The robbers attacked both Wema Bank Plc and Zenith Bank Plc situated within the premisis of Babcock University, shooting sporadically to scare people away.
Eye witnesses say that the dare-devil robbers were armed with sub-machine guns, rocket launchers and dynamites.
“It is an unbelievable experience, I don’t know how the boys came in. They carried big rocket launchers and dynamite. Before anyone knew what was happening, they swooped on us and asked all of us to lie down. One of them even slapped me because I wanted to look at his face. I cannot say the actual amount they carted away, but a rough estimate will be millions of naira,” A staff of one of the affected bank said.
The robbers vandalised a nearby Zenith Bank after a failed attempt to break into it.
The sporadic gun shots caused panic among students who made frantic efforts to get across to their parents on phone.
Meanwhile the head of the Technical Department in Babcock University, Mr Dotun Oduroye, emphasized that no student was hit by stray bullets, contrary to rumours making rounds that some students were shot.
“the robbers came in about an hour ago and they were with sophisticated weapons like dynamites and rockets. They were shooting in the air and two banks, Oceanic and WEMA banks were attacked. None of the students was hit by the bullet, it was only the shock that gripped many of them. But we thank God that it was just a shock.” Mr. Dotun said.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Nicholas Nkemdeme, who visited the scene for an on-the-spot assessment, told reporters that three suspects had been arrested in connection with the robberies.
Nkemdeme described the robbery as an embarrassment, promising that his command would arrest everyone involved in the crime.
He said, “Well, for the meantime, we have arrested some suspects because we are strongly convinced that these are student actions.”
Vice-Chancellor of Babcock University, Prof. Kayode Makinde, confirmed the robbery, expressing gratitude that no casualty was recorded.
Makinde added that three people who suffered shock as a result of the robberies had been admitted into the varsity’s hospital for medical attention.