired several gunshots indiscriminately, killing eight persons at their various attack spots.

The continuous gunshots made the residents, Bank customers, and staff scamper for safety.

It was gathered that the hoodlums operated unhindered for over two hours and escaped through Old Ubiaza Road towards Agbor in Delta state.

Residents said they heard continuous gunshots as the robbers made their way through the town.

Standard Gazette gathered that the robbers abandoned four cars and two motorcycles in Ubiaza, Esan South East local government area as they finally escaped with snatched vehicles.

Some residents who spoke off-camera called for heightened security in Esan land as they expressed fear that the unknown gunmen might return for more attacks.

The people prayed for the repose of the souls of both the police and civilians who lost their lives in the coordinated attacks.

The report says the Edo State Commissioner of Police, CP Philip Ogbadu, visited Uromi to see things for himself.

The police commissioner directed the area commander and the Divisional Police Officer to beef up security as an investigation into the attacks began.

Police to make an official statement tonight.

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