Rob­bers strike along Abuja-lokoja road

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Abubakar Sadiq Isah

A gang of sus­pected armed rob­bers Satur­day af­ter­noon struck near Chikara vil­lage, along Abu­jaLokoja road and dis­pos­sessed trav­el­ers of their monies and other valu­ables.

A wit­ness said the sus­pected rob­bers, who were six in num­ber, emerged from the bush with so­phis­ti­cated weapons and wear­ing face masks, adding that they stopped ve­hi­cles and de­manded the pas­sen­gers to get out and lie face down on the ground.

He said the first ve­hi­cle, a bus, which ran into the rob­bers, who were shoot­ing into the air at a sharp bend about a kilo­me­ter away from Abaji town, had its pas­sen­gers dis­pos­sessed of their monies and other pos­ses­sions.

“I was in­side my farm which is not far from the road when I started hear­ing sound of gun­shots and be­fore I knew what was hap­pen­ing, I started hear­ing ‘come down and lie down’. When I dis­cov­ered that they were armed rob­bers, I lied down and stayed very quiet in the farm as they were shoot­ing into the air,” he said.

He said the rob­bers, who were busy dis­pos­sess­ing the pas­sen­gers of the bus of their monies and valu­ables and shoot­ing into the air sud­denly started flee­ing back into the bush as they heard the blar­ing of siren of an es­cort in a con­voy from the Lokoja end of the road.

City News learnt that some ve­hi­cles com­ing from Gwag­wal­ada axis that were car­ry­ing trav­el­ers to the East were forced to park at the army check­point near Abaji town, af­ter they got wind of the rob­bery oper­a­tion.

It was said to have lasted about 25 min­utes.

City News fur­ther gath­ered that the sus­pected rob­bers fled back into the bush when they sensed that some soldiers from the army check­point were on their way to en­gage them in a shootout. The road was then cleared and ve­hi­cles con­tin­ued with their jour­neys.

When con­tacted, Abaji Di­vi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cer (DPO), Mr. James Idachaba, said where the rob­bery in­ci­dent took place was not his ju­ris­dic­tion as it was at the Kogi State boundary and ad­vised our re­porter to get in touch with Chikara po­lice sta­tion.

Ef­fort to get re­ac­tion from Chikara Di­vi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cer was how­ever not suc­cess­ful as he was said to have trav­elled to Gegu Di­vi­sional Po­lice head­quar­ters for a meet­ing, but a po­lice of­fi­cer con­firmed the rob­bery in­ci­dent , adding that be­fore the po­lice ar­rived the scene the rob­bers had fled into the bush.

“Be­fore the po­lice ar­rived the scene, the sus­pected rob­bers have fled and we are still comb­ing the bush in or­der to trace their hide­out,” he said.

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