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BREAKING; Two dead, others injured as armed robbers attack Police escort, bullion van

BREAKING; Two dead, others injured as armed robbers attack Police escort, bullion van

The Abia state police command has confirmed that some yet-to-be-identified armed robbers recently attacked a bullion van that was conveying cash from a new generation bank in Aba to Umuahia.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, who made this known in a statement on Wednesday, explained that the robbers had laid ambush for the bullion van along the Enugu – Port Harcourt expressway before they attacked it there.

The state police spokesman said the robbers opened fire on the bullion van and its escort team immediately they sighted them on the road.

He said that in an effort to escape, a yet-to-be-identified official of the bank who was escorting the cash and one of the robbers were killed on the spot, while three police officers were injured.


He also disclosed that an AK47 rifle with three loaded magazines strapped were recovered from the robbers.

He said, “Based on a distress call, teams of tactical operatives were dispatched to the scene. At the scene, one inspector Leo Francis of CTU (Counter Terrorist Unit) base 4 Aba was met and he stated that he along with five others while escorting a bullion van from Aba to Umuahia ran into a gang of armed robbers who had barricaded the high way and were firing sporadically.

“Efforts made to stop the bullion van and escort vehicle yielded no dividend as the driver veered into the bush.

“The cash officer accompanying the bullion van was shot dead on the spot, 3 policemen on escort sustained bullet injuries while one of the armed robbers was neutralized and his AK 47, rifle with 90 rounds of ammunition was recovered.

“The injured policemen were rushed to the hospital while the deceased, are deposited in the morgue for preservation. An investigation has Commenced. The robbers were said to have carted away with an undisclosed sum of cash.”

He also urged hospitals in the state to report anyone in their facilities with bullet wounds for investigation as some of the robbers fled with bullet injuries.

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