BY SIMON EBEGBULEM, Benin City
THE Edo State police command, yesterday displayed the bodies of two armed robbers, said to be members of a gang that raided a first generation bank in Owo, Ondo State last week.
Also, displayed by the police was the sum of N3.3m recovered from the vehicles in which the robbers drove and a cache of ammunition. Some of the ammunition recovered include one AK 47 rifle with 12 rounds of live ammunition and three empty magazines.
Three telephone handsets and a Toyota Hiace bus were also recovered by the police after a gun duel with the robbers.
It would be recalled that some national dailies reported the attack on the main Branch of the First Bank in Owo, Ondo state, where millions of naira were carted away after they killed a police officer.
However, the Edo state Deputy Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Hurdi, who paraded the dead bodies and charms, narrated that the robbers were escaping with their loot but met stiff opposition in the hands of the police in Edo state following an intelligence report that they were escaping through Edo state.
“So during the exchange of gun fire, we were able to gun down this two and in search of the rest. They were not expecting our men and that was how were able to recover the stolen money and other valuable materials. And I want to assist our sister states to assist more in curtailing security in the areas of command, for the overall interest of Nigerians” he stated.