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Robbers kill bank customer, cart away cash in Bayelsa

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By Agnes Abubakir

Suspected armed robbers on Friday attacked a new generation bank in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, killing a customer, Mr. Emmanuel Omomo and taking away the cash he withdrew from the bank.



Police spokesman in the state, Asinim Butswat, who confirmed the killing, said the incident occurred at about 10 am inside the bank’s premises.

“The armed robbers who came in a black Toyota Camry car accosted the customer, one Emmanuel Omomo, when he came out of the bank after making the withdrawals. They shot him, collected all the money  and zoomed off.

“The victim was immediately rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, where he was confirmed dead. Investigation is ongoing,” he said

Butswat said the state police command has launched a manhunt for the unknown gunmen.

An eyewitness, who preferred anonymity, said the middle-aged man was leaving the bank with a bag suspected to be containing money when the masked gunmen accosted him.

He narrated that the suspected robbers who were dressed in black attire alighted from a Toyota Camry car and shot sporadically.

According to him, the victim who had already boarded a waiting commercial tricycle, on sighting the gunmen ran inside the nearby bush, but the gunmen shot him and made away with the money.

“Although, the armed security attached to the bank and nearby banks responded with scary shots, they could not hit any target due to the huge crowd at the bank premises,” he said.