Uromi Bank Robbery: Edo Govt Assures of Improved Security as Shaibu Leads Delegation to Crime Scene

Breakthrough in Uromi Bank Robbery Saga

A powerful delegation of the Edo State Government on Friday, visited Uromi in Esan North East local government area of the state for an for on-the-spot assessment of the scene of Thursday’smultiple robbery incident which claimed the lives of eight persons, six civilians, and two policemen.

Led by the state deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, who represented Governor Godwin Obaseki, the delegation, which also included the speaker of the state House of Assembly, Marcus Onobun, and heads of security agencies, was taken round the affected banks by the Area Commander of Uromi Police Headquarters, Tarzan Tsav.
The affected banks include Unity, Union, UBA and Zenith Banks, all located at Market Road, the heart of Uromi town. They also visited the hospital where injured victims were being treated, and the palace of the traditional ruler, Ojuromi of Uromi.

Obaseki, who described the incident as “a well-organised crime”, appealed to the people of Uromi to go about their normal businesses as the state government had beefed up security and surveillance to ensure peace was restored to the area.

According to Shaibu, “This attack is a well-organised crime. We have heard from the people and have increased surveillance in the area. We are here on behalf of the governor to find out what happened and know the extent of the damage. We are here on a fact-finding mission and have interacted with bank officials, eye witnesses, traders and people living in the area, and seen the level of destruction and damage done.

“I am here with all the security chiefs, and I’ve seen the damage and beefed up security in the area. I urge all living in the area to go about their normal businesses. We reassure our people of improved security in the area and guarantee their safety. In the next week, people of this area will see government action on the matter,” he reassured.

At the palace of Ojuromi of Uromi, Anslem Odaloighe Eidenojie Il, Shaibu noted that “We have come to see the level of damage and assure you that the state government has increased surveillance and safety of the people of Uromi. By the grace of God, these people will be arrested and brought to book. The people should go about their normal businesses.”

Responding, the royal father lamented the killing of his subjects in the robbery attack. He said “The situation was like a war zone and it lasted for over two hours and the robbers took control of the area and killed my subjects”.

The delegation also visited the Uromi Command of the Nigeria Police Force, which was also attacked by the robbers, to demobilize the officers before the robbery.

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