At least three people have been confirmed dead following an attack on a bullion van by armed robbers at the Idi-Ape area of Ibadan, Oyo State.
WuzupNigeria had reported that the armed robbers waylaid the bullion van at the state capital on Thursday afternoon around 1:35 pm.
According to The PUNCH, two policemen and a motorcyclist were killed by the armed robbers while another civilian, who was driving in a sport utility vehicle, was shot in the arm.
Meanwhile, one of the armed robbers was reported to have been killed by the policemen during the shootout.
Further reports revealed that an undisclosed number of motorists also sustained gunshot injuries during the robbery.
Confirming the report, the state Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko, said that three persons, including two policemen, were killed.
The police commissioner added that at least four others (two civilians and two policemen) are receiving treatment for gunshot wounds at an undisclosed hospital.
Onadeko said, “Today, Thursday, February 10, 2022, around 1:45 pm, a group of masked armed robbers about 10 in number — trailed, targeted and attacked a bullion van around the traffic light area, Idi-Ape Junction, Agodi, Ibadan.
“The armed robbers engaged the police officers escorting the bullion van and in the process, an undisclosed amount of money was carted away.
“In a swift response, the police equally neutralised one of the armed robbers, while some were believed to have escaped with multiple gunshot injuries.
“Consequently, a civilian onlooker was hit by a stray bullet and died at the scene, while two police officers later died in the hospital as a result of gunshot injuries. Four others, including two police officers, are responding to treatment.
“The citizenry are hereby enjoined not to panic as efforts are in top gear to track down and apprehend the criminal gang.”
As of the time of filing this report, the amount of money stolen from the van remains undisclosed.