Nine persons, including eight policemen and one civilian, were feared killed on Thursday in Isanlu, Kogi State when a gang of armed robbers launched an attack on a branch of a first-generation bank in the town.
The incident, which took place in Isanlu under Yagba East Local Government Area of the state has since sent panic across the region.
It was gathered that the armed robbers invaded the bank in the evening, shooting sporadically with stray bullets hitting several persons.
The robbers then proceeded to a police station in the town and killed the eight policemen.
An eyewitness revealed that the robbers forced their way into the banking hall using dynamite to destroy the security doors of the facility.
He added that an undisclosed amount of money was carted away by the bandits during the attack.
“They attacked the community police station and killed so many officers, even passersby were not spared,” the eyewitness said.
The incident has disrupted commercial and other activities in the town.
William Aya, the spokesman of the Police Command in Kogi, confirmed the robbery incident and the invasion of the police station, but added that the casualty figure was “still hazy”.
“The Commissioner of Police, Ede Ayuba, has dispatched the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the operation, to Isanlu to ascertain the true situation,” he said.
Mr Aya promised to brief the press “as soon as details are available.”