Crime

Armed robbers invade banks, police station in Osun state kill four policemen, 3 civilians

Armed bandits have shot dead seven people including four police officers on Wednesday during a robbery attack on First Bank in Ikire and Access Bank in Apomu located in Osun State, South-West of Nigeria

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Penpushing reports that, eyewitness account has it that, the suspected armed robbers launched the attacks  on the banks in the evening, and also attacked Ikire Divisional Police headquarters where they  killed four police officers and three residents.

The eyewitness added that two of the dead persons were at the Automated Machine(ATM) points where they were hit by stray bullets and died on the spot

Penpushing further reports that, Osun State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Yemisi Opalola, confirmed the incident, adding that the armed robbers were about 35 and they came in five vehicles to carry out the operations.

“They attacked Ikire Divisional Police HQ and the Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) pinned down at Ikoyi-Osun with several explosive devices and several gun firing in a bid to subdue the capacity of the Police while attempting to Rob First Bank Ikire and Access Bank Apomu respectively.

“It is unfortunate that ASP Osho Oluranti, Inspector Lekan Olalere, Two (2) Special Constabularies; namely Oladeni Olalekan, and Oyedeji Muyideen were shot dead in the process’, she added.

“On sighting the overwhelming Policemen Comprising: Prompt response Response Unit (PRU), CP’s Surveillance team, IRT Operatives, STS, 39 PMF, JTF, along with the local Security outfits, who swiftly engaged them in a fierce gun duel, the Robbers began to flee’.

 “While escaping, they shot sporadically, and regrettably three (3) Civilians were shot namely; Toheeb Oyebola, Temilorun Adebiyi and one other, (whose identity is not yet known), all male”,Opalola stated

Penpushing also reports that, the police spokesperson  said the robbers, however, did not succeed in robbing any of the banks adding that “they fled to the bush with gunshot wounds, abandoning two of the operational vehicles they came with.

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