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8 Killed in Benue bank robbery



At least eight people have been killed when armed robbers invaded four banks in Otukpo, Benue State,on Friday.


It was gathered that three police officers, one member of vigilante and a councilor of Otukpo Ward 2 who was transacting business in one of the affected banks are among those killed.


A witness who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the armed gang first attacked the Police Station opposite the banks and allegedly disarmed all the personnel on duty before moving into the banks.


According to him, the four banks affected are; Stanbic bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA), Zenith Bank and First Bank.

It was also gathered that the robbers drove in two Hilux vehicles and another car to carry out the robbery which began at about 3:30pm and lasted over an one hour.


The Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, Catherine Anene, confirmed the incident but said she was yet to get details at the time of this report.


“I have not been able to speak with the DPO or any of the officers there but I know there is an incident. I don’t want to be disturbing them so let’s give it some time,” Anene said.

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