In a Press Statement released by the Osun State Command Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) ASP Opalola Yemisi Olawoyin available to SOJ WORLDWIDE, she said the dare devil armed robbers numbering over 20 attacked the bank and the Divisional Police Headquarters simoustaneously.
Opalola added that while engaging them in gun battles, two police Inspectors, were shot dead.
“The armed robbers numbering about twenty (20) came in commando-like style with about 4 vehicles and simultaneously attacked Iragbiji Divisional Police Headquarters and Wema Bank Iragbiji. The robbers invaded the Police Divisional Headquarters and Wema Bank with sporadic shooting and launching of explosive devices in an attempt to disorganize, incapacitate and destabilize the police who were in a fierce gun battle with them while robbing Wema Bank simultaneously. As a result, some parts of Divisional Police Headquarters was damaged. The dare devils also shot at a Police Armoured Personnel Carrier tyres with explosive devices.
The robbers in a bid to gain entry into the bank blew off its security door with dynamite, ATM machine was also destroyed but an attempt to break into the bank strong room was foiled.
It is very unfortunate that in the course of the incident, and during hot pursuit of the fleeing bandits, two (2) police inspectors namely; Inspector Ogunbiyi Ahmed and Inspector Odeyemi Ayinla respectively, were shot dead.
The robbers on sighting the policemen comprising police tactical teams with local security outfits who promptly engaged them in a fierce gun duel took to a flight and abandoned their unexploded dynamites and two (2) of their vehicles. The Police, jointly with local security outfits have been combing the bushes in a bid to arrest the robbers, believed to have escaped with multiple injuries.
The Commissioner of Police CP Olawale Olokode, psc therefore enjoins good people of the State to cooperate and collaborate with the Police by giving prompt and useful information to nip in the bud all criminal activities before incidents occur, as ‘Prevention is better than cure’, says an adage.
The CP also appeals to members of the public to inform the Police of any suspected person or persons with gunshot/bullet wounds.”