Manhunt for Oyo bullion van attackers
Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko, on Friday visited the scene of the attack on a bullion van in Idi Ape area of Ibadan, the state capital.
Onadeko said a manhunt had been launched for the gang that attacked the van on Thursday and shot two policemen in the neck.
She said the policemen shot one of the attackers dead but his corpse was carried away by the armed robbers.
She vowed that the police would track them down and bring them to justice.
PUNCH reports that the criminals waylaid the bullion van.
Eyewitnesses said that the bullion van was heading towards the Gate area of Ibadan when the armed hoodlums, who were in a Toyota Sienna, overtook the van and opened fire on the occupants and the police escorts.
One of the victims reportedly killed was an Okada rider who was oblivious of the mission of the occupants of the Sienna.
The commercial motorcyclist, who was said to have been in a hurry, reportedly attempted to overtake the hoodlums’ vehicle when he was shot dead by the robbers.
But some residents also said the escorts engaged the robbers in a shootout, adding that the hoodlums outnumbered the operatives and killed two of them.