Some suspected robbers have reportedly attacked a commercial bus belonging to the Akwa Ibom Transport Company and killed driver, up to eight passengers escaped with bullet wounds.
According to the information, the need robbery attack happened around 1.22pm on Wednesday at the Edem Akai end of the Iwukem-Etim Ekpo-Abak highway, Akwa Ibom State.
The bus was going to Uyo from Etim Ekpo, when it was caught in a hail of bullets fired by the militants, who blocked the major road.
Somebody named, Udoesen Philips, said the AKTC bus driver attempted to escape when the hoodlums, about six in number, opened fire on the bus but he was at the close range that made it difficult for him to escape
Udoesen Philip said:
“They blocked the road and started robbing every vehicle. The AKTC bus ran into them. The driver was trying to escape when the militants started firing at close range.”
He also said, that it was the bullet the hoodlums rained on the bus from their pump actions at a close range ignited fire that engulfed the bus and the driver.
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“One woman and three other passengers were hit by bullets. The intensity of the pump-action rifle, AK-47 and other weapons, sparked fire and engulfed the bus with the driver.”
“When I heard the gunshot, I escaped into Edem Akai Primary School on my motorcycle and watched the drama from afar.”
After robbing the passengers, they stopped an oncoming Toyota Camry, seized it from the owner and escaped with it.”
“They also robbed nearby shops, including one owned by one Udoma Ekah, as the owners ran to safety.”
It was gathered that Policemen, who normally blocked the Ikot Nya section of the highway, ran away with their van.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko Ogbeche confirmed the incident but still waiting for his men to bring the narration report to him.