A three-man gang of armed robbers at the weekend raided the popular Bureau De Change market on Sakpoba Road, Benin, Edo State and carted away over N12 million. The robbers, dressed in the outfit of men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), were said to have trailed one of the operators, who went to the bank to cash money, to his office at the exchange market.
The traders at the market had believed that the robbers were SARS men who escorted the man to the bank. But seconds later, things turned sour as people started running helterskelter when the gunmen started shooting sporadically into the air after they had robbed the victim of N9 million and another victim of N3 million.
It was learnt that the robbers stormed the Bu-reau de Change market in a Toyota Prado ‘Jeep’ which they parked a few metres away from the market. They ordered people to lie down as they kept on shooting until they zoomed off with their loot.
Armed policemen were later invited but the robbers had escaped by then. Angry Hausa traders and bystanders booed the police for arriving late. One of the traders, Alhaji Haruna, said police always come late each time robbers raided the market.
He said: “We don’t know whether the police are conniving with them to rob us. It is really sad and we have been calling them to come. The robbers dressed like SARS members so we don’t know what is happening.” When contacted yesterday, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Stephen Onwuchei, said he was not in town and was not aware of the incident.