|Photographs from the scene today in Agbor, Delta State|
According to SaharaReporters, the suspects, numbering approximately seven and armed with sophisticated weapons, stormed the bank in a Toyota vehicle around 2 p.m., shooting into the air as customers and bank employees scampered for safety. The suspects allegedly killed a policeman said to be working with the bank.
Eyewitness accounts disclosed that the alleged thieves were eventually overpowered by the operatives of the Nigerian army on patrol in the area who also killed one of the suspects on the spot.
But when the shooting was on, police on patrol took to their heels, driving off before the soldiers arrived. A witness told SR:
"The robbers used their guns to force down the bank's door and in the process soldiers patrolling the area engaged the robbers, thereby killing one. On sighting the soldiers, [the suspects] started to run and the soldiers [pursued]. In the process, soldiers killed the driver. This made the car stop and they came out to escape. In the process, one of the robbers was also captured alive while the rest escaped."
At press time, Delta state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Celestina Kalu was unavailable. A police source, who asked for anonymity, confirmed the story but said the escaped members of the gang were already being pursued by the men of the command.