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.
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.