Taraba - Residents of Wukari in Taraba had a sleepless night on Tuesday, as gunmen suspected to armed robbers raided three commercial banks in the town and carted away large sums of money.
The Police Commissioner in Taraba, Ibrahim Maishanu, who confirmed the robbery in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jalingo on Wednesday, said the operation lasted for three hours.
Maishanu said that his men were still gathering information on the robbery.
He said that the three banks raided by the gunmen were Zenith Bank Plc, Guarantee Trust Bank and United Bank for Africa.
The police commissioner said that no death or injuries were recorded in the attack, which took place on Tuesday between 9 p.m. and 12 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 journalists later.
Mr Danazumi Agbu, the Chairman, Wukari Local Government Council, who also spoke to NAN on telephone, confirmed that explosives and gun shots were heard from the direction of the banks late in the night.
He said that the sound threw the residents, who thought Boko Haram gunmen had invaded their area, into panic.
Agbu said the area was now calm and people had started coming out to go about their daily businesses.
Miss Naomi Nanjo, a resident of the area said 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.