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10 killed in botched bank robberies – Police

Armed robbers killed at least 10 people, including a policeman, when they raided a police station and two banks in Edo State, police said Friday.

The incident, which took place on Thursday in Igarra in Edo state, was the latest in a string of such robberies in which the assailants have first attacked a police station to seize weapons before going on to raid a bank.

“Ten people were killed in total. The gunmen first attacked a police station where they killed three people, including two detainees and a policeman,” a senior police officer told AFP.

Three people near the police station also died after being hit by stray bullets, he said, adding that a police vehicle at the scene had been torched.

“The robbers attacked two banks but could not break into the vaults,” he said.

He said four people, including customers, were shot dead at the two banks.

Edo state police spokesman Chidi Nwabuzor confirmed the incident but declined to give details.

Community leader Folorunsho Dania also said 10 people had been killed.

“This is a serious case,” he told local media.

“Ten bodies have been counted. The police station was set ablaze; the area commander’s car was torched,” he said.

“It is a calamity.”

In April, 33 people, including a number of policemen, were killed during a brutal bank robbery in central Nigeria.

The gang struck in broad daylight in a busy commercial district in Offa, Kwara state, firing indiscriminately as they made off with the loot.

Police have arrested 22 suspects over the incident.

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About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.