By SIMON EBEGBULEM, Benin
BENIN CITYâ€”BARELY 48 hours after the Edo state Government launched its security out fit code named, â€œOperation thunderstormâ€, three policemen were shot dead yesterday, in a bank robbery at Ibillo, Akoko Edo Local Government Council of the state.
Saturday Vanguard learnt that the about eight-man gang of robbers, stormed the new generation bank at about 5:30am with a Toyota Camry and opened fire while trying to force the vaults open.
One of the policemen around who tried to resist the robbers whom Saturday Vanguard learnt came with sophisticated weapons, was shot dead immediate. The other two policemen were said to have met their death when the police went for reinforcement.
Eye witness told Saturday Vanguard that â€œas they were coming, they did not know that the robbers were driving past them and the robbers opened fire on them. Two of the police men died at the spot while two others sustained bullet injuriesâ€.
Saturday Vanguard however learnt that the robbers abandoned their vehicles and fled when they discovered that they were being over powered by the policemen. Two of the robbers was said to have sustained serious gun shot injuries but his colleagues escaped with them.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Peter Ogboi said the Command learnt of a robbery at Ibillo but was yet to get details of what actually transpired. He added however that â€œwe heard that two of the robbers were fatally injured and our men also recovered the vehicle they used for the operationâ€.