A gang of armed robbers went out to rob a bank yesterday and attacked Makarfi Divisional Police Station in Kaduna State beating up and disarming all the policemen at the station.
According to one of the policeman who spoke to reporters, but pleaded for anonymity, the robbers numbered between 25 and 30 and would have successfully killed all of them (the policemen) if they so wished.
Telling the story of what happened at the station, he said:
“I was just about to go in and check some detainees when I heard gunshots. I rushed out to be face-to-face with bandits in flowing caftans, and some in tattered army uniforms shooting into the air and ordering us to come out and lie down on the road.
They then started throwing explosives into the police station. The ground was shaking. They later moved to the bank (about 100 metres away) and started shooting and throwing explosives. Some of the robbers were standing over us, while the rest were at the bank.
I don’t know the time they all left because they left one after the other. They may have been there for an hour. Later, we saw a military vehicle with soldiers and Mobile Policemen. We told them what happened and they drove eastwards, also shooting into the air.
As far as I know, no one was injured, though they beat up some of us. I also heard they could not get any money from the bank.
I want you to please tell government to give us surveillance and communication equipment. We are just here facing danger everyday. If the armed robbers had wanted, they could have killed all of us, because they had better arms, and were more in number.”