Friday, July 8, 2011

Robbers seize state house-bound cash, kill 2 policemen

A five-man robbery gang, yesterday, in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, attacked a black Toyota Corolla car conveying a large sum of money to Government House and killed two mobile policemen.
The incident took place before some top military officers who were leaving Barracks Road end of the Government Lodge for a five-star hotel, venue of their week-long Nigerian Army Day celebrations.
The robbers ordered the civilian driver of the Toyota car to step out, killed the two escorts, took time to ransack the car and threw some cash on the road. While people rushed to pick the much they can, they escaped in a green coloured Mercedez 190 car. The military personnel stood by all this while.
While motorists, pedestrians, and motorcycle riders, popularly called Okada, scrambled over the loot left behind by the armed robbers,  one of the soldiers quickly moved the bullet-riddled Toyota car out of the road.
The corpses of the two policemen were moved to the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital’s mortuary in a Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, vehicle by men of the Command who arrived the scene few minutes after the operation.
A staff of the bank, name withheld, who arrived the scene while some policemen were removing the mobile phones of the two dead policemen, said the amount involved was much. But the staff refused to give the figure.