The robbers had earlier attacked the local police station where they shot and killed a policeman on duty with two detainees while also setting the only vehicle on sight a Toyota Hilux on fire.
They then proceeded to attack the banks.
The Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor, confirmed the incident but said information about the attack was still sketchy.
At least four other persons were reportedly killed at the banks when the armed men could not gain access to the vaults of the banks.
A community leader who is the Palace Secretary to the paramount ruler or Otaru of Igarra, Elder Folorunsho Dania also confirmed the incident to reporters on the phone.
More to follow…