OTUKPO, Benue State — Residents of Otukpo, the political hub of Benue South Senatorial District, experienced terror firsthand when armed robbers audaciously stormed three of the town’s major banks last Friday.
An Attack Well-Planned
At around 3:15 p.m., as the workday was winding down, these criminals didn’t hesitate to use dynamites, catching the town’s residents off-guard. Their operation, which lasted for a harrowing hour, was nothing short of a well-orchestrated plan. Before targeting the banks, they laid siege to the nearby police station.
Eyewitness Account by Sunny:
Sunny, a local business owner, shared the harrowing events of the day: “The sudden gunshots alerted everyone. Chaos ensued, and everyone sought safety.” He further elaborated, “Their initial strategy was to target the nearby police station, which was adjacent to the banks.”
The Tragic Toll
If their brazen attack wasn’t shocking enough, the robbers’ exit surely was. Eyewitnesses described a surreal scene where the culprits threw naira notes to the wind as they made their escape in high-speed vehicles.
The Affected Banks and Their Responses:
The banks targeted by the robbery were:
- United Bank for Africa (UBA)
- Zenith Bank
- First Bank Plc
Each of these banks has a reputable history in Nigeria and adheres to robust security protocols. Preliminary reports suggest:
|UBA||To be determined|
|Zenith Bank||To be determined|
|First Bank Plc||To be determined|
Law Enforcement’s Take
The Benue State Police Command, while confirming the incident, has urged the public to remain patient as they investigate. SP Catherine Anene, in a recent statement, mentioned, “We’re in touch with our officers in Otukpo. It’s vital to ensure accurate details emerge.”
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