There was pandemonium ad armed robbers attacked a bullion van at Ogbor-Nguru in the Aboh Mbaise local government area of Imo State.
Trouble started on Thursday April 28th 2022 around the popular General Hospital, Ogbor-Nguru around 1:30pm when the Bullion Van was returning after delivering the cash.
It was gathered that the bullion van took off from Owerri, the state capital, and was billed to offload cash at one of the new generational banks in Mbaise when it was attacked.
An eye witness, Kennedy Onwunali, told our correspondent that the gunmen attacked their target at the General Hospital in Mbaise.
Narrating the incident, he said the robbers allegedly fired several shots at the van from Ahiara junction all in a bid to intercept the vehicle but the vehicle finally somersaulted at General Hospital, Ogbor-Nguru.
He said that the attackers shot at the van continuously but the driver was courageous enough to keep moving.
He said the brave driver of a new generation bank escaped death with a bank official and a police escort when the van somersaulted a bit far from the assailants.
He explained that the robbers were not able to loot the van because It was not carrying money.
According to the eyewitness, the bullion van somersaulted after the driver kept dudging the gunmen.
He said, “The gunmen intercepted the bullion van at the Hospital junction, Mbaise, but the driver was courageous enough to keep moving. They went after him and kept shooting. Everybody scampered for safety.
The van later somersaulted but the armed robbers ran away. No life was not. No money was lost. The driver survived with a bank official and police escort.
“The police have arrived the scene and taken over. But economic and commercial activities had come to an abrupt end because of fear. The panic was much”.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), in the state, Micheal Abattam, confirmed the attack in a brief statement.
He wrote, “Sketchy information revealed that the bullion van was returning after delivering money and was attacked by hoodlums.
“The driver on noticing it tried to escape, unfortunately his vehicle capsized (somersaulted). No money was carted away”.