Two mobile policemen were shot dead in the early hours of today (Tuesday August 16) at Hawan Kibo along Jos – Abuja road as armed robbers attacked a convoy of bullion vans belonging to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
According to The Punch, the bullion vans and their retinue of armed mobile policemen escorts had left Jos in the early hours of Tuesday enroute Abuja, but were waylaid along Hawan Kibo, immediately after a military check point.
The armed robbers, wearing military uniforms, reportedly emerged from a bush and attacked a patrol team belonging the Plateau State security outfit, “Operation Rainbow”, attached to Riyom local government, killing a mobile policeman on the spot.
It was gathered that it was at this point that the CBN convoy also ran into the armed robbers who opened fire on it. The robbers engaged the escort in a shootout, leading to the death of the second mobile policeman, who was in the CBN convoy.
The policeman was identified as Sgt. Anthony Jawa, from Mobile Police Squad (MOPOL) 8, Jos.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Tyopev Terna, confirmed the incident but said he was yet to receive the full report from the Riyom Divisional Police station.
He also confirmed some policemen were killed, but said he did not know the number. The CBN bullion vans and escort are presently at the Federal Road Safety office Riyom, as at the time of the report.
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Meanwhile, the CBN, has reiterated that its current economic policies were in the right direction to rescue the dwindling economic situation in the country.
Governor of CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, who faulted critics of the apex bank’s policies, said the bank was operating the best policies needed to address the present economic crisis in Nigeria.