By Eric Ugbor
ABA â€” FOR two days running, armed robbers and kidnappers have held Aba, the commercial city of Abia State hostage, robbing many banks, kidnapping three persons, while many sustained injuries during the various attacks.
The armed robbers, clad in army and police uniforms raided a bank (names withheld) located along Port-Harcourt road in Aba where they carted away millions of Naira.
A reliable bank source told Vanguard that the robbers stormed the bank about noon, blocking all roads leading to the bank and shooting sporadically into the air to scare away people.
They were said to have collected all monies from all the customers of the bank and the ones in the bankâ€™s drawers after which they made for the vault.
However, the source explained that the robbers were unsuccessful at this stage, as the police at Aba, led by the Area Commander, Ebere Onyenagorom,Â mobilised and confrontedÂ them with their Armored PersonnelÂ Carrier, APC, forcing the robbers to flee.
This caused tension all over Aba, and forced banks and other businesses to shut down in the city.
Robbers had also, on Tuesday, forced banks at Aba to close for business as they terrorised people and robbed some banks along Faulks Road.
By 2:00p.m., many of the banks in the city had closed for business, while their gates were shut against customers who had gone to do business with the banks that afternoon.
The bank at 90, Asa Road, Aba, was shut, while customers remained stranded.
A staff of the bank told Vanguard that they had to close business following information that robbers, popularly called Umuoma in Aba parlance, were already in town.
She told Vanguard, â€œthe bank cannot take risk. We have closed because the security situation this afternoon is risky and all the banks in the city have closed and we cannot bear the outcome, especially after we have received information.â€
Last Monday, gunmen also abducted three persons and wounded one in different locations around the flyover area of the same Port-Harcourt road.
An eyewitness told Vanguard that the five gunmen stopped an unidentified chauffeur-driven man said to be heading towards Port-Harcourt in his KIA SUV and took him away.
The gunmen, in police uniform and operating in a Toyota Camry car, forced their victim into their car after shooting him severally for being stubborn.