Benue State Police Command says it has killed two members of the armed robbery gang who attacked commercial banks in Otukpo on Friday.
In statement, the state command public relations officer, SP Sewuese Chatherine Anene stated that the arm robbers were intercepted along Otukpo-Taraku road and two of them were neutralized when they engaged officers in a gun duel.
She noted that other gang members abandoned their vehicles and escaped into the forest area and are been chased by the police.
Anene stated that while the criminals invaded Access, First, Zenith, UBA and Stanbic bank Otukpo simultaneously, the Otukpo Divisional Police Officer, DPO, CSP. John Adikwu and other Police teams in the area engage them in a gun duel but were unable to prevent their attack on the banks.
She noted that more police teams in collaboration with other security agents have been deployed to Otukpo to assist in stabilizing the area and prevent these robbers from escaping.
The police spokesperson, however, stated that the DPO who sustained a gunshot injury on his stomach and three other police officers in the attack have been confirmed dead at the hospital.
She added that other persons who sustained injuries in the bank have been moved to the hospital for treatment, while investigation into the attack is currently ongoing.