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‘It was like an action movie’ – residents recount mayhem wrought by armed robbers in Delta

In the wake of Tuesday’s deadly attack on the United Bank for Africa (UBA), Issele-Uku, Delta state, shell-shocked residents have lamented the destruction left in the trail of the daredevil armed robbers.

The armed robbers stormed the UBA bank, carting away millions of naira, unleashing mayhem which led to the killing of a resident.

A resident of the community who spoke to SaharaReporters said the armed robbers were stationed at different vantage positions in the community while some of them were at the bank.

“The armed robbers came well prepared. It was like an American action movie. The robbers had sophisticated weapons. Sounds of gunshots rented the entire village while the operation was on. There was panic everywhere and the police were nowhere to be found. As they were shooting sporadically, stray bullets hit someone and she died immediately and others had bullet wounds.

“Our hopes were dashed as we were counting on the police station in the town. As this was going on, we heard that the Divisional Police Officer and his men had gone into hiding somewhere else. We heard that the robbers earlier visited the police station and were searching for the DPO and his men but the police who got wind of their presence quickly took cover. The destruction at the bank was massive.

“If I am not mistaken, three years ago, the same bank was attacked and robbed and some millions of naira were stolen. So many people, especially customers were left with serious wounds. When today’s robbery incident was going on, so many of us were calling lines made available to the public to reach out to the security outfit code named ‘Operation Delta Hawk’ that was inaugurated by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa last year, but unfortunately they never showed up till the robbers left the community.”

The state police command confirmed the robbery incident, saying their men are on the trail of the robbers.

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