June 22, 2009

Robbers kill two Policemen, others in Onitsha bullion van attack

By Enyim Enyim

ONITSHA—Two policemen attached to a commercial bank in the commercial city of Onitsha, Anambra State were yesterday shot dead by dare-devil robbers, along the busy Awka Road, Onitsha

Also shot dead during the robbery operation  were a bank staff driver of a Toyota Corolla saloon car with Registration No. Lagos EH 737 EKY and a commercial motorcyclist who was waiting for a passenger close to  the scene of the incident.

According to an eye witness, the incident occurred when about 12 heavily armed robbers in six motorcycles, trailed the bank vehicle from nearby Nkpor down to Onitsha, shooting indiscriminately at  the vehicle until they got to Awka road, where their bullets allegedly hit the driver’s head and he lost control of the vehicle.

The eye witness said soon after the driver lost contro,l  swerved into a ditch and pulled down a portion of  a fence, the robbers rushed to the scene, fire more shots into the car, which hit the occupants, including a mobile policeman who sat in the front seat of the vehicle, and another  regular policeman that sat at the back seat of the car. A female banker who sat at the back seat and the driver were also hit.

Afterwards, the robbers were said to have forcefully opened the booth of the car and made away with an unspecified large sums of money, leaving  the driver and the mobile policeman dead, while the other policeman at the back seat of the car and the female bank staff who sustained several gun shoot wounds and were rushed to a nearby hospital.

As at press time, the whereabout of the injured female banker whose lapse was said to have been riddled with bullets and the corpse of the commercial motorcyclist who also died instantly were unknown.

At the scene of the incident, which occurred at about 9.30 a.m. the bullet shattered  vehicle was seen parked with all the tyres and windscreen ripped open, just as blood spill were all over the ground.