Armed Robbers Raid Bank In Ekiti State
A bank located in Ilawe-Ekiti, headquarters of Ekiti Southwest Local Government Area of Ekiti State, was yesterday attacked by suspected armed robbers.
The attack, according to eyewitness report, lasted for over one hour, and two people lost their lives during the attack.
Those killed were reportedly a policeman and a bank worker .
Another bank worker was also reportedly shot by the bandits on the arm.
Another eyewitness revealed that the robbers stormed the bank close to the Alawe’s Palace at about 2.45pm and operated unhindered, for over an hour.
Reports have it that the robbers blasted the bank’s security door with dynamite before gaining entrance and the dynamite also blew up a blue colour Toyota Camry car parked within the vicinity of the bank.
The amount stolen by the armed robbers is yet to be ascertained.
Confirming the incident in a telephone chat, the Alawe of Ilawe-Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alabi, expressed shock at the terrible incident.
He said the activities of the robbers caused panic and subsequently, paralysed business, traffic and other social activities in the area.
Oba Alabi said: “It was a terrible experience; my palace is very close to the bank. It was terrifying, it was like a warfront. They kept detonating grenades during the attack.
“I was in the palace during the robbery (and) the attack happened less than a hour after a bullion van delivered cash to the bank.
“We have been in touch with the governor and the state Police Command.”
The police was yet to give an official reaction to the attack as at press time.
Naija News recalls that a similar bank robbery attack occurred in Offa, Kwara state and the police is still investigating the happening.
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