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An Audacious Armed Robbery Attack In Otukpo Town by ajuksobi: 8:12pm On Oct 22, 2023
AN AUDACIOUS ARMED ROBBERY ATTACK IN OTUKPO TOWN

By:
Ajukura, Fidelis O.
ajukurafidelisobi@gmail.com
22nd October, 2023.

At about 4:15pm on 20th October 2023, a band of armed robbers simultaneously attacked four banks in Otukpo and a police station close by. The banks attacked are; UBA, Stanbic Bank, Access Bank and Zenith Bank. For those who do not know Otukpo, the place where the robbery attack took place. Otukpo is one of the biggest towns in Benue State and also the Headquater of Idoma nation. Idoma nation has great people like; Bongos Ikwe, Senator David Mark, Tuface Idibia etc.

The robbers stormed the various banks and; rather than focus on stealing money, embarked on a shooting spree which led to many people loosing their lives. Challenged by some security men around the area, the armed robbers abandoned the operation and took to their heels. Along Otukpo-Taraku road, security operatives engaged them in a sporadic shootout resulting in the death of the DPO of Otukpo, CSP John Adikwu and three other police men. Others who sustained injuries were later moved to hospital. Two of the armed robbers were also gunned down while others fled into the bush and were given a hot chase by security men. So far, according to report, four of the armed robbers have been arrested. Revelations from the arrest indicate that those who carried out the dastardly act are indigenes of the area - Otukpo.

The perturbing question is 'why would indigenes of a place carry out such a recklessly bold act against their community?'. Nobody in his right senses can imagine carrying out such an audacious action without being caught. The perpetrators of that disgraceful operation, no doubt were high on drugs. The drugs may have overwhelmed them with delusional ideas - that the operation was going to be 100% successful. This incident confirms the Ogba proverb that; 'onwu runi ipa, ya hor mgbor' meaning 'when a plantain tree has reached its peak, it bears fruit which signal its death. When it's time to die, no amount of advice can get the fellow concerned to change his/ her mind.

For the unthinking youths in our midst, know that reckless acts like armed robbery can only cost you your life and bring shame to your family and community.

Be not deceived, no man in human history has become great through armed robbery. Know this and know peace!

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