Police in Benin City on Tuesday evening, fended off an attempt by armed robbers to attack the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Benin district.
The ugly occurrence, which happened at King Square (the city center), saw the operation by the robbery mob trying to break into the bank when a bullion van carrying cash to an unknown commercial bank was about evacuating the CBN premises.
The criminals were, however, confronted by the armed police security team affixed to the bank.
The exchange of gunfire between the bank security and the robbers that lasted few minutes forced the robbers to retreat and fled, while people and motorists around scurried for safety.
An eyewitness said that luck ran out of the robbers who may have been prepared for the worse.
Bros, the robbers were ready for anything but the police also showed them that they were super ready for them.
“You can see how unusual the atmosphere is for now, this whole area was locked down, traffic was heavy here due to the raid. How can robbers come to this place, the centre of our capital city, place like Ring Road. I think the state government has to do something about the security of this state, especially now that Xmas is around the corner, thank God that no fatality was recorded in gun duel.
Our correspondent reports that, more policemen had been drafted in to beef up security around the CBN.
The State Commissioner of Police, Danmallam Mohammed and the command spokesperson, Mr. Chidi Nwabuzor, could not be reached for comment at the time of filling this report.