Osun town yet to recover after killing of police officers, invasion of banks by gunmen
Residents urge improved security
Fear has enveloped Iragbiji community, the hometown of Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State, as commercial activities were yet to fully pick up, following attacks by armed robbers on a branch of Wema Bank and police station in the community on Tuesday.
The attack and bank robbery in Iragbiji, headquarters of Boripe Local Government Area of the state, led to the death of two inspectors namely, Ogunbiyi Ahmed and Odeyemi Ayinla.
Some of the traders around the bank, which was close to the palace of the Aragbiji of Iragbiji, were yet to resume.
Other residents of the state sought more security beef-up in the community.
One of the community leaders, who spoke with The Guardian, Jimoh Kadri described the attack and killing as unfortunate.
“What happened yesterday (Tuesday) was very terrible. Our people are yet to recover from the fear. People are yet to walk freely because they are still afraid. The Police are saying the robbers fled into bushes and that makes it more worrisome for us. We pray that the robbers will be caught. We want our Governor to fortify security around iragbiji and its environs. We don’t want to experience this kind of thing again,” he said.
Confirming the officers’ death, Osun State Police Command in a statement yesterday, said the incident happened barely a month after gunmen killed one constabulary policeman in Iree, a community that hosts Osun State Polytechnic and a neighbouring community to Iragbiji, which are in the same Ifelodun/Boripe/Odo-Otin Federal Constituency, during a bank invasion.
In a statement, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Yemisi Opalola, said robbers numbering about 20 invaded Iragbiji Divisional Police Headquarters and the Wema Bank simultaneously around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
She said they raided in “commando” style as they shot policemen on sight at the station and used explosives to break the door of the bank.
Opalola, however, said the robbers could not access the bank’s vault as a team of security operatives including the Police, Amotekun among others, stormed the scene few minutes after the raid started. She disclosed further that the two police inspectors were killed during exchange of gunfire, adding that some of the robbers fled with gunshot wounds and that the criminals abandoned two of the four vehicles they brought for the robbery.
She said: “It is very unfortunate that in the course of the incident, and during the hot pursuit of the fleeing bandits, two police inspectors namely; Inspector Ogunbiyi Ahmed and Inspector Odeyemi Ayinla respectively, were shot dead.
“The robbers on sighting the policemen, comprising police tactical teams with local security outfits who promptly engaged them in a fierce gun duel took to a flight and abandoned their unexploded dynamite and two of their vehicles. The Police, jointly with local security outfits, have been combing the bushes in a bid to arrest the robbers, believed to have escaped with multiple injuries.
“The Commissioner of Police, Olawale Olokode, enjoins good people of the State to cooperate with the police by giving prompt and useful information to nip in the bud all criminal activities.
The CP also appeals to members of the public to inform the Police of any suspected person or persons with gunshot/bullet wounds.”