By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoaâ€”The peace of the university town of Amassoma in the Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa State was yesterday violated by armed gunmen who launched a daring attack on one of the old generation banks, killing two policemen.
Five other persons among them two policemen, a private security man attached to the bank and two students were seriously injured.
The vicious attack on the commercial bank which left early callers to the bank scared stiff is the first of its kind on any financial institution in the predominantly riverine state by hoodlums.
The news of the attack also caused a stir among most parents in Yenagoa whose children and wards are schooling in the community especially when unconfirmed report filtered into town that five persons among them students were killed by the gunmen bullets.
The attack on the bank, a cash point for most of the communities in the riverine axis of Ogboin and Otuan, it was gathered, occurred at about 9.30am when most of the university students and the natives were going about their normal business.
According to witnesses, the heavily armed gunmen numbering about ten stormed the community in two speedboats and walked stealthily towards the bank.
They were said to have caught the security operatives at the bank off guard and opened fire on them.
But the gallant officers refused to concede as they engaged the invaders in fierce gun duel which lasted about 45 minutes.
It was however learnt that the security men on duty were eventually overpowered by the rampaging hoodlums who succeeded in gaining access to the bank and carted away undisclosed amount of money.
The sound of the gunshots which rented the air was said to have caused serious panic on campus and the community as students and natives scamper for safety.
Security sources told Vanguard that the deceased policemen, both of whom until their death were constables were not part of the security men deployed to the bank but officers on foot patrol when they walked into the retreating hoodlums who shot them dead.