OVERVIEW OF: Panic As Robbers Attack Bank In Ekiti, Cart Away Millions
The six-man armed robbers stormed the town around 3.30 pm and blasted the security doors with explosive device suspected to be dynamite.
According to reports, the armed men bombarded a branch of WEMA bank, carting away several million in an operation, which lasted 40 minutes in Iyin-Ekiti in Irepodun/Ifelodun local government area of Ekiti.
An eyewitness who confirmed this to newsmen, revealed the robbers shot sporadically into the air to scare residents and traders at the nearby market before gaining entry into the banking hall.
“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”.
Confirming the incident, Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Sunday Abutu, said the police upon receiving the information immediately visited the troubled spot.
“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”.