MEET FRANK OSHANUGOR
By Frank Oshanugor
Bullion vans used for movement of bulk cash from one point to another by banks and associated institutions are now target of attack as barely two weeks after armed bandits attacked a Bullion Van in Delta State,
seven persons were feared dead on Thursday when gunmen attacked a bullion van at Idi-Ape in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The incident, which occurred about 1:30p.m. reportedly left three policemen and four civilians dead.
The armed robbers were said to have driven in an unmarked Toyota Sienna bus and were in police uniform. The robbery operation took place very close to the Agodi Area Command of the Nigeria Police Force.
There are up to six commercial banks within the vicinity.
AtlanticNewsonline gathered that the armed robbers, were three in number and they carried sophisticated weapons. The seven persons allegedly killed were said to have lost their lives, to volleys of gunfire from the robbery gang.
But the armed robbers were not successful in the operation as they could not hijack the bullion van, before they fled. However, the impact of the gunshots was quite evident on the bullion van.
A visit to the scene revealed that people in the buildings, including law offices, banks and shops, scampered for safety and many of them prostrated on the floor to ensure that the bullets did not get to them when staccato of gunfire rented the atmosphere of Idi Ape, which is the place where daredevil armed robbers robbed some banks and killed many people in 2008.
The attacked bullion van has been towed to an undisclosed location by security men from Idi-Ape.
Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer for Oyo State Command, Adewale Osifeso, could not be reached on his mobile phone as at the time of filing this report. He did not pick calls made to his cell phone.