Residents of Wukari in Taraba State had a sleepless night on Tuesday, as gunmen suspected to be robbers raided three commercial banks in the town and carted away large sums of money.
The Police Commissioner in Taraba, Alhaji Ibrahim Maishanu, who confirmed the robbery in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, yesterday, said the operation lasted for three hours.
Maishanu said his men were still gathering information on the robbery.
The police commissioner said no death or injuries were recorded in the attack, which took place on Tuesday between 9 p.m. midnight.
The commissioner said the police had commenced investigation into the raid on the banks, adding that details of the investigation would be made available to newsmen later.
Mr Danazumi Agbu, the Chairman, Wukari Local Government Council, who also spoke to NAN confirmed that explosives and gun shots were heard from the direction of the banks late in the night.
He said the sound threw the residents, who thought Boko Haram gunmen had invaded their area, into panic.
Miss Naomi Nanjo, a resident of the area, told NAN that she and several families spent their night inside the bush because they suspected the incident to be an invasion by Boko Haram.
“We returned to our houses at about 5 a.m. after confirming that they were thieves and not Boko Haram,” Naomi said.