Aynigba Banks Robbery: Kogi CP vows to apprehend hoodlums

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By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja

COMMISSIONER of Police, Kogi State Command, CP Bethrand Onuoha has vowed that the hoodlums who unleashed terror on Anyigba town on Thursday attacking a Police station and robbing two commercial banks would be apprehended and brought to book.

The CP who gave the assurance in a statement signed by SP William Ovye Aya, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), condemned the attack after visiting the scenes for on-the-spot assessment.

He assured that the hoodlums who killed a Police Constable and a civilian would not escape the long arm of the Law.

According to the statement, the Police boss has therefore, tasked the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Criminal Investigation Department to commence investigation into the incident with a view to bringing the perpetrators to deserved justice.

He equally ordered the deployment of Tactical Teams comprising PMF Personnel, Counter Terrorism, Quick Response and Intelligence Units in synergy with other Security Agencies to restore normalcy in the area.

CP Onuoha assured of the Command’s unwavering commitment to working in synergy with other Security Agencies as well as patriotic Stakeholders in ensuring that Kogi State is safe and secure for all and sundry.

The Police however regretted the killing of the Police Constable who he said, paid the supreme price during the exchange of fire with the hoodlums, before the arrival of the reinforced Team to the scenes and the attackers fled.

The CP further urged the good people of Kogi State to continue to collaborate with the Security Agencies with credible information on the activities of anyone they reasonably suspect within their neighborhood.

It would be recalled that the relative peace in the commercial and University town of Anyigba, Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi was on Thursday shattered as the gang of robbers attacked the Police station and robbed two banks, killing two persons.

Eye witness reports had it that the robbers had earlier attacked a Police Station on Idah-Anyigba road, killing a policeman and carted away guns and ammunition at about 3:30 pm and headed to the location of the banks.

According to the an eyewitness, The robbers in their numbers, on entering the town attacked the police station on Anyigba-Idah road and neutralised its operatives, before embarking on their nefarious mission.

The slain Police Constable, simply identified as Idoko, who hails from the neighbouring town of Iyale also in Dekina Local Government, was said to have just been transferred to the station.

Also, a petty trader popularly known as “Alagama” at the Anyigba roundabout in the town, few metres to the scene of the robbery was reportedly killed by stray bullet during the operation .

The gunmen were reported to have trailed bullion van of Access Bank to their office at Anyigba and disarmed its security details before carting away all the money.