Robbers raid bank in Delta…Kill onlooker, shoot soldier, hijack army van

Robbers raid bank in Delta…Kill onlooker, shoot soldier, hijack army van 

By Emma Amaize
A gang of armed robbers operating in Delta State overpowered a
military patrol team in a gun battle at the weekend, and fled with a 
Toyota  Hilux vehicle attached to  the squad after raiding a bank at
Umunede.
One of the soldiers was wounded by the bandits who also shot an onlooker while escaping with their booty at Agbor.
Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Charles Muka, who
confirmed the robbery, told Sunday Vanguard that a staff of the bank has
been arrested in connection with the incident.
It was gathered that the bandits, who might have operated with the
knowledge of an insider at the bank, successfully completed their
mission but shot dead a passerby and injured a driver  for allegedly
blocking their escape route.
The  hoodlums, reportedly heading towards Warri after the Umunede
operation via the Agbor-Obiaruku-Abraka road, were confronted by the 
military patrol team.
An eye witness said: “It was a fierce gun duel. The robbers
overpowered  the soldiers. One of the soldiers  sustained bullet wounds
and they (robbers) took the soldiers Hilux van and fled with it”.
The police spokesman confirmed  that the bank staff, arrested, fled
from the police station some hours after he was nabbed, but he was
tracked down and investigation into the matter was being handled by the
Criminal Investigation Department of the state police command.
Sunday Vanguard learnt that the suspect was fingered in a similar
robbery incident in the bank in the past as the person that gave
information to robbers.

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