Robbery: ODSG commiserates with Idoani
By Evelyn Omotoye
Ondo State Government has assured the people of the state of its commitment towards security of lives and property as well as adequate protection of its territory against attack.
The state deputy governor, Mr. Agboola Ajayi gave the assurance while he led the state delegation on the spot inspection of the scene of bank robbery at Ido-Ani town in Ose local government area of the state.
Ajayi who commiserated with the king, the bank and the entire community over the incident, described it as very sad and unfortunate and charged security agents to fish out those who perpetrated the attack.
He noted that sharing borders with many other states due to its location, predisposes the state to many ‘invitations’ and criminal activities.
He appealed to the bank not to relocate because of the incident, noting that such incidents happen everywhere.
He equally urged the security agents to always be on guard to ensure security of lives and property of the people, especially at the border communities..
The deputy governor however charged residents of the community to be vigilant and always assist the security operatives by reporting any strange face and movement as well as providing useful information to help in reducing crime in the state.
He expressed optimism that the concerned authorities will get to the root of the matter as men of the Nigerian army were able to apprehend one of the suspects.
Earlier, the Alani of Idoani, Oba Major General Dr. Olufemi Olutoye, who recounted his experience on the incident said it was so frightening.
“When they finished with the bank, they came to burgle my palace. They damaged my door and gained entrance, but unfortunately for them, they couldn’t get any money.
“One of the dynamites and other explosives used by the robbers still exploded right in front of the palace the following morning “, he added.
He expressed displeasure over the incident saying “the only bank here is gone and the nearest bank for us to do any transaction would be in Owo.
While thanking the state government for its intervention, the monarch urged the government to do everything possible to apprehend the evil perpetrators and restore nolmacy to the “peaceful community”.
He also commended security agents for prompt response in salvaging the situation and restoring peace back to the community, and called for more security beef-up with border towns within the state due to its porosity.
Speaking with one of the members of the community, Modupe Beatrice said it was a black Monday for the community as the robbers attacked the one and only bank in the area, carted away money and killed many including a police officer.
“We were extremely frightened that day, we counted up to 14 explosions and thought everywhere was already blown off. We are begging the government to help us with enough security, so that we can be at peace here. We pray we don’t have such experience again”, he said.
Seven lives including that of a policeman were reportedly lost during the attack on the bank in the community which is a stone throw from the Alani palace.