Policemen and bank customers were among people killed yesterday after daredevil robbers attacked First Bank and Polaris Bank in Ile-Oluji community, headquarters of Ile-Oluji/Oke-Igbo Local Government Area of Ondo State.
Although the number of dead people were yet unknown, eyewitnesses claimed that two policemen and two bank customers were among those mowed down by the robbers. The robbers were said to have opened fire as it on a movie set.
An undisclosed number of people were also said to have been injured during the operation. According to eyewitnesses, the gunmen stormed the First Bank located at the front of the palace of the monarch of the town, which also has the community’s market beside it, before moving to Polaris Bank at about 4: pm.
During the operation, residents of the community scampered for safety as the robbers shot sporadically into the air and at any moving object.
It was further learnt that when the robbers stormed the banks, they had immediately shot the policemen attached to the banks. They then used dynamites to blow up the security doors of the banks.
An eyewitness said: “The robbers operated unhindered during the operation before the arrival of soldiers. But these soldiers came only after the robbers had left with their loot.”
The identities of those killed were unknown as at the time of filing this report.
The Ondo State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Femi Joseph, while confirming the attack, disclosed that the number of casualties was still unknown.
The PPRO claimed that the robbers could not access the vault of Polaris Bank, while the situation at First Bank was unknown. He disclosed that policemen had been deployed on the scene of the incident. Meanwhile, it was also gathered that local hunters were on the trail of the robbers.