Ibrahim Oyewale, Lokoja
At least eight police officers and a civilian were killed by dare-devil armed robbery gang in Isanlu, Yagba East Local government area of the Kogi State Thursday.
The tragic incident which occurred at about 12 pm on Thursday sent the whole community into a pandemonium as residents ran for their lives.
Eyewitnesses told THISDAY that the armed robbers stormed Isanlu Community to rob a branch of First Bank in the town but first attacked the police station.
It was gathered that at the police station, the armed robbers used dynamite to blow up the Divisional Police Station, killing the Divisional Police Officer and seven others.
It was learnt that after attacking the Police Station, the robbers moved to the bank where they opened fire and killed a woman who came to transact business.
While the robbery operation lasted, the people of Isanlu Community ran for cover in order not be caught in the sporadic shooting.
Meanwhile in a video of the incident that had gone viral on social media, mangled bodies of the slain police officers were seen on the ground while the Divisional Police Station was shattered by the explosion.
The State Police Public Relation Officer , DSP William Ayah, when contacted, said the Kogi State Commissioner of Police , CP Ayuba Ede, had deployed Anti-Robbery Squad in Isanlu.
He said the the Deputy Commissioner Police in charge of Operations had also been deployed to the community .
He said investigation into the incident had commenced.