A gang of armed robbers caused pandemonium on the popular Benin-Ore expressway in the early hours of Wednesday when they attacked some of the travelling luxurious buses on the road.
The robbers were said to have first snatched a Sienna car on the ever-busy road before using it to carry out their operation, leading to a huge traffic congestion on the expressway.
Naija News gathered the robbers used the Sienna car to block off some luxury buses which had departed Jibowu in Lagos State on Tuesday night and were heading for the eastern part of the country.
The attack on the luxurious buses took place between two military checkpoints in Ondo State.
Further reports on the incident has it that two of the buses attacked belong to the Young Shall Grow while another is operated by Ifeanyichukwu Motors.
An eyewitness, who spoke with Daily Trust, said the Sienna car was conveying three passengers but the driver was pushed out of the vehicle before the robbers used it to carry out the operation.
The eyewitness added that one of the bus drivers who refused to open the passenger cabin door for the robbers to gain access to the passenger side of the bus was shot by the criminals and he died.
“The robbers were armed to the teeth. They wore army camouflage. They had already shot the driver of a Young Shall Grow bus behind us.
“The driver whose hand was pierced with bullets would be in his 50s. He must have sacrificed himself to save the passengers because he was the only person who could open the passenger cabin.
“The robbers then turned to our bus. We were all lying face down. They shot our driver also in the hand but they took to their heels when soldiers were approaching. After they shot our driver, we had to jump out through the window into the bush. We all ran into different directions in the bush and I even had cut in the process,” the witness said.
Another witness narrated that soldiers eventually arrived the scene and claimed to have killed one of the robbers during a gun battle.
“We didn’t see any corpse but they said they carried the corpse away in one of their Hilux vehicles,” the passenger said.
In another development, three people have been killed and at least five others injured as bandits attack Ganji village in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Tuesday evening.
According to residents, the bandits stormed Ganji, a village close to Albasu, which was attacked last year, and set ablaze houses and a vehicle.