Yesterday, gunmen suspected of being armed robbers attacked banks and police stations in two Osun State towns.
The two towns – Ikire in Irewole Local Government Area and Apomu in Isokan Local Government – were attacked almost simultaneously between 5:30 and 7 p.m. on the Ibadan-Ile-Ife Expressway.
The gunmen stormed the bank branches.
According to locals, they killed a police guard at the bank in Apomu and shot a bank official in the leg.
During the bank attack in Ikire, they also allegedly shot a police officer.
They fired into the air to frighten the people.
However, residents of Apomu, sources said, came out in large number to stand up against the robbers.
They were led by men of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) in the town.
They eventually repelled the attackers who they chased away, preventing them from having access into bank vault.
The pressure forced the gunmen to abandon two vehicles which the Apomu OPC men recovered.
“They took the vehicles to the police, who sent reinforcements into town after the OPC guys chased the gunmen away,” a source added.
He explained that because Wednesday being a market day in Apomu, there were a lot of people in town.
“The attack on the bank in Apomu was like witnessing a film being made, but in this instance, the people were also participating by throwing stones and any things they could find at the “actors” (gunmen),” according to another source.
According to a bank official, they did not take any money from the Apomu bank before escaping, but they did shoot a bank official in the leg.
The number of those murdered in the attacks could not be confirmed by authorities.
They also refused to tell whether any of their soldiers had been slain.
“The Commissioner of Police, Mr Olawale Olokode, is already at the scene of the crime,” said Yemisi Opalola, a Superintendent of Police in Osun State.
The thieves targeted two banks and killed several people.
During the operation, they also targeted a police station.”
She stated that she would share further information later.
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