31 August, 2008

Robbers kill 15 Igbo traders

Written by Kolade Larewaju, Abeokuta
Saturday, 30 August 2008
No fewer than 15 Igbo traders returning to Onitsha in Anambra State from Lagos were feared killed and several others injured with bullet wounds in the early hours of yesterday when a gang of armed robbers attacked them.

The traders Vanguard gathered, were returning to Onitsha in Anambra State from Lagos after concluding their transactions in a convoy of five luxurious buses around 1:30 am yesterday when armed robbers numbering over ten swooped on them at Itokin on Lagos/Epe road.

The armed bandits were said to have rained bullets on the luxury bus drivers on both sides when they refused to stop.

Six persons were said to have been killed instantly inside two of the buses while others were severely wounded in the gale.

One of the buses was said to have lost control and ran into the bush resulting in the death of ten others.

Four of the drivers were said to have managed to drive their buses to Ijebu - Ode at about 2:30 am and took the wounded to the State Hospital, Ijebu - Ode and a private hospital

In two of the buses which were riddled with bullet holes eyewitness counted five corpses.
Dr Wellington Ogunsanya, Chief Medical Director of state Hospital, Ijebu - Ode said over 20 persons with bullet wounds were brought to the hospital.

Mr Ejike Maduekwe, one of the traders who survived the attack said the robbers laid ambush for them and that it could only have happened probably because the armed bandits had a privileged information that they would be passing through Epe - Ikorodu road by that time of the day.


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