The surprise attack took place in broad daylight with lots of witnesses.
A car dealer and a bureau de change operator were among four persons injured in Ibadan on Tuesday when two armed robbers struck at Idi Ape, Iwo Road.
According to an eyewitness, the scene was like one in a movie, with the gun-wielding robbers shooting sporadically into the air as people scampered for safety. The robbers shot at the motor dealer, Wasiu Gbadamosi, and the bureau de change operator, identified as Bature, injuring one of them before they made away with about N3 million; money which they snatched from the victims.
The robbers had followed Messrs Gbadamosi and Bature from an undisclosed place where the two had gone to change some foreign currency to naira.
“Immediately Wasiu and Bature alighted from the okada, they paid the okada man and he sped off. As the two moved towards their office here, another man alighted from an okada and moved towards Bature. He fired a shot at him and grabbed the bag containing the money, which he was holding. The bullet hit him on the leg and he fell,” a witness said.
He explained further that Wasiu later grabbed the bag from the robber, who was mounting the okada, but could only rescue a few naira notes.
“Angry, the robber fired another shot at Wasiu’s knee. As Wasiu fell, some of the grabbed notes scattered on the floor and the robber, who fired another shot at a wall beside him, bent down and started picking the notes unhindered, with his shining black shotgun pointed into the air.
“Nobody could move near him, but we were watching from the distance where we hid, seeing him pick the money and then climb on the okada which sped off,” the witness said.
It was gathered that one ‘Councillor’, an apprentice to Wasiu, and one Omo Ojuede, were also injured. The surprise attack took place in front of the Odu’a Shopping Centre, close to Molly Hospital, Idiape, at about 1 p.m.
The Oyo State Police command, when contacted, could not give details on the incident. Olabisi Ilobanefor, State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), said she was yet to get information on the attack.
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