News was awash since yesterday how young Nigerian youths armed to the teeth attacked a bullion van conveying money from the commercial city of Onitsha to Nnewi killing three policemen and thirty others in sporadic shootouts after their effort to do away with the bullion van was thwarted by the effort of the police. Among the dead are three expectant mothers. It was a red letter day yesterday as tears flowed freely as a result of the evil of the frustration visited on passersby and other road users in Anambra state.
The police command is yet to make a categorical statement on this dastard act of devilry.
Despite the effort of the state government under Mr. Peter Obi whose government donated several security equipments to the police to help combat crime in the big cities of the state and beyond, such a brazen show of robbery and indiscriminate shootings should still be witnessed is to say the least nauseating. This is the reason the state government had earlier called and received the help of the army in their quest to keep crimes to a barest minimum.
The issue now is why the attack came about. The money in the bullion van is said to be conveyed from a commercial bank in Onitsha to another in Nnewi when the armed robbers blocked the van at Oba Junction and unleashed hell on thirty poor Nigerians who are groaning under the effects of global economic recession and on over fifteen others who sustained various degrees of injuries as they tied to flee from the war zone.