The personnels of Benue State police command have intercepted and killed two of the hoodlums that attacked a police station and killed officers in Otukpo, Benue State yesterday , October 20, 2023.
According to reports, the armed robbers, before attacking the police station, had raided some banks including First Bank, United Bank for Africa, Zenith Bank, Access and Stanbic Bank and carted away an unverified amount of money.
Meanwhile, in a statement on Saturday, October 21, by the Benue State Police Command spokesman, Catherine Anene, she explained that security operatives intercepted the robbers along Otukpo-Taraku road and killed two of them.
The statement read in part, “On 20/10/2023 at about 1615 hrs, armed robbers invaded Access, First, Zenith, UBA and Stanbic bank Otukpo simultaneously.
“The Otukpo Divisional Police Officer, CSP. John Adikwu and other Police teams in the area engaged them in a gun dwell but were unable to prevent their attack on the banks.
“More police teams in partnership with other security agents were deployed to Otukpo to assist in stabilizing the area and prevent these robbers from escaping.
“The robbers who were intercepted along Otukpo-Taraku road engaged officers in a gun duel and two of the robbers died in the process.
“Other gang members abandoned their vehicles and escaped into the forest area and were chased by the police.
“The DPO who sustained a gunshot injury on his stomach and three other police officers have been confirmed dead at the hospital.
“Other persons who sustained injuries in the bank have been moved to the hospital for treatment. Investigation is ongoing at the moment”