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Four banks in Benue are raided by robbers who kill customers and security personnel

Armed robbers stormed four banks in Otukpo town, Benue State, on Friday, killing at least eight persons

According to information obtained by our correspondent, the deceased included three police officers, a vigilante, and an Otukpo Ward 2 councilor who was conducting business at one of the impacted banks

Before entering the banks, the armed group reportedly disarmed every employee working out of the Police Station across from the banks, according to a witness who wished to remain anonymous

The witness added that Stanbic Bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA), Zenith Bank, and First Bank are the four banks that are impacted

However, locals reported that the criminals used two Hilux cars and one smaller car to carry out the over-an-hour-long heist

According to the residents, the armed robbers broke into the banks on Friday at precisely 3:30 p.m. and continued their attack unopposed until approximately 4:50 p.m

Our correspondent was earlier informed by a citizen who wished to remain anonymous that “They are robbing First bank and Zenith banks simultaneously.” At three thirty they assaulted the banks

“As we speak, two vigilantes have lost their lives. There are gunshots everywhere, and if you pay close enough, you can hear them. It is located across from the police station. We are not accustomed to this experience before

Okopi Elijah, a different resident, claimed that the incident left him stranded in his office for several hours after work ended

According to Elijah, the armed robbers went on the rampage, destroying and taking items from the banks without any resistance

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“No one can move in either direction of Otukpo Main Road at this time because you never know which direction the robbers will take to get away because they are shooting randomly,” he declared

“Although it is almost 5:10 p.m., I am still unable to leave the office. I have been closed from work since 4:00 p.m. Several of us are seeking safety here

Although SP Catherine Anene, a Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), verified the occurrence, she had not yet received any specifics at the time of reporting

“I am aware that there has been an incident, but I have not been able to communicate with the DPO or any other police there. Let’s give it some time, Anene remarked, not wanting to bother them

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