No fewer than 9 persons, including eight policemen were shot dead at Isanlu, Kogi state, in a robbery attack at a branch of first generation bank in the town.
Among those who were killed was the divisional police officer (DPO), two policewomen, and four other police officers.
They were said to have been killed at the station while another police officer was killed within the bank’s premises.
The other victim, a male civilian, was hit by a stray bullet and died immediately.
The armed men were said to have attacked the police station, set all detainees free and then killed the police officers
Naija News further learnt that they moved to the bank which was nearby and stole an unrivaled amount of money.
Segun Thomas, a witness, reportedly said the robbery operation lasted for one hour.
“The robbers came in two vehicles – a bus and a car – with which they also escaped from the town,” the witness was quoted to have said.
The car, said to have been snatched from its owner, was reportedly abandoned around Kizito College, Isanlu.
William Aya, spokesman of the state police command, confirmed the robbery and the attack on the police station. He added that the casualty figure was “still hazy”.
“The commissioner of police, Mr Ede Ayuba, has dispatched the deputy commissioner of police in charge of operation, to Isanlu to ascertain the true situation,” he said.
Aya promised to speak with the media “as soon as details are available”.