Five killed in Ondo robbery attack
A gang of armed robbers yesterday afternoon attacked Skye Bank in Ogbagi Akoko, Akoko North West Local Council of Ondo State, killing five people during the raid.
According to an eyewitness, the armed bandits, who invaded the bank situated at Uko around noon, gained entrance into the bank by using explosives to blow up the security door of the bank to access the room housing the Automated Teller Machines (ATMs).
He said the armed men shot sporadically into the air to scare away people while two of the bank security men were killed during the attack. He further explained that the armed men, numbering about 20 positioned, themselves at different locations within the bank, shooting at intervals to scare away security operatives in the town.
The source disclosed that three other people were killed in the bank while the hoodlums carted away a yet to be ascertained amount of money from the bank during operation that lasted for about 45 minutes.
He, however, said the casualty would have been more if the town’s main market was opened, revealing that the robbers escaped through routes leading to Omuo-Ekiti in Ekiti State.
While confirming the attack, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Femi Joseph, described it as unfortunate, but said only three people lost their lives in the attack, including a police officer.
He explained that the armed men numbering 15 arrived at the bank on motorcycles and went straight to blow off the ATM machine and the entrance door to gain assess into the bank.
The PPRO noted that his men have commenced investigation into the robbery and were on the trail of the hoodlums with a pledge to bring them to book.
He, therefore, called on member of the public with useful information on how to track the armed men to help the state command of the police in arresting the armed robbers.