‘Ikirun Security Operatives’ Gallantry Should Be Emulated’

Secretary, Ilesa East Local Government Council, Honourable Lanre Balogun, has called on security officials in Ilesa to emulate the gallantry of the security operatives at Ikirun, who, last week, successfully arrested some robbers who attacked banks in the area. Balogun stated that the brave security operatives successfully “countered the armed robbers and disallowed them from perpetrating evil in the area.”

Balogun stated this while speaking against the backdrop of recent armed robbery attack in Ikirun, when bandits attacked two major banks in Ikirun, Osun State.

The council boss also commended the gallantry of the police, most especially, the DPO of Iragbiji, who strategically manned a security bullet proof tank to counter the armed robbers during the attack at Ikirun, which aided the arrest of four of the bandits and disallowed them from carting away the sum of N7.5milion looted from the banks.

While calling on the leadership of the police in the country to recognise the efforts of the DPO, he also commended Osun State governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, for providing adequate security outfits for the people in Osun State and maintained that, he would also commence a campaign to “sensitise people on the need for adequate security in their respective homes, offices and market places within Ilesa East Local Government Area.”

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APCs Provided By Aregbesola Assisted Us In Arresting Ikirun Robbery Suspects – Police

The Osun State Police Command has arrested four suspected armed robbers who invaded three commercial banks in Ikirun town in the state.

Items recovered from the suspects include over seven million Naira cash, three AK 47 rifles, 124 ammunition, one assault rifle with 12 rounds of live ammunition and a vehicle.

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‎The State Commissioner of Police, Kola Shodipo, said that the police were on the trail of other members of the syndicate at large and urged members of the public to report any suspicious movement.

Shodipo told reporters that the Armoured Personnel Carrier provided to the police by Governor Rauf Aregbesola assisted them in arresting the suspects.

While stating that the age of the suspects ranged between 21 and 26, the Commissioner of Police called for better community policing to engender unity between the police and the people to rid the society of criminals.

Oluwo Salutes Osun Police Gallantry, Congratulates Aregbesola On Security Investments

The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba AbdulRasheed Adewale Akanbi, on Saturday commended what he called the gallantry of the men of the Nigeria Police Force Osun command while armed robbers made attempt to rob banks in Ikirun on Friday.

Oba Akanbi also congratulated Governor Rauf Aregbesola for having the foresight to consider security as the first major thing to be put in place ahead of everything adding that if not for the adequate provisions made for the police by the Aregbesola Administration robberies such as this would have been carried out with law enforcement agencies looking helpless.

The monarch, in a statement on Saturday which was signed by Spokesman for the Palace, Prince Dauda Abimbola, said without adequate security, investments either local or foreign, would remain a mirage.

“There is no doubt that Osun is impregnable for criminals and this is commendable. This can easily be attributed to the foresight of Governor Aregbesola in considering security most paramount. I am aware of the state’s heavy investments in security equipment. I am aware of about 25 highly sophisticated Armoured Personnel Carriers provided the police which are so common on our roads in Osun. I am ware of the many patrol vans. Everywhere you, there is a sense of security because you see these highly motivated men and women of the police and other agencies prepared for their jobs.

“What happened in our state on Friday was test case again on the preparedness of our security agencies to combat crime. We must congratulate the government for this and we most salute the gallantry of the officers who showed confidence and prevented the men from their evil plot,” the Oluwo Said.

While congratulating both the Police and the state government, the Oluwo urged them not to relent adding that criminals of today employ new tactics to overwhelm their victims.

He added, “I want to urge the government and the police to intensify efforts in the area of security. Our attempt to promote our culture through tourism would be a mirage if visitors feel unsafe. I also urge residents of the state to be vigilant while cooperating with the law enforcement agencies in the efforts to make Osun uncomfortable for criminal activities.”

Ikirun Residents Commend Aregbesola For Equipping Police, Making State Crime Free

By Ayobami Agboola, Osogbo

Residents of Ikirun, the headquarters of Ifelodun Local Government Area on Saturday February 13, 2016, commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola for security measures put in place to reduce crime rate in the state.

