PHIL OKOSE, Onitsha
Barely few hours after the launch of Operation Mkpochapu II, last Friday by Governor Willie Obiano at Dr Alex Ekwueme square, Awka, Anambra State capital, daredevil armed robbers reportedly beat the police by embarking on rampage in Onitsha, killing five people on two separate operations and injuring scores.
Among those allegedly killed were two girls and three men at Seaman Filling station within Borromew round-about axis and a popular pharmacy shop along Awka road, Onitsha.
Daily Champion gathered that the rampaging robbers, with the aid of a masked pointer, drove into Seaman filling station with their vehicle, at about 2am on Saturday.
Believing them to be those who wanted to fuel their vehicle as night travellers on storming the filling station, the workers reportedly opened the door to attend to them.
The workers did not know that they were armed robbers on a mission there until they shot dead one of the vigilante operatives on sight and then a worker, who was woken up by the sound of barrage of gun shots and wanted to run.
The men of the underworld, numbering about six, also shot dead a female sales attendant who, it was gathered, delayed when the masked pointer asked her for the key to the vault.
All monies realized from sales for the day were carted away as the pointer showed where they were kept.
Scores of night travellers who then were plying the Borromew round-about axis, stopped their vehicles and on scampering for safety, got injured including some workers of the filling station and their neighbours.
The same robbers were said to have on driving out, made straight to a popular pharmacy along Awka road Onitsha, where on arrival, shot dead a man and a sales attendant before the masked pointer showed the vault and other places where money was kept.
Sales for the day were said to have been carted away, according to impeccable inside sources.
Neighbours who heard the barrage of gun shots got injured on scampering for safety.
When contacted to confirm the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Haruna Mohammed, said: “We are investigating the matter and will come out with our findings later”.
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