Daily Champion (Lagos)

4 February 2012

Nigeria: Robbers Bomb Bank, Kill Medical Doctor in Ajaokuta

Lokoja — DARE devil armed bandits yesterday bombed a new generation bank located within the premises of Ajaokuta steel company in Ajaokuta Local Government Area of Kogi state leaving one person dead while many others were seriously injured.

A source told our correspondent that the robbery operation took the people unaware until they started hearing gunshots which scared them away while the policemen on patrol also took to their heels.

According to the source, the robbers entered the Geregu camp at about 1.00am and bombed the divisional police post which they set ablaze before attacking the banks.

He told our correspondent that the robbers were able to gain entrance into a branch of a new generation bank in the area forcing the ATM safe opened and made away with an undisclosed amount of money.

Weekend Champion gathered that the operation lasted for over three hours as the robbers' attempt to break into other banks proved unsuccessful.

At the Kaduna Estate of the steel township, the robbers were said to have shot severally at the only Bank in the area the Ecobank and in the process a medical doctor identified as Dr. Ameh who was returning from night duty was shot and killed.

Our correspondent equally gathered that some staff of the Ajaokuta Steel Company who had come out to see what was happening, also received bullet wounds and were said to be receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.

Residents of the area told our correspondent that the robbers operated freely without any challenge from the police.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Mr. Ajayi Okansomi who confirmed the incident however said the police were able to prevent them from gaining entrance to the banks.

He said, "Yes the incident occurred but our men were able to give them a fight. Let us say their attempt was foiled".

Meanwhile all branches of the bank across the state were closed to customers yesterday

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