Abiodun OBA

At least four commercial banks were simultaneously attacked by suspected armed robbers in Uromi town Thursday evening.

Uromi is the administrative headquarters of Esan North-East Local Government Area of Edo State.

According to sources in the town, the affected banks are Zenith Bank, First Bank, Unity Bank and the United Bank for Africa (UBA).

A resident who craved anonymity, described the attacks on the banks by the hoodlums as “too coordinated in commando style and the armed robbers launched the attacks simultaneously. This is novel in this town.”

Another source added: “The sporadic shots by the armed robbers caused panic in the town. The robbers came prepared. People were just running helter-skelter.”

Residents were said to be making contacts with security agencies to come to the rescue of the banks and the residents.

When contacted, the State Police Command spokesman, SP Kontongs Bello, confirmed the attacks. He, however, did not provide further details.

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