A cross section of the people sojourning in the sleepy community also expressed their gratitude to the police for the work well done during a bank robbery attack on Friday where 5 suspected armed robbers were gunned down. The sojourners eulogized Aregbesola for boosting security in the state.

Speaking with our correspondents at the scene of the incident on Saturday, Mr Bola Olaifa said if not for the quick intervention of the Armored Personnel Carrier APC, the robbers would have succeeded in their operation.

Olaifa noted that the robbers in their previous attacks on the bank; succeeded about two times, carting away millions of naira and killing innocent people.

He therefore appealed to the state governor to continue investing on security so the state can remain crime free.

Echoing a similar view, Mr Wahab also known as Olo, lauded the quick intervention of policemen.

Olo further explained it is now that they know the usefulness and the important Armored Personnel Carriers placed in some strategy places in the state.

“When Governor Aregbesola was donating the APCs some of the residents of the state especially those who didn’t appreciate the good work of the governor were condemning the gesture tagging it as an avenue to loot the state treasury but we can now see the usefulness of the APCs and its effectiveness”. He said.

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Security Patrol Vans acquired by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for the Nigerian Police in the state of Osun

He however charged the governor on the need for him not to relent in his effort in making the state crime free.

He also sympathized with the family of the police man who lost his life during the gun battle and urged the Nigeria Police to redouble their effort in ensuring security of lives and properties.

It would be recalled that Governor Aregbesola in 2013 donated Armored Personnel Carriers and hundreds of patrol vehicles to security agencies such as army, FRSC, NDLEA and the Civil Defence to enhance security of lives and properties in the state.

5 Armed Robbers, One Police Officer Killed During Bank Robbery In Ikirun

By By Ayobami Agboola, Osogbo

Well equipped robbers attacked some new generation banks in Ikirun, the headquarters of Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state of Osun, on Friday February 12, 2016, making away with undisclosed amounts of money.

The armed robbers gained entry into the banks by blowing up armoured security doors Osun Defender gathered.

Some residents claimed 3 banks were invaded while some claimed the robbers invaded 2 banks during the operation.

Osun Defender learnt the robbers detonated several of the dynamites near to the banks to frighten residents in order to allow them to operate freely.

The banks in Ikirun are: First Bank Plc; Skye Bank Plc; Union Bank and a community bank.

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Sources in the town told Osun Defender Correspondent that 3 commercial banks were invaded, yet the exact number of banks attacked could not be confirmed as at the time of publishing this news.

One of the residents that identified himself as Bola said, “The 3 banks were attacked and there are several casualties on the site of the burglary, the police and the residents.”.

However, the robbers did not make a clean escape, as the police responded promptly to the distress call from the community and prevented the robbers from getting away with their loots.

Osun Defender further learnt that the police team deployed in the community blockaded all the roadways to the town and involved the robbers in a weapon battle which lasted for over half hour.

Five members of the gang were shut dead by the police team while one was hurt and another two were arrested, witnesses stated.

One of the police officers was said to have lost his life to the bullet of one of the robbers, before the remaining gang members left the cars they brought for the operation and took off on foot.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relation Officer in Osun State, DSP Folashade Odoro said there was a bank robbery in Ikirun on Friday and five members of the gang were gunned down during exchange of fire between the robbers and policemen.

She explained that the robbers attacked the bank with dynamite and placed explosives in strategic location in the area where the bank is located with plan to detonate them one after the other to aid the robbery operation.

Odoro, said that men of police anti-bomb squad were able to identify the explosives and successfully diffused them.

The Police PRO also confirmed that one of the robbers sustained bullet injury, while two others were arrested by policemen with the rest escaping into the residential areas. She urged residents to report any strange individual in their areas to the police immediately.

She added that the police recovered some pistols from the armed robbers and that the money they carted away from the bank was also recovered from them.