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How armed robbers attacked passengers, burnt bus in Ogun

Suspected armed robbers reportedly attacked and burnt down a luxury bus carrying about 59 passengers along Ijebu-Ode-Benin expressway.

Our correspondent gathered that the passengers were on their way to the south East for Easter celebrations when the bus belonging to Ifesinachi Transport Nig Ltd, was intercepted at Oke Ado Junction, Ijebu Imushin area of Ogun State.

It was further gathered that the suspected robbers succeeded in robbing the passengers and decided to set the luxurious bus ablaze.

A clip uploaded on social media by Chude Nnamdi showed some of the victims narrating their ordeals in the hands of the hoodlums.

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Police Spokesman, Omolola Odutola, confirmed the incident.

“It happened in Oke Ado junction at Ijebu Mushin when a luxury bus of Mercedes Benz was burnt down. The vehicle was coming from Maza Maza before it encountered the hoodlums. No reference to guns was made. They (the hoodlums) carried cutlasses,” Odutola said.

Speaking on the attack, the Managing Director/CEO of Ifesinachi, Prince Emeka Mamah, said he was still in shock over “this new dimension to armed robbery which is now accompanied by terrorism.”

Also reacting to the incident, the National President of the Association of Luxury Bus Owners of Nigeria (ALBON), Mr. Nonso Ubajaka, bemoaned the rising cases of robbery and kidnapping targeted at members’ vehicles on various routes across the country lately.

“But, robbing and burning a luxury bus with 59 passengers on board is unprecedented. This is no longer robbery. It is terrorism,” Ubajaka said.

 

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