The Kogi State Police Command on Wednesday confirmed that dare-devil armed robbers attacked three different banks in the state on Tuesday.
The Command’s Commissioner, Edward Egbuka, revealed this in a statement by image maker SP William Ovye-Aya.
Egbuka said those attacked were two old generation and one new generation banks in Ankpa area of the state.
He explained that immediately the alert of the robbery was received, the Anti Robbery Squad quickly led a team of tactical operatives to the scene for on-the-spot assessment.
Ovye-aya said the CP had directed the deployment of additional operational assets, consisting operatives of the Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit, Quick Response Unit, State Intelligence Bureau in synergy with other security agencies to restore normalcy in the area.
The statement added: “The good news is that the Police personnel on duty both at the station and the banks, who quickly recovered from the sudden attack, gallantly repelled the attackers and forced them to flee, some into nearby bushes, while others with their vehicles.
“The robbers abandoned three vehicles used for the operation in their haste to escape, some of them with bullet wounds.”
Egbuka, according to the PPRO, called on the people of Ankpa and its adjoining communities to be on the lookout and report anybody seen with bullet wounds to the Police or any other security forces nearest to them.
Egbuka assured that the Command was committed to working in synergy with other security agencies and patriotic stakeholders in the onslaught against crimes and criminality to make Kogi a safe and secure place for citizens.
He said the CP had ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department to begin investigations and unravel the remote and immediate causes of the act, trail the hoodlums with a view to apprehending them to face justice
He urged members of the public to go about their lawful businesses as they continued to collaborate with the Police and other security agencies.
He appealed to the public for credible and timely information on the activities of criminal elements in their environs.