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Published On: Sat, Jun 22nd, 2013

Delta State: Robbers Cart Away Huge Sums in Agbor’s Bank Attack

Delta State Commissioner of Police Mr Ikechukwu Aduba

LAGOS JUNE 22ND (URHOBOTODAY) A ten- man gang of armed robbers Friday invaded a branch of First Bank Plc in Agbor in Ika South local government area of Delta State, carting away large sums of money.
The robbery operation that lasted for about an hour forced other banks within the locality to close business to customers for the day for fear of being attacked by the rampaging robbers who shot sporadically into the air with sophisticated weapons to scare people away while the operation lasted.
Eye witness who pleaded anonymity told THISDAY that the robbers stormed the bank in a Toyota Hiace bus, at about 10am, soon after the bank bullion van conveying money arrived the banking premises when customers had besieged the banking hall to make withdrawal for the weekend .
He said the robbers who fired sporadically into the air overwhelmed the bank’s security guards and forced their way into the banking hall from where they carted away the iron boxes containing large sums of money. The monies were meant for the bank’s day operations.
Delta State Police Public Relations officer, Mr. Lucky Uyabeme (ASP) while confirming the development said the police were on the trail of the robbers.
He could not confirm if there was any casualty but THISDAY gathered that some bank officers sustained serious bullet wounds during the robbery operation.
It was also gathered that the Agbor zonal coordinators of West Africa Examination Council, who was conducting junior WASC examination in a nearby primary school was hit by a stray bullet.
The robbery operation, THISDAY gathered created pandemonium within the ever busy Old Abraka road, the commercial nerve center of Boji Boji town sane of the incident and the entire Boji Boji town, as traders, market men and women and other artisans scampered to safety for fear of been hit by bullet.

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