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Armed robbers earlier today intercepted a bullion van carrying cash from a new bank in Akure to another bank in Ondo town of Ondo State. Though the robbers were in the end unable to get any cash from the van.
The armed robbers, who were ten in number, injured some police escorts and bank officials at Ireje village in Ondo East local government area of the state around 1pm today, Wednesday 5th, July 2017.
An eye witness, who is a resident of the village narrated to Fabinfos that the armed robbers intercepted the bullion van, shot directly at the van and in the process wounded the police escorts in the other Hilux van.
He reported that police escorts responded to the attack while some of the hoodlums were hit with bullets in the process, and had to bow to the superior weapons of the policemen, escaping through an alternative route to Ile Oluji.
The eye witnness said;
“The robbers were unable to break into the bullion van, they shot at the bullion van but could not gain entry and had to leave after some fifteen minutes of heavy shooting.”
Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Femi Joseph said the robbers were unable to carry the money inside the bullion van away.
He said no policeman was killed in the attack but confirmed that some of the policemen escorting the bullion van to Ondo town were injured.
Joseph said “Our men engaged the robbers in gun duel but we were able to over-power them; the robbers escaped with bullet injuries and we are already on their trail.”
It will be recalled that similar attack took place some few meters from the scene of the incident last year, in Elemosho community.