An armed gang on Monday robbed a bank customer of about N4.3m as he was about depositing the money in Access Bank branch in Kubwa, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory.
The gunmen, who shot sporadically into the air, reportedly blocked the customer’s car as he was about entering the bank and dispossessed him of the bag containing the money.
An eyewitness, Jubril Mohammed, identified the victim as a worker with Total Filling Station, Kubwa.
He said, “I think the victim must have been trailed by the armed robbers because the way they ambushed him as he was about entering the bank showed that they had prior information about him.
“I was standing right along the road when I saw a car stop in front of the bank; four men came out with guns and they started shooting. One of them opened the trunk of the car and removed a bag filled with money.”
A police officer who was attached to the bank also exchanged fire with the robbers while residents were said to have scampered for safety when gunshots echoed throughout the neighborhood.
Business activities in the bank was put on hold and customers turned away. Armed policemen arrived at the scene of the incident after the robbers had already fled. The police gathered evidence, including a cartridge of live ammunition and the victim’s vehicle.