Two individuals have been confirmed dead after a bullion van was ambushed in Ofosu town, on the Ore-Shagamu-Benin Expressway, in the Idanre Local Government Area of Ondo State, by some daredevil thieves.
This comes just two weeks after a bullion vehicle was attacked in Emure Ile, in the state’s Owo LGA.
The new robbery takes the total number of bullion van robberies in the state to four in the last two months, including one bank robbery.
According to reports, the gunmen ambushed the van as it drove from Benin, Edo State, to Ore.
Three people were shot during the incident, according to a source, including two police officers and a citizen.
In the van, the criminals were reported to have carted away an undisclosed sum of money.
According to one version, five persons were killed, including police officers and bank officials accompanying the bullion van.
According to the source, the robbers set up an ambush for the van’s convoy, which belonged to a branch of one of the state’s commercial banks.
“The bullion van and the escort were coming from Benin,” he explained. As they approached Ofosu, the thieves who had ambushed them opened fire, killing the dead, while the other police officers accompanying the van retreated into a bush for safety.”
Funmilayo Odunlami, the state Police Public Relations Officer, verified the event and said two persons were slain.
She described the deceased as a police officer and the driver of a bullion van.
“The event occurred at Ofosu as the bullion van travelled from Benin to Araromi Obu,” she explained. One police officer and the bullion van driver were killed.”
The PPRO stated that an inquiry into the event had begun and that command personnel were already on the lookout for the hoodlums.