Robbers kill bank manager Paul Serelous, 2 cashiers in Ogori-Magongo, Kogi State

On 13 April, an armed gang robbed a major first generation bank in Ogori-Magongo, Kogi State, killing its manager, Mr Paul Serelous, and two cashiers.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lokoja, the state capital, reports that the heavily armed 12-man gang came to the bank in four cars at about 5pm and gained entry by using dynamite to blast off the main gate and the security door into the banking hall. Witnesses said that during the operation that lasted about 30 minutes, the robbers held the bank staff at gun point and ordered the branch manager to guide them to the bank’s vault, from where they carted away huge sums of money. They then ransacked cashiers’ desks and shelves and also emptied all the money in the ATM machine.

It is not yet clear why the robbers shot the manager and the cashiers. One of the cashiers, Mr Mohammed Amin, died during the attack while his colleague, whose name had yet to be ascertained, died at the Okene General Hospital the next day.

The witnesses told NAN that no policeman was on duty at the bank the robbers struck. However, once alerted, a unit of policemen rushed to the bank premises, but the robbers had already escaped before the police got there.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for Kogi State, Mr Ajayi Okasanmi, reportedly confirmed the incident. He however said the Police command in Lokoja was still awaiting the report of the incident from the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Ogori-Magongo.

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Posted on April 15, 2011, in BUSINESS COMMUNITY, MAJOR CRIME, NIGERIA POLICE FORCE and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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