Two persons, has been reportedly killed in bank robbery that took
place In Okemesi Ekiti, in Ekiti West local government area in Ekiti
State.

Those killed, a private security guard identified as Mathew and a
53-year old carpenter, Ayo Alawode, met their untimely death in a
robbery operation on the eve of the Christmas festivity.

The 9-man gang dare-devil armed robbers, invaded an old generation
bank in the town at about 5.30 pm, they shot sporadically into the
air and occupied the whole Odo Ese street in the town , where they
disrupted commercial activities for about an hour the operation
lasted.

Those in the market and other public institutions were said to have
ran in different directions, while the passers –by had rushed into
any nearby shop for refuge.

Information gathered revealed that when it became apparently
difficult for the robbers to gain entry into the bank, they blew off
the security door with explosive device .

An eyewitness account told newsmen in Ado Ekiti yesterday that
those who queued to withdraw via Automated Tellers Machine were
matched inside the bank hall by four of the robbers , while others
took strategic locations outside .

The bandits were said to have held the staff and customers hostage
and carted away money running into millions.

The source revealed that one of the robbers had been at a nearby
popular joint close to the gate of the bank reading newspapers before
others came in a black Sienna car, where he immediately ordered the
security guard and the carpenter to lie down .

He said as the robbers were on rampage, one of them was shot and died
instantly by yet to be identified person , which infuriated his gang
members.

They were said to at this point started shooting those sighted
outside, where Alawode, whose shop was located beside the bank was
shot in the head and died on the spot while the guard died on his way
to the hospital.

Ten other persons, who hid in their different homes were reported to
have been hit by bullets and are now receiving medical treatment in a
teaching hospital in one of the neighbouring states.

“Immediately those in the bank hall realized that one of them had been
shot, they thought it was done by a policeman and they quickly ran out
.

“ When they got outside and knew that the police were yet to arrive,
they immediately shot the carpenter and the security guard while those
in the bank had got the opportunity to escape.

“We made efforts to call policemen at Ijero Ekiti, but they didn’t
come in time, same to soldiers at Ita Ure Junction. Though, they
later came after the robbers had escaped through Ijero road”, he said.

The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Ekiti State Command, Mr
Alberto Adeyemi, who confirmed the incident said two persons died
during the daylight robbery.

Adeyemi said that investigations is ongoing and promised that
those behind the attack will be apprehended soon.


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