Iju robbery: Police beef up security around banks
By Michael Ofulue
Following the armed robbery incident that occurred at a commercial bank in Iju, Akure North local government area of Ondo State, the State Police Command has said it has fortified banks operating in the state.
Against this backdrop, more armed men; uniformed, State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) and detectives from Special Inquiry Bureau (SIB) section, conventional and mobile policemen have been drafted to keep adequate surveillance in all financial institutions across the state.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Femi Joseph SP, who spoke with The Hope Metro disclosed this on the allegation that the police lack intelligence gathering before the unfortunate robbery incident in Iju town, said the police had always been proactive by adopting preventive measures in area of crime control, detection and prevention.
He explained that the police responded appropriately during the Iju incident, saying during a robbery attack, police must be tactical in its approach in order not to cause more harm .
“We always adopt preventive measures in fighting crime and criminality. It is better to be preventive than to being reactive especially on issues bordering on security.
“We have fortified all the banks. Our men are on 24-hour surveillance and patrol gathering intelligence. We have restrategised our operations. Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) have been instructed to consciously monitor their men posted to banks and other major places.
“Community Policing is necessary to solve crime-related issues happening in the state and that is why we have been calling on the communities to always co-operate with the police by giving useful and adequate information that would help curb crimes in the society”, he stated.
The Police spokesman explained that despite the recent robbery incident, the police is still on top of security situation in the state.
He disclosed that the command was already working on the theories surrounding Iju robbery while he assured that the fleeing suspects would soon be arrested.