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Police neutralise fleeing Benue Bank robbers, confirm death of gallant DPO



The police in Benue State have intercepted and killed two of the armed robbers that attacked a police station and killed officers in Otukpo on Friday.


The robbers, apart from attacking the police station, also raided some banks including First Bank, United Bank for Africa, Zenith Bank, Access and Stanbic Bank and carted away unverified amount of money.


A statement on Saturday by the Benue State Police Command spokesperson, Catherine Anene, said security operatives intercepted the robbers along Otukpo-Taraku road and killed two of them.


The statement read in part, “On 20/10/2023 at about 1615hrs, armed robbers invaded Access, First, Zenith, UBA and Stanbic bank Otukpo simultaneously.


“The Otukpo Divisional Police Officer, John Adikwu and other Police teams in the area engaged them in a gun dwell but were unable to prevent their attack on the banks.


“More police teams in collaboration with other security agents were deployed to Otukpo to assist in stabilizing the area and prevent these robbers from escaping.


“The robbers who were intercepted along Otukpo-Taraku road engaged officers in a gun duel and two of the robbers died in the process.


“Other gang members abandoned their vehicles and escaped into the forest area and are been chased by the police.”


Anene also confirmed the death of the DPO John Adikwo who she said sustained a gunshot injury on his stomach and three other police officers at the hospital.


“Other persons who sustained injuries in the bank have been moved to the hospital for treatment. Investigation is ongoing at the moment”, she said

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