A six-man robbery gang on October 2 attacked a commercial bank in Iyin-Ekiti in the Irepodun/Ifelodun local government area of Ekiti state carting away millions of Naira.
Reports say the robbers’ who were heavily armed and brandishing sophisticated weapons at the scene stormed the bank’s premises at about 3.30 pm and blasted the security doors with an explosive device suspected to be dynamite. There were no Policemen or security operatives at the bank, the robbers operated unhindered for about 40 minutes making away with millions of Naira.
An eyewitness at the scene lamented the absence of the police while the attack by the gang lasted.
“In fact, the police disappointed us. They disappointed the people of Iyin today. The robbers robbed for over 40 minutes without any challenge.
They came in two vehicles , shot into the air and scared the people around away. In fact, those in the nearby market left their commodities and ran for their lives.
The police station along Igede Ekiti was not up to 500 metres while the police patrol point along Ado Ekiti should be a kilometre away, but none of them responded for over 40 minutes the robbers operated. But we thank God nobody was killed, but the agony of the gunshots was too much on the locals” the eyewitness said.
Police spokesperson in the state Sunday Abutu confirmed the attack and stated that efforts are been made to track down the hoodlums and bring them to justice.
We got a distress call from Iyin Ekiti about the robbery and we immediately dispatched our men and officers to the place. I want to confirm to you that the robbers are being chased as I speak with you and the determination is to effect their arrest.
We are assuring the people that the hoodlums shall be arrested and brought to justice. Ekiti is not a safe haven for robbers and that we shall continue to sustain” Abutu said