By Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
The Ekiti State Police Command has confirmed the death of two of its officers, a private security man and a customer, following a robbery attack by dare devil bandits who invaded a new generation bank in Ijero-Ekiti, Ekiti Southwest Local Government Area of the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Caleb Ikechukwu (DSP), said the robbers launched attack on a divisional police station in the town, where they killed the two cops before heading to the bank for the robbery operation.
The Hope Metro gathered that the raid in Ijero bank was coming barely three months after a similar incident happened at a First generation bank in Igede- Ekiti, Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government, Area, in which a policeman was killed.
An eyewitness account said that the robbers who had a free day for about an hour, reportedly invaded a police station in the town and killed two policemen on duty, while a chief security guard of the bank was shot at the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) gallery of the bank.
It was further learnt that the robbers entered Ijero through Aramoko road in an ambulance with a casket laced with weapons and escaped through the same road.
The robbers were said to have announced their arrival at the scene, shooting sporadically, which sent residents scampering for safety.
The bandits reportedly blew the bank’s security door with dynamite to gain access into the banking hall and made away with unspecified amount of money during the raid.
It was learnt that the heavy shootings by the robbers paralysed transportation, economic and social activities in the ancient town.
The police spokesman in the state, Caleb Ikechukwu, who said he was still at the branch of the bank (at the time of filing this report) “to gather reliable information on the armed robbery incident,” said the attack occurred at about 5:30pm on Monday.
Ikechukwu said, “There was casualty. They succeeded by using dynamite to gain access into the banking hall and the robbery took place around 5:30pm on Monday.”
He, however, disclosed there was no casualty on the side of the bank, while he confirmed one or two on the side of the police officers.