The Kogi Police Command on Wednesday confirmed that dare-devil armed robbers attacked three different banks in the state on Tuesday.
Mr Edward Egbuka, the State Commissioner of Police, made the confirmation in a statement in Lokoja by the Command’s image maker SP William Ovye-Aya.
Egbuka gave the names of the Banks robbed on Tuesday afternoon to include UBA, First Bank and Zenith Bank, all in Ankpa, Kogi.
He explained that immediately the alert of the robbery was received, Anti Robbery Squad quickly led a team of tactical operatives to the scenes for an on-the-spot assessment.
He said the CP had directed the deployment of additional operational assets, consisting operatives of the Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit, Quick Response Unit, and State Intelligence Bureau in synergy with other security agencies, to restore normalcy in the area.
“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, ” he said.
The CP, 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 Investigation Department (SCID) 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.