BENINâ€”A retired military officer was yesterday shot dead by a group of armed robbers who invaded a micro finance bank in Jattu, near Auchi, in Etsako West local government area of Edo State.
Seven other persons were said to have sustained serious injuries during the attack.
Vanguard gathered that the robbers drove into the bank premises and over powered the security men, carting awayÂ unspecified amount of money.
They were said to have operated in the bank for over an hour with sophisticated weapons without any challenge from the police.
It was further gathered that at the end of the operation, a retired military man who had come to deposit money was killed, while seven others sustained serious gunshot injuries.
A director of the bank and the chairman of Jattu community council, Alhaji Kasimu Shaibu, expressed surprise over the incident, evenÂ as he lamented the state of security in the country.
He regretted that the police who had been charged with the responsibility of protecting lives and property of the citizenry was no longer performing its constitutional responsibility.
â€œThe strange thing is that in spite of the fact that the Police Area Commander was alerted, they did not come. It was only the vigilante that came and they had no weapon to march the fire power of the armed robbers.
Their station is just about ten minutes drive from here but they did not show up.
â€œWe had some mechanic guys who tried blocking possible part of where the robbers would take; one of them was shot and lying critically ill in the hospital.
â€œAs to how much the robbers made away with, that we can not readily say now until we do some checking,â€ he stated.
Manager of the bank, Mr. Ladokun Shola, saidÂ â€œI really do not have anything to say. This is a serious situation; five of my staff are among those that sustained gun injuries.
â€œThey have been rushed to the hospital for medical attention. The injuries are so serious that we can only pray for their survival.â€
Vanguard gathered that this would be the second time in less than a year that the bank had beenÂ robbed.