Two policemen killed in Ekiti bank robbery
Three persons, a bank worker and two policemen, were killed when armed robbers invaded a new generation bank in Ijero, headquarters of Ijero Local Government Area of Ekiti State yesterday, which took place at about 4:30p.m. few minutes after the bank had officially closed for work.
It was gathered that the robbers gained entry into the bank by deploying dynamites to blow up the security door of the bank. They also shot indiscriminately, leading to the deaths of the victims.
Apart from those killed in the attack, other bank workers and some customers at Automated Teller Machine (ATM) gallery sustained injuries. An eyewitness disclosed that the robbers announced their arrival with gunshots, which frightened residents scampering for safety.
The bandits reportedly blew the bank’s security door with dynamite to gain access into the banking hall. They were said to have made away with unspecified amount of money during the raid, which was said to have lasted for about an hour.
The heavy shooting by the robbers paralysed transportation, economic and social activities. Situation in the community was said to be calm at the time of this report as residents gathered in groups discussing the incident.
The bank raid in Ijero was coming barely three months after a similar incident at a first generation bank in Igede Ekiti in which a policeman was killed.
Eyewitnesses said the robbers first attacked the police divisional headquarters in the town before storming the bank. The eyewitnesses said the bandit shot and killed some people during the attack but could not confirm their number.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Ekiti, Mr. Caleb Ikechukwu, who said he was still at the bank branch “to gather reliable information on the incident,” said the attack occurred at about 5:30p.m.
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. There was no casualty on the side of the bank while there were one or two on the side of the police officers.”
Meanwhile, a total of 22 suspected criminals including seven murder/armed robbery suspects and 17 cultists, mostly teenagers, where yesterday paraded by the Bayelsa State Police Command at the state police headquarters, Yenagoa.
Among the robbers paraded were those involved in the killing and murder of the 17 years old year one student of the Niger Delta University, Seifeya Fred, and the killing of a police coporal, Sammy Saturday, last month.
The state Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mutan, said the suspects were apprehended with the assistance of the state vigilance service and other stakeholders.