Ogbonnaiye Francis – Ado-Ekiti
Armed robbers have killed two persons, when they attacked an old generation bank in Ilawe-Ekiti, in Ekiti State.
An eyewitness said the robbers stormed the bank which is located very close to the Alawe’s Palace at about 2.45 pm and operated for over an hour during the attack.
It was gathered that the robbers blasted the bank’s security door with dynamite before gaining entrance in the bank.
An eye witness disclosed that the dynamite also blew up a blue colour Toyota Camry car parked within the vicinity of the bank.
The robbers were said to have stolen an undisclosed amount of money.
Confirming the attacked in a telephone chat, the Alawe of Ilawe-Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alabi, expressed shock at the incident.
He said the robbers turned his domain to a warfront by firing dynamite and grenade which caused panic and paralyzed business, traffic and other social activities.
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, the attack happened less than an hour after a bullion van delivered cash to the bank.
“We have been in touch with the governor and the state police command,” he said.
Meanwhile, effort to get police command reaction to the bank robbery was not successful, as contact to the command cannot be established due to the change of leadership in the police command in Ekiti State.