Part 1: Auchi Bank Robbery Operations "How The Attack Was Hatched"
It was a well planned operation by bandits. The dare-devil robbers, numbering about 50, stormed Auchi, Edo State, in a bus and three Camry cars loaded with dynamites and bombs. They unleashed mayhem on three new generation banks and one old generation bank. As it seemed, the robbers were familiar with Auchi, buttressing the argument by many that they may have been in town for about two weeks plotting this attack. They started the attack around 6:30 pm when security operatives were either praying in the mosques or handing over to those on night shift.
They caught the security operatives in the town by surprise. The Army School of Electrical Engineering is located in Auchi. The robbers immediately stormed the areas they suspected were houses of the army personnel where three soldiers were shot dead.
The robbers then organized themselves into groups and were operating simultaneously in their targeted areas. As they shot sporadically in areas suspected to house military men, they bombed the police Area Command office and the Auchi divisional police headquarters.