Men of the Benue State Police Command, at the weekend gunned down two robbery suspects who specialized in robbing unsuspecting commercial bank customers in and around Makurdi town.
Vanguard gathered from an eyewitness that the suspects had last Friday at 1:45pm trailed two brothers (names withheld) to a commercial bank at the Makurdi Modern Market were they shot their victims and snatch the money they just withdrew from the bank.
According to the witness”we had the gun shots near the bank, and there was a sudden stampede in the market because nobody knew what was actually happening.
“It was when we started hearing the loud shout of thief, thief that traders started calling the police and in no time men of the Special Robbery Squad stormed the scene and a gun dwell ensued between the robbers and the police.
“At that point, the entire market just looked like a war zone; but when it was becoming obvious that the police had a superior fire power the robbers took to their heels after two of them had been shot and seriously wounded,” he said.
Vanguard further gathered that the people had joined the police in chasing after the fleeing robbers, some of whom escaped into nearby bushes with bullet wounds.
Corroborating the story, the Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Deputy Suprintendent of Police, DSP, Daniel Ezeala disclosed that the injured victims of the robbery attack were recuperating in hospital while the two robbery suspects died before medical attention could reach them.
Ezeala further disclosed that the police recovered one Barreta pistol, live ammunitions and a Suzuki from the suspects adding that the command had commenced a man hunt for the fleeing robbers.