Two armed robbers, who allegedly carried out bloody attacks on two commercial banks in Kabba, Kogi State on Friday, have been gunned down in a shoot-out with a crack team of police men. Two of their accomplices were also arrested.
Speaking at the police headquarters in Lokoja the state capital yesterday, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Saidu Madawaki stated that the police engaged the robbers in a fierce battle before two of them succumbed to the superior firepower of the police.
He, however, regretted to announce the death of a police constable, Mr Tanko Paul, who was shot dead when the banks were robbed.
Madawaki gave the names of those arrested as Rasaki Bello and Bayo Femi, who he said are currently assisting the police in their investigations.
Explaining how the incident happened, Madawaki said that at about 13.30 hours, some unidentified gunmen numbering about 25 attacked the two banks simultaneously with improvised explosive devices and heavy gunfire.
He noted that the police on duty at the Kabba Divisional Police Headquarters prevented the armed robbers from making an advancement toward the police station, pointing out that as a result of the fierce encounter with the police, the robbers were unable to succeed at one of the banks but were able to cart away unspecified amount of cash from the other bank branch.
The Police Commissioner also disclosed that some of the robbers were able to flee with the corpse of one of their colleagues killed in the shoot-out.
One civilian, according to the police boss, was killed while three policemen were shot, with two of them sustaining serious gunshot injuries and are currently receiving treatment at the General Hospital in Kabba.
Items recovered from the robbery scene included a Toyota Camry with registration Number Lagos BS 612 AKD and two motorcycles.