By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Heavily armed robbers have invaded a branch of Wema Bank in Ibokun, Oriade Local Government Area of Osun state killing the bank’s guard and a resident of the town.
Our correspondent learnt that the armed men numbering eight stormed the bank on Tuesday evening and carted away huge amount of money from the bank’s vault in the operation which lasted two hours.
Reports said that the dare-devil men of the underworld on arrival at the bank fired gunshot at a security agent guarding the bank and also killed a resident of the town who was passing during the raid.
It was gathered that the robbers used dynamite to remove the bank’s Automated Teller Machine (ATM) which they took away after the operation.
A resident of the area who said he witnessed the robbery operation while speaking with our correspondent under condition of anonymity revealed that the robbers stormed the bank around 5pm after the bank had closed for the day.
The eyewitness said the robbers, after looting the bank invaded the Ibokun Divisional Police Station, which is a stone throw to the bank and shot sporadically to scare away the policemen on duty.
The source noted that the policemen had ran helter-skelter for safety before the fleeing bandits zoomed off with their loots.
Speaking on the development, the spokesperson for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Prince Diran Odeyemi expressed worry over the robbery saying it was sad the attack took the life of residents of the town.
Odeyemi, an indigene of the town blamed the escape of the bandits on what he described as the inability of the state government to effectively arm the police with sufficient equipment to combat crime.
However, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Folasade Odoro confirmed the robbery.
She said the police had commenced investigation into the attack.