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Bank Security Guard, Others Shot As Robbers Attack Customer, Cart Away Money

A dramatic armed robbery unfolded on Friday at a commercial bank in Ughelli, Delta State, resulting in a bank customer being robbed of an undisclosed sum of money and multiple shootings that injured three people, including a private security guard.

The robbery, executed by a gang of five armed men using a Toyota Venza, occurred in broad daylight and triggered widespread panic along Isoko Road in Otovwodo, where the bank is located.

According to The Nation, eyewitnesses reported that the robbers, who had apparently trailed their victim to the bank premises, fired shots sporadically before snatching three “Ghana Must Go” bags filled with money as the customer approached the bank’s entrance.

The assailants’ gunfire injured a private security guard and two other individuals.

Emergency services responded promptly, and the victims are currently receiving medical treatment. The severity of their injuries has not been disclosed.

The Delta State Police Command, through its spokesman, SP Bright Edafe, confirmed the robbery.

Edafe clarified the nature of the incident, emphasizing that it was not a bank heist but a targeted attack on a bank customer.

“A bank customer was double-crossed before he could get to the bank. It’s not a bank robbery,” Edafe stated.

In response to the robbery, law enforcement authorities have increased security measures around the bank and other critical areas within the metropolis. The heightened security presence aims to reassure the public and prevent further incidents.

The incident has had a considerable impact on the local economy, with many shop owners around Upper Agbarho Junction along Isoko Road opting to close their businesses for the day due to safety concerns.

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