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Armed Robbers Attack MTN Office in Birnin-Kebbi, Cart Away N4.5 Million

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A shopper walks past an MTN shop at a mall in Johannesburg, South Africa, March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

An MTN office in Birnin-Kebbi was on Wednesday attacked by armed robbers, leaving staff of the company, its customers and the general public horrified.

The armed robbers, numbering about three, carted away about N4.5 million in the raid which took place at the MTN office located in Tudun-Wada area of the Kebbi State capital.

Speaking on the incident, the head of MTN in Kebbi state, Ibrahim Dasuki, explained that the robbers who were wielding guns stormed the office at about 2pm. They came in a Toyota saloon car with Bauchi state number and carted away with N4.5 million.

He further elaborated that after gaining entry, the robbers forced customers to lie on the floor at gunpoint and fired two shots in the air while demanding for money.

“As soon as they got into the office, they demanded the money by asking where is the money, where is the money? They carted away the money in less than five minutes’ operation; they stole over N4.5 million.”

-Ibrahim Dasuki, the head of MTN in Kebbi state

According to Dasuki, the robbers may have trailed one of their staff who went to withdraw money for office transactions from the bank.

The Public Relations Officer of the Kebbi Police Command, DSP Nafi’u Abubakar, who confirmed the robbery assured the public that investigations are currently ongoing and efforts are being made to apprehend the perpetrators of the crime.

MTN is Nigeria’s leading telecommunication provider and a popular brand among Nigerians no matter their background. The attack serves as wake up call to the telecom giants to be more security conscious.

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