Rivers bandits kill policeman, two others, steal cash
Daredevil suspected robbers struck in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Tuesday and killed a police sergeant, identified as William Relomer, and two persons, who were occupants of a Toyota Tundra car.
The bandits immediately carted away an undisclosed sum of money left in the vehicle in an operation that lasted less than six minutes.
An eyewitness said the incident happened around Waterlines Bus-stop along the ever-busy Olu Obasanjo Way at about 12.05pm on Tuesday.
The PUNCH gathered that the huge sum of money, contained in a Ghana-must-go bag, belonged to Oyigbo Local Government Area.
It was learnt that the policeman and the two others (a driver and an Oyigbo LGA official) that were shot dead had gone to a new generation bank to withdraw the money.
The hoodlums had shot the police first ostensibly because he (police sergeant) was armed before killing the two other occupants of the vehicle.
It was revealed that the hoodlums had earlier parked their vehicle, a Toyota Camry, away from where they intended to hit their target as a result of the gridlock close to the State Transport Company on Olu Obasanjo Way.
â€œI think they deliberately parked at a distance from where they shot and killed the policeman and two other persons. After their operation, they raced to where they parked their vehicles and sped off.
â€œSurprising, the gridlock on the Olu Obasanjo Way suddenly disappeared and this gave the armed robbers enough space to escape, though nobody chased after them,â€ an eyewitness, who is a taxi driver, told our correspondent.
It was, however, gathered that the police, who were on duty on Olu Obasanjo Way and the Port Harcourt-Aba Expressway, were nowhere to be found as the guns from the hoodlums boomed.
Another eyewitness said, â€œThey parked at the back because of traffic and trekked to where the Toyota Tundra car they attacked was. They killed the official, the policeman and the driver instantly. They then drove away because the traffic cleared off.â€
Confirming the incident, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ahmad Mohammad, in an interview with The PUNCH, said, â€œI am aware of the incident. But only Sergeant William Relomer, who happened to be in an escort vehicle, lost his life.â€
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