Tragedy struck a branch of Skye Bank Plc in Ifon, headquarters of Ose LGA, Ondo state, on Thursday when a gang of robbers attacked. The robbery left two police officers attached to the bank dead while the daredevils also made away with an undisclosed huge amount of money.
The incident put a halt to social and commercial activities in the town for a while as those living close to the bank ran for safety during the robbery operation which lasted about 40 minutes.
Speaking about the incident, an eyewitness said the men of the underworld were numbering about fifteen, and they stormed the premises of the bank at about 3pm and blew up the bullet-proof door of the bank with substance suspected to be dynamite before gaining entrance.
They reportedly also involved the policemen in a gun battle outside the bank while others robbed the bank’s vault.
The eyewitness said:
They came in three vehicles and they were up to 15 in number, they were heavily armed. When they got to the bank they could not enter easily because the bank had stopped attending to customers. So, they had to blow the door up with dynamite.
For several minutes, they were shooting everywhere, two of the policemen that engaged them were killed but none of the robbers was killed during the shooting.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Femi Joseph said:
It is unfortunate that we lost two of our men in the incident, but we are still on the trail of the robbers, they went to the bank with sophisticated weapon and in spite of that our men still engaged them.
The CP himself led the team from Akure to the scene, it was when they (robbers) knew that we were closing in on the them that they ran away with bullets wounds. We shall get them soonest because our men are still on their trail.
It is also gathered that stray bullets from the hoodlums killed a yet to be identified man at a medical clinic beside the bank.