The people of Uromi in Esan Northeast Local Government in Edo State were left devastated; after a number of heavily armed men organised a money heist that left many dead in its wake.
In broad daylight, five banks namely United Bank of Africa (UBA), Zenith Bank, First Bank, Fidelity Bank and Union Bank, were robbed simultaneously with bags of money stashed into several vehicles.
While the real number of casualties from the incident remains unclear, media outlets report that as many as twenty-two persons were gunned down in one of the banks. A female security officer was also killed at her duty post.
Other reports suggest that seven confirmed casualties have been accounted for, including two police officers.
According to witnesses, the illegal operation lasted for one to three hours on Thursday afternoon.
The robbers were said to have launched dynamites at the bank entrances, deterring innocent civilians from the premises; before gaining access to the vaults.
Words from an Uromi resident states: “The armed robbers laid siege, right from Angle 90 Junction in Uromi, through Tazona Junction, with heavy gunfire and explosives, while three commercial banks were simultaneously attacked.
“A metallic/silver Toyota Lexus 350 Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) was fully loaded with cash, which the armed robbers hurriedly escaped with while moving towards Ubiaza’s old road and shooting sporadically to scare passersby and prevent any challenge from security operatives.”
A media outlet put a call through to Bello Kontongs – a spokesman of Edo Police Command, and a Superintendent of Police (SP); who confirmed the incident.
He however failed to give further details, but netizens remain hopeful that an investigation will be launched to bring the perpetrators to book.