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Robbers attack bank in Ekiti as residents flee

By Samuel Joseph

A GROUP of armed robbers raided a branch of WEMA bank in Iyin-Ekiti in Irepodun/Ifelodun local government area of Ekiti, yesterday.

It was gathered that the six-man robbers arrived the town around 3pm, and shot indiscriminately into the air to scare everyone in the bank premises and nearby market away.

After the shooting, the robbers blasted the security doors with explosive device suspected to be dynamite, Naija Times learnt.

The operation was said to have lasted for 40 minutes after which the robbers carted away ‘unspecified’ amount of money.

The robbery attack came barely 24 hours after the police raised the alarm that some bandits were planning to invade the state and wreak havoc.

According to an eyewitness, residents ran in different directions due to the severity of the gunshots.

Vehicles traveling across Ado-Iyin-Aramoko-Efon road had to take a detour to prevent being caught in the web of gunshots., said the witness.

Confirming the incident, Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Sunday Abutu, said the police upon receiving the information immediately visited the troubled spot.

“We got a distress call from Iyin Ekiti about the robbery and we immediately dispatched our men and officers to the place.

“I want to confirm to you that the robbers are being chased as I speak with you and the determination is to effect their arrest.

“We are assuring the people that the hoodlums shall be arrested and brought to justice. Ekiti is not a safe haven for robbers and that we shall continue to sustain”.

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