Armed robbers on Tuesday terrorised the quiet Igarra town in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State, killing unspecified number of people, including policemen.
Eyewitness accounts said that the robbery operation lasted more than one hour beginning from 6:00 am.
It was gathered that the hoodlums struck shortly after the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Chris Ezike, left the town for Benin.
The Renaissance gathered that the robbers killed a guard and started shooting people after ransacking a bank and attacked the police station in the town.
The eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, said that many people sustained varying degrees of injuries and are currently receiving treatment at a hospital in the area.
Another witness said that the robbers were heavily armed and engaged the police in a shoot-out.
It was learnt that policemen, who took cover in the bush, only came out when an armoured personnel carrier was brought to the robbery scene.
Local vigilante groups reportedly joined in the shoot-out and blocked all routes to Igarra town which made the robbers to abandon the vehicles used for the operation.
When contacted, Stanley Osifo, the Edo Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), said that he was on his way to the crime scene alongside the police commissioner.