Armed bandits, numbering over 10, Thursday caused commotion along the Asaba-Benin Expressway in Asaba, Delta state, when they waylaid a bullion conveying money to one of the commercial banks in the state capital.
The escapade forced commercial banks to close business for fear of the unknown.
The bandits allegedly chased the convoy of security operatives that surrounded the bullion van at the popular Ibusa Junction in Asaba, to a filling station before emptying it of millions of Naira.
The police squad in the escort, it was gathered, fled for their dear lives when faced with sporadic shooting by the gang.
Commuters scampered for safety before the hoodlums escaped through a lead-way road that led to the DLA Road within the metropolis.
An eyewitness said the robbers received information that the bullion van was going to pass through the route at the time it was attacked.
A source said, “The armed robbery gang strategically positioned themselves for the operation. They zoomed out from their ambush in their waiting black Toyota Matrix vehicle and made straight for the bullion van.
“The driver of the van diverted to Asaba-Ughelli-Warri Expressway along Ibusa for safety but they caught up with him at a filling station and he ran inside.
“It was only about 30 minutes after the incidence that the Police Command in the state moved out its armoured tanks in search of the culprits.
The command’s Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, who refused to attend to calls, only responded to INDEPENDENT’s text message asking about the incident with a terse text message that read: “Sorry, I have a meeting now.”
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