Naija News understands that the armed robbers stormed the bank located in Otun Ekiti, headquarters of Moba Council area of the state yesterday shooting sporadically and attempted to gain access into the bank but were restricted by security men at the entrance.
The gun-wielding hoodlums during the process killed a police officer. Sources said the robbery operation was carried out around 5 pm yesterday, scaring residents away with gunshots.
The source said: “As they (robbers) shot into the air, the robbers blew the door of the bank with dynamite to access the financial facility.
“Bank staff and customers who were around for one thing or the other scampered to safety. There was confusion everywhere. It was in the process that a policeman was shot dead by the robbers,” he said.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti State Command, Sunday Abutu, who confirmed the incident, said the robbers attacked the bank with dynamite. He, however, said they did not gain entry into the bank.
Abutu said that men of the command and military men attached to the area engaged the robbers in a gun duel.
He said, “There was a bank robbery incident on Thursday in Otun Ekiti at about 5:00pm and in the process of a shootout between our men and armed robbers, we, unfortunately, lost one of our men.
“The Commissioner of Police, Mr Tunde Mobayo, has ordered an investigation into the incident in ensuring the armed robbers are arrested and brought to book”.
The police, however, urged members of the public to go about their normal businesses, assuring of police readiness to protect their lives and property at all times.
In another news, residents of Ekpoffo and Akpugo in Enugu State were left in tremble on Thursday, July 1 after men of the Nigerian Army reportedly invaded their communities.