ASABA—RESIDENTS of Asaba, Delta State capital, yesterday, scampered for safety as a five-man robbery gang opened fire on a middle-aged man close to a bank, killing him on the spot.
The attack, which occurred at about 8:15a.m. at the busy Ibusa Junction, caught the police guarding the bank napping, as they joined civilians in running for their lives. A dependable source, who spoke to the Vanguard, said the robbers had laid in wait around the bank before 7:30a.m., waiting for their victim. The source, who pleaded anonymity, said the suspected hoodlums moved towards their victim, whose identity was unknown at press time, on sighting him with a black jute bag, containing money.
The eyewitness added that the robbers started struggling to take the bag from him, adding that the victim was shot in the process as the robbers “over powered him with nobody, not even the police on guard, coming to his aid. “We saw them dragging the bag of money with the man. I thought they were acting a movie until we realised they were robbers. So we all took to our heels, while the victim was running towards the bank still holding on to the bag of money, before he fell on the ground in a pool of blood.”
According to him, the robbers zoomed off in their Golf car after collecting the bag from the unsuspecting man, adding that the bank officials rushed the victim to Federal Medical Centre, where he was confirmed dead. The State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, who confirmed the incident, said the body had been deposited in the mortuary